About Skyterra Wellness Retreat
Skyterra Wellness Retreat & Weight Loss Spa is a place where you can tackle the wellness issues that detract from your quality of life, under the caring, informed guidance of professionals. Our program provides a relaxing, rejuvenating opportunity to reset your habits and carve a new path toward lifelong health.
Through educational classes, coaching, relaxing accommodations, a peaceful environment, and assistance with physical and spiritual health, we are a sanctuary for self-improvement. Our team conveys their cutting-edge expertise in fitness, nutrition, and stress management in every aspect of the program. Through outdoor activities, lectures, constant movement, mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork, you will feel re-connected to both yourself and nature.
A wellness retreat is any destination where you go to work on a health goal in some type of guided or protected setting. As you might imagine, there are wellness retreats in every size, location, and philosophy.
At Skyterra, we emphasize unplugging from everyday life and reconnecting with nature and your own instincts toward wellness. Our program encompasses a rich roster of high- and low-intensity fitness classes, yoga, meditation, enriching talks, stress management coaching, nutrition and culinary workshops, guided hiking, and much more.
This format, combined with dynamic, personalized attention from our staff members, is the perfect setting to reset, relax, and rebuild. Previous guests have sought assistance for issues including, but not limited to:
- Limited mobility,
- Needing a “reset” in life,
- Sustainable weight loss,
- Reliance on medications,
- Work and family-related stress management, and
- Recovery from a traumatic loss, illness, or life change.
Many – but not all – of our guests want to lose weight. For those individuals, we provide comprehensive support for achieving and maintaining a healthy body composition in a safe, encouraging environment.
We are not a fat camp or fat farm. We do not promote “lose weight fast” gimmicks. Weight loss is one of our areas of expertise, but our focus is always on overall health, quality of life, and body composition before the number of the scale.
Because of this grounded, holistic view of weight loss, we do not make guarantees about the number of pounds you will lose. Nevertheless, most of our guests lose weight during their time here, or even better, lose pounds of excess fat. According to data derived from our InBody body composition screenings, long-term guests at Skyterra (individuals who stay three weeks or longer) lose an average of 2.2 pounds of fat per week.
A sample of guest testimonials:
“The place is filled with positive energy and the staff is highly experienced & educated. I learned a lot about what activities are the best for me. The meals are delicious and healthy. I learned a lot about mindful eating and nutrition. It is focused on positive lifestyle changes, so I can keep taking good care of my mind, body & spirit after leaving. I flew in from California and it's totally worth it. Thank you Skyterra!” - Monika Spisakova via Facebook
“I booked a week at Skyterra because I was impressed with the smaller guest groups and individual care described on their website. My Skyterra was everything I hoped it would be and more. Sue made the booking process very easy. MacKenzie offered information, advice, and assistance in advance of my stay, Theresa made sure my every need and concern was immediately addressed, Brent took care of all my transportation needs and more. The chefs are excellent and the farm to table meals are prepared with input from the nutritionist to provide a very tasty and healthy meal every time! I sure miss those meals now that I am home!!! All the exercise/activity coaches are extremely warm, knowledgeable and invested in the success of each guess. I was able to trust that I was being cared for as I tried new experiences in exercise. I was surprised to see improvements in myself over the course of the week I visited Skyterra. I never felt hungry and always looked forward to the creative and yummy meals. You are always your own boss and can decide how much you eat and how much you do....suggestions are presented, but you decide. I also loved the balance offered with interesting classes on nutrition, exercise, breathing, cooking, self-image and more. Give yourself this gift, it's well worth the investment!”
- Debby Stein via Google Reviews
“A fantastic life changing 2 weeks for me and my wife. The skilled and professional staff, the wonderful location, the delicious food, the superb accommodation and the incredible variety of options on the daily activity lists all combined to make it the best vacation I have ever had! My wife and I both followed tailored programs each day to suit our needs and interests and had wonderfully peaceful and energizing evenings in the wooded surroundings of our superb cottage. The mix and combination of coaching and counseling skills leave no gaps in a very broad agenda where there is something for everyone and every day we were spoilt for choice. I am reasonably fit but I have returned reenergized, even fitter and with a whole new list of exercise, fitness and dietary options. We will definitely go back!” - via TripAdvisor
Our guests stay in well-appointed mountain lodging, eat community-style high-quality chef-prepared meals in our bright, welcoming dining area, and attend classes and lectures in our cozy conference rooms. The environment is casual and nature-centric, but with a full array of comforts and accommodations.
Whenever weather allows it, we hold sports and fitness classes outdoors. We hold classes indoors during cold and inclement weather. Here in the mountains, we enjoy the favorable weather for much of the year. The summers are much cooler and less humid than the rest of the south. We do see low temperatures and snow during the winter, but the season is relatively short.
No matter what time of year you visit, we limit our enrollment to 20 guests at a time. The community here is caring, intimate, and family-like. We preserve a high staff-to-guest ratio so your needs never go unmet.
Skyterra is located at 75 Skyterra Way, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 and 30 minutes from Asheville, on a serene campus. Since we’re right on the outskirts of Pisgah National Forest, our unique location enables a full array of breathtaking outdoor activities nearly year-round.
Yes! If you’ll be in the Brevard area, simply call ahead to schedule your visit. You can tour the property and even join us for lunch (subject to availability). Reach us at (888) 282-1657.
Skyterra is located in Pisgah Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. We’re about 5 minutes from Brevard and 30 minutes from Asheville, on a serene campus in Le Parc. Since we’re right on the outskirts of Pisgah National Forest, our unique location enables a full array of breathtaking outdoor activities nearly year-round.
Yes – we are open year-round, even through the major holidays. We even incorporate special seasonal, festive programming for guests celebrating the holidays here. If you’re interested in holiday travel that keeps on giving, we’re an excellent destination.
Here is a list of the essentials that you should bring with you to Skyterra. We provide housing, meals/snacks, and laundry facilities. You should bring plenty of active, season-appropriate clothing, preferred personal toiletries, and travel essentials like sun block, phone/computer/camera, and corresponding chargers.
Plenty of activewear, plus comfort attire and a few casual changes of clothes. Many guests wear their activewear to meals and outings. There is no need to dress up at Skyterra!
Bring layers, especially in the fall and winter, so you can adjust as needed. Even in the summer, we experience cool nights and mornings that call for an extra layer.
Your feet may get wet on hikes, so bring water shoes if you have them. Most people also bring hiking boots and at least two pairs of athletic shoes (one pair that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy). Bring your bathing suit and sunscreen during warm weather. It’s also a good idea to bring a hat that you feel comfortable hiking in.
We do have an on-site gift shop with a curated selection of athletic apparel if you need to purchase additional items while you’re here.
Is Skyterra right for me?
A wide variety of individuals have enjoyed and benefited from the Skyterra program, including different ages, genders, lifestyles, and fitness levels. Anyone looking to invest in their long-term physical, mental, and emotional health is welcome.
Here are some guest demographics from our first year of operation: On average, women outnumber men by about 7:1. Most guests (about 78%) have been in 40-69 age range. Nevertheless, this is a place for everyone – we have helped everyone from college students, to cancer survivors, to individuals with a fair amount of pre-existing fitness knowledge and conditioning, and people in their 80s.
This is a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for single travelers. It’s also common to bring along a friend, partner, spouse, or family member.
If you are younger, older, or in any way different from our average guest, don’t give it a second thought! Our staff members will still provide personalized attention and guidance for your priorities, even if they differ from the rest of the group.
Our program is designed to jumpstart new habits and help you develop a healthier lifestyle. Anyone who is experiencing health issues as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle can benefit from our retreat.
As you can imagine, that means virtually everybody, considering how the modern way of life makes it so hard to take care of ourselves! Guests come to Skyterra seeking assistance for common issues including, but not limited to:
- Limited mobility,
- Weight loss and weight loss maintenance,
- Reliance on medications,
- Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions,
- Work-related stress management and executive burnout,
- Family-related stress management and caregiver burnout,
- Recovery from a traumatic loss, illness, or life change.
If you're experiencing any of these issues, you are not alone! Committing to a retreat can help you see new possibilities for yourself and your circumstances.
Skyterra is not a medical facility, so if you have a condition that requires close medical attention, please call us before booking your retreat.
… am self-conscious about my weight?
Many people come to us wanting to lose a significant amount of weight. If you have been afraid to work out and unable to live your life fully because of your weight, this is the place you want to be. The founders of Skyterra know what you are feeling, and that’s why they created a place where women and men of all shapes and sizes would feel free to be themselves while embracing new ways to be fit and healthy. This is a judgment-free zone!
… have limited mobility, trouble walking long distances, or have pain/injuries
Our fitness experts provide alternative or adapted routines for all physical abilities. We meet you at your current level and guide you according to your own priorities. You will never be asked or expected to do anything dangerous, painful, or exacerbating to an injury.
… have high blood pressure?
We note your blood pressure and any medications as part of the intake process. Under the watchful guidance of our staff, you can be confident that all of the activities you pursue are safe and appropriate for your condition.
… have diabetes?
Many of our guests have diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions. Our chef, dietitian, and fitness experts have guided guests toward lifestyle changes that manage diabetes and diabetes symptoms. Here’s an example of a guest that dramatically lowered her blood sugar levels using what she’s learned at Skyterra.
… have cancer?
You are a survivor! We are here to lighten your load. Let us take care of you – in turn, you will be empowered to take care of yourself. However, we are not a medical facility. The support we provide is not a substitution for physician-guided cancer treatment.
… am on a work sabbatical?
If you are taking a break or looking for a transition in your professional life, this is the perfect time to visit Skyterra! Taking the time to invest in yourself will set you up for better mental clarity and physical energy.
… need help managing my stress levels?
At Skyterra, you’ll unplug from daily stresses, learn about how stress affects your mind and body, and enjoy classes that illuminate valuable stress management strategies that you can apply long after you leave. Stress management is a pillar of the Skyterra philosophy.
… have recently suffered a loss?
Our condolences on the loss of your loved one. We understand this pain and the potentially lifelong damage that grief can do on your health. Self-care is an instrumental part of unpacking those feelings, harboring resiliency, and feeling strong again. The core Skyterra program will teach you the essentials of self-care.
.... experience depression?
When you are in the depths of depression, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. We do everything in our power to make it easier. When you do, you’ll experience the endorphins from working out, the relaxation and mood-lightening effects of being immersed in nature, the comfort of delicious, nourishing food, and the warm support of a caring community.
However, please keep in mind that we are not a medical facility. The support we provide is not a substitution for depression treatment from a physician.
As long as you are able to walk around on your own (even if it’s not long distances) and are able to climb a set of stairs five steps high, you will be able to participate, learn, and experience results. All fitness levels are welcome at Skyterra. We meet you where you are and help you improve from there. A desire to learn, caring enough about yourself to give your full effort, and a willingness to try new things is all we ask.
Absolutely! Solo travel can be anxiety-inducing for some; you may be wondering if everyone else will be busy with their friends and loved ones. That is not the case at Skyterra! You'll feel at ease as soon as you arrive.
Once you join the group, you'll see that the majority of our guests – about 70% or more at any given time – visit as solo travelers. With a maximum capacity around 20 individuals and a high staff-to-guest ratio, you'll be welcomed by an intimate group of like-minded and supportive people of all ages and backgrounds.
Visiting solo (or with a very close companion or partner with whom you feel extremely comfortable) frees you to truly focus on yourself and your own needs. A solo wellness retreat represents a tremendous opportunity to connect with and nourish yourself and to expand your comfort zone without distractions.
The Skyterra schedule & program
Every Skyterra package includes on- and off-campus programming. From 7 AM until about 7 PM each day, enjoy a well-rounded roster of enriching lectures and enlivening classes and activities.
The schedule accommodates plenty of downtime, so you can relax by the lake or stroll the grounds as you please. Keep in mind that our program is very small and we adjust classes accordingly. Even in group classes, you receive far more personalized attention than in most other wellness settings.
This core weekly programming includes:
- Comprehensive body composition and mobility screening
- Daily guided nature walks
- Daily breathwork and meditation sessions
- A full array of fitness classes, including both low- and high-intensity strength training and cardiovascular workouts
- Yoga and mobility sessions to address range-of-motion issues
- Nutrition education and culinary demonstrations
- Waterfall hiking
- Seasonal outdoor sports and activities
- Stress management skill building
- Guidance on establishing sustainable positive habits.
A typical day at Skyterra starts with a guided trail walk around 7:15 am, followed by breakfast at 8 am in our culinary center. Following breakfast, enjoy an interval cardio class, participate in a circuit fitness session, or join a hike to a nearby waterfall.
By then, it’s lunchtime! After the mid-day meal, you’ll have another opportunity to take in a lecture, work on mindfulness breathing, or delight in the seasonal offerings. Enjoy some pre-dinner yoga, or learn a few kitchen techniques in a cooking demo and then enjoy the last meal of the day.
After-dinner activities might include off-campus recreational field trips, campfire gatherings, more guided self-improvement sessions, or simple downtime.
Please note that the exact schedule varies according to the season and our guests’ interests and that every day is slightly different to keep both our short-term and long-term guests inspired.
Our recommended minimum stay is one week. For best results from our core program, we recommend a two-week minimum. We have found that guests who stay for two weeks or longer get the most out of the program and have an easier time applying it at home. (For stays three weeks and longer, our program takes on a more in-depth approach.)
We also recommend arriving on Saturday or Sunday if possible. This allows you to appreciate the full range of our weekly schedule.
Our maximum capacity is 20-25 guests because you are important to us. The small size and intimate nature of the program empowers us to maintain a high staff-to-guest ratio and meet every individual at their present level.
Fitness classes are held multiple times a day. Every week includes yoga, strength-training, low- and high-intensity cardio, along with hiking and meditation sessions and an array of exciting, one-of-a-kind strength-training classes. Our small group size means you’ll always be appropriately challenged, whether you’re a complete newbie or you’ve had a fair amount of fitness education under your belt already.
When you first arrive, we complete a body composition and mobility screening. You start learning about your body right away! This information helps us dial in our schedule and activities for your optimal benefit.
To measure your body composition, we use a state-of-the-art InBody scanner. Simply stand on the machine (fully clothed – nothing invasive or embarrassing here), grip the handles, and wait a few moments while the technology goes to work. The machine generates a report with your amount of body fat and muscle, and water distribution, among other key metrics. This allows us to focus on maintaining/building muscle and shedding excess fat. It’s a far better metric than the number on the scale alone, which does not indicate muscle and water loss.
We also take your measurements and conduct a brief mobility test. This helps us learn more about your range of motion. For this test, you simply lay on the ground and move your arms and legs while a member of our staff observes. Throughout this process, you are given full privacy – there are no public weigh-ins unless you choose to have a friend present.
Depending on your preferences and your length of stay, we conduct these InBody (body composition) tests again before you depart. This way, we can see the progress you’ve made before you return home. Longer-term guests may also opt to get periodic screenings throughout the course of your stay.
We do not perform blood work or lab testing on campus, but we have partnered with Blue Mountain Medicine in Brevard to provide opportunities for blood work during your stay. Blood work and analysis is not part of our program and requires an additional $300 fee.
We highly encourage regular blood work in order to get a thorough picture of your health and progress. If you have had blood work recently, please bring the results with you to review them with your health coach.
Yes. While we do focus on outdoor fitness because research shows it is more sustainable and has benefits that go beyond physical fitness, we have an indoor gym with exceptional cardio and free weight equipment.
Our goal is to provide an experience that helps you feel your best even after you return home. We demonstrate the kind of lifestyle changes that you can actually see yourself making over the long-term. Deprivation and punishing, time-consuming workouts are not part of our philosophy!
When you're here, you'll attend a number of educational classes and activities that help you strategize these changes in your own life. You'll keep the results of your body composition and mobility screening, so you can continue to measure your progress.
Through Skyterra At Home, our web portal, you'll have continued access to all of our handouts, notes, and other lecture materials. There, you'll also be able to follow along with original videos straight from our team. Strength train, get in some heart-pumping cardio, meditate, or do one of our signature yoga practices right in the comfort of our own home! There's also a steady stream of cooking demonstrations and recipes directly from our culinary team. You can use Skyterra At Home for free.
If you'd like to continue working one-on-one with one of our professionals, Premium Coaching service is also available. You’ll work remotely with a team member of your choosing (pending availability) for three months, staying in touch through calls and/or texts.
About our spa
Take a look at our Spa Services page to learn about spa services and treatments. Spa services are optional and are not included in the program fee.
Certainly! Call us to make arrangements.
Lodging, accommodations, and property
Our mountain lodging features cottages that are completely private with a bed, bath, small kitchen and small living space, as well as a screened-in porch. The cottages are dog-friendly and frequently reserved for our guests who bring four-legged friends.
Cottages are completely private, equipped with a bed, bath, kitchen area, and porch.
Yes, but our lodging accommodations are limited and are first-come, first-served. If you require something specific we will always do our best to accommodate.
We can almost always accommodate your well-behaved dog. Please inform us about your pet before arriving. There is an additional pet fee of $250.
We are situated on a 155-acre expanse of land with trails, streams, and a waterfall crisscrossing the property.
Apart from lodging, you will find our gated property extremely alluring. We have the following features onsite:
- Indoor fitness center including a cardio room and gym
- Indoor and outdoor yoga spaces
- On campus trails
- Lecture halls
- Teaching kitchen
- Dining area
- Gift shop
- Stand-alone spa
- Open space and untouched nature – fields, meadows, forests
- Golf carts for assistance traversing the property.
The price of the program varies seasonally. You’ll find the latest information on our Rates page. We do offer discounts for couples, friends, and groups, which change depending on the size of your group and timing of your stay. Give us a call to learn more – (888) 282-1657.
To see if a residential weight loss program is covered by your health insurance, you will need to check with your carrier. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), then all or a portion could be qualified as a medical expense. Our program is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
Absolutely! It’s a wonderful way to express care for your loved one. Call us to confirm the visitor’s details and make arrangements: (888) 282-1657.
Our recommended minimum stay is one week. We are a program, not a hotel, and we have a weekly curriculum designed to encourage well-rounded health progress. We can occasionally accommodate shorter stays. Call for details!
Keep in mind that our program is small (20 guests at a time). We do reach capacity, so it is highly recommended you reserve your space early. That being said, you are welcome to book your stay right up until 24 hours before your intended visit. Some of our guests plan their stays months in advance, while others make a spur-of-the-moment health investment.
If you realize that Skyterra isn’t for you within the first 24 hours of your stay, we will refund your program fee (the amount you paid, less the $1,500 per-person deposit).
Please note that while your deposit is non-refundable, but if you need to reschedule your stay for any reason, you can apply your deposit to your new dates at no additional charge.
Our guests drive or fly. If you drive here, we have safe on-campus parking for your vehicle. If you fly here, airport shuttles to/from nearby airports (AVL/GSP) are included in the cost of your stay at specific scheduled times only. Click here for airport shuttle information.
The Greenville/Spartanburg Regional Airport (SC) is about 90 minutes away. Delta, United, American Airlines, and Southwest fly into Greenville.
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Click here for Skyterra's airport shuttle schedule.
Skyterra provides a private airport shuttle to and from the Asheville or Greenville/Spartanburg airports. However, airfare and alternative airport transportation prices are not included in the program cost.