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Eight Ways to Prevent and Alleviate Holiday Stress

Self-care is so important during the holidays. The busier you are, the more important it is to take care of yourself! These tips will help you battle holiday stress and stay calm and collected when it matters most.


Winter outdoor adventures in WNC

For much of our country, winter causes cabin fever. But not here at Skyterra. When many of us think about winter here in the mountains of western North Carolina, it may be difficult to imagine lacing up your hiking boots or reaching for your archery gear and getting outside. Our first thoughts drift to arctic…

Nine Things Nine Perfect Strangers Gets Wrong About Wellness Retreats

Nine Things “Nine Perfect Strangers” Gets Wrong About Wellness Retreats

Have you seen the new Hulu Original drama that everyone’s buzzing about? Based on The New York Times‘ bestselling book by author Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at Tranquillum, an award-winning wellness retreat that promises healing and transformation. If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t worry; we won’t spoil it too much. When…


For the fourth year in a row, USA Today ranks Skyterra in Top Three Best Wellness Retreats in the Nation

For the fourth year in a row in its short five-year history, USA Today has again ranked Skyterra Wellness Retreat in the top three best wellness retreats in the country. This honor comes by way of USA Today‘s annual Readers’ Choice awards, a well established and nationwide competition. Only 20 nominations, chosen by a panel…


LoseSmart: A Community Within a Community

There is nothing more personal than health-related goals. Guests enrolled in Skyterra’s LoseSmart program receive comprehensive support for achieving and maintaining their goals not only from staff, but also from other program participants. Part of that support includes a safe and encouraging environment where inspiration and motivation occur organically in the small group of like-minded…


LoseSmart: Guests Receive Expert Coaching in Private Sessions

Every LoseSmart guest is on a unique journey deserving personalized attention and care. Meeting those needs is the top priority of Skyterra’s expert staff.  LoseSmart, a four-week program for sustainable weight loss where people of all shapes and sizes embrace new ways to be fit and healthy, is limited to a small group of participants…


LoseSmart: Benchmarking Reveals Exciting Improvements

In Skyterra’s highly effective LoseSmart program, ‘we meet you where you are’ is more than a simple phrase; it’s a promise. LoseSmart guests arrive at Skyterra with varying abilities, and through modified exercises and specialized equipment, Skyterra’s experienced fitness instructors meet guests where they are.  In order to understand guests’ starting points and goals for…

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LoseSmart: ‘Game-Changing’ Nutrition Education

LoseSmart guests arrive at Skyterra with varying past nutrition education. Some guests are anxious about eating and others have practiced destructive dieting behaviors for decades. At Skyterra, LoseSmart guests learn how to plan for meals that meet different nutritional needs and schedules, how to be confident in the kitchen, and how to find the time…


LoseSmart: A Unique and Supportive Approach to Fitness

Many LoseSmart guests aren’t sure what to expect in their first fitness class on campus. “When I arrived on campus, I was nervous,” said one recent LoseSmart guest. “The nerves quickly faded away as the staff welcomed me with open arms. They helped me, inspired me, and showed me what I could accomplish and how…


LoseSmart works like ‘nun’ other

When Diane Brown first arrived at Skyterra Wellness Retreat for her LoseSmart stay, she did not know what to expect. What she did know was that she was ready to make some changes in her life. “When the handwriting is on the wall in big flaming letters, you tend to pay attention,” she says.  For…