Sunday, October 15-Friday, October 20, 2017




Join Marybeth and Niki on a sensation filled adventure in the Loire Valley. We will live in a private château and take pleasure in daily excursions to see how the locals live and much more. At the château, savor gourmet meals prepared by our very own Chef and certainly, plenty famous Loire Valley wine. We will offer a selection of Nia, yoga and/or meditation classes daily. Say “Oui!” – make a commitment to yourself through movement, adventure, and learning. Join us to create memories that will last a lifetime.

This retreat was an amazing experience.  Marybeth and Niki were so thoughtful and detail oriented about every aspect of the retreat.  I felt cared for and comfortable.  I also felt free to choose to participate as much as I wanted with the group, or to spend time doing my own thing.  I can’t wait to return next year!”

Marybeth will offer optional pre and post trip hotel recommendations and group activities in Paris….including a group celebration on Friday night in Paris that you won’t want to miss!

Marybeth is one of those extraordinary individuals who truly cares and connects with anyone who is open. She embodies the essence of Nia in her classes and her life. Her Nia classes are full of fun and joy for sure, but she also guides us to expand our body, mind, emotions, and spirit in ways we have not experienced before. Allow yourself to commit to her classes and open to her nurturing ways…she will help you re-discover the treasures inside yourself!      Heather U.

This retreat is facilitated by Marybeth Grinnan, Nia Black Belt Instructor, and Niki Schemmel, Nia Black Belt and RYT 200 Yoga Instructor.

  • Niki has been sharing her heart through teaching yoga since 2001.  She has been sharing her joy through teaching Nia since 2010.  Niki loves working with alignment principles and heart opening philosophy to help people experience transformation through yoga.  She also loves working with the powerful movement principles of Nia to help people experience healing and self love.  She feels yoga and Nia make the perfect combination of stability and freedom.  She is currently living the suburban dream with her husband and two kids in Midlothian, VA.

  • Marybeth’s passion is to inspire others through movement and and self-healing. She brings more than 18 years of experience, experimentation, and creativity to her playful Nia practice.  As a teacher, Marybeth fosters a non-judgmental environment, empowering participants to listen to their own bodies and to live with greater vitality, joy, and connection. Marybeth is a wife, mother, daughter, and friend, who uses awareness and joy to spread love and fun into the universe. She loves to travel the world and her motto is “Rock on!” (And she recently relocated to Paris, France!)

Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to condition and heal body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is low-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones the body while transforming the mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing body, mind and spirit.

We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their potential by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. Each workout brings mindfulness to the movement experience leaving practitioners energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.