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Dance and Breathe

October 22nd - 24th, 2021

About the Retreat

Enjoy a weekend retreat, filled with belly dance, yin yoga, meditation, and relaxation in nature. This all-inclusive, special retreat is led by Rachel Kay Brookmire, founder and director of Sahara Dance, and includes home-cooked vegetarian meals, lovely accommodations, and guided programming designed to offer women of all movement backgrounds an intimate experience exploring dance, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation. No dance, meditation or yoga experience required and all levels welcome! Classes will be tailored to engage all experience levels.

Come rejuvenate your body and mind. Experiment with playful, heart-centered dance and mindfulness themes to develop grace and gentleness in your movement practice. Stretch, open and align your body with yin yoga. Deepen your awareness and center yourself through mindfulness meditation. Strengthen your dance training with slow, stretchy flow sequences and playful, upbeat combinations. Escape the bustle of city living and decompress with laughter, shimmies and nature.

All-inclusive belly dance, yoga and meditation getaway (including lodging, meals and classes)

  • Daily belly dance classes
  • Daily yin yoga and meditation classes
  • Hike, canoe, read on the patio or soak in the hot tub overlooking the river
  • Enjoy healthy, home-cooked vegetarian meals
  • Decompress with time for leisure, naps, nature, reading, play, exploration or reflection
  • Just 1.5 hours outside of DC in a beautiful, brand new, boutique retreat center
  • Limited participation; only 10 rooms available


3:00 pm Arrivals
4:00 pm Opening Circle
4:30 pm Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
5:00 pm Belly Dance Combos (all levels) & Soft, Slow and Stretchy Belly Dance
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Bonfire & Tea

7:30 am Coffee, Tea and Fruit
8:00 am Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
9:00 am Belly Dance Combos (all levels)
10:30 am Brunch
12:00 pm Hike, Canoe, Excursion or Relax in the Hot Tub Overlooking the River
5:00 pm Soft, Slow and Stretchy Belly Dance
6:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Spa Yin Yoga (Candlelit, ends with chocolate)

7:30 am Coffee, Tea and Fruit
8:00 am Yin Yoga with Mindfulness Meditation
9:00 am Belly Dance Combos (all levels)
10:30 am Brunch
12:00 pm Closing circle
1:00 pm Hike, Canoe, or Relax Overlooking the River

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About the Retreat Leaders

Rachel Kay Brookmire

Rachel Kay Brookmire is the founder and director of Sahara Dance. Since 2000, Rachel has taught belly dance to thousands of students throughout the Washington, DC area. She is also the creator of Sahara Dance Foundations, an intensive program for training belly dance teachers.

Her teaching style emphasizes postural alignment, contextual awareness of Arabic music and culture and a celebration of femininity. Recognized for her detailed, structured teaching approach, Rachel’s classes focus on community, quality movement execution, musicality, playfulness and individual expression.

As a longtime student of meditation and mindfulness practices, she seeks to integrate relaxation, body awareness and the cultivation of joyfulness into her dance offerings. At this retreat, her classes will explore playful, heart-centered themes to develop grace and gentleness in your dance practice and deepen awareness through mindfulness and yin yoga. Rachel has participated in Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Powers and Mindful Schools Teacher Training. She is currently enrolled in Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program.


Delicious, wholesome and nutritious vegetarian cuisine is included! Vegan options available. All meals are home-made and served buffet style in a beautiful, light-filled and open kitchen.



Casa Om Potomac is a brand new, boutique retreat center situated on 63 picturesque acres of land overlooking the Potomac River. Located 90 minutes from the DC area, escape to a beautifully designed retreat center, open and full of light.
Getting to Casa Om Potomac is easy.

You can fly into Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) or Reagan National Airport. The closest is IAD, which is 55 miles away. All are under a two hour drive away.

Amtrak provides service to Martinsburg. The city’s passenger rail station is located downtown at 229 East Martin Street. MARC, Maryland’s commuter rail system, operates trains on weekdays on its Brunswick Line which terminates in Martinsburg. Service is provided to Union Station in Washington DC.

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region in the Southern United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest.

Martinsburg is a city in and the county seat of Berkeley County, West Virginia, United States, in the tip of the state’s Eastern Panhandle region in the lower Shenandoah Valley.

Find the center on Google Maps under ‘Casa Om Potomac’ or at

Casa Om Potomac
681 Carlyle Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, USA




Transportation, excursions off site are not included. All rooms are offered on a first come, first served basis. Early bird rates are available until April 1.


A non-refundable deposit of $150/person by credit card will reserve your room in the intensive. The remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in 2 equal monthly payments.

Please email retreat@saharadance.com or call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to set up a payment plan and reserve your room. Note: All payment plans include a $25 fee.

Non-dancing companions can stay in your room at a reduced rate and enjoy all other aspects of the resort stay. Click here for pricing – rooms subject to availability. Email retreat@saharadance.com or call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to arrange payment.

Registration is now open. See room options.

Register Here

To protect your trip investment, we recommend purchasing travel insurance. You may sell or transfer your registration to another person. If you do, please send us notice of your registration transfer. If you decide to cancel your trip, we require written notification of your cancellation. In addition, the following cancellation fees apply:

31 days or more prior to the retreat: $250
0-30 days prior to the retreat: 100% of trip cost