Beatrice W. Hansen
Principal, Presence-Based Coaching
"Bend of Ivy lodge has provided an amazing holding space of beauty and depth for the Presence-Based Coaching coach training program for many, many years. Our participants have enjoyed access to hiking, sunrises, mountain views, and walks along the river while at the lodge. We have all also enjoyed the delicious meals from the onsite organic farm. The lodge is cozy and grounded, and offers a sacred space to do the developmental work that is so integral to our coach training program."
Yoga + Ayurveda Retreat Leader
"Bend of Ivy is a magical slice of heaven in the NC mountains! Every retreat group that I bring falls in love with the land and the respite it offers. The Lodge is cozy in that familial way that invites intimate conversation, the Pavilion is spacious and light-filled, and the walking paths lead to destinations and delights within the 63-acre property, including a labyrinth, a woodland gong, a river, and a spectacular hilltop view! I look forward to spending time in this peaceful haven again soon."
Author + Coach, Circles + Retreats
"I have led at least a dozen retreats over the years at various locations, and Bend of Ivy has definitely been my favorite! The indoor gathering areas are spacious, accommodating, and filled with natural light, the sleeping rooms are cozy, comfortable, and tastefully decorated, and Dava, the caterer we hired through Bend of Ivy, blew our minds with her delicious, healthy meals, attention to detail, and nurturing presence. Between the facilities, the staff, and the majestic mountains all around us, we felt beautifully held and cared for from beginning to end. I can't think of a better container/backdrop for transformative, healing group experiences."
Co-Founder, Co-Active Training Institute, Author
“Bend of Ivy Lodge has become the model of a retreat center for me and our Leadership programs. The deep and obvious care of the land is present in the beautiful and mindful way that both the gardens and the buildings are cared for. The work that I get to do here is transformative; the place makes it sacred. “
M.S., National Certified Counselor, RYT 200
"We hosted a yoga retreat at Bend of Ivy in September of 2021. The actual property is more beautiful than the pictures show! I expected the lodge to be more rustic, but it was exceptionally clean and cozy. (Cozy doesn't mean small, but just comforting!) The meditation garden, sitting space near the pond, and additional boathouse space were wonderful surprises! Full kitchen with everything made cooking for our guests easy, and the location is close enough to activities and Asheville, but far enough away that you feel you are truly escaping! Thanks to the BOI team for the great communication! We loved our stay and hope we can return for another event!"