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River Mountain Retreat

October 17 – October 20, 2024
River Mountain Retreat
Everett, PA

Retreat with Susan Mondi Bowen & the Thrive Community at River Mountain Retreat Center. River Mountain’s 150 acre campus is located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of southern Pennsylvania along the banks of Sweet Root Creek. Nestled in a deep valley adjacent to Buchanan State Forest, our secluded sanctuary provides unparalleled access to the outdoors and back- to-nature experiences, aiming to provide accessibility and inclusivity for all.

River Mountain is more than a place – it is a transformational, human-centered experience. River Mountain offers open space and fresh mountain air to getaway and be well. It is a place to realign, reconnect, and recharge with one another and the natural world. A place to unwind and enjoy your journey.


  • Group practice space use
  • Accommodations
  • Housekeeping
  • Meals
  • Nightly bonfire + s’mores
  • Evening happy hours
  • and 150 acres of nature!


Daily Adventures and Activities:

  • Cool Off at Sweet Root Creek
  • Daily Happy Hour
  • Forest Bathing
  • Hike the River Mountain Loop
  • Stargazing
  • Hammock Hideaway
  • Sunrise with Coffee and Tea
  • Honey Tasting and Hive Tour
  • Hot Springs Soaking Tubs from natural springs
  • Massage 60min ($130)


The River Mountain kitchen provides fresh and delicious meals created specifically for retreat guests, including plant-based, vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free. They handle it all: pre-arrival guest communication with food allergies and dietary restrictions, menu variations to meet individual guest needs, and on-site meal service.


Gathering Spaces

The Main Lodge is our central point for living well – sunlight soaked guest rooms, panoramic yoga studio, private massage room, and lounge area.

Our restored mid 19th-century Mennonite barn is the ideal gathering space. From morning yoga, evening ping-pong, and company events, “Big Red” is the perfect combination of hand-crafted beauty in an updated space.

The restored 1807 historic log cabin serves as our dining hall and breakfast area. The hand-hewn timber, the handcrafted community tables, the crackle of the old fireplace – this is a place to settle in for the evening.

Our yoga platforms rest at the base of Warrior Ridge, along Sweet Root Creek, and look out to Tussey Mountain. Enjoy a class led by River Mountain facilitators or do your own thing on these platforms nestled in Black Valley.

Our latest addition at River Mountain — the greenhouse is a stunning space with natural light letting the outdoors in. Climate controlled and under shelter, the greenhouse is an inspiring space for yoga retreats, group dining, and winter weddings.


Available Rooms

Cabin Pod Queen (Sold Out)


Early Bird Price by July 13th: $1,179

Cabin Pod Twin (1 Available)*


Early Bird Price by July 13th: $999

Cabin Pod Bargain Hunter (2 Available, No Pod Window)


Early Bird Price by July 13th: $929

Yurt Double Occupancy (Sold Out)


Yurt Single Occupancy (Sold Out)


*Rooms are first come first serve basis for pod placement. You can choose the top or bottom pod and either the Main Cabin or the Circadian Rhythm Cabin. Remaining in the Cabin: 2 Discount Twin pods (No pod window). Remaining in the Main Lodge: 1 Twin bed.

More info on Cabins:

Cabins: The bathrooms are located right inside the cabin – 2 full bathrooms (shower included). 12 pods inside the Cabin – 4 queen beds and 8 twin beds. All pods have a window and/or skylight EXCEPT for the required ADA regulation pods.
Main Lodge Room: The bathrooms are located down the hall of the Main Lodge, the same building just a few feet away outside of your door. There is a shower room with 6 fully private individual shower rooms and then your own designated half bathroom. 8 pods inside the Main Lodge Room – 4 queen beds and 4 twin beds.

Circadian Rhythm Design

Designed by award-winning architecture firm GWWO in Baltimore, our circadian rhythm cabins align with the body’s natural rhythms — helping reduce stress, enhance creativity, and increase connection to the natural environment.

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Testimonials from Past Retreaters

"I recently attended one of the local retreats, and it was extremely enriching and it helped me work through a lot of stuck energy in my system. I met a friendly group of like minded souls, and we experienced good vibrations all weekend long. The 4 day retreat was filled with meditation, breath work, sound bath, ice bath and of course, lots of yoga! I highly recommend going to one of the retreats or at least a class! Susan is extremely knowledgeable, and she fills the room with so much positive energy.
~ Cathy C."
"I joined Thrive Yoga on a retreat this past weekend never having been to the studio before. It was an admitted risk, but one I will never regret. Susan is an amazing person and teacher. I enjoyed all of her yoga classes and the sound bath. Most importantly was the welcoming attitude of all her students. It is clear that she has developed a strong and loving community at her studio. I wish I lived closer so that I could be a part of this Thrive Family.
~ Karen G."
"This retreat was the best ever! Lots of laughter, sound bath, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, relaxation, hiking, amazing food, making new friends. What more could you want? I’ll be there again next time
~ Cyd R."
"Recently I had the pleasure of doing a yoga retreat with Thrive and I couldn’t say enough great things about this wonderful studio and their amazing community. Yoga, pranayama, sound baths, and more all delivered in an accessible yet challenging way that leaves you feeling physically energized and spiritually lifted. Their community was clearly tight knit but welcomed my friend and I immediately making us feel like we had known them forever. Although I don’t live in the area I will be watching out for workshops and making special trips just to reconnect with them and myself. I highly recommend this studio. Thank you Thrive family.
~ Jillian F."