Yoga beginners and seasoned practitioners will join together for a time of renewal and networking at the first annual Green Earth Yoga Retreat on June 10-12. Hosted by Om Yoga & Pilates Studio, the event will be held at beautiful Camp McFadden, just eight miles east of Ponca City in north central Oklahoma.

A variety of yoga sessions are planned, including yoga for your body type, sunrise yoga and teaching yoga to children. Other offerings include meditation, aromatherapy, nurturing organic meals, social events including a wine tasting, African drumming circle and moonlight meditation under the stars.

“Yoga retreats are not available in this area,” said Kay Smith, owner of Om Yoga & Pilates Studio in Ponca City, Okla. “I wanted to offer an event that did not require a lot of travel time or expense for those attending.”

“This retreat is dedicated to supporting, educating and building the yoga community,” she said. “There is something for everyone, including those new to yoga, those who teach yoga, and even those who are just interested in learning about yoga.”

It all will happen in a lovely outdoor setting overlooking Kaw Lake. Participants may reserve a bunk in one of the six group cabins. The area also offers space for tents or campers (no RVs, please), a learning center, dining lodge and hiking trails. For those who want more formal lodging, area hotels are a 15-minute drive from the retreat site.

A full-event pass for the retreat is $200 and includes all meals, social events and classes. Register by May 1 for the early bird discount of $180. Also available are other registration packages, such as one day only or evening socials with meals. A portion of proceeds from the retreat will be donated to benefit the nonprofit camp.

To register for the event or for more information, visit, or contact Kay Smith, (580) 304-4771.

Event instructors include:

Valerie Love, owner of Life Mastery Services, Oklahoma City. Love will instruct sunrise yoga and lead an afternoon breakout session. 

Dr. Amit Gumman, Holistic Ayurvedic Physician, founder and president of Harmony Healing Center, Inc., Oklahoma City. Dr. Gumman is the only professional practicing Ayurvedic medicine in the state. He will lead Friday evening’s social, the moonlight meditation and a meditation breakout session.

Elizabeth Barlow, co-founder and owner of Tulsa Yoga Therapy Studio, Tulsa, Okla. Barlow will present “RECESS,” Resource Education for Calming, Energizing, Self-awareness and Self-regulation, yoga for children.

Kathy Jo Higgins, Clinical Amomatherapist for Young Living Essential Oils is known as the “Aromatherapy Lady of Oklahoma.” Higgins will present a session on the many uses and benefits of essential oils, as well as having everyone create their own “bug spray.”

All of the guest speakers are qualified to give Continued Education Credits to Certified Yoga Instructors or those in the process of certification.

About Om Yoga & Pilates Studio

Founded in 2008 by Kay Smith, Om Yoga & Pilates Studio has welcomed more than 400 students from across the north central Oklahoma region. The studio offers classes in Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Pilates, in addition to specialty seminars such as meditation, belly dancing and aromatherapy. More information is available at


About Camp McFadden

Founded in 1927 as a Camp Fire Girls camp, Camp McFadden is now a not-for-profit residential camp offering cabin rentals, tent space and a lodge for group gatherings. Located eight miles east of Ponca City, the camp overlooks Kaw Lake, a 38-mile long lake with 170 miles of shoreline. Other amenities offered at Camp McFadden include volleyball, horseshoes, canoe pond, high and low ropes course, playground equipment, hiking trails, nature center, kitchen (located in the lodge), bath house and archery range.  More information is available at

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For more information about this event or to schedule an interview with any of the instructors, contact Kay Smith, 580-304-4771, or

Contact:  Kay Smith

Cell:  580-304-4771