SYS Retreats

Stay active, be still, or maybe a little bit of both.  Our retreats are all about you.

SYS Wellness Retreat for Women 2019

May 3rd 'til May 9th 2019 ~ Samaná Peninsula, Dominican Republic

Imagine this...! You bring your swimsuit, some sandals, and a smile. We're on our way for a lovely stay. Once we arrive, you deepen your breath. You pause and feel peace. You laugh, dance, play some games, practice yoga, learn how to SHYNE, visit the locals, and celebrate Self on the seashore. Just relax, trust, and let go. We've done all the planning for you. Note: If you're not in MD/VA/DC, we'll be in touch re: flights to/from your local airport. Women from far and wide... all good!
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Retreat Includes: 7 Days / 6 Nights; Round-Trip Flights; Transportation (in US & DR); Luxury Accommodations; Daily Yoga / Meditation / SHYNE ; Plenty of Free Time / Play Time; Most Meals / Activities
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We'll enjoy 5 nights in our northern coastal oceanfront luxury digs in Las Terrenas and then 1 night of colonial Dominican culture of the southern city of Santo Domingo. We'll have a super groovy variety of experiences on this retreat. One such highlight we're excited to announce is my mother! Bon Kyle-Blamphin, my inspiration and creator of AquaSHYNE, will be joining us for the week. Hip! Hip! Yeah! Click here for pics of the area and our 5-star private villa.

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Choice of Suites

Penthouse Private King Suite w/ Private Bath: $2700

Main Level Private King Suite w/ Private Bath: $2500

Main Level Private King Suite w/ Shared Bath: $2300

Main Level Shared Twin Suite w/ Shared Bath: $2000

(Share your king suite with a sister or friend! Just let me know.

Leave a note when you reserve and I'll reply to you with an adjusted rate.)

Stretch Your Spirit in the Dominican Republic!

Reserve Your Suite Here





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SYS Private Practices

Whether you're looking for laughter, meditation, a strong powerful yoga practice for strength and toning, a calm restorative practice to relieve stress and pain -- or all of the above -- your practice will be structured accordingly. Online or at SYS location in Annapolis or Severna Park MD.


1 person: $65 per hour practice (initial consult $75)

2 ppl: $85 per hour practice (initial consult $95)

> 2 ppl: cost to be determined

SYS Open Group Practices

Mondays 12pm

Summer Session 2019 begins June 10th

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Join us for Gentle Flow Yoga! This is a practice that focuses on mindful movement, structural stability, and breathing consciously. Cost is $10. Just show up! Bring a yoga mat and wear comfy clothes. Any questions or concerns? Please reach out. 

Mondays and Thursdays 545pm

Fall Session begins September 2019

Stay Tuned for Schedule


"The couples retreat in Panama.....amazing!!!

It exceeded all of our expectations."

- Carolyn & Carmine V.

Questions? Concerns? Comments? Please reach out.

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Julie Blamphin is a Certified Yoga Teacher (2010) and the Founder of Stretch Your Spirit. Her own personal yoga journey began as a gymnast more than 40 years ago at the age of 3 in her mother's school of gymnastics in upstate New York. At the age of 12, she began teaching young Special Olympians -- practicing balance, flexibility, strength, & sensory awareness. This experience was the foundation for her life work. And ever since, Julie has committed her teachings in a myriad of ways & worlds. Currently, she's busy facilitating special events, international retreats, and private yoga practice online and in Annapolis and Severna Park Maryland.


"Stretch Your Spirit as been a wonderful endeavor for me. Since 2009, Julie has helped me to strengthen my soul and my body. Her energetic and positive personality makes her a great motivator and person. I even scheduled a private session with her on the morning of my wedding so as to put myself in the right frame of mind for the big day – it was great!" (Kate M., Teacher, Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn Maryland)

"Julie -- After a year and a half of yoga with you, I am a total believer. I recommend yoga to everyone I know and to most of my clients.  I like my body better now than ever and I feel like my arms are getting and looking stronger. Either that or I am having body image distortion in a positive way (which wouldn't be a bad thing anyway)! I also enjoy all the people I've met in your practices and think that "yoga people" are special, non-judgmental, and fun! Thanks for sharing yourself with us!" (Laurie F., Psychologist, Annapolis MD)

"I have healed, grown, toned, laughed and loved at Stretch Your Spirit and for all these reasons, I thank you Julie! Hugs, Peace and Love! " (Patti F., Annapolis, Maryland")


"When you're overweight & have severe arthritis, one often wonders if you're capable of practicing yoga. I can tell you from first-hand experience that with the right yoga instructor... yes, you can! I never dreamed that I'd be able to get up & down from the floor after a period of deconditioning prior to joint replacements. Not only can I do that now, but Julie Blamphin has assisted me in many other accomplishments that have improved my quality of life with regards to pain & mobility. She is excellent in making the necessary adjustments to fit my needs. Because of her approach, I have learned to listen to my body cues in a much more productive & positive way. The knowledge I have achieved concerning my own body surpasses anything I previously intellectually understood from my experience & training as a lifelong health care provider. Yogini Julie is a positive motivator & caring guide on this physical & spiritual path. It has been a privilege to have such a guide to safely assist me in acquiring improved flexibility, enhanced body awareness, ability to try without fear, less pain, & overall wellness. Achieving these outcomes without incurring further injury has been due to the astute accommodations that Julie makes at each yoga practice. I highly recommend Julie Blamphin! You will not be disappointed in any way & will be astounded at your progress if you listen & open yourself to this holistic approach." (Barbara B., Retired Nurse, Annapolis Maryland)

"After only 6 months of yoga, the tight jeans I was hoping to wear again slid right up and over my hips!" (Kim C., Teacher, Gambrills Maryland)

“I LOVE THIS YOGA PRACTICE!! I feel so much better. I am so much stronger. My stress has been reduced and I sleep better. I am delighted to say that I have become a much more balanced and happy person. We all have such a fun time together that I have been able to diligently practice 3 x a week for an entire year and I have never been able to maintain that dedication to any program before. Of course Yoga is wonderful, but the true difference at Stretch Your Spirit is JULIE!! She is a fabulous sparkle of light and joy! Namaste. (Lisa C., Event Coordinator, Annapolis, Maryland)