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2024 Educator Mindfulness Retreat
June 26-28, 2024 |  Old Fort, NC

Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat

There are two retreats scheduled for 2024. The June 12-14, 2024 retreat is sold out. Email Todd Scholl if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for that retreat. The June 26-28, 2024 retreat application is now open. This retreat is open to new and past participants. Click the button above to apply. Please note these retreats are only open to South Carolina public educators.

Pricing / What's Included


$150 for members of The SCEA

$250 for non-members


Each participant will have accommodations in a cabin checking in on June 26 and checking out on June 28. (June 12-14 for the first retreat.)

Trainings, activities, and book

At the beginning of the retreat, you will be provided a menu of trainings and activities. You will be free to select which of these work for you. All participants will select a book related to the content covered in the retreat.

Meals, snacks, and refreshments

Each cabin is equipped with a full kitchen. You are free to bring your own food, but we will provide the following meals:

  • Day One: Dinner

  • Day Two: Light Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day Three: Light Breakfast


Coffee, tea, and snacks will also be provided.


Educators need opportunities for renewal. They need intentional time set aside to restore their spirits, refill their own buckets, and recommit to self-care. Our educator renewal retreat offers a special kind of experience for teachers that focuses on nourishing their inner lives in an environment of autonomy, relevance, and compassion. The secular, science-based, and trauma-sensitive retreat is designed BY educators FOR educators.

This year's retreat will be held at Indigo Nature Retreat in Old Fort, NC. During the retreat, participants will explore trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices, gentle, restorative yoga, and self-care practices. Together, we will cultivate community of care and create an atmosphere that facilitates personal renewal and reconnection. Our retreats are intended for public school educators, administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, education majors, and college professors who prepare teachers. 


Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat
Mindfulness Retreat

Located in the heart of Pisgah National forest with the Blue Ridge Mountains as our canvas Indigo Nature retreat provides the perfect setting to get away and unwind. Dense foliage, rolling currents, and diverse trails make our home away from home a unique place to come alive. Learn more at

Retreat Expectations

  • CHOICE - You may opt out of any activity

  • There will be a maximum of sixteen retreat participants

  • Limited use of personal cell phones/technology in order to foster mindful awareness

  • Secular teaching and practices to honor people of all faith backgrounds

  • Content geared towards public school educators and professionals working with youth

  • A collegial, casual atmosphere - Wear comfortable clothes, no prior experience necessary

  • This is a retreat, not professional development or a workshop

  • As much as we love animals, no pets are allowed at the retreat center

  • ​If you are currently struggling with significant physical and/or mental health issues, this retreat would not be appropriate for you.

Retreat Facilitators

Jelena Popovic


🛠️ Opportunities manifester

🪄 Facilitation maestro

🥰 Love generator

🌍 Peace ambassador

To create a deep sense of connection and belonging, we need to acknowledge our interdependence and cultivate communities of care. That’s why Jelena has dedicated her career to mindfulness group facilitation and leadership, peace education and is

committed to justice and service. Jelena Popovic is a veteran school psychologist who is experienced in creating communities of care for educators and supporting them in cultivating their mindfulness practice and teaching. 

With Todd Scholl she co-created and co-facilitated the inaugural South Carolina Mindfulness for Educators Retreat at Newberry College in June 2016. Since then, Jelena has guided numerous in-person and virtual retreats for educators including Greenville County School District, Buncombe County Schools, Mindful Schools, Copper Beech Institute and international At Home In the World family retreats. 

She currently serves as a WholeSchool Mindfulness Director at an early childhood education center in Greenville, South Carolina, is on the advisory board for the Peace of Mind, works as a Program Facilitator for Mindful Schools, guides groups as a Cloud Sangha Teacher, is an Awakening Joy for Educators teacher, and serves as Practicing Peace in Schools Leadership Council lead for the Peace Alliance. She is also a co-founder of Design to Connect, LLC, an educational consulting organization, that assists schools in their efforts in skillful, integrated, and sustainable communities of care practices and wholeschool mindfulness implementation.

Todd Scholl


💡 Idea Generator

🎤 Communication Wizard

👁️ Vision to Reality Actualizer

🤓 Star Wars Nerd

Todd Scholl is the Lead Learner at The SCEA's Center for Educator Wellness & Learning. He is the former Coordinator of Communications & Program Development at South Carolina's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement (CERRA). Todd is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

He also spent over fifteen years in the classroom in Horry County. Todd is the founder of Teachers Aligned, a non-profit organization designed to empower educators with tools and information related to mindfulness, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, social-emotional learning, yoga, self-care, neuroscience, psychology, and teacher wellness. ​Todd stumbled upon mindfulness practice while searching for solutions to manage his stress as an educator. For over a decade, Todd has facilitated hundreds of sessions on mindfulness and other SEL practices for educators.

Map to Indigo Nature Retreat

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