As a first time retreat guest I was a bit nervous how the trip would unfold, but as soon as I arrived I felt comfortable. It was so great to have conversation in the evening, not have to plan anything! Know that the meals and the fitness and the activities outside the yoga room were all available but not mandatory. I ended up doing everything!!! The property - stunning, access to everything, so easy! That definitely added to how rested I felt on the way home from vacation... And meeting so many fun people. I will definitely be back - so glad to be part of this community! Thank  you, Thank you!

MG 2017 Maui Hawaii Retreat guest


This retreat was the best. I needed it more than I had originally thought. After the reset, the connection I was able to create with other guests, and check in with myself, I feel great and I am ready to once again conquer the world. I am really really  happy. Thank you True North/Bikram Retreat - I will be back again next year!


Maui 2017

So long as you are hosting these retreats, I am coming back. One, two maybe three times next year. It is a perfect reset! See you soon!


Maui 2016 & 2017

Words can not describe how grateful I am to have decided to come to your retreat in Maui this past Feb. 2017 . Amazing. Incredible. Awesome! Every. Single. Minute! 

Mahalo - T

“I never felt so nourished”!

Viv – 2016 VT


I wasn’t sure, but I brought my kids on retreat in June and it was absolutely fantastic. The kids had a ball and loved The Killington Parks & Rec camp so close and so easy. It was just enough family time and me time. Liz Patnode and her staff were incredibly accommodating of all my kids needs, packed them lunch, kids dinner meals had movies for them in the evenings. I just can’t say enough wonderful things,,, the kids are still talking about it and if course I am too!

T – 2016 VT


Dear True North..

What a beautiful location, amazing schedule of things to do & lovely yogi company!
Truly an unforgettable experience. See you next year!!

J – 2016 VT

"I don't know what I expected but The True North Experience totally changed how I feed myself and my family. The yoga - Awesome. The teaching - Fantastic. The venue - Stunning."

MK 2016 Retreat Guest


"I went for the yoga, I'd go back for the food alone. It was the most delicious food I have ever eaten."

Johanna Wolf, 2016 Retreat Guest


"I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for everything associated with the True North Retreat that you just completed. My partner returned home the model of Zen! I know it was a lot to try to pull off the surprise for as long as we did, but it was well worth it. From what I can tell, she truly had an amazing time - an amazing trip for a once in a lifetime birthday. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Thanks again -"

GB - 2016 partner of retreat guest. retreat purchased for a 40th b-day present!


Hello Liz!

I haven't stopped thinking about you and the most awesome vacation EVER! Jumping 16-18 feet out of Agave trees into waterfall pools! Who does that?? US! The whale watching trip and all the new people I met from all walks of life and of course all the fabulous meals prepared by you... Oh my goodness. I could just go on.. the introduction to meditation and yoga was so self reflecting..l know I am a work in progress but am so thankful. This retreat has made a noticeable difference in my life. I read the post from yesterday regarding the upcoming cookbook! You are truly an AMAZING woman and TRUE NORTH necessary for everyone to experience. I can't wait to share another journey with you.. well heck how about April. I'm coming back and then for sure Vermont this Summer!!!!! Much love always

MJ 2016 retreat guest ( for life)


Hi Liz,

I've been meaning to write you for weeks to thank you for such a great time in Maui! I loved it all and hope to join you again in the future. Thanks for making it so comfortable for me to do my own thing and still feel cared for!

JW 2016  Guest  


"The yoga is great, the food even better, the people you meet you will know forever. Never good bye - just see you next time"
-Bikram Retreat Guest VT 2015

"Hi everyone,

Here is the list of all the emails I got as promised.

I want you all to know that I had the best vacation ever, you are all such special and amazing women, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to spend my time with. thank you all for making my trip so wonderful and special . the memories will last forever. I am missing everything about the retreat! Liz & Lynn, you are truly amazing in everything you do, a total inspiration.

Love, -Bikram Retreat Guest 2015 VT

Dear Liz

You made our retreat lovely and special with your extraordinary cooking and love. See you in just two months. I am coming back on retreat!!  H. 2015

I have been going to Bikram Bronx ever since the retreat and have lost a good amount of weight – I have a really good schedule utilizing both Bikram Bronx and Bikram Scarsdale to keep me on track – all thanks to you and Lynn!!  Loveing it and looking forward to seeing you next year.  I am afraid that I will not be able to make it to Puerto Rico – makes me very sad. June can't come soon enough!!. LH  June 2014

Dear Lynn & Liz - My experience throughout this retreat has nourished me inside and out.  Thank you so much for everything. MA June 2014

Ladies -

I simply want to express my sincere thanks for providing the environment I need, at this time in my life, to learn, reflect, and generate positive energy. From the yoga practice & instruction to the nourishing food to the mindfulness exhibited by both of you, I am truly appreciative. What a treat to be free from responsibility and allow myself regenerative time!

Many thanks for being a part of my journey.. perhaps our paths will cross again as we continue seeking optimum health and joy in our lives.

With gratitude -  AT June 2014




Wow!  What a great weekend.  Thank you both so much for everything.  Your classes and clinic were fantastic.  I learned so much Saturday evening and can’t wait to start incorporating what I learned into my practice.  It was great to have a few classes back to back and experience what that is like, as I have never done that before.

Thank you also for the incredible food.  Definitely a highlight of the weekend for me!  The meditation was wonderful and I can’t wait to try a little bit of that in the mornings before my girls wake up. 

I hope you both were OK with the early departure. I think I was just missing my girls a bit and ready to get home again.  That was exactly what I needed though because as I walked through the front door, I felt so much more at ease compared to when I left.  With two little ones, your fuse can run a little short sometimes, so I am learning that breaks can be very beneficial. 

Anyway, thanks again for all you did and I hope I get to visit the farm and studio again sometime in the future. 



I just wanted to say thank you for leading such an absolutely incredible retreat. I know I speak on behalf of everyone in saying that everything was amazing. I'm already missing your delicious food, the beautiful studio, and the meditations with Anthony. I will be there next summer with bells on!

Best wishes for a wonderful rest of the summer!!!


PS -

Would you mind sending me the recipe for the soup you made the first night? I had four bowls of it!!! I couldn't resist!

I just wanted to thank you for a great retreat.  I had a good time and the people who participated were all very so amazing.  I will make sure I recommend you for functions and of course future retreats and see you again very very soon!.



Thanks so much for organizing a truly wonderful week.

I feel so calm!

Thank you!


"Thanks to YOU for sharing your knowledge and experience! Every retreat I learn something more about the practice and myself. Don't know how I managed all this time without it but I know I can't imagine my life without these retreats. Simply superb."


Thanks for a great retreat. I enjoyed every aspect of the retreat very much and am so glad to have taken the time out to come. The pace just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks, again,


I want to thank you for the wonderful retreat.  I was only there 2  days but I met lots of cool people, the yoga was awesome, the hiking was enjoyable and the food was to die for.  Thank you again for the wonderful retreat, I hope you have another one next year because I will definitely be there.  
All my best ,

I never got the chance to thank you for the amazing experience I had on the retreat in June and I can not thank you both enough for the wonderful job you did on the retreat - it was life changing for me. I am sure that you heard from I can not make the September retreat due to a work conflict and I am quite upset about it! Maybe we can set up something private? Let me know, I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Best regards,

 -Thank you both for being you. What an amazing retreat. I enjoyed every moment. The yoga, the amazing Lynn Whitlow, the food, and everything else that is Vermont.,  I know for certain that we will  be back. I am so happy that you are part of my 'yoga family'. You inspire me more than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do and share -
-S & R. R.

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful retreat. I had such a wonderful time truly testing and expanding my limits. I am going to start saving my pennies now to go to Puerto Rico AND Maui! Can't wait!!
Love to you and everyone there back in The Green Mountains!

Dear Liz,

While belated, I could not allow the entire Summer to pass without properly thanking and commending you two on a spectacular retreat this past June. For me it was a dream vacation - between the deep, technical Bikram instruction and practice, to the unbelievable meals ( and desserts! and juice!), to the deep relaxation and camaraderie provided by the location and fellow yogis. It was truly a spectacular - a chance top deepen and improve my practice, relax and kickoff Summer in a healthful way. I as you know, I plan to be back! Thank you again for all you do to make these retreats magical.

Namaste - AD


Hi Liz,

Before too much time has passed, I wanted to take the opportunity the thank you and Lynn for the fabulous retreat!  The food was way beyond what I expected, you must be exhausted after we finally left.   

I have already sprouted my first batch of almonds and can’t wait to try to make your Kale salad!

The classes and clinics were equally amazing and I learned so much, thank you Lynn!

I made so many new friends and am also grateful for that!  I would love to go next year to Puerto Rico, please add me to your list.

Warmest Regards,



Thank you Liz for organizing a great event. I met lots of great people and the food was good even if it was raw and vegan (lol!) for us normal 'meat eaters' ;) . I will be adding some more living foods to my diet no doubt. I feel great after only a week!

I will recommend this trip to my studio for sure.

Cheers and hope to see you again soon!