Book Club

Become a part of our community Book Club…
The next best thing to reading a good book is gathering together with like-minded people and discussing it!

Each Month The Raise Your Vibe Book Club will explore a book that has been skillfully selected to challenge and inspire each of us leading to amazing discussions within our intimate, accepting, loving community.
We ask that you try to read the book in advance to maximize group benefit.
WEDNESDAY May 3rd 7:00 – 8:30PM Register on-line (7:00-7:15 and 8:30-8:45 social time)
The Dangerous Old Woman
By Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Sign-Up For Our May Meeting

No Fee, however donations are appreciated to cover refreshments & treats.

Outer Banks Retreat

Outer Banks Retreat – Fall 2017

Spaces will fill up so in order to guarantee room availability we need you to e-mail or call us at 919-466-9989 with your name, phone number, room type and name of roommate if that applies and we will get back with you for payment information.
Raise Your VIBE on an
Amazing 4 – Day Escape!
Check In: 4-6PM Thursday October 19***   Check Out: 9:45AM Sunday October 22
***EARLY ARRIVAL: If you’d like to arrive before Thursday registration, you are welcome to come as early as noon to settle in and have some extra time for yourself.  Meals and Snacks up until Thursday evening will be on your own. We will have coffee, tea, and refrigerator space on the lower level. There are a number of cute restaurants nearby in both Duck and Corolla.
 Sample Itinerary – Subject To Modifications
4-6PM Check-In, Getting situated and just soaking up the gorgeous home and beach! Take a Run, Walk, Read a Book 6PM Appetizers
7PM Dinner
8PM Group Activity/Ice Breaker
11PM Night Night
7:30 AM 20-minute Power Workout
8:00 AM Morning Yoga Practice on the Beach
9:00 AM Breakfast/ Shower
10:00 AM Group Activity
12:30 PM Lunch
4:00 PM Pilates on The Beach
6:00 PM Appetizers and Chat
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Girl Talk and Reflection
9:00 PM Socialize
11:00 PM Night Night
7:30 AM 20-minute Power Workout
8:00 AM Morning Pilates Practice on the Beach
9:00 AM Breakfast/ Shower
10:00 AM Group Activity
12:00 PM Free Time – Lunch in Corolla or Duck on your own 4:00 PM Yoga on the Beach
6:00 PM Appetizers and Chat
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Group Activity
9:00 PM Socialize
11:00 PM Night Night
7:00 20-Minute Power Workout
7:30 AM Morning Yoga & Closing Ritual

9:00 AM Breakfast & Check Out (with some heavy treats for the road trip back *Need to be out by 9:45.

ALL-INCLUSIVE Pricing Includes: Towels(Please Bring a Pool/Beach Towel), Linens, Toiletries, Workshops, classes, group activities, 3 nights lodging. 3 breakfasts (Fri, Sat, Sun), Friday Lunch (Sat Lunch is an opportunity to explore the area), 3 dinners(Thurs,Fri,Sat)
ROOM OPTIONS – Each Room Has a private bathroom …priority on room selection is given in order of registration: Option 1 – KING or QUEEN (Private Room) – $859;  Option 2 – KING (Shared Bed*) – $499 per person; Option 3 – 2 Double Beds (Shared Room* on Lower Level) – $499 USD per person Option 4 – Double Size Bunk Bed (Shared Room) – $499 lower bed and $399 upper bed
* If you elect to share a Room – please choose a friend, or relative to share it with you.  In search of a roommate? We can connect people so you can see what you think 🙂 Once registered, you will be invited to our private FB Page!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 3-night retreat and we are not able to offer any partial attendance at this time. Thank you for understanding. Notify us prior to registering if you have dietary restrictions. BYOB is optional.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy: Deposit of $150 to Hold Space 50% is refundable through July 19th. July 19th 50% of total is due (deposit paid applies to total) Balance is due September 1st. Should you have the need to cancel, the reservation can be transferred to another person (you would arrange the finances there). Should you choose to fully cancel (meaning not find a replacement), up to 90 days in advance your deposit plus 25% of additional payment already made would be deducted from your refund. Cancelations made 60 days before the trip are subject to security deposit plus 50% of payments made and less than 30 days non-refundable again unless you find an appropriate person to take your place.


A request for a refund must be received in writing.  In the case of acts of God, war, disaster or unforeseen circumstances, Triangle Pilates LLC reserves the right to reschedule this retreat. Should the need to reschedule occur you will have 7 days to determine if you are not able to attend the new date. Release Form: I have read all the above policy information and I agree to assume all risk of personal harm or injury relating to or resulting from my participating in all workshops and activities associated with studioVIBE Retreats, and to hold Triangle Pilates, LLC and its teachers, harmless as to liability for any such harm or injury.  We do purchase Hurricane Insurance so should the island not be accessible all your money will be refunded.

For Additional Information Contact

Costa Rica Retreat

Costa Rica Retreat

Costa Rica Retreat 2018

Costa Rica has stolen my heart…this will be my 4th trip to Manuel Antonio.  The town of Manuel Antonio is gorgeous…and you will see a mix of locals and tourists, it is not a busy place and  everyone literally “takes time to smell the roses” here.  Our home is located in Tulemar, the only gated community in Manuel Antonio.  We will be greeted by our personal concierge, private housekeeper who is there 8AM – 5PM Monday – Saturday to keep our house impeccable, including complimentary laundry services should you desire (yes please)! Expect to be well taken care of on this “trip you will never forget”.  Should you have any questions, please contact me.
Can’t wait to introduce you to my friends in Costa Rica!!!
February 24 – March 3, 2017
Breakfasts Provided Everyday.  Healthy Breakfasts: Eggs, Toast, Granola, Fruit, Smoothies, Coffee, Tea
Dinners 5 are Provided: 3 Dinners Cooked at our House by a local chef, Dinner at a Local Restaurant the First Night, & Dinner on Catamaran Cruise (see itinerary)
Lunches & 2 Other Dinners:
If you take any excursions, a fresh, healthy lunch is generally included.  There is a large Refrigerator as well as a wine frig just for attendees to put personal items in. Grocery Shops that sell ALL beverages as well as restaurants are very easy access by foot or free shuttle to the gate of our community (then places are right there) or our private concierge can arrange a cab for door-to-door.  Lots of great restaurants…reasonably priced and easy access, like everything in Manuel Antonio!
Group Classes (Yoga, Pilates, Total Body Workouts & Any In-House Activities Included)
Additional Complimentary Amenities: Pool Towels For Private Pool, Pool Towels and Chaises at Pools in our Gated Community, Towels, Chairs, Chaises as well as Kayaks at the Beach
*Cabana Services is available at main community pool and beach: Nice Menu and Beverages, they accept credit cards.
Itinerary – All Workouts/Classes are Optional and subject to change based on group requests 🙂 Lots of FREE time to explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
Arrive at our glorious home
Dinner at Agua Azul – Great Restaurant
7:30AM Total Body 20 Workout (20 Minutes Cardio-Sculpt)
8:00AM Yoga
5:00ish – 7:30PM Appetizers/Dinner at the House
7:30AM 5-mile Power Walk & Visit to Manuel Antonio Beach 10:00AM Pilates Workout
5:00PM Sunset Yoga
Dinner on Your Own (many restaurants easily accessible)
7:30AM Total Body 20 Workout
8:00AM Yoga
1:30 – 7:00PM Sunset Catamaran (Dinner Included)
7:30AM Total Body 20 Workout
8:00AM Yoga
5:00ish – 7:30PM Appetizers/Dinner at the House
7:30AM 5-mile Power Walk & Visit to Manuel Antonio Beach 10:00AM Pilates Workout
5:00PM Sunset Yoga
Dinner on Your Own (many restaurants easily accessible)
7:30AM Total Body 20 Workout
8:00AM Yoga
5:00ish – 7:30PM Appetizers/Dinner at the House
9AM – Van back to San Jose
About Additional Excursions
The house, private grounds, and beach, are all breath-taking so extra excursions are not needed to have an amazing time; however exploring the country is a blast. We will be taking a Sunset Catamaran Tour so you will see the coast-line and amazing beaches. Most outings will pick you up between 8:00AM and 10:00AM directly from our house. I will make all reservations for these. You will pay the day of and can cancel within 48 hours should you change your mind.
Best Days For Extra Outings are noted with a **(Mon,Wed,Thurs,Fri) and I will coordinate with the group and get all reservations organized for you, payment is made the day of the outing.
Most outings will include a healthy, fresh lunch…tours generally are 8:30 – 3:00PM and you will be picked up and dropped off at our door. (times include the drive)
Activities in Order of My Preference
Sunset Catamaran – INCLUDED
Quepos Canyoning (some zip-line, rappelling, and more – Pictures Below are from QC)
Canopy Safari ZipLine
Whitewater Rafting
Horse Back Riding To Waterfalls
ATV-Riding in Rain Forest and to Waterfalls
There are many other opportunities…ask me if there is something you have an interest in that I have not listed.
Room Cost $1699 Per Person*
Double Occupancy (2 per Room)
Includes:  Power Breakfasts Daily, 5 Dinners, Catamaran Excursion, and all home amenities listed!
Room Selection is First Come First Serve All are beautiful and spacious…the house has many places to escape on your own with patios, verandas, porches, etc…to read a book or sneak in a nap.
*The house has 4 beautiful berooms all with their own bathroom and private terrace (King Bed, 2 (large)Twins, 2 Queens, 2 Queens). Should you wish to have 3 people in one of the Queen rooms, cost would be $1399 per person.
Deposit & Cancellation Policy: Deposit of $300 to Hold Space 50% is refundable through August 15th. August 15th 50% of total is due (deposit paid applies to total) Balance is due October 31st. Should you have the need to cancel, the reservation can be transferred to another person (you would arrange the finances there). Should you choose to fully cancel, 25% of fees paid not including the deposit would be deducted from your refund. Cancelations made 90 days before the trip are subject to 50% and within 30 days non-refundable again unless you find an appropriate person to take your place, approved by roommate and coordinator.

Liz Blackman – studioVIBE Client Spotlight

Meet Liz Blackman, we fell in love with her during her first “hundred”!

Tell us about you…
I was born in Pennsylvania (Easton, near Allentown) and moved to Raleigh, NC when I was 4. I attended Athens Drive High School. I went to UNCW for my freshman year of college and then transferred to NC State—GO PACK! After that, I attended Campbell Law School in downtown Raleigh.  I  passed the bar exam in 2015 – Woo Hoo!

What brought you to studioVIBE?
I was looking for a place to escape the stress of law school and my internships and be able to take care of myself both, physically and mentally.

You just celebrated your first anniversary – congratulations and 6 months before your wedding you graduated from Campbell Law School, how in the world did you fit time in to come to studioVIBE? Honestly, it was what kept me sane a lot of the time. I just told myself that I needed to remember to make time for me, whether that meant going to a class at 6:15am or 6:15pm.

So you (obviously) are a dog lover…tell us more about this passion.
I’ve always had a deep love for animals, especially dogs. I feel like we can really learn a lot from them; their unconditional love, forgiveness, resilience and to not always take life too seriously. We really are the lucky ones that they chose us to be their best friends.

So you love dogs but we know you are in love with this guy – Cam Blackman – tell us about him? And yes how you met too!
Cameron truly is my rock and one of my biggest supporters (if not the biggest) in everything I do in life. He has encouraged me (and put up with me) through some of my most challenging moments in life. I am thankful for him every day. So, who is he? He’s a pretty awesome guy. He has the same passion for animals and the outdoors as I do. Whether we are riding off road or fishing at the lake, we soak in every moment. And how did we meet…well, Cam and I have known each other since middle school but we then went to different high schools (he went to Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh). Luckily, we had a few friends in common and after work one night , during our senior year of HS, one of our mutual friends invited me to a bonfire…at Cam’s house. And really, we have been together ever since. He asked me to marry him in one of our favorite places in the world, Key West, during my first year of law school.  We returned back to tie the knot March 12, 2016.

That is awesome Liz! and we think Cameron is a lucky guy.  A couple more workout questions ..What classes do you take at studioVIBE?
I really like to mix it up but my favorites are Physique and Pilates Tower.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?
It feels like a family and not only do I get an awesome workout, I’m usually laughing my way through it. Oh, and the surprise visits from Colby are always a favorite!

Since you have been coming to studioVIBE, what do you look forward to the most?
Being able to take a moment out of the day where I focus and challenge myself and always leaving feeling accomplished.

If you had to pick three words to describe studioVIBE, what would those words be?
Fun, Challenging, Camaraderie

What would you tell someone who think Pilates is “easy”?
First I probably would have a good chuckle, then I would challenge them to take a class because no one who has actually taken a class would call it easy.

Any last minute words for someone who is contemplating getting started at studioVIBE?
Just do it. Your mind, body and spirit will not regret it. I promise.

And just for FUN, what 3 things would you want with you if stuck on a deserted island?
Coffee, a good book (or rather my Nook) and margaritas for the afternoon siesta 🙂

Ok…now a bit about why we #loveliz!  Liz Blackman brightens our day every single time she walks in the door.  She is a golden package: intelligent, compassionate, friendly,  and beautiful.  When there is a new client, we can count on Liz to help set up there mat and any needed equipment; she makes them feel like a “regular”.  Liz works hard in each of her classes and always leaves with a smile!   Thank you Liz for all you bring to studioVIBE!  xoxo

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Thanks to one of our new clients, Lisa N, who shared this tasty recipe with us!!!


Serves 4

1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 1⁄2 inch piece of ginger, sliced and crushed
4 cloves garlic, minced
Zest and juice of one lime
2 tsp. curry
3 sweet potatoes, peel removed, and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 15 ounce can of full fat coconut milk (organic preferred – I use Native Forest)
2 cups filtered water
1⁄2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add ginger and garlic, lime zest and cook until slightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add curry and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute.

Add sweet potatoes, coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Turn off heat and leave on stove for 1⁄2 hour to allow flavors to meld.

Puree soup in blender or food processor. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice.


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