Nature Retreats

Step out of the stress of daily life and rejuvenate in the tranquility and beauty of nature. GreenLeaf Nature Retreats are the place for deep revitalization and inspiration. Nourish yourself with higher level conversations among real vs. virtual people and space for individual reflection.

Come retreat with me…

Hi, I’m Cynthia Radford, an International Executive Coach, Certified Nature Retreat Leader and North Carolina Mountain Native. 

I’m a lifelong nature lover, passionate observer and explorer who finds peace and centeredness in the beauty of the natural world. I’ve worked with executives and senior teams around the globe for 20+ years on leadership and team development. More about that here. Adding Women’s Nature Retreats to the mix of GreenLeaf services lets me share nature’s healing power to nurture women working to make the world a better place. I invite you to retreat with me and an intimate circle of supportive, wise (and did I mention fun?) women.

GreenLeaf Retreats celebrate nature’s seasonal rhythms. 🌿 Reconnect with yourself, others and Mama Nature each season.

Register Today for my Spring Women’s Retreat and…

This Spring, it’s time to thrive! Get away from it all and get it all back again in a naturally tranquil setting:

  • Refresh and renew your perspective in a like-minded community.
  • Reconnect with the Beautiful You that is strong, vibrant, smart, fun, full of life…
  • Replenish your soul – Bloom!


NC Mountain Wildflowers

We’ll discover ✨ magical wildflowers and picnic in a mossy mountain glen… with a gorgeous waterfall!


 If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom,  perhaps your soul has never been in bloom. ~ Terri Guillemets    |    This Spring, it’s your time to BLOOM!!

Pearsons Falls

Get some soul-soothing waterfall ions – a GreenLeaf Nature Retreat specialty – along with your Spring wildflower fix.

Delight in the wonders of the world within and around you.

🌿 I’m a Green Woman. Are You?

BLOOM! Central: The Orchard Inn and Spa is a historic B&B nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills, with phenomenal farm-to-table dining and its own woodland trail. This peaceful 12-acre mountaintop getaway is run by a duo of chefs-turned-innkeepers who know just how to pamper you.

Veggies from the organic garden and orchard are crafted into multi-course dinners and breakfasts that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate (if you can take your eyes off the mountain view.) It’s said bread feeds the body but flowers feed the soul. On our BLOOM! Retreat, you don’t have to choose – you’ll be beautifully nourished body and soul at The Orchard Inn.

Formerly a mountain vacation home for railway clerks, now on the National Register of Historic Places, The Orchard Inn has refined the art of Southern hospitality.

Stay in one of the Inn’s nine graciously-appointed rooms, or treat yourself to a spacious suite or cottage with fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and private decks. Get a quick Orchard Inn video tour here. 

When not hanging out with wildflowers and waterfalls, we’ll gather by a wall of windows overlooking the tranquil Blue Ridge Mountains.

Did  Someone say SPA?  🛀🏼  And yes, there’s even a zen-like spa. Book a spa treatment before or after our retreat for a Spring Reboot and enjoy a special BLOOM! 15% retreat discount.


🍴 Nourishing Your Beautiful Body

A gourmet multi-course Breakfast-with-a-View in picturesque Newman’s Restaurant is included with every room. Be still my foodie heart…

A picnic lunch on Thursday will be provided. Dinner Wednesday and Thursday are on your own with delectable options.

For Wednesday dinner, there are a number of top-notch restaurants just down the hill in charming Saluda. One of my long-time favorites is The Purple Onion.

On Thursday evening, April 2nd, consider treating yourself to a meal you won’t soon forget. Join us for a splurge-worthy dinner at The Orchard Inn’s highly-rated (5 of 5 on Trip Advisor) restaurant, Newman’s. Dutch treat. Let me know if you’re interested so I can add a seat to our BLOOM! table.


Eat With Your Eyes


There’s no forced conviviality though – GreenLeaf retreats are about honoring your own needs. Carry-out from Wildflour Bakery & Cafe or another adorable Saluda eatery, savored to the very last morsel in your comfy spa robe, is always a wonderful supper option. You’re on retreat – so you choose!

And you’ll be back home Friday in time for your weekend… That’s intentional. You deserve your weekend!


The Particulars

“Where in the World is this blissed-out place?” you ask. The Orchard Inn and Spa is in the quaint mountain town of Saluda, North Carolina. 🚙 Saluda’s about half-way between Asheville, North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina and an easy drive from Greenville, Atlanta and Charlotte.

✈️ The Asheville airport (AVL) is just 30 minutes away from The Orchard Inn and Greenvile-Spartanburg (GSP) is only an hour’s drive.



Saluda’s entire downtown, like the Inn, holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and is brimming with creative art galleries, shops and restaurants. The Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery is not to be missed. Itty bitty Saluda (population a whopping 700 or so) blossomed as a railroad town in the late 1800’s, at the crest of the Saluda Grade, the steepest standard-gauge track in the US. In 1887, eight passenger trains passed through bustling Saluda daily. The railway line ended operation in 2001 and these days, laid-back Saluda is popular with tourists and cyclists who enjoy exploring the areas’s curvaceous mountain roads and vintage vibe.


If your heart’s 💚 saying “Wow, I really need this…!”

Then, it’s your time now. It’s a new decade, and even a Leap Year for heaven’s sake. If not now, when? It’s time to listen to yourself and hit the pause button on the particle accelerator of life.

I give my heart permission to lead this dance. I give my mind some time off – no more worry or doubt, planning or resisting. Instead, I surrender. Instead, I open. Instead, I allow, I allow, I allow. ~ Alana Fairchild

OK, so we’ve got that sorted out and you’re saying Count me in! How do I save a spot?” 


🌿 First, Register/ Pay Your Retreat Fee

$945 (Early Bird rate ’til March 1st) includes: BLOOM! 3-day program April 1-3, 2020 led by me (Coach Cynthia), retreat materials, and a picnic lunch.  A fabulous daily breakfast is also included with your room.

After March 1st, 2020 the retreat fee will be $1,095. The deadline to register is March 15, 2020.

So, pounce now to score one of only 12 places in our circle and save $150 with the BLOOM! Early Bird rate.

Get in touch with me (Cynthia) to settle up with a check or pay securely right this minute if you like through PayPal:



🙏🏼 Refer a friend, daughter, colleague, neighbor, etc. and receive a complimentary post-retreat coaching session with my thanks. Of course, this is an exclusive small-group experience, so spaces are limited and first-come-first-serve.


🏡 Second, Book Your Room  

Purchase your choice of specially discounted Orchard Inn lodging based on your needs (a room, a cottage or a suite.)

Call The Orchard Inn’s gracious guest services team at 828-749-5471 or book online. A BLOOM! retreat discount will be credited after booking. (Touch base with guest services to find out the BLOOM! discount amount for the room you have your eye on.)

So, ready to do this? Retreat Questions? Email me / Questions About The Orchard Inn?  Call 828-749-5471

📞 Oh, and this call’s for you, it’s Mother Nature… Won’t you answer?


Our Winter 2020 Women’s Retreat Rocked

January 8-10, 2020 Elevate Your Year Retreat was at the gorgeous Greystone Inn & Spa, Lake Toxaway, North Carolina.

🎬 Check out a quick video.

Elevate Your Year Collage

Investing in yourself is priceless. Cynthia’s Nature Retreat is an Rx for us all. Loved our women!  ~ Barb


Keep tabs on GreenLeaf Nature Retreats:

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..a moment of quiet in your busy day.

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And thanks for doing good! 😇 I donate a portion of GreenLeaf Nature Retreat proceeds to Dining for Women, a grassroots giving circle that helps transform lives of women and girls in the world’s toughest places, one dinner at a time.


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