Carolina Wellness Institute


CWI, LLC is founded and operated by Paula Huffman, Co-founder and former Co-Owner/Director of Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts, LLC.

The mission of CWI is to bring high quality programs and services that promote healthy living statewide both at our physical location and on site at your location.

Programs and services are offered at various locations throughout the Triangle and may be brought into your workplace or private setting.

Find more information on each page about the various options available to you. 


Stress Management.

Healthful living..


Special Upcoming Events

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Date:  Saturday, August 26    9-1pm


Mckay Healing Arts

4916 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403

Led by Paula Huffman

We all need a little time for restoring balance to our busy and hectic lives.

This morning retreat will provide you with the opportunity to rest, reflect and restore while awakening to new and healthier ways of being

You will learn:

*How to recognize that Stress is arising and ways to reduce escalation

*Mind Body Connection Practices such as the Body Scan and Gentle Yoga

*Mindful Eating Practices

*How to communicate with presence and awareness

*The therapeutic mindfulness practice of Seated Meditation

*Loving Kindness Meditation for developing Compassion for self and others

*Ways to bring Mindfulness Practices into your Everyday Life


AHHH, Let the Bliss Begin!

*****Restorative Yoga Workshop

August 26th        3-4:30pm

Mckay Healing Arts

Led by Paula Huffman


Make a Day of It!

Attend both the A Time for Healing Retreat and the Restorative Yoga for $60

Restorative Yoga is a series of poses in which you are effortlessly and completely supported with bolsters, blankets and pillows. This practice creates a deeply relaxing, healing and meditative experience.

Restorative poses are sequenced to alternately stimulate and relax the body to move toward balance. Poses provide stretching of different areas of the body along with joint opening and muscle relaxation. The outcome is a general sense of deep relaxation, opening and rejuvenation.

While beneficial to all, Restorative Yoga is especially effective during times of increased stress related to illness, injury or major life changes. All levels of practitioners can benefit from this practice. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

****A Time for Healing Weekend Beach Retreat

February 9-11, 2018

Trinity Retreat Center
618 Salter Path Road
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

(just north of Emerald Isle)

Led by Paula Huffman, Ann Burrus and Cheryl Diegel

Yoga, Mindfulness Practices and Group Meditations

We will only have 6 Rooms Available  (single or double)

for this Retreat

Register Early

We are so excited to offer our Winter  Beach retreat ! It is our hope to make this an experience that will allow everyone many options to rest, socialize, rejuvenate through Yoga and Pilates, meditate and enjoy the beach.

The Trinity Center is a beautiful Retreat Space with 62 acres by the water and maritime forest. You will find the environment to be very restful and calming.

Room availability will be very limited. It is recommended that you reserve your space as soon as you know you want to come.

You are welcome to pass this on to friends and family. (Adults only)

You will find these Amenities and more at the Trinity Center:

**Morgan Beach House is on the Ocean front. This is the space for our practices, evening gatherings and time to be on your own and do nothing but enjoy the view! There is a nice front porch with rockers!

**All rooms have private baths, one double bed and one single bed.

There is a common area for each group of rooms giving you a place to hang out and get to know one another

Microwave, ice maker and coffee maker available here.

**Sound Side Docks

**Walking Trails

**The Beach!!!!!!!


Meals are included, beginning on Friday for dinner and end Sunday for breakfast.

We can accommodate special diets but must know your request at time of registration

Healing Resources by Appointment

Massage to You in your Room

Private Yoga or Meditation Instruction



(includes room accommodations, meals, and all classes)

Deposits to hold Space

$100 of your payment is non-refundable. Should you have to cancel, we will apply that deposit to future Retreats

$100 deposit will hold your space in the Retreat

You can choose a Single Occupancy or Double Occupancy Room

Currently we have only 4 Single Occupancy Rooms Available; First come First Served

Single occupancy rooms are guaranteed when payment is made in full.

There is a possibility more single rooms may open up as we go forward.

Early Bird Prices

Register and pay in Full by Novemeber 30th

Single $425

Double $380

Full Prices

Begin December 1st

Single $460

Double $410

Full Balance is Due December 15th

Cancellation Policies

$100 non-refundable deposit will be held as a credit toward future Retreats on any cancellation

Jan 15th ends all Full Refunds

Cancellations from Jan 16th on will result in a refund of 50% with the remainder held as credit toward future Retreats

We are expecting that due to limited space we will have a waiting list. Should we be able to fill your spot, we will refund your money in full.

Here is our Schedule

You can pick and choose what you would like to participate in

We want to make sure you have plenty of free time to explore the area or take some quiet time.

You can come to as many of the events as you like. You can also relax on your own at the Morgan Beach House when there are not events scheduled. It has a great front porch!



Room Check In


Greeting Circle and Guided Meditation


Wine Social




Stretch and Restore Yoga--Ann



Beach Front Meditation--Paula




Walking Meditation

as a Formal Mindfulness Practice Instruction--Paula



Silent Walking Meditation


Vinyasa Flow Yoga--Cheryl




Free Time


Introduction to Mindfulness

Body Scan Practice--Paula


Embody Yoga--Cheryl




Wine Social

Bring a bottle to share


Restorative Yoga--Paula



Beach Front Meditation--Paula




Check out



Walking Meditation--Paula






Loving Kindness Meditation Practice

Closing Circle


Lunch together at a local restaurant


Ann Burrus, E-RYT Ann has been teaching yoga for 14 years. She received her 200 hr yoga certification from the N.C. School of Yoga in 2003. Additionally, she studied with Sara Meeks, physical therapist and Kripalu yoga teacher, for certification to teach yoga for osteopenia and osteoporosis in 2004..She studied with Judith Lasater in 2005 for her certification as a restorative yoga teacher. She studied with Nischala Joy Devi in 2008 for certification to teach yoga to those who may be dealing with life-threatening diseases. Ann is also proud to have studied with Lillah Schwartz of Asheville, N.C., a master teacher who has trained yoga teachers in alignment-based yoga for three decades, including classes on how to heal your back with yoga. Drawn to the healing power of yoga, physically and spiritually, Ann teaches an alignment-based form of yoga and believes that everyone, regardless of physical limitation, can benefit from doing yoga. Restorative yoga poses are integrated into her classes and students are encouraged to feel comfortable with what comes to the surface as they breathe, move, and release stress.


Cheryl Diegel has been teaching yoga since 2003. She has a 565 hour accreditation in Embodiyoga. Embodiyoga is a somatic exploration of the body/mind opening new levels of consciousness. She lives with her husband, Larry, near Chapel Hill. They have one daughter and five grandchildren. 


Paula Huffman BS,RN,ERYT,started practicing yoga in the mid 70’s.  She now has a committed personal yoga and meditation practice that has evolved since that time. Combining her life’s work experience in the health care field with her yoga teaching, Paula’s focus is on the healing and restorative aspects of yoga through the development of both physical and spiritual awareness.Her style of teaching encourages a quiet, gentle, reflective approach to asana with the belief that yoga can be adapted to meet students needs regardless of any limitations they may be experiencing.  

Paula also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Management Classes with UNC School of Medicine’s Program on Integrative  Medicine .

She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the NC School of Yoga in 2001 and has received specialty certificationsinRestorative Yoga, Perinatal Fitness, and Prepared Childbirth Education.  She has completed MIndfulness Based Stress Reduction and Pain Mgt trainings with Jon Kabat Zinn and studied Mindfulness through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Mass. Paula has also completed yoga teacher trainings with Sara Powers  (Yin Yoga) and Frank Jude Boccio.(Mindfulness Yoga)

To register, contact Paula Huffman

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