Tranquil Edge Martial Arts Retreat

Tranquil Edge Martial Arts Retreat

Join us for a unique two-night retreat that blends the art of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) with the serenity of nature and the depth of Eastern healing traditions. Whether you're an FMA practitioner, a lover of Filipino culture, or simply seeking an enriching escape, this retreat offers something for everyone.

Engage in dynamic FMA sessions:
Understand FMA unique approach through a discussion on Combat Geometry
Explore the concept of Four Quadrants and its application in FMA techniques
Sharpen your skills through stick and knife drills including stick locks and disarms.

Embrace Filipino cultural and healing practices:
Experience healing through meditation & breathwork
Gain insights into Philippine talismans & symbols
Learn the art of self-healing through Hilot, a traditional Filipino healing method
Rejuvenate with auric clearing and immersive sound bath

Our retreat is a space for introspection, community, and fun – a perfect blend of rigorous training and relaxation amidst nature. Join us for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary, into the heart of Filipino martial arts and culture. Let's explore, learn, and grow together!

More than Just Training - An Array of Enriching Experiences:
Immerse in the enchanting tales of Filipino folklore under a starlit sky
Engage in a fun scavenger hunt with elements of FMA
Connect with fellow enthusiasts
Savor mindful meals crafted to nourish your body and soul, complementing your holistic experience.

Book your spot now for an unforgettable weekend of learning, healing, and community!

Friday, September 6 - Sunday, September 8, 2024

3-Days, 2-Nights

All-Inclusive Glamping Pod for One Person - $800, plus taxes and fees.


25% Deposit to reserve today - remaining balance charged 30 days before your retreat!

Meet Your Hosts

Arlene Stevens

A pioneering figure in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali community, she holds the distinction of being the first woman to achieve the rank of Tuhon (Master Instructor) in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, as recognized by Grandtuhon Leopoldo Gaje. Her journey began in the Philippines, where she was immersed in the rich traditions and intricate movements of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) from a young age. This deep-rooted connection to her cultural heritage is evident in her groundbreaking training manual, Visualizing Flow: A Pekiti Tirsia Kali Training Companion, which is a cherished resource among her students, valued for its innovative approach to learning and teaching. Her profound cultural and personal background is seamlessly interwoven with her expansive knowledge in internal arts, enriching her teachings with a blend of external mastery and internal wisdom. Her innovative teaching methodology transcends conventional approaches, skillfully deconstructing complex Pekiti Tirsia techniques into their core elements. This process not only ensures precision and economy of motion but also fosters a profound understanding of the art. Her approach is both straightforward and deeply insightful, marking her as a unique and invaluable guide in the world of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.


Malcolm Stevens

As a former U.S. Marine, he seamlessly integrates his extensive background in Law Enforcement and Corrections Tactics with a rich 30-year history in martial arts, spanning Tae Kwon Do, Filipino Martial Arts, line training, and kickboxing. His multifaceted career, which includes both practicing and teaching these disciplines, as well as refereeing, has deepened his mastery in martial arts. This varied experience manifests in a training style that is both vigorous and demanding. His approach, firmly rooted in the belief that physical rigor and mental tenacity are essential, elevates his teaching beyond mere technique to an ethos of discipline. His guiding principle, discipline transcends routine, underscores the idea that discipline goes beyond repetitive actions, focusing instead on fostering a mindset of persistence, focus, and continual improvement. Specializing in offensive and counter-offensive strategies, particularly muscle-tendon destruction techniques, he equips students for real combat situations. His contributions are pivotal to our Pekiti Tirsia curriculum, integrating a deep respect for martial traditions with contemporary tactical knowledge.


Nique Dayrit Davis

She is a bridge between the ancient and the modern, skillfully weaving her vast array of skills and knowledge to educate, heal, and inspire. As a certified Lakan in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, she trained under the esteemed guidance of Tuhon Arlene and Tuhon Malcolm. Her exceptional contributions to the Pekiti Tirsia Kali community include promoting Filipino culture and martial arts through cultural discussions, healing sessions, and FMA demonstrations. Her journey blends her extensive educational background, evident in her graduate studies in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, with her deep-rooted connection to traditional Filipino practices. Her historical familial training in Hilot, Palmistry, Divination, and Ancestral Veneration practices, passed down through generations, showcases her intrinsic link to her ancestral wisdom. She extends her influence by teaching wellness practices like Ki-Gong, Breathwork, and Meditation to young learners. Additionally, her publication Morena: Golden Warrior intertwines her storytelling prowess with her cultural heritage, further establishing her as a multifaceted educator and guardian of her culture.

Retreat Experiences

Filipino Martial Arts Training
Stick and Knife Drills
Nature Hikes
Hot Spring-Fed Soaking Tubs
Cultural Discussions
Healing Sessions
Scavenger Hunt in Nature
Meditation and Breathwork
Sound Bath
Campfire & Smores
Community Meals

Wellness with Nature

Resting on 150 acres, River Mountain is bordered by Sweet Root Creek, Warrior Ridge and Tussey Mountain. River Mountain's stunning spaces are designed for reflection, mindfulness, and good vibrations on your self-care journey. Creekside yoga platforms, a restored barn turned wellness space, and the calm of nature make this the ideal destination for peace and wellness.

Located just a few hours from D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, in the mountains of Pennsylvania, River Mountain is remote yet easy to access.


Warrior Path

Running parallel to River Mountain's eastern ridge is Warriors Path, the great Iroquois Indian highway from Six Nations country, New York, to the Catawba country in the Carolinas. The historic path along Sweet Root Creek was one of the longest and most heavily traveled land routes in eastern North America, connecting Indigenous peoples over hundreds of miles.

The Underground Railroad

Black Valley was an active route along the Underground Railroad. Local histories principally credit four, free black residents with leading the aid network in this area: Rev. John Fidler, Elias Rouse, Joseph Crawley, and James Graham. Just to the south of the River Mountain property are 13 unmarked graves of enslaved people who died traveling the route to freedom.


Glamping Pods in the main lodge

Standard Glamping Pod - Sleeps 1 Guest

Located in Main Lodge Room with Other Retreat Guests

Spring-Fed Cedar Host Soaking Tubs Outside Your Door

Black-Out Curtains

Lockable Storage

Mountain Views of Warrior Ridge

Main Lodge + Front Drive

Tranquil Edge Martial Arts Retreat

Friday, September 6 - Sunday, September 8, 2024

3-Days, 2-Nights


All-Inclusive Glamping Pod for One Person - $800, plus taxes and fees.


25% Deposit to reserve today - remaining balance charged 30 days before your retreat!

Retreat Inclusions:

All Retreat Experiences
150 Acres of Nature
Daily Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Access to Hot Soaking Tubs
Campfire + S'mores
Daily Housekeeping
Fresh Linens, Towels, Blankets
Fiber Internet Wi-Fi
Check-In After 3PM
Check-Out By 11AM

Retreat Policies, Payments, Deposit, and Cancellations:

DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON RETREATS. This is for the safety and wellness of the dog and other guests joining the retreat.

25% non-refundable deposit to reserve. The remaining balance is automatically charged 30 days prior to the retreat start date using the initial card on file used to make the reservation and deposit. If reserving within less than 30 days of retreat start date, the remaining balance is automatically charged within 48 hours after reservation is made.

Please note that because River Mountain retreats are limited to a small number of attendees, to allow for a more personable, intimate experience, our cancellation policy is in place to help guests, hosts, and us alike work together sharing expenses that may arise from unexpected cancellations.

• All deposits are non-refundable.
• Full balance is automatically charged 30 days prior to retreat start date, unless otherwise noted.
• Cancellation requests submitted 61 days or more before the retreat start date, 50% of the total is due.
• Within 60 days of your retreat: full balance due, sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions.

Please know that our cancellation policy is designed to mitigate damages and costs incurred to retreat hosts and River Mountain in order to maintain the retreat experience and affordability for other retreat guests. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. No refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early.

For reservations or general questions

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+1 (814) 259-6580

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