What is Haven on the Lake?
Haven on the Lake is a sanctuary where individuals can pursue enhanced well-being through a variety of wellness spa and mind and body movement activities.
From the moment you enter our gorgeous wellness retreat, you will experience a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone at Haven strives to exceed your expectations, whether it is through a greeting from one of our retreat hosts, to the mind body instructor who knows your name or the mind body therapist who knows how to heal what ails you. The very design of Haven speaks to an oasis of tranquility and acceptance. Physical spaces to accommodate those looking to incorporate mind and body wellness into their healthy lifestyle are located throughout the retreat. There are also peaceful areas where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere and beautiful panoramic view of Lake Kittamaqundi.
Parents with small children find Haven just as welcoming. Moms and dads can bring their children to the popular KidSpace area for up to two hours — accessible through a private entrance. Everything about Haven has been designed to provide a welcoming oasis in the center of Columbia.
How is Haven on the Lake Different from a Gym?
Haven on the Lake is a retreat where everyone can escape and pursue their personal wellness goals. Unlike a gym or even a wellness center where people go to lift weights, use cardio equipment or possibly participate in organized group exercise classes, Haven on the Lake offers an environment that is focused on providing proven therapeutic spa services and mind and body activities that provide an alternative path to optimal personal health. Haven on the Lake appeals to people who feel uncomfortable in a gym setting, as well as to those who want to complement their gym workouts. While certain classes may operate at a higher pace or lead to a certain level of exertion, all activities maintain a holistic focus on reconnecting the mind, body and spirit.
Can I use Haven on the Lake Without Being a Member?
If you don’t want to join you can still obtain all the benefits Haven on the Lake has to offer on an a la carte basis. You can purchase half-day or full-day wellness experiences as well as purchase individual movement classes or wellness spa services. However, classes are on a space-available basis.
The one-time admission fee is $25. The one-time admission fee will entitle you to enjoy the healing environments including the Movement and Relaxation pool. There is an additional charge for classes.
Are There Guest Passes Available?
Yes, each new member receives two guest passes. If you are a Columbia Association Package Plan Plus member upgrading to a Haven on the Lake membership, you don’t receive additional guest passes; however, you can use your Package Plan Plus guest passes at Haven.
CA members who do not join Haven can’t use their guest passes for admission at the retreat.
What is the Still Point?
In partnership with Columbia Association, The Still Point provides wellness spa services within Haven on the Lake. All acupuncturists and massage therapists at The Still Point at Haven are licensed through boards of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene such as the Maryland Board of Acupuncture and the Maryland Board of Chiropractic & Massage Therapy Examiners. Furthermore, all technicians working at The Still Point have several years of hands-on experience.
The Still Point is a successful wellness spa with locations at Haven and Takoma Park. The Still Point won Howard Magazine’s “Best Alternative Wellness Services” for 2013 and the Takoma Park location has earned numerous awards and accolades as well. The Still Point is known for their exceptional customer service and outstanding wellness spa services.
What does CAM stand for?
CAM is an acronym for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. At Haven on the Lake, these services are referred to as wellness spa services. More than 38 percent of Americans engage in the use of wellness spa services to improve their health and well-being. These offerings include practices such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, hydrotherapy and a host of other non-invasive practices designed to enhance well-being and aid in recuperation.
How do I register for a class?
You can register online or by calling Haven on the Lake at 410-715-3020. Our team is more than happy to assist you in this process.
What if I am put on a wait list for a class?
In the event a space opens up for a class, a Haven Retreat Host will move you into the class. You will be notified by email that you have been entered into the class. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at 410-715-3020.
What time should I arrive for my scheduled class?
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of your class so you can enjoy the beautiful lake views from our studios and/or converse with your class instructor, who will be in the studio both before and after every class. You are also welcome to enjoy Haven’s healing environments (pool, hot tub, steam, salt therapy, cold plunge and tropical shower) before or after every class.
What if I have never taken a class before? Can I still sign-up?
Yes, Haven classes are for all different participants – from beginners to experts. Our instructors are skilled at identifying individual skill levels to help guide your participation experience. When you meet the instructor, be sure to tell him/her this is your first class.
What if I am not pre-registered for a class? Can I register as a walk-in?
We highly recommend you pre-register online or on the phone to guarantee a space in class. Walk-ins are always welcome on a space available basis. If you cannot get into the class you desire, our Haven Retreat Hosts will gladly recommend another excellent class for you to try.
What should I wear to class?
Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in. We recommend fitness and yoga apparel that is lightweight and breathes easily.
Do I wear shoes in classes?
Yoga, Pilates and barre classes are usually done barefooted. TRX® and LaBlast® and Stretch all require sneakers. We recommend a lightweight sneaker made for lateral (side-to-side) motion. If you are uncomfortable going barefooted, you can wear socks that do not slip or lightweight fitness shoes designed for indoor use.
Do you provide mats and supplies?
Yes, we provide all supplies needed. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own yoga or Pilates mat if you prefer. Towels are also available for all attendees.
Do I need previous dance training to take Haven barre?
No previous experience is required! These classes are for everyone. Our instructors are highly skilled and trained. They will provide safe, fun and easy to follow classes.
What is the Yoga Wall and which classes use it?
The Yoga Wall was first developed by B.K.S Iyengar as a prop to assist and deepen his yoga practice. By using adjustable straps mounted into the wall, students are able to explore yoga postures safely with particular attention to alignment. Ropes provide support and the natural resistance of gravity builds strength and flexibility. To experience the benefits of the Yoga Wall, register forHaven Alignment Yoga. No previous Yoga Wall experience is required.
What is the difference between hatha and vinyasa yoga?
Hatha yoga is often translated as “sun and moon.” It integrates our solar and lunar energies (masculine/feminine, light/dark, yin/yang, etc.) to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. In Sanskrit, hatha means “effort” or “force.” Hatha represents the physical exertion of a yoga practice by using asanas (postures), diet, pranayama (yogic breathing) and other methods. The term also refers to the continued practice and effort one must apply to advance on his/her spiritual path.
Vinyasa is a specific style of hatha yoga. Vinyasa links the breath intentionally with movement in order to create a fluid flow between postures. Over time, the term “hatha yoga” has come to represent a slower style of yoga with no flow, where postures are held for longer periods of time.
How do I know which yoga class is right for me?
Haven offers a variety of yoga classes and encourages you to try them all!
For additional guidance, please review class descriptionshere. You can also speak with a Retreat Host by visiting the front desk or by calling 410-715-3020.
I am interested in Pilates – where is the best place to start?
Pilates classes are listed on themind body class schedule. These classes include Pilates Mat, Pilates Studio Basics, and Pilates Chair and Mat classes.
These are complimentary for all Revive and Rejuvenate Members. Anyone looking for a small group, duet or private Pilates session should visit Haven’sPilates page or contact a Retreat Host at 410-715-3020.
Will there be ample parking?
Haven on the Lake has exclusive use of the lake-level parking lot on the south end of the building. There are over 100 parking spaces there, so parking should not be a problem.
Can I bring a friend to class and what will that cost?
Friends are always welcome! If you would like to register your friend to attend a class, please call a Haven Retreat Host who will assist you in pre-registering your friend for a class.
Who do I contact if I have any other questions about Haven on the Lake?
Please contact any of our knowledgeable Haven Retreat Hosts at 410-715-3020. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.