lue Mountain Retreat Center is owned and managed by Beth Ehrhardt, CMT. Beth is a former teacher from Montgomery County, Maryland, who left teaching to become a massage therapist. Beth created Blue Mountain as a way of combining her love of teaching with her love of bodywork, and her passion for holistic healing.
Beth is a state licensed, nationally certified massage therapist. She is a 2001 graduate of the Virginia School of Massage, and has a very successful therapeutic massage practice in Frederick, MD (http://www.forurhealth.net/). Beth has studied nutritional and holistic healing since 1981, and began organizing holistic health workshops at Blue Mountain in 2000.
Blue Mountain Retreat Center shares 27 acres of property with Ehrhardt Organic Farm. Beth's parents, Walter and Sylvia Ehrhardt, bought the property in 1979, when they left their jobs in Washington, DC to homestead in western Maryland.
The farm has operated since 1981, selling high quality, organic berries, vegetables, herbs and flowers to restaurants, at farmer's markets and thru their CSA. Ehrhardt Organic Farm has been featured in Organic Gardening Magazine (1989), the Washington Post (1990) and on National Public Radio (1992). In 1990, Beth took over management of the farm and in 1996, Beth bought the property and the farm from her parents. The farm provides fresh, organic produce in season for Blue Mountain.