Scheduled Retreats

Previous & Upcoming

See below, for details of our Previous & Upcoming group retreats.  We integrate the wisdom traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda & Environmental Education,  to create a holistic and practical approach to health and well-being on all levels - mind, body, soul, and environment. 

** During coronavirus shut-downs of our services, we have also added our online academy page!

If you don't see a specific program that you are interested in, then you can contact us regarding personalized individual and group retreats.

Read about Jen and Madison, co-founders, on our about us page.

(Check out testimonials on our Home Page)

 

Upcoming Retreats 

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Online Workshop - Disease Specific Class: Eczema

Date TBD - in creation now

Created both for individuals suffering from disease, as well as health practitioners looking to better serve patients / clients.  Good news!  Eczema and skin disorders can be balanced with yoga and an Ayurvedic diet ... See more!

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Online Workshop - Disease Specific Class: Insomnia

Date TBD - in creation now

Created both for individuals suffering from disease, as well as health practitioners looking to better serve patients / clients.  Our clinical practice is seeing a lot of people suffering from insomnia.  Learn a ... See more!

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"How to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle" Retreat

POSTPONED - NEW DATE (2021) IS TBD

This five day / five night retreat in Begur, Spain will feature both structured lesson in Ayurvedic lifestyle, as well as free time to explore this coastal area.  Begur, Spain is located in the Costa Brava region ... Read all the details!

Previous Retreats  --  We now sell recordings for purchase (contact us for sliding scale discounts based on your needs).

Online Workshop - Menstrual Health for Women & Girls 

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

We are hosting this 4-hour online workshop to dive into an experience of how the menstrual cycle affects life, and how lifestyle affects the menstrual cycle. ... See more!

Also read a short article, by Jen Briere: 

Menstrual Education 

Digital Day Retreat - "Healing Lifestyle for Diabetes"

May 23rd, 2020

In this retreat, we will feature an online experience of yoga, a talk on Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes, & a special marma (pressure point) presentation.  

Yogi Joe teaches a yoga class focused on breath practice & kriya geared for those with diabetes pathology (suitable for all levels).  Victor Briere, A.D., and Madison Madden, A.D., will then give a talk about the underlying causes of diabetes according to Ayurveda, powerful lifestyle changes to manage then reverse the cause of diabetes, and the 'what/ when/ how' of cooking & eating.

Lastly, we'll head to our clinic 'treatment room' with Madison Madden, to learn a progression of points on your body that you can activate to increase pancreatic and digestive function. 

Purchase the recording!

New Year - New Start Weekend Retreat

January, 2020

 

This is a program we offer for January / early February.  Groups arrive Friday evening, and the program would end Sunday mid-day.

Experience vegetarian/vegan meals, Ayurvedic lifestyle & medicine introduction, and Kundalini yoga classes each day.

Take a weekend getaway, and create your year with a boost of new tools in health & wellness.  Contact us for details.

Men's Reflections Retreat

Winter, 2017

So often, men are judged from a perspective of primitive, territorial success.  Much less frequently are we judged by wisdom or benevolence. 

 

You can expect a mostly silent weekend, rooted in the practices of Kundalini yoga and meditation.  Ayurvedic meals are prepared to fully assist in reducing anxiety and adrenaline, and feeding grace, wisdom, potency, and the intuitive voice.

 

 

This retreat is led by Joe Rich, and supported by a group of local men.

Online Workshop - Disease Specific Class: Hypertension

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Created both for individuals suffering from disease, as well as health practitioners looking to better serve patients / clients.  Hypertension is a condition which Ayurveda is apt in tackling.  This will be a 2-hour class ... See more!

Digital Day Retreat - "Healthy Weight & (Ayurvedic) Desserts"

May 2nd, 2020

In this retreat, we will feature an online experience of yoga, Weight Management, and baking (Ayurvedic) desserts.  

Yogi Joe will teach a yoga class geared towards weight management (suitable for all levels).  Victor Briere, A.D., and Madison Madden, A.D., will then teach the approach to healthy weight management in Ayurveda.  For the finale, Joe and Madison will be in our commercial kitchen to teach you how ingredients impact your health, and how you can swap the ingredients in any recipe (such as butter, white sugar, etc) to make them healthier for you.

During this retreat, Jen fielded live Q&A from participants.

Purchase the recording!

 

Intro to Ayurveda,

One-Day Retreat

December 23rd, 2019

 

In this daylong retreat, we taught an Introduction to Ayurveda.  Due to heavy rains, this retreat was indoors in our yoga studio, and in our medicinal herb shop. 

 

We hosted a yoga class, an Ayurvedic + vegetarian cooking class with lunch served, a nature-sounds immersion with sound bath, some social time with Gualala Roast, and finished with a live mantra band performance.  We experienced how the rhythms of nature align with the rhythms & 'doshas' within our lives.

People familiar with, and some unfamiliar with, Ayurveda joined this daylong retreat.

Wise Women Weekend 

Retreat

Winter, 2015

Held in Ojai, CA

This retreat was created as an opportunity to gather, explore and celebrate the sacred and mysterious nature of being a woman.  Each day was semi-structured with yoga, meditation, movement, cooking, and art; time was available as unstructured to allow for silent writing and meditation.

Read Madison's I Have a Dream passage.

Digital Day Retreat - "Women's Power, and Women's Health":

June 13th, 2020

In this retreat, "It's all about the Women."  Whether you identify as female or are a supportive partner.  We have featured an online experience of sacred movement, a discussion on the Yogic Divine Feminine, & demonstrations of personal self-care.  

Topics in the Yogic Divine Feminine discussion include the perspective of feminine power in Yogic philosophy, the Lover-Beloved relationship, and more.

Topics in the kitchen demonstration include Food & Ayurveda for Women, Daily Routine and Lifecycles, tea combinations, and facial massage and herbal mask demonstration (and more).

During this retreat, Jen fielded live Q&A from parparticipants.  Contact us with follow-up questions.

The recording is available upon request!

Digital Day Retreat - Ayurveda & the

Vagus Nerve

April 18th, 2020

In this retreat, we featured an online experience of yoga, Ayurveda & the Vagus Nerve, and vegetarian food preparation.  

Yogi Joe taught a yoga class focused on pranayam, and featured an intro to the yogic 'ten bodies' philosophy.  Victor Briere, A.D., then taught us all about the vagus nerve, its effect on our daily life, and how we can positively affect it for better health.  Lastly Joe and Victor together taught Ayurvedic meal prep from our commercial kitchen, using our coconut curry recipe to show how food can balance the vagus nerve & nervous system.

During this retreat, Jen fielded live Q&A from participants.

 

Purchase the recording!

Women's Four Day Retreat

Spring, 2017

This was a primarily silent women's retreat for Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

Throughout the long weekend, we took the internal dive into knowing ourselves.  In knowing ourselves, we can succeed to have more fruitful and satisfying relationships with others.  Each morning, afternoon, and evening was filled with Kundalini yoga, guided meditation, journaling, and Ayurvedic meals. 

 

Small amounts of time for sharing verbally were held in this otherwise silent retreat.  All women stayed in a larger home in Gualala for the four nights.

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