Alchemy of Earth 2020: Yoga + Ayurveda + Natural Dye Retreat

Nevada City, CA, USA

Gaby Colletta
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Jun 25 - 28, 2020
Group size: 4 - 14
Alchemy of Earth 2020: Yoga + Ayurveda + Natural Dye Retreat
Nevada City, CA, USA

Gaby Colletta
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
10 reviews

Jun 25 - 28, 2020
Group size: 4 - 14

About this trip

Led by Ayurvedic Health Counselor + Yoga Instructor Gaby Colletta 500 E-RYT and Natural Dye +  Textiles Artist Kristin Arzt RYT 250

Journey to the Yuba River in the heart of Northern California for a 4-day wellness retreat and discover the art of creative living. Reconnect to body and soul through daily yoga practices rooted in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Discover self-care rituals that align with the rhythms of the Earth. Nourish your creative potential with the art of natural dyeing. Join for a gathering of connection, intuition and inspiration. 

A Wilderness Immersion to the Yuba River

Explore the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the sacred Yuba River. If you ask any local, they’ll tell you the Yuba is a place like no other. Come to be cleansed, inspired, or simply soak the crystal clear waters for rejuvenation. We believe Nature is medicine and beneath all our conditioning, it’s our inherent state of being. Through wilderness immersion, we reconnect with the land, the plants, the animals and the subtle rhythms of the river to strengthen our intuition, creative flow and connection to life. A return to nature is a way home to ourselves. 

  • Afternoon excursion to the Yuba River 
  • Workshop on Ancient Ayurvedic rituals of self-care + medicine making 
  • Discover healing properties of local plants, ethical harvesting + wildcrafting
  • Workshop Series on Natural Dyeing using healing plants such as Indigo, Turmeric, Eucalyptus

The Movement

Enjoy two yoga classes daily, intended to inspire embodied awareness and personal expression. Each class is guided with mindfulness, alignment focus, and Ayurvedic principles to integrate body, mind and heart. Morning Asana is inspired by solar energy, a Vinyasa class unfolding consciousness through the dance of breath with movement. In the afternoon, we wind down the day with a lunar-inspired practice such as Restorative, Aromatherapy Grounding Flow, or Yoga Nidra. One can expect meditation, pranayama, breath awareness, mudra and mantra. Whether an seasoned practitioner or new yogi, instruction and modifications are given for each individual explore one’s potential. 

The Nourishment

Enjoy a retreat menu intentionally crafted to nourish and heal. Each meal is made with Ayurvedic principles that align with the transition of seasons and the local harvest. We support our local farmers when possible. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, we can happily accommodate. 

Workshop Series: Natural Dyeing

Enjoy two thorough and fun natural dye classes! We will dive into natural indigo and shibori techniques and explore the colors of medicinal plants. Certain plants can simultaneously offer medicinal and healing benefits to cloth and our bodies. Using only organic plant matter, you will gain knowledge and experiment with the art of natural dyeing. You will take home samples in a variety of colors and fiber types.

The Forest Homestead Retreat Space

Our home away from home is nestled on 100 acres of forest-views, creek waterfalls and private trails with the beloved Yuba River a short meander away. 

With the backdrop of nature’s sounds, the aromas of old pine and oak trees, the medicinal plants that live in the winding trails, our weekend getaway is the ideal place for rejuvenation, rest and reconnection. 

Intentional in design, the home itself holds an artistic aesthetic. With a big sunny deck to overlooking the forest, it’s easy to bathe in the simple luxury of feeling the warmth on your skin and attuning to the subtle rhythms of nature around. Every bedroom is made up with organic linens. Each bathroom features organic towels with natural products. 

You may book a private king bedroom with your own bathroom, a private queen bedroom with shared bathrooms, a shared queen bedroom {ideal for couples or a friend} or pitch on one of our 4 camp sites. WiFi is available on property as needed.

If you have any questions about the accommodation, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Meet your Guides

Gaby Colletta 

Gaby is Berkeley-based Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Health Counselor who leads retreats, workshops and trainings worldwide. Her practice is steeped in 10 years of study, inspired by the Eastern philosophies of Tantra and Buddhism, modern psychology, the Ancient healing arts of India and varying traditions of folk medicine. When not in Berkeley, she is off rock climbing, trekking or sipping tea with a stranger in a far corner of the world. 


IG: @wanderingvayu

Kristin Arzt 

Kristin is a textiles artist based in Oakland, CA, using natural dyes and textile arts as a form of collage to make one-of-a-kind quilts. The alchemy of natural indigo and medicinal plant dyes are particularly special art forms that she loves to share with others. 


IG: @scramblesquilts

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposits are non-refundable. 
  • If you cancel your booking more than 30 days prior to departure, the penalty is 50% of the trip price. 
  • Within 30 days of departure, the penalty is 100%. 

What’s included

  • Welcoming Circle + Cacao
  • 2 Yoga Classes Daily
    Element-inspired, solar + lunar practice
  • 3 Meals Ayurvedic Meals
    And nourishing snacks
  • Accomodation
    For 3 Nights and 4 Days
  • Ayurveda Workshop
    Rituals for Self-Care, Herbal Healing + Folk Remedies
  • Medicinal Dye Workshop
    Dye with medicinal plants, ethically harvested from the source
  • Indigo Dye Workshop
    Dye with an organic indigo vat and shibori resist techniques to create patterns on natural fibers
  • All workshop materials
  • Sound Meditation Journey
    A soundscape of Tibetan Singing Bowls
  • Yuba River Excursion
    Guided hike, plant identification and river cleanse
  • Transport to Retreat

Available Packages

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Make it a campout and pitch a tent in one of four dedicated campsites! If you don't have a tent, we can provide you with everything you need to be comfortable. You will still have access to the house, the shared bathrooms, hot showers, and all the comforts of the common space! 

Deposit: $350
Private Queen
only 3 left
Deposit: $350
King Suite with Private Bath
only 1 left
Deposit: $350

Your Organizer

Gaby Colletta
10 reviews
E-RYT 500, YACEP, AHC. Gaby is a Meditation and Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Health Counselor with over 12 years of practice in integrative wellness. She facilitates transformational nature-based retreats, guides mind-body courses, leads teacher trainings and coaches individuals on how to create an ecosystem of internal resources that bring forth one’s greater potential.


I attended this retreat last year and I am happy I did it again this year. On this retreat I was able to connect to the earth and ground myself. It was such a treat connecting with nature for the 4 days. I enjoyed the amazing Ayurvedic meals that were so full of life. The Natural Dyeing and Ayurvedic workshops were so wonderful and have helped to kindle my creativity even further. I would recommend this retreat again and again. Gaby and Kristen are amazing humans and I am excited about other offerings they create.
By Rahmat B for Spring Alchemy of Earth 2022: Yoga + Ayurveda + Natural Dye Retreat on 04 Oct, 2022
What a special and restorative experience in a beautiful location. I would recommend this retreat to anyone looking for professional and compassionate instructors, out of this world culinary creations made with locally sourced ingredients, and lots of opportunity for reflection, creativity, time in nature, healing, and community, with deep and thoughtful intention put into every part of the retreat. In my experience, wellness retreats/events can get a reputation for being ran sloppily, or behind schedule, or being a little too loose and informal - especially for what you pay for. I'm happy to say, that was not the case with this retreat. Everything was well planned and organized, on schedule without being rushed, and was handled in a professional and intentional manner. I would highly recommend to anyone considering, it was worth every penny and I'd love to attend again.
By Annalisa N for Creative Roots Retreat - Immersion into Yoga, Process Art + Nature on 24 Mar, 2022
Gaby and Bevie put together and carried out a wonderful weekend of creating, nature, movement, great food, conversation and introspection. Everything went smoothly, from registration to getting ready to arrive to all of our experiences at this beautiful and comfortable retreat location. Sign me up for another!
By Arah B for Creative Roots Retreat - Immersion into Yoga, Process Art + Nature on 24 Mar, 2022
Great trip. Enjoyed the opportunity to move and reflect in nature with a small group. Facilitators Gaby (yoga and ayurvedic) and Bevie (process painting) were gentle and caring in their approach to allow space for whatever came up. Food by Bella was fantastic and nourishing. Good balance of activities with some down time sprinkled in. Appreciated the opportunity to nourish myself away from the everyday routine.
By Katharine J for Creative Roots Retreat - Immersion into Yoga, Process Art + Nature on 23 Mar, 2022
To sum it up with my own quote on day 3... "I feel like I'm drifting from one pleasurable and interesting thing to the next". This retreat was truly nourishing, grounding, and exciting. Gaby and Kristin were perfect hosts. I can't tell you how much I needed to be in nature, in community, and learning new things. We started each day with freshly made chai by the wonderful Alexann and Czarina (spelling? forgive me) the Ayurvedic chef & her lovely sous chef. Morning yoga was outside each day and I can't tell you how wonderful it was practicing alongside lovely people w/Gaby as our guide. She is patient and thoughtful...a wonderful teacher who possesses a calm open fun vibe. Breakfast was served in the cozy house and each meal brought me closer to deep groundedness within my body. By the time it was over I felt completely nourished and grateful. (and managed to loose a few pounds even though I went back for seconds every delicious meal!) Then we would learn about and experiment with natural dyeing and resist techniques w/Kristin who has a gentle, fun, and informative way of teaching. Her patience with our endless questions was remarkable. She demonstrated and assisted us and cheered us on. I learned about indigo dyeing...something that I've been wanting to learn for years now. I left with confidence that I can do this at home, and we also received a very detailed follow up email with links to refer back to. I cannot WAIT to try some of the things we learned, I'm so inspired! We got a journal in our little welcome bundle of gifts, and I wrote in it every night so I can return to how I felt on this retreat when I feel overworked or stressed. I wanted to make sure to capture the amazingness that was happening all around and inside of me. I can't recommend this more for people who want to learn about plant-based dye, Ayurveda, yoga, and do it in the most beautiful surroundings with lovely people. <3
By Sarah K for Fall Alchemy of Earth 2021: Yoga + Ayurveda + Natural Dye Retreat on 13 Nov, 2021
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