Led by 500 RYT Gaby Colletta and Natural Dye + Textiles Artist Kristin Arzt
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.
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.
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.
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 believe food is medicine and our chef, Tiffany Chen prepares each dish with enthusiasm, mindfulness and love. All meals are plant-based with organic ingredients that are sourced for their high quality, nutrient-dense and nourishing essence. We support our local farmers when possible. If you have any special dietary needs or restrictions, we can happily accommodate.
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, an ancient practice known as Ayurvastra in India. 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.
Our home away from home is called “Serenity Hills,” and rightfully so. This large exposed-wood cabin is nested in 4-acres of Nevada County wilderness surrounded by fruit trees and a quaint pond. It’s a short 15 minutes away from the beloved Yuba River and 30 minutes away from the old historic mining town of Nevada City. With a wrap around porch drenched in sunlight, a hot tub and the backdrop of nature’s sounds, it captures the essence of peace and tranquility. We have tiered accommodation offerings, so read here for details.
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.
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.
Comfortable tempurpedic queen mattress on the second floor.
One private room with two single beds
Make it a campout and pitch a tent anywhere on the 4-acres of wilderness! If you don't have a tent, no worries, we have a few extra tents, sleeping bags and pillows to offer for free. You will still have access to the house, the shared bathrooms, hot showers, hot tub, and all the comforts of the common space!