Ashtanga Yoga Retreat: January 24 - 27, 2019
About the retreat -
Join me at the beautiful Bell Valley Retreat Center, located about 2.5 hours North of the Bay Area. This long weekend Ashtanga yoga retreat is open to all levels of Ashtanga practitioners. Students will have the opportunity for deep practice with guided and mysore style classes, as well as specialized workshops designed to address students' individual needs. The retreat will also include meditation, pranayama, restorative practice, and time for self-reflection. There will be ample time to slow down, eat well, and restore.
Plan to arrive on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm to set up in your room and get acquainted with the property. We will begin with a short practice at 5:30, followed by dinner and an evening meditation after dinner. The retreat will end with a meditation and closing circle after Sunday's practice, followed by a simple breakfast. Departure is at 12 pm on Sunday. If you have questions about the schedule, please let me know.
Our group will have the exclusive use of the facilities and accommodations during our stay. Treat yourself! Register early as it will fill.
About Bell Valley-
Bell Valley offers a truly restorative setting for yoga retreats. It is a center for restoration—for people and land. By gathering in nature, people can access the sensitivity, courage and vision necessary to live in alignment with the earth and amplify positive social change.
You will have access to six miles of trails that weave through the beauty and solitude of rolling hills with old growth trees and open meadows. The owner of Bell Valley will be putting in a new hot tub this Fall that will be ready in time for the retreat. You can soak in the warm tub at the end of your day of yoga, hiking, relaxing, and restoring.
Refund policy -
At time of registration for the retreat, your $400 non-refundable deposit is due. If you have to cancel before October 15 and your spot can be filled, you will receive a partial refund. After October 15, there are no refunds.
* 3 nights accommodations - Bell Valley has exquisite rooms available at all price levels. Let me know if you have questions about any of the rooms available.
* 8 Delicious and nutritious meals with vegetarian, vegan & GF options (Thursday dinner thru Sunday breakfast). Breakfast will be provided by Bell Valley and the rest of the meals will be catered by a local organic catering company that uses the freshest and most in season ingredients available.
* All yoga & meditation instruction. You can also opt for one-on-one yoga instruction. Check-in with Melanie if interested in this option.
* Hiking on nearby trails - Bell Valley offers over 6 miles of hiking trails that weave through rolling hills and forests. There is also a nearby lake that can be accessed. Various outdoor spaces were sculpted for gathering and contemplation beneath the old growth trees.
* Use of hot tub
* Massage (It may be possible to arrange on-site massage. Please let Melanie know if you are interested.)
The Red Room sits upstairs at the front of the Toll House. This cozy spot has a queen bed, comfortable reading chair, and small en suite bathroom with shower. The view from the rear window opens onto the Toll House garden. If needed, you can add a cot to create an additional sleeping space.
The Porch Room is the Toll House’s ground floor room. This spacious room includes one king and one twin bed, an armoire and a separate seating area. This room is for double occupancy and also offers an en suite bathroom with claw-foot tub and shower. True to its name, the Porch Room includes an adjacent screened porch with a café table and chairs and ample extra seating.
The Green Room, also for double occupancy, shares a floor plan with the Porch Room below it. It is the largest upstairs room and, like the Porch Room, has a king and twin bed, an armoire, and a seating area. This sunny, warm room also includes a private en suite bathroom with a bath tub and shower.
The Blue Room is for double occupancy and overlooks the Toll House garden from both windows. This comfortable, welcoming room has a queen bed and single bed (that can also serve as a seating area), full closet, and desk. Guests staying in the Blue Room have use of a charming hallway bathroom with shower.
Adjacent to a tributary of Bell Valley creek is a cozy cottage for double occupancy with a queen bed and single pull-out plus full bathroom with shower. The cottage has an outdoor seating area and beautiful views of the property.
The Bunk House sits adjacent to the Toll House. This addition to the house has a separate entrance from the main building, with its own private deck, kitchen, and full bath (with claw-foot tub and shower). With four bunks, a queen-sized murphy bed, and a full bed/couch, the Bunk House can comfortable accommodate five guests. The murphy bed is in a semi-private sleeping space in the kitchen area, with a door separating it from the bunks. The Bunk House’s unique layout centers around an octagonal living room with an open kitchen, creating a space filled with natural light. Large windows lining the common space provide beautiful panoramic views of the garden and Valley.
Each tent cabin is simple and beautiful, allowing the true feel for being in nature. The tent cabins are located a short walk from the Barn House and have electricity and heat. Guests staying in a tent cabin would use the bathroom in the renovated barn house and have a beautiful and private outdoor shower to use behind the Toll House.
The Barn rooms are located in the upper floor of the 2300 square foot renovated barn, just a short walk from the Toll House. These modest yet comfortable rooms each have 2 bunk beds that comfortably sleep 1 adult each. The shared half-bath is down the steps and the beautiful and private outdoor shower house is located behind the Toll House.
The platform tent is for double occupancy. Each tent cabin has 2 twin beds. They are simple and beautiful, allowing the true feel for being in nature. They are located a short walk from the Barn House and have electricity and heat. Guests staying in a tent cabin would use the bathroom in the renovated barn house and have a beautiful and private outdoor shower to use behind the Toll House.