Rejuvenate, re-divine, connect with nature for four nights and five days in the pristine beauty of Mendocino. Nestled between the eco-systems of coastal redwoods and oak chaparel on unceded Pomo land, River’s Bend Retreat Center is a refuge for rest, play, and building community. We will have the entire 10 acres to ourselves with ample time to swim or lounge by the Navarro River and explore the hiking trails into the redwoods.
Dive deep into the Yoga tradition with Asana (physical Yoga postures), meditation, pranayama, mantra, stories, and discussion for connection and deep soul growth. There will be Yoga asanas offered for all levels of experience: Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative Yoga. No Yoga experience necessary. Satya teaches in a radically inclusive way with an emphasis on therapeutics, alignment, and preventing injury.
Afternoons will include free time and optional excursions to hiking, wineries, ocean kayaking, and nearby beaches. Nourish yourself with exquisite farm-to-table meals from renowned chef Redwood Hill.
This retreat is for all beings. Our intention is to welcome and celebrate folks from all experiences, 16+ in age, religions, abilities, immigration statuses, sizes, and sexual orientations. Our intention is to co-create a space that is pro-Black, pro-Immigrant, pro-Queer, and pro-Trans. We will co-create community agreements to embody these intentions.
Arrival: Wednesday, July 6th 3:30 pm
Departure: Sunday, July 10th 11 am
1. If you would like to arrange to pay by cash or money order, please contact Satya directly firstname.lastname@example.org
2. All deposits & payments are NON-REFUNDABLE and NO EXCHANGES. This includes if the retreat gets canceled for reasons beyond the control of the organizers such as acts of God, Covid-19, or Mother Nature. Purchase of travel insurance is required to attend. Please make sure you purchase travel insurance that would cover a cancelled retreat or your personal need or emergency to cancel your retreat. Make sure to check fine print. Fear of travel isn't the same as not being able to travel. Another option is plans that cover up to 75% of your expenses if you cancel for any reason. In these unpredictable times, this type of planning is important to protecting your investment in the retreat.
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3. All meals are included and lovingly prepared by Redwood Hill. Ingredients are organic with an abundance of vegetables, protein, and fruit. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary needs are available upon request.
Satya de la Paz August (she/her) is first and foremost a student of Yoga and life. She is also a a Queer, Multiracial, Black Womxn, trailblazer, healer, and community/joy/radical self-love advocate. Offering 14 years of experience teaching Yoga, dance, and meditation, she infuses dynamic alignment, chanting, storytelling, and community-building into her classes. Satya offers Yoga as a means of collective and personal liberation and decolonization: accessing our innate healing capacity through therapeutics and compassion, meeting media-driven body shame through mindfulness and affirmation, freeing the heart of resentment and blame, and healing the mind of ableist and hierarchical ways of moving and acting. Multiple expressions of poses are offered as students are encouraged to listen to their own body wisdom and access needs. Satya is deeply grateful for her mentor, Abby Tucker, as well as all of her dharma and movement teachers, Sally Kempton, Rob Preece, and Sianna Sherman. Honoring the traditions of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism, she empowers multiracial, multi-gender, and multigenerational groups to awaken their true nature of awareness and bliss. Off the mat, Satya is active in social justice movements, gardens, and cooks.
Find out more about Satya and her offerings at soulfowoakland.com
Raj Escondo (pronouns: she/they) is a Filipinx and South-Asian/Indian personal development facilitator and yoga instructor. She infuses a sense of groundedness, reflection, and connection with her background as a yoga teacher and in her professional work within leadership development, social justice, and community partnerships. Born in the Philippines, rooted in Chicago, and transplanted to the Bay, Raj supports folks in finding a compassionate and cozy home within themselves to move towards interconnection with others, the land, and ancestors. Her movement practice strengthens one's interoception skills supporting folks with histories of trauma, overwork, and stress to decompress and look within. Raj believes in a life of interdependent abundance, compassion, and ease as the path towards liberatory justice. Her class will bring you back to the breath, body, and present moment.
Sabrina Davidson (she/they) is Soulflow Oakland’s Creativity and Communications Director. She is an artist and meditation practitioner whose work explores pleasure, community, and healing through play.
Redwood Hill (ours/Red)
Born in the Mid East of the US to upwardly mobile black folx and professionally raised in bars and restaurants in the Bay Area, Redwood Hill has collaged a career within and around food & beverage service for the past 15 years, engaging every role from the dish pit to conceptualization and ephemeral pop-up proprietorships. Having deciphered a distinction amongst the illusory divisions between “Front of & Back of House" to be direct connotations of the pre-antebellum hierarchies of chattel slavery, Redwood seeks to disrupt classifications and bifurcation to become a comprehensive service provider, in the interests of food sovereignty and decolonizing food systems and working towards right relationship with this planet and the reality of abundance for all. They are a cheffy dive bartender, a busser who dish-washes as a student of fine dining & simultaneity and are stimulated by the invented and inspired diets of Afro-futurist communities found in the works of Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany. Redwood constructs and reconstructs culinary perspectives incorporating the aesthetics of a timeless nutrition that is sustainable & renewable. With Transplanted Californian sensibilities, mindful indulgence, and folding language intersect with the comforting provocations of Southern dishes of their ancestors, as an exploration of color, texture, nostalgia, and being/belonging. Food and words are cites of their reclamation.
Anuja Bhuta (she/her) is an artist, healer, baker, and musician - who uses her hands to create, relax, and energize. Her massage practice began in 2006 and continues to ebb and flow in concert with her other passions which include pottery, painting, fiber arts, baking, piano, and aerial arts.
Anjuli Mahendra, LMT, NCBTMB is the founder of Embodied Resonance, offering insight coaching, transformational retreats, and integrative bodywork focusing on wellness, empowerment, and creative potential. With over 15 years of experience as a heart-felt wellness and mindset guide, Anjuli supports her clients to live an inspired life rooted in the wisdom of their embodied intelligence. She brings a diverse toolset built from holistic studies across multiple modalities and experiences with master healers around the world. She is a nationally licensed bodyworker and teacher with 2000+ hours of training in yoga teaching, coaching, and bodywork.
Anjuli will teach Thai Massage> Learn how to give and receive deep stretches with easy techniques rooted in the principle of Metta (Loving-Kindness). Partner stretching can be included and classes tailored to your needs. Great for couples or singles.
Please note that this retreat will go on regardless of the state of Covid-19. All retreat activities including meals will be outside. Purchase of travel insurance that covers Covid-19 and other emergencies is required. Covid-19 test is required for all participants regardless of vaccination status within three days of the retreat start. Feel free to reach out with any concerns or questions about safety.
Scholarships and work trade are available for solo camping, shared rustic cabins, and tent cabins only.
The drive from the Bay Area is about 2.5 hours. We organize carpooling and make every effort to support those who need a ride. In 9 years leading retreats we have never had someone who has needed a ride not be able to get one. However, we can't guarantee a ride to the retreat.
For those of you coming from outside of the Bay Area you can fly into Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Oakland, or San Francisco. Santa Rosa is the closest airport but likely more expensive than the other three to fly into. If you fly into San Francisco or Oakland, we will help you connect with carpooling. You may want to fly in the night before or play to arrive before 9 am July 6th.
Cot or futon in a tent cabin shared with up to three other people. There is minimal solar lighting outside and no electricity inside tent cabins. There is a bathhouse with showers and two outhouses close by. Please bring your own towel, sheets, and bedding and/or sleeping bag.
If you are coming with someone click "shared room" and then select two as the quantity. If you'd like to pay separately sign up separately and then email us who you are sharing a room with.
Twin or double bed in unique two room cabin shared with 2-3 other people. Bedding provided. There is electricity and wood stove heat. External bathhouse is a few steps away. The showers in the bathhouse are exclusively for people in rustic cabins while the toilets may be used by other yogis as it's the closest bathroom to yoga space.
accessibility: wheel chair accessible. no stairs.
Private tent cabin with a cot or futon. There is minimal solar lighting outside and no electricity inside tent cabins. There is a shared bathhouse with showers and two outhouses close by. Please bring your own towel, sheets, and bedding and/or sleeping bag.
accessibility: wheel chair accessible. no stairs.
Your private sanctuary awaits! Relax away from it all in your own private cabin, private bathroom, bathtub and shower. Includes a queen bed, wood stove, desk, kitchenette, and private deck.
*ask about special pricing for two people*
This is the downstairs part of Sunset Lodge. Double or twin beds are spread over two rooms. You will share the space, toilets, and showers with up to 7 other people. Upstairs there is access to a kitchenette, deck, and a living room. There is electricity.
Twin or double bed in a room shared with one other person. The lodge has 3-5 other rooms in it and the bathrooms and showers are shared with 5-7 other people. The lodge has electricity, a kitchen, a deck, and/or a living room for connecting and lounging.
Queen bed in a private room. The lodge has 3-5 other rooms in it and the bathrooms and showers are shared with 5-7 other people. The lodge has electricity, a kitchen, a deck and/or a living room for connecting and lounging.
Twin or double bed in a room shared with up to two other person. The lodge has 3-5 other rooms in it and the bathrooms and showers are shared with 5-7 other people. The lodge has electricity, a kitchen, a deck, and/or a living room for connecting and lounging.
Twin bed in a private room. The lodge has 3-5 other rooms in it and the bathrooms and showers are shared with 5-7 other people. The lodge has electricity, a kitchen, a deck and/or a living room for connecting and lounging.
Private tent cabin with a double futon. There is minimal solar lighting outside and no electricity inside tent cabins. There is a shared bathhouse with showers and two outhouses close by. Please bring your own towel, sheets, and bedding and/or sleeping bag.
accessibility: wheel chair accessible. no stairs.
Queen bed in a private room for two people. The lodge has 3-5 other rooms in it and the bathrooms and showers are shared with 5-7 other people. The lodge has electricity, a kitchen, a deck and/or a living room for connecting and lounging.