Ignite & Replenish - Activation & Yin Yoga Retreat

Mount Madonna Retreat Center, Watsonville, CA, United States

James Kapicka
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May 3 - 6, 2018
Group size: 13 - 19
Ignite & Replenish - Activation & Yin Yoga Retreat
Mount Madonna Retreat Center, Watsonville, CA, United States

James Kapicka
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8 reviews

Deposit: $249
May 3 - 6, 2018
Group size: 13 - 19

About this trip

Reawaken your vibrancy with the freshness of spring and simplify your world with 4 days and 3 nights of rejuvenation at Mount Madonna Retreat Center in the majestic redwood trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Find comfort with multiple accommodation options: bring your own tent, sleep in your vehicle, bunk with a buddy, or take solace in a single room with a private bathroom. 

Activate the cleansing energy of spring time with daily yin yoga, pranayama and meditation practices. Enjoy free time by soaking in the hot tub or strolling along the lush forest and rolling mountains. Nourish your body-temple with delicious organic, vegetarian meals, and nurture your soul with time in nature and space for quiet stillness. Revitalize your year through self-care practices, and create space for inspiration and light in your life. Embody intentions for alignment with natural rhythms while honoring the valuable experience of transitioning with the seasons.

James Kapicka will be joined by co-facilitators Ashley Klemens & Nathan Foli! Ashley is passionate about guiding people in the process of self discovery and embodiment. She will be supporting and assisting yoga practices and offering safe space for free movement expression. Nathan's passion is encouraging others to express themselves through music, specifically drumming, in order to hone their intuition and creativity. He will be offering sound bath and drumming into abundance. 

What’s included

  • Daily movement & yin yoga practices
  • Partner yin & Thai yoga massage
  • Guided meditation & energy activation 
  • Sound healing & drum circle 
  • Two organic, vegetarian meals and a snack each day, plus tea and fruit available 24/7
  • Multiple accommodations options (tent, your vehicle, double rooms, or single rooms)
  • 355 beautiful acres to stroll and explore
  • Free time for reflection, relaxation and quiet
  • Hiking, swimming & spa available
  • Opportunity for private yoga session or Thai massage

Know Before You Go

  • Check in is at 4 pm on Thursday.
  • Check out is at 1 pm on Sunday.
  • Join our Retreat FB group to stay connected and consider carpooling to the venue. Connect with a friend and help us be more sustainable: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RestRenewRetreat/
  • Be prepared to leave your cell phone OFF for the entirety of your stay, give yourself a digital detox!
  • If possible, arrange your schedule so arrival back home on Sunday, May 6th is gentle and smooth. Perhaps schedule less the first few days of the week after returning to allow integration. 
  • The nearest airport is San Jose 

Please Bring:

  • Any personal yoga props: mat, block, blanket, meditation cushion, strap, etc.
  • A reusable water bottle ideally stainless steel (no glass by the pool): please no plastic water bottles.
  • Any regular medications and toiletries.
  • Clothing for all types of weather: rain coat, comfortable hiking shoes, sun hat, extra layers, comfy clothes for movement and yoga.
  • Swimsuit, as the hot tub and pond require clothing.
  • A tarp if you are camping in a tent, for the ground and in case of rain.
  • Earplugs to ensure you sleep soundly.
  • Spending money for the Ocean View Bookstore or the Āñjaneya's World Cafe (serves hot and cold drinks).
  • Double and Single rooms include linens, camp in your own tent or vehicle you provide your own bedding

Please Do Not Bring:

  • Outside food. All our meals are vegetarian prepared by the Center's chefs, fruit and tea are available 24/7.
  • Drugs, alcohol, pets, incense, candles or other flammables.
  • Scented body products, as these cause severe toxic reactions in some people.

Available Packages

Bring Your Own Tent
Available until May 03, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $249
Sleep in Vehicle
Available until May 03, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $249
Single Room
Available until May 03, 2018Sold Out
Deposit: $249
Double Room for 2
Available until May 03, 2018Sold Out

$1,589 ($795 per person)

Deposit: $499

Available options

90min Thai Yoga Massage w/ Jamesonly 1 left
Private Sound Therapy Session w/ Nathanonly 2 left
Deposit: $249

Bring Your Own Tent
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Revive & Replenish
4 Days, 3 Nights

3:30-4:30pm Arrival 
5 pm Dinner
6:30pm Open Circle & Evening Practice

7 - 8 am  Morning Practice, Pranayama & Meditation
8:15 - 9:15 am Breakfast 
10:30 -12:30 pm Group Activity
2 - 5 pm Connect ~ Yin Yoga Massage
5:30 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7 pm Movie

7:30 - 9:30 am Morning Practice, Pranayama & Meditation
10 - 11 am Brunch
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Group Activity
5 - 6 pm Dinner
7 - 8 pm Heart Circle & Evening Practice

7:00 - 8:30 am Morning Practice, Pranayama & Meditation
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 am Pack Up 
10:45 - 12:45 pm Closing Circle & Practice
1 pm Departure with Optional Beach Trip

Your Organizer

James Kapicka
8 reviews
James Kapicka is a yoga teacher, Thai massage therapists and affection advocate with a passion for bringing people together to play, explore and connect. He offers sacred somatic ceremonies, leads embodiment retreats, and teaches yin trainings to inspire personal freedom, authentic expression and community interdependence.


My experience on this retreat was profound. I give so much gratitude to Matthew, James, and Winter for the gifts, wisdom, guidance they shared and for the way they were able to hold space for the group. It was a deeply transformative and healing weekend for me. I felt incredibly safe to be vulnerable and to step out of my shell and explore myself and my relationship with others in ways I didn't think possible. I look forward to joining many more events where these wonderful facilitators/teachers will be teaching and sharing their gifts. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience! Much Love, Olesya
James is a great yoga teacher and we both had a wonderful time. I would definitely attend a retreat of his in the future
Exceptional facilitation from James, Sarah, Ashley and Nathan. They really listened to the group at all times and sensed into what would best suit us creating are retreat full of flow and ease. I felt comfortable and welcomed from the moment that I arrived and honestly didn’t want the experience to end. I would highly recommend anyone to take part in future events, whatever your capabilities are with yoga James’ attentive guidance will allow you to move into postures and shapes that suit you best. Thank you so much to James, Sarah, Ashley and Nathan!
Beautifully led weekend retreat. I deeply appreciate James and Sarah for their kindness, patience and direction. It was a special group. I personally felt so amazed by the meditation, yoga, massage, music, and overall healing. It is difficult to sum up the power of this retreat into words. It took me a few days to integrate back to my day to day life. I am determined to keep the helpful weekend bits of wisdom with me as I continue to heal. Thank you for the wonderful retreat! Many blessings.
James and Sarah were very knowledgeable and wonderful teachers. The small size of the group made them very easy to talk to and question about the various sessions. A wonderfully diverse yoga retreat. And, Mount Madonna provided excellent support for the retreat.
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