POSTPONED: Inner Sanctuary Yoga Retreat | 5-days of Self-Nourishment

Mt Shasta, CA 96067, USA

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Oct 14 - 18, 2021
Group size: 9 - 18
POSTPONED: Inner Sanctuary Yoga Retreat | 5-days of Self-Nourishment
Mt Shasta, CA 96067, USA

  • Facebook verified
21 reviews

Oct 14 - 18, 2021
Group size: 9 - 18

About this trip

Welcome to the Mt. Shasta, Inner Sanctuary Retreat with Carlos Romero, Ellie Freestone & Loren Lotus!

Gather with our international family for 5 days of Self Nourishment of yoga, healing arts & much needed shared community vibes in the majestic scenery & nature of Mt. Shasta, California. 

This Inner Sanctuary retreat hosted by Carlos, Ellie & Loren was curated with the intention to gather common unity, connect with the elements & dive deep into nourishing self practices and re ignite the trust & wisdom that is harnessed within our Inner Sanctuary.

What we feed, grows - so as we tend to ourselves, we also raise our collective vibration. 

  • Expect to wake up,  feel alive & aligned with a transformative morning sadhana. 
  • Attend the elements within you daily as we wander into nature & go on hikes, receive crystal lakes & gaze above mountain tops. 
  • Trust that every evening we will gather as a community and close our sessions with sound healing, thai yoga massage workshops or transformative healing yoga nidra. 
  • In & through all of this, nourish yourself with incredible home made food & take time to rest & receive stillness with your free time.  
  • As an extra grace there will either be; cacao, kirtan, ecstatic dance, meditation & intended prayers weaved through every day.

Each day of this retreat will include daily morning Yoga practices to wake up the body into a flow state with somatic movements; followed by short study sessions to dive deeper into understanding the physiology and methodology of Yoga. 

We'll include daily hikes to the surrounding sacred flowing waters of Mt. Shasta to visit waterfalls, lakes and end the weekend with an epic hike up the volcanic Mt. Shasta herself! All excursions and hikes are completely optional but encouraged to explore the unique and deeply healing aspects that the crystalline waters have to offer.

Evening sessions will include workshops entailing Thai Yoga Massage, Yin / Restorative practices and meditative practices like Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing. We'll close the week with an exuberant live DJ ecstatic dance infused with yummy cacao.  

Your Hosts

Ellie & Carlos:

Carlos Romero & Ellie Freestone were unified by the exploration of embodiment, devotion, study, knowledge & self inquiry on the island of Bali.  Combined Carlos & Ellie share knowledge of in depth yogic study & Yoga teaching for over two decades, with the passion for the practices only rooting more profoundly every day in their hearts, embracing everyday as a new opportunity to create & share what has changed their lives. 

Carlos Romero

Founder of Livin' Inspired & The Radiant Passage YTT

Carlos is a Surfer yogi devoted yoga teacher, originally from Venezuela. He has been immersed in the journey of self-exploration over the last 20 years, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Dharma Mittra Yoga, Anusara, Yin and Embodied Flow. As an E-RYT 500 instructor, he offers ongoing classes, workshops, immersions, retreats and trainings. He is the kind of a yoga teacher who artfully curates every moment of the mind-body-spirit journey, leaving just enough space for silence. 

Carlos is known to take you for a journey into the sensations of your inner universe, dropping deeper into stillness and awareness, where you can experience your own uninterrupted rhythm and frequency. 

His fascination with the healing arts, connective tissues, working with the fascia and the cellular intelligence of the body inspired his quest to create a space where yogis can find their own meaningful connection to life force, while opening up the energetic lines of the body and uncovering spaces through conscious breath and movement.

Ellie Freestone

Founder of & The Radiant Passage YTT 
Ellie is an International Yoga Alliance 500hr E-RYT that has been practicing yoga from the age of 12, and teaching from the age of 18. As many of us experience, Yoga presented to Ellie at a time of complete crossroad and acted as a gentle yet thorough guidance, moving her in a more conscious, aligned direction. Throughout the years Ellie has completed multiple trainings in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Women’s therapy, yoga nidra & Hatha with specific refinements in Pranayama and Meditation. 

In 2017, Ellie made the conscious decision to listen to her heart, leave her home Australia and move to Bali to deepen her studies and teachings of the ancient tools of Yoga philosophy, the Asana practice, the power of Mantra and the importance of meditation finding herself completely immersed in self care & the subtle realms.

Ellie is passionate about teaching the essence of what yoga really is - beyond the physical postures. With the intention of pointing you in the direction, with these tools and techniques to show you, everything you need is within you. From a young age the potent truth of Yoga spoke more profoundly to her then any other path - so as she grows in her practice and in her teachings, she chooses to constantly remind you that were all in this together, there is no hierarchy. You are just as much her teacher, as she may be yours.

Loren Lotus

Retreat Leader & Coordinator; Founder of Lotus Retreats

Loren Lotus has produced over 25 retreats around the world with Lotus Retreats. She's a passionate yoga instructor, facilitator and event organizer who puts her entire heart and soul into curating spaces for community to gather. Loren offers Yoga classes to get into our bodies, clear energy and make space for new energy to come through. She is also an avid Kirtan singer and enjoys sharing the medicine of music, movement & meditation throughout retreat weeks.

Location / Accommodations

This retreat will be hosted in a private boutique hotel in McCloud, California; one town over from Mt. Shasta so we have breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta all around with a more private and peaceful town vibe.

Every room in the hotel has its own individual theme based upon an aspect of McClouds rich history, creating a unique atmosphere from room to room. Rooms vary from intimate size to big with jacuzzi tubs and mesmerizing views of Mt. Shasta. 

Many of the rooms have king sized beds, feather down comforters, radiant bathroom floors, Whirlpool or claw foot tubs, walk-in showers, Wifi and TV.

You may reserve a private room for yourself or booked a shared occupancy for you and a friend or partner! We may be able to assist with pairing new friends in shared occupancy options but recommend booking a double only if you are booking with another guest. 

Yoga & Offerings

Morning Sadhanas

As the sun rises, we welcome the bright new day by tapping into the nature sounds, inner silence and introspection to create a vibrational field of unity in meditation and from here stillness movement arises.. our morning practices will be focus on Exploration & integration  of different forms of movements, where Eastern & westerns practices like Pranayama, Yoga, Qi Gong, Somatics and dance will meet together to open up a deeper sense of connection & freedom within as a doorway to stimulate more flow on a mental physical emotional physiological & energetic level and create a collective vibrancy to begin the days full of inspirations and good vibes

Self Care Evenings

Our evenings will be full of embodied Yin, Restorative and Nidra practices in relation to Fascia, the Soma, the energetic body  and ways to drop our nervous system to the minimum as a doorway for self healing and nourishment 

Yin Yoga Sound Journey meditation 

A multi sensorial journey into the art of self healing through conscious breathing, presence and eclectic Sound Healing sunset Yin Yoga session. 

Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life in fullness of presence.


Mt. Shasta offers an abundance of flowing waters from waterfalls, lakes, and headwaters streaming from the top of Mt. Shasta into the town providing all with fresh and clean water. 

Each day of the retreat, we'll journey to a water source accompanied with a practice or ceremony to honor the sacred waters that nourish and hydrate us all. 

Enjoy a scenic drive to each of our excursions with optional hikes to journey even further. We're excited to share our guided hikes and planned excursions with you via our itinerary following your reservation!


Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but in the kitchen! Nourishing ourselves from the inside out is a HUGE component to a Lotus Retreats week. 

Included in your retreat weekend is daily breakfast served in the restaurant below our hotel. You will receive a breakfast credit. Any additional items exceeding the limit can be paid for individually. 

Lunches are encouraged on your own; either at surrounding cafes or making your own in the kitchen! It is also encouraged to bring snacks on the excursions. 

We will enjoy family style dinners  3 nights of the retreat weekend! 

Sample Itinerary

8:00 am Morning Practice

10:00 am Breakfast

11:00am-3pm NATURE HIKE

4:00 pm Workshop The Art Of Healing Touch / Myo-Fascial Thai Yoga Massage 

7:00pm Dinner

9:00 pm Singing Circle/Kirtan 

Getting there / FAQ

Booking a trip and upcoming travel is an exciting experience! We're here to support you along the way and make the journey just as enjoyable as the destination. Please email us with any specific travel questions and we're happy to help!

Which airports can I fly into?

- You can fly into Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno or Redding airport and assume around a 3-hour drive to get to Mt. Shasta area. Redding airport is the closest with a 1-hour drive.

Can I carpool?

- Yes! If flying into an airport, we recommend getting a rental car or carpooling with other local friends/family. We have a shared Lotus Retreats Facebook group & create a shared document for all guests to communicate and arrange travel with one another prior to our retreat start. 

When are final payments due?

- Final payments are due within 2-weeks of retreat start; September 30th

Will I need a negative Covid-19 test?

- As of now, no proof of negative Covid-19 tests are required, however may be encouraged to ensure the safety of our group. 

Will I need a Covid-19 vaccine?

- As of now, proof of vaccine is not required to enter the US.

What if we can't get to Mt. Shasta because of Covid-19?

- We have hosted 5 retreats successfully since Covid-19 and do our absolute best to stay up to date on Covid-19 travel restrictions. If we cannot travel for any reason, all payments ~ aside from your nonrefundable deposit, will be returned. Your nonrefundable deposit can be transferred to another retreat or location.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    5-days & 4-nights at a private boutique hotel in McCloud, California
  • Meals
    Enjoy 4 Breakfast Buffets & 3 local, organic Family style dinner meals
  • 4 Morning Yoga Classes
    Daily Yoga offerings with Carlos, Ellie & Loren
  • Workshops
    Additional workshops, ecstatic dance, cacao ceremony, etc
  • Evening Yin/Yoga
  • 3 Guided Hikes
    Each day an optional guided hike to the surrounding water sources will be offered
  • Airfare
  • Transportation
    Transportation to/from the retreat center is encouraged by personal car, rentals or carpooling!
  • Lunches
    Lunches will be enjoyed on your own for your own space & preference!
  • Friday Dinner
    1 Dinner will be eaten at a local restaurant where you can choose your own dish!

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
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Enjoy a room for two for you and a friend or partner. Most rooms include a shared King bed or can be arranged with individual twin size beds. If you're a solo traveler, looking to room with a new friend, please contact us to see if there are others looking to pair up!

Every room in the hotel has its own individual theme based upon an aspect of McClouds rich history, creating a unique atmosphere from room to room. Rooms vary from intimate size to big with jacuzzi tubs and mesmerizing views of Mt. Shasta. 

Many of the rooms have king sized beds, feather down comforters, radiant bathroom floors, Whirlpool or claw foot tubs, walk-in showers, Wifi and TV.

Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy
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Enjoy a private room and private bathroom to yourself, for those who like a little bit of space during retreat weekends! 

Every room in the hotel has its own individual theme based upon an aspect of McClouds rich history, creating a unique atmosphere from room to room. Rooms vary from intimate size to big with jacuzzi tubs and mesmerizing views of Mt. Shasta. 

Many of the rooms have king sized beds, feather down comforters, radiant bathroom floors, Whirlpool or claw foot tubs, walk-in showers, Wifi and TV.

Deposit: $500
Program without Accomodations

This option is for those who would like to join the retreat weekend and program without accommodations at our hotel. All classes, workshops and hikes are included. 

Excludes accommodations & meals. 

Deposit: $500

Your Organizer

21 reviews
Expand and enhance your vision of the world and your practice of Yoga with a Lotus Retreats week in paradise! Our retreat weeks offer a diversity of yoga classes, philosophy, workshops, sacred ceremonies, Kirtan music and enlightening group activities to deepen all areas of your physical, spiritual, and mental being. We combine the practice of Yoga in connection to sacred nature with culture excursions to adventure and explore each country and it's unique offerings! We believe there is a whole world to see and want to show you how beautiful each unique country is. Our team is a group of passionate, well traveled Yoga instructors, workshop facilitators, musicians and devoted practitioners who are passionate about sharing their love & knowledge of Yoga with the world! Lotus Retreats currently hosts in Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatamala and Bali.


This Ojai retreat was beyond magical. I was welcomed by the most wonderful group of people and have memories that will last a lifetime..I mean hidden hot springs?! Yes please!! This is my second time booking with Lotus Retreats. Loren creates an amazing atmosphere so that we can all learn and share from each other while experiencing some beautiful places. I can't wait to book another one!!😍
By Nicole C for Ojai Valley Weekend Yoga & Hike Retreat on 18 Mar, 2021
Amazing group of participants and facilitators. Fun and relaxed environment allowing everyone to participate in group activities and do their own thing when desired. Highly recommend!
By Bryan A for Ojai Valley Weekend Yoga & Hike Retreat on 10 Mar, 2021
I had a great time with wonderful people, accommodation, incredible scenery, fun excursion trips and excellent yoga classes. Our instructors were outstanding, very experienced and knowledgeable. Our group was small, but lovely.
By Jaro S for Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Gathering (Private) on 09 Feb, 2021
This was one of the best experiences I've had in my life! Everything about this yoga retreat was so wonderful. Gitana del Mar was absolutely beautiful being right on the water and the staff was super accommodating that entire week. My private bungalow was super spacious and comfortable. All of the meals were incredible. What Loren put together with the yoga sessions, workshops, volunteering with a local elementary school, and all of the additional excursions were just unforgettable and such amazing experiences. It was also just so wonderful to meet so many incredible people. I highly recommend a going on a Lotus Retreat and I definitely hope to go on another one in the future! ~Kristin H.
By Kristin H for Colombia Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat (March 2020) on 05 Apr, 2020
There's nothing negative I could possibly say about this retreat experience!! This was my second time around with Loren & Lotus Retreats, and I definitely plan on coming back for more. Loren is an incredible retreat host and yoga instructor. After my first Lotus retreat to Cuba - and now to Colombia, I came back completely invigorated and inspired to further deepen my own yoga practice. Loren’s retreats are the perfect mix of yoga, meditation, dharma, relaxation, and cultural excursions. She provides a wide variety of activities, but there is never any pressure to do them all. Her retreat itineraries are designed in a way that allows for plenty of flexibility for whatever you’re hoping to get out of the experience. Also, the accommodations at Gitana del Mar are exceptional! From the food, to the service, to the private ocean views! I seriously have nothing negative to say at all! Much love, Jenn M
By Jennifer M for Colombia Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat (March 2020) on 26 Mar, 2020
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I had the opportunity to deepen my practice / experience the beauty of Tulum Mexico with Lotus Retreats and would do it again in a heartbeat! The Lotus Retreats crew quickly created a space of loving community, increased awareness, and intentional practice within the first few hours of our retreat and it only got better from there! These retreats are special. Humanity in raw form. I'll be back for more, no doubt!
By Travis P on 02 Oct, 2018
Loren's yoga retreats are one of my favorite ways to replenish my soul and body with fresh new prana energy, inspiration, beautiful scenery, amazingly tasty food, and like-minded new friends from all over the world. Loren, you can count me in every time!!! :-) Pascal
By Pascal N on 18 Jul, 2018