Movement As Medicine: Retreat to The River

Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

Lila Rose Heller
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14 reviews
Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 10 - 15
Movement As Medicine: Retreat to The River
Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

Lila Rose Heller
  • Email address verified
14 reviews

Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 10 - 15

About this trip

Come immerse yourself in Medicice:

Movement Medicine

River Medicine

Your Medicine

Breath Medicine

Food Medicine

Nature Medicine

Together Human Medicine

Join Lila

Are you looking for an escape from the stresses of everyday life?

Join Lila Heller, Movement and Breathwork Facilitator, and her team of expert healers, including special guest presenter Manu Kalia, Prema Arhin, Acupuncturist, and Alexandra Sargent, chef of WlydHart Aryuveda for a retreat at the beautiful Yuba river in Nevada City.

For three nights and four days, you'll be immersed in the healing waters of the Yuba river, surrounded by a team of expert healers who will support you on your journey towards better health and wellbeing. You'll learn valuable tools for healing that you can apply to your daily life, giving you the power to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Our movement classes, led by Lila Heller, will reset your nervous system and leave you feeling energized and refreshed.  This is a carefully curated experience that will nourish you from the inside out, from the delicious Ayurvedic meals prepared by Alexandra Sargent to  the Breathwork sessions, which will help you clear your mind and leave you feeling grounded and present.

If you're looking for even more relaxation and rejuvenation, Acupuncture and massage sessions will be available for booking, complementing your healing journey and leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the Yuba river and start your journey towards a healthier, happier you.

We can't wait to see you there!


The retreat is  located on a habitat preserve; adjacent to 650 acres of state parkland, along the beloved Yuba River. Just over 2 hours from The Bay Area.   Explore creek waterfalls and private trails along the Yuba River. 

With the backdrop of nature’s sounds, the aromas of old pine and oak trees, the medicinal plants that live in the winding trails, our getaway is the ideal place for rejuvenation, rest, and reconnection. 

Intentional in design, the home itself holds an artistic aesthetic. With a big, sunny deck overlooking the forest, it’s easy to bathe in the simple luxury of feeling the warmth on your skin and attuning to the subtle rhythms of nature around. Every bedroom is made up with organic linens. Each bathroom features organic towels with natural products. 

You may book a private king bedroom with your own bathroom, a private queen bedroom with shared bathrooms, a shared queen bedroom {shared households only—please message us to arrange}, a private cabin near the river, or pitch a tent in one of our campsites. WiFi is available at the main retreat house but is very limited in the surrounding area.

If you have any questions about the accommodation, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

What To Bring

-Yoga mat (s)

-Yoga blanket

-Yoga Straps

-Yoga blocks 

-water bottle

-bug spray, sunscreen

-beach towels

-warm clothes at night

-Journal and Pen

-Camping gear if Camping

Cancellation Policy

Non-refundable deposit

Full refund minus deposit if canceled 90 days prior to retreat. 

1/2 refund minus deposit if cancelled 60 days prior to retreat.

No refund if cancelled 30 days prior to retreat.

What’s included

  • Daily Movement classes
  • Accomodations
  • Nourishment
  • Private River access
  • Daily Breathwork Session
    Including special guest Manu Kalia to lead a short discussion on Ayurveda and Pranayama breathwork session.
  • A Cooking demo
  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Massages
  • Transportation

Available Packages

6 left
Deposit: $300
Private kind and private bath
only 1 left

Enjoy the king bedroom suite with your own private bath in our main house.

Deposit: $350
Private King with Shared Bath
only 1 left
Deposit: $350


Grounding. You have arrived.

Your Organizer

Lila Rose Heller
14 reviews
Lila believes that when we feel good in our bodies, we are inspired to do good in the world. Her goal is to help people move better, breathe better and feel better to live a life they love. Lila has been teaching private and group Pilates since 2004. She has been leading transformational retreats since 2010. She is an internationally trained Pilates trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Smartflow YTT, Primal Movement coach and Zhealth Practitioner. For more info on go to


What a wonderful trip!!! I have travelled with Lila Heller before and knew to expect the best, but this retreat surpassed all of my expectations. Not only is Lila is the most skilled pilates/movement instructor I have ever worked with, but her ability to hold space, create comfort and generate laughter is truly exceptional. I am so grateful for the time we had together in Mexico, and for all of the women who joined the retreat. I cannot wait to travel with her again!
By Rosei S for Journey To The Heart on 27 Feb, 2023
Once again, Lila’s retreat at Bell Valley exceeded expectations, which were already high from previous retreats! It was an incredible weekend of community, movement, and insight. Thank you to Lila for bringing us together!
By Denise Y for Spring Renewal Retreat on 27 Apr, 2022
Incredible. I leave feeling 2 inches taller and with a much stronger core - and greater awareness of my body and breath!! Highly recommend a retreat with Lila. And, Mar de Jade is such a special place. Founded by a US-trained Mexican-american medical doctor with heart for her community, this space has given back to the community with medical care, preschool and jobs training skills!
By Tiffany T for Journey to The Heart on 21 Feb, 2022
Thank you Lila for creating a lovely day of self-care and movement. It was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed the balance of stillness, reflection, fun, collaboration, connection and strengthening exercises. The body awareness that classes with you activate last through the days that follow. Enjoyed all the offerings of each modality and instructors. Looking forward to more retreats at home and in person. Thank you for a truly heart-opening experience.
By Zandra F for Journey To The Heart Virtual Day Retreat on 23 Feb, 2021
Amazing trip, as always! The classes were transformative, food was amazing, location is perfect. thank you!
By Judith D for Journey to the Heart 2020! on 24 Feb, 2020
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