Movement as Medicine: Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

Lila Rose Heller
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21 reviews
Sep 14 - 17, 2023
Group size: 10 - 15
Movement as Medicine: Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

Lila Rose Heller
  • Email address verified
21 reviews

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

About this trip

Movement as Medicine:

Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit: A Movement-Based Wellness Retreat


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, Amanda Smith, Neuro Movement Coach, 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.

Come immerse yourself in Medicice:

Movement Medicine

River Medicine

Your Medicine

Breath Medicine

Food Medicine

Nature Medicine

Community Medicine

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 rustic 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.

IN case of fire danger:

If the retreat has to be cancelled, the retreat will be rescheduled. If the retreat cannot be rescheduled or the dates do not work for you, a refund minus the deposit will be given.

Policy stated to attendees: The property owner has set the threshold for canceling or delaying the retreat at an AQI of 125 or higher 24 hours before our retreat begins, since the numbers can shift so rapidly. Therefore, I will plan to run the retreat if there is no imminent fire danger and an AQI of 125 or lower, 24 hours before we convene. If the AQI improves one day after the planned start date of the retreat, we will move forward with the retreat starting on the second day and a prorated refund will be given for the missed day.


Explore the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the sacred Yuba River. If you ask any local, they’ll tell you the Yuba is a place like no other. Come to be cleansed, inspired, or simply soak the crystal clear waters for rejuvenation. We believe Nature is medicine and beneath all our conditioning, it’s our inherent state of being. Through wilderness immersion, we reconnect with the land, the plants, the animals, and the subtle rhythms of the river to strengthen our intuition, creative flow, and connection to life. A return to nature is a way home to ourselves. 

What people are saying....

"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 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!"

-Rosei Skipper from Journey to The Heart 2023

" I didn't realize how much I needed this retreat until I experienced it. Lila gifts each of her participants with a re-grounding back into their bodies, a re-connection to our spirits. And, unexpectedly, I left with new friendships and a new community."

- NSJ Bell Valley Retreat 2022

What’s included

  • Daily Movement Classes
    A combination of Pilates, Yoga, Breathwork and Applied Neurology
  • Accomodations
    Simple, rustic, intentional in design, surrounded by nature
  • Nourishment
    Seasonal, from scratch, vegetarian Ayurvedic Cuisine. Locally sourced and packed with nutrition. The food your body has been craving.
  • Private River Access
    Private Yuba river pools and waterfalls.
  • Daily Breathwork Session
    Including special guest Manu Kalia to lead a short discussion on Ayurveda and Pranayama breathwork session.
  • A Cooking demo

What’s not included

  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Massages
  • Transportation

Available Packages


Make it a Campout and pitch a tent in one of our dedicated campsites! 

You will still have access to the house, the shared bathrooms, hot showers, and all the comforts of the common space! 

*Bring your own camping materials

Deposit: $350
Private King and Private Bath

Enjoy the private king bedroom with your own private en suite bath in our main house. This bedroom overlooks the trees and is artfully furnished. Organic cotton sheets.

Deposit: $350
Private King with Shared Bath

Brand new king size bed - a private room for yourself or to share with a friend/partner.

Individual price: $1250

Shared price: $1150 (please let us know if you wish to share this room and we will adjust the price)

Deposit: $350
Private Queen with Shared Bath

Enjoy your own room with a comfortable queen-sized bed. 

Shared bathroom.

Deposit: $350
Private River Cabins

Off-the-grid, solar-powered cabin perches just overlooking the Yuba River. The cabin is equipped with a queen-size bed, organic cotton linens, artistic stonework and wood-carved furniture. The cabins share a sun deck and a bathhouse that boasts an indoor shower, an outdoor shower that overlooks the river, and a state-of-the-art composting toilet. This is the perfect option for those seeking more quietude on retreat (there is no reception or WiFi here, making connection to nature imminent). The biggest perk is the easy river access and peace and quiet.

We recommend this for folks with a vehicle as it is a short 5-minute drive to the main retreat house where movement classes and meals take place. 

Deposit: $350
Shared Queen room

Enjoy a shared room with a comfortable queen-sized bed. 

Shared bathroom.  



Grounding. You have arrived.

Arrival begins at 4pm

Light snacks await as you settle into your rooms. 

6:30 dinner and after dinner welcome meeting

Your Organizer

Lila Rose Heller
21 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


I came back from this trip physically able to BREATHE again! Truly magical experience, and the perfect mix of new learning, time with friends, down time, and amazing food. I loved Mar de Jade and the history. Lila and Katie's instruction is master-level and I have my 70-year old mom doing the class every day now!
By Sara E for Journey To The Heart on Mar 14, 2024
The retreat that Lila Heller and Katie Ybarra led at Mar de Jade was fabulous! The movement and breathwork sessions were excellent, the resort and surrounding area is beautiful, the meals are delicious, and we had a wonderful group of participants. I thoroughly enjoyed the week.
By Roseanne C for Journey To The Heart on Mar 04, 2024
We are so glad you were there! Thank you!
By Lila Rose Heller on Mar 05, 2024
This retreat far exceeded my expectations. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing, rejuvenating, and beautiful retreat experience. Lila puts so much thought into every aspect of her retreats, from the agenda to food and location, all carefully and thoughtfully planned out. She also attracts the most amazing people! I made many new friends, with plenty of time for rest between activities. I returned home fully inspired, relaxed, and restored. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Lila retreats!
By Cary B for Movement as Medicine: Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Spirit on Sep 19, 2023
Another wonderful trip with the most talented retreat leader and movement coach I have ever known! Lila is knowledgeable, kind, fun, and so good at bringing a group together. I cannot wait for my next adventure with Lila!
By Rosei S for Remember Joy Retreat on Jul 04, 2023
Lila is a masterful teacher adapting the classes to a wide range of levels. The retreat had excellent locally sourced and tastefully prepared meals at an idyllic chateau. Local wine was also readily available. Had a great time!
By Will T for Remember Joy Retreat on Jun 28, 2023
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