Reform Restore Retreat

Calistoga, CA, USA

1 review
Oct 7 - 9, 2016
Group size: 1 - 8
Reform Restore Retreat
Calistoga, CA, USA

1 review

Oct 7 - 9, 2016
Group size: 1 - 8

About this trip

Escape the city for a weekend of Classical Pilates and yoga classes at the beautiful Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga! Situated on a hilltop ridge above the hot springs and wineries of Napa Valley, this ranch is an expansive and peaceful retreat center with a focus on mindful living.

What’s included

6 organic meals
7 classes led by Greta Schroeder (as detailed in the itinerary)
Choice of the following accommodations (taxes included):
- Manzanita House dorm room ($520, limited availability)
- Double occupancy room ($640)
- Single occupancy room ($820)
*All rates are per person. 2 night minimum.

Not included

Field trip to Safari West for a small group tour on a 400 acre private wildlife refuge (Friday 10/7 from 1:30-3:30pm, $85). This conservation center is home to giraffes, rhinoceroses, cheetahs, and other exotic species.

Both yoga and the Pilates method use animal-inspirated movements intended to make the  the human body more efficient, graceful and powerful. Mr. Pilates believed that watching animals in nature can help us learn how to move with more ease and less strain so that we may have energy to pursue our more creative and/or spiritual goals.

Before You Go

This retreat is open to Pilates and yoga practitioners of all levels. The schedule includes a variety of class types and levels so you may choose whichever classes are best for you.

To prepare yourself to make the most of our time together, I encourage practitioners of all levels to listen to the following podcast interview with one of my favorite teachers, Amy Taylor Alpers:

Wondering what to pack beyond Pilates/yoga clothing and your toiletries? I recommend bringing a swimsuit, casual clothing for downtime and exploring the ranch (layers are a great idea!), a journal and pen, a good book, sunscreen and a hat.

To hold your space, a non-refundable deposit is due on or before July 1, 2016. The deposit will comprise of a $300 base rate for all travelers. For additional detail, click "book now".

Your balance -- the remaining cost of your accommodation choice and the optional $85 Safari West tour fee -- is due on or before September 1, 2016.

Prior to payment of the deposit, your reserved space is not guaranteed and may be released. However, your entire deposit will be refunded if a cancellation is made by June 30, 2016.

Questions? Please contact me at or visit 

Available options

Double occupancy room
Single occupancy room
Optional Safari West Field Trip


The Human Animal
Day 1
Kick off your weekend Friday afternoon at 1:30 pm with an fun excursion to Safari West! (This is optional, but highly recommended!) For those arriving later, please note that Mayacamas Ranch will begin welcoming guests at 4 pm. Our first class together will be after dinner Friday evening at 7:30 pm. It is designed to help "Release, Mobilize and Restore" the mind and body in preparation for the next day's Pilates and yoga classes. It will also cover some of the basic philosophies of the Pilates Method and the Ashtanga yoga lineage.

Your Organizer

Greta Schroeder
1 review
I was introduced to classical yoga and Pilates while earning a B.A. in Dance at UC Irvine and while working as a professional dancer in New York and Los Angeles. I immediately loved that both practices were physical in nature, intelligently crafted and also had shared philosophies on how to live happier lives. These systems of movement believe human beings need both physical and mental challenges as well as restorative practices in order to enjoy a life of sustained health and energy. In addition to cultivating equally strong and flexible bodies, they help create more self-awareness, self-respect and self-appreciation. I feel lucky to have begun studying movement at an early age and to have been able to work with many experts in the dance, yoga and Pilates fields. I love helping students learn how to own and operate their bodies. They become more coordinated, less stressed, more self-confident and significantly stronger, which makes me very happy.


This retreat was just what I needed. Learned a lot, ate well met great people all in beautiful surroundings. I would definitely recommend retreating with Greta if you want to take ground in your practice of yoga or pilates. Flexible, fun, informative!
By Kristin C for Reform Restore Retreat on 15 Oct, 2016

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