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Delve into the ancient healing art of Ayurveda, while experiencing the soul-soothing power of Yosemite. Join Jana Kilgore and Breezy Jackson for a fun, engaging, study of the elements of Yosemite and Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga and translates to the knowledge of life. It is also an opportunity to learn about yourself and the world through the perspective of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. On this Ayurveda yoga retreat, you will enjoy delicious food, hiking, an enlivening yoga practice, and encouraging company, as you explore what it means to lead a life of balance. Experience a rejuvenating journey into Yosemite National Park and the ancient healing art of Ayurveda.
Shared tents or shelters will be provided for camping during this retreat. Guests are welcome to bring their own tents if they prefer this option. You should bring your own sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit. A pad to insulate you from the ground will help you sleep warm and comfortably.
This schedule is an outline. It is subject to change depending on the needs of the group and allowing for spontaneous inspiration.
You will gather at Tuolumne Meadows campground in the high country of Yosemite National Park at 3 p.m. for introductions, intention setting, and an orientation to the course. In the afternoon, you will step into yoga practice and get acquainted with each other and the wild beauty of Yosemite. There will be an introduction to Ayurveda followed by cooking demonstration, dinner, and campfire.
You will greet the day with morning meditation and yoga practice. After a nourishing breakfast, you will pack your daypacks and head out into Tuolumne Meadows. Here, among the granite domes and wildflowers, you will explore your yoga practice on and off the yoga mat and enjoy a nice day-hike.
In addition to the hiking and yoga practice, there will be also time for dips into the cool waters of the Tuolumne River, conversations with other participants, and enjoying the views of the High Sierra. There will be informative Ayurveda sessions in the afternoon. In the evening, you will enjoy a delicious dinner and a campfire.
After your morning yoga session and breakfast, you will pack up the camp and enjoy final closing activities and a short walk. The campsite must be vacated by 11 a.m. and then the formal programming will conclude at 2 p.m.
During this retreat, you will enjoy hiking and gentle peak climbs in and near Tuolumne Meadows.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 8,600 feet. The site is situated along the scenic Tioga Road just five miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas, and so much more.
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Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known, is 55 miles and two hours from Tuolumne Meadows. Hiking trails and bike paths are abundant in the valley. Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities, and an art center with workshops.
Glacier Point is an hour from Yosemite Valley, with sweeping views of both, Yosemite and Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. A visit to Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is a must-see. A guided bus tour (tickets must be purchased) and a network of hiking trails leads to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.
Take Highway 41 north from Fresno
Take Highway 140 east from Merced
Take Highway 120 east from Manteca or west from Lee Vining (State Route 395) into Yosemite National Park
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located 5 miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance station (Highway 120 from the east), and is 55 miles (2 hours) from Yosemite Valley.
Nearby commercially served airports include:
Fresno / Yosemite International Airport (FAT): 1 hour to Southern entrance via Highway CA 41. 2 hours to the heart of Yosemite Valley. 3 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. There is no public transportation from Fresno to Yosemite.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 2 hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway CA 120, 3 hours to heart of Yosemite Valley. 4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): 6 hours to Yosemite Valley via I-5 to Highway CA 99 to Highway CA 41. Add another hour for travel to Tuolumne Meadows.
Oakland (OAK): 2 hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway CA 120, 3 hours to heart of Yosemite Valley. 4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.
Sacramento (SMF): 2 hours to Big Oak Flat entrance via Highway CA 120, 3 hours to heart of Yosemite Valley, and 4-5 hours to Tuolumne Meadows. Public transportation available to Yosemite.
Amtrak trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced / Riverbank and connect with via bus lines for direct luxury motorcoach into Yosemite Valley. Fares include the bus travel and the park entrance fee.