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3 Days Winter Wine and Yoga Retreat in California

  • Macayamas Ranch, 3975 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga, California 94515, USA

Overview

Winter Wonderland Yoga Retreat California

Relax and rejuvenate this winter with yoga, wellness and wine at the exquisite and luxurious location of the Mayacamas Ranch. Take some time off before the busy holiday season, where you can immerse yourself in yoga, nature, fresh air, and delicious Sonoma wines. Nourish your body with healthy, local farm to table food, and mindful movement. Connect your mind, body, and soul through yoga, meditation, hiking in the redwood groves, and relaxing by the pool. They can't promise a white winter wonderland filled with snow, but they can promise you a wonderful weekend in nature.

Highlights

  • 4 yoga classes
  • 2 evenings of wine tasting
  • Guided group hikes on scenic trails
  • Free time to relax at outdoor pool and hot tub
  • 2 nights luxurious accommodation
  • 6 nourishing meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Mayacamas Ranch has guest units and cottages situated in various buildings on the property. All beds at Mayacamas are 100% organic, and they feature organic sheets in all units as well. Each unit has its own temperature control system, linens, and towels for your comfort. You will be staying in either shared or private rooms, all of which have private bathrooms.

Manzanita house

Perfect Accommodations for families or individual travelers. Upstairs and downstairs bedrooms under one roof with shared bathrooms.

Rock rose hideouts

Each room has one queen bed and a private bath.

Oleander house

Each room has two full size beds with private bath.

Live oak lodge

Ideal layout for two families or group of individuals wishing to stay under one roof. Upstairs room with private bath and three additional rooms downstairs, each with private bath. Downstairs main area includes sitting area with fire place, dining area with table and chairs, and refrigerator and sink.

Sage cabins

Each cabin includes two full size beds with private bath. One of the sage cabins is wheelchair accessible.

The yoga classes will be a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, linking movement with the breath, moving your body through both Power and Restorative poses. The classes will be theme-based, creative and balanced and will incorporate pranayama (breathing), strengthening, stretching, detoxing, energizing, and meditation. You will experience a safe and nurturing practice where the focus is on the connection of movement with the breath, leaving you feeling relaxed yet energized. All levels are welcome and encouraged.

Tentative schedule

Day 1, Friday

  • 16:00 Arrivals
  • 17:30 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Opening circle
  • 20:00 Wine tasting

Day 2, Saturday

  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Group hike or other activity
  • 12:30 Lunch followed by free time (massage, pool, relax)
  • 15:30 Partner massage workshop
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Wine tasting hosted by local winery

Day 3, Sunday

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 10:30 Closing circle
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 Departures

Sally Mitchell

Sally Mitchell is a Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour yoga teacher, a certified massage therapist, a certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking instructor, a Reiki practitioner, and a certified integrative nutrition health coach.

She began teaching and healing through yoga, natural running and walking techniques, and bodywork to share with others what has helped her to heal her own body, and discover a path of transformation and greater self-awareness. Her passion is to help people to move their bodies with greater ease and to experience the natural flow of energy through their whole body and being, physically, energetically, and spiritually.

Macayamas Ranch is set on a hilltop ridgeline above the town of Calistoga in Napa, California, and surrounded by spectacular 360-degree views. Mayacamas Ranch provides an awe-inspiring, natural setting for a variety of group gatherings and workshops including corporate and non-profit retreats, family celebrations, and destination weddings, making it an ideal place to renew, reflect, and connect. A spectacular destination, Mayacamas Ranch is a stunning, secluded hideaway that inspires both quiet contemplation and enthusiastic celebration.

Nearby places

  • San Francisco, California - 1 hour 20 minutes
Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court
  • Wine tasting
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake

Six nutritious and delicious meals provided by the abundant ranch gardens per day. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free are available options.

Campfire

Mayacamas Ranch was once a gathering center for the Wappo Native Americans, where they conducted ceremonies, rituals, and rites of passages. Their staff will arrange all the kindling and supplies for you.

Games

Mayacamas Ranch's expansive lawn, surrounded by breathtaking views, becomes the perfect setting for all types of ball games, including baseball, football, badminton, and volleyball. In addition, horseshoes, frisbee throwing, and kite flying are favorite activities for many at the ranch.

Hiking

Mayacamas Ranch's hiking trails range from easy to intermediate and wind through chaparral, fragrant bay, and madrone forests, and a natural spring.

Swimming and fishing

Mayacamas Ranch's exclusive, secluded hidden lake features a picnic area and hiking trails. Fishing for bass in the lake is also permitted so long as its catch and release.

Swimming and soaking

Surrounded by 360 degree views of Mount Saint Helena and the Mayacamas mountains, take in some of the most breathtaking views in the wine region while lounging and swimming in the salt water pool. Swimming in a mild saline solution is much like taking a shower in soft water. In a salt water pool, the water feels smooth, your skin feels smooth, and many people feel more refreshed. Festive gatherings can also be arranged poolside. Soak in Mayacamas Ranch's relaxing Jacuzzi, a perfect place to start or end your day.

Organic garden and sun deck

Explore the Mayacamas organic garden, full of cutting flowers and many of the fruits and vegetables are in the recipes they cook for you. The garden is closed to outside fake nutrients (a.k.a chemical fertilizers) and instead embraces the natural cycle or system that is contained in an organic garden. The garden is home to close to 50 raised beds for growing vegetables. In addition, it is well populated with ornamental perennial plants and fruit trees, appealing to all senses. You may also enjoy views of the garden from the sun deck off the lodge.

Enjoy a Reiki session or treat yourself to a massage for an additional cost and can be booked one week prior to arrival or during the retreat, subject to availability.

  • 2 evenings of wine tasting
  • 2 group hikes on scenic hiking trails
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 4 yoga classes with pranayama and meditation
  • 6 nourishing meals
  • Free time to explore and relax
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Additional activities
  • Transportation to and from retreat location

Driving directions from the East Bay

  • Take U.S. 101 North to Highway 12 and exit towards Sonoma.
  • Turn left at Farmers Lane, and then turn right at Highway 12 again towards Sonoma.
  • Turn left on Calistoga Road, then left on Mountain Home Ranch Road.
  • Stay left when road comes to a Y intersection.
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road.

Driving directions from Eureka

  • Take U.S. 101 South to River Road and Calistoga exit.
  • Exit freeway and turn left at end of exit ramp.
  • Cross over freeway and continue east toward Calistoga on Mark West Springs Road.
  • Remain on this road until it comes to an end (approximately 10 miles).
  • Turn left on Petrified Forest Road for approximately two miles.
  • Turn left on Mountain Home Ranch Road. Stay left on curve.
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road.

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take U.S. 80 West to the Highway 12 Napa exit.
  • Cross the valley, and turn right on Highway 29 for Napa and Calistoga.
  • At Rutherford, Highway128 joins Highway 29, and both designations remain until the entrance to Calistoga.
  • Remain on Highway 128, going past (not through) Calistoga, for one mile.
  • Turn left on Petrified Forest Road (toward Santa Rosa).
  • At the top of the hill, turn right on Mountain Home Ranch Road Mayacamas.
  • Stay right when road comes to a Y intersection.
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Body Flows an inquiry.
  • Review by Beth
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat with Body Flows and Sally Mitchell was absolutely amazing!! She is incredible. Thank you for checking in I appreciate it. "

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  • Review by Sandy Dole
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat was fantastic! Sally was a wonderful, loving and gifted instructor!"

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  • Review by Patricia

    "An inspiring weekend with Sally, Deanna, and Caitlin and 20 amazing women from across the U.S. The ranch setting was serene and quiet and allowed for learning, self-discovery and new friends. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Chelsea Davis

    "This was an amazing experience for me! The location was beautiful and the people working there were so nice. The food was amazing I wish they would give out their secret recipes. I'm a beginner yogi and Sally was so thorough and descriptive with her words I felt like a professional. I feel like the classes were a mix between yoga and meditation and I loved it. Sally made me feel comfortable and actually want to continue to take yoga classes after the weekend. The hike was beautiful! I'm glad we did the 2nd shorter one because I wasn't ready for it to be over. Wine tasting was delicious of course and all the ladies that attended were so friendly. I bought a bottle the second night. I would love to do a retreat with Sally again. Such a relaxing, cleansing weekend for me. I came back home a new person."

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  • Review by Yalile

    "The retreat was such an amazing experience. You find yourself surrounded by great people, great food and great yoga sessions. Sally really puts together an unforgettable retreat, you won't have time to miss home at all. Thank you Sally and I hope to see you soon in another retreat!! Namaste."

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  • Review by Sandra Rosque

    "Being a beginner I was a little self-conscious but these classes are wonderful for all levels. This was a wonderful retreat in an idyllic location with activities well planned. Thank you Sally for an inspirational experience."

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  • Review by Judy

    "Thanks again for your continuing energy and passion in these amazing weekend retreats. I have been to all four of Sally's yoga retreats and each one has been amazing! The people I have met, the beautiful outdoor surroundings, the rejuvenating yoga, the delicious nutritious food geared to every level of dietary needs, and lastly, Sally's unwavering enthusiasm and passionate attention to make sure each and every detail is attended to. Highly recommend her retreats as an antidote to the busy, chaotic lives we all must periodically inhabit. Thanks Sally, and keep up the good work!"

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  • Review by Melissa

    "Coming together and bringing a sound healing and yoga experience was like the crashing of two powerfully strong healing modalities that could be seen as canceling each other out into total stillness. Alongside the Winter Solstice theme and meditative circles, the sound healing complimented and deepened the healing experience. It was a pleasure to be involved, learning, and growing with everyone. Thank you Sally!"

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  • Review by Lily

    "I attended the Recharge Retreat to celebrate my birthday and got so much more than I expected. I was hoping to relax and do lots of yoga, which I definitely did. But I also came home with a whole new set of skills to keep me balanced, happy, and stress-free once I returned home. The psychology workshop sessions were a surprising and very welcome aspect of the retreat. Kristen and Sally did such a great job to make all portions of the retreat comfortable, accessible, moving (physically and emotionally), and satisfying. I can't recommend this enough!"

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  • Review by Jeris

    "Thank you so much. Ever since the Fall Equinox retreat, I find myself spending a lot of time thinking about how wonderful of a time I had out there. I really appreciate you and all of the lovely people I met. Let me know when or if you know the date for the December retreat as I am happy to come back out!"

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  • Review by Marian, from Germany

    "I booked Sally for a massage last night through Thumbtack and, let me tell you, it was world changing. She took the time to talk to me, hear where I have aches/pains and just generally got to know me. The massage itself was both relaxing and intense. I had no idea how tight and sore I was until I got up from the table. Suddenly I felt 10lbs lighter and like my blood was moving faster."

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  • Review by Mia, from California, USA

    "Sally is a great Yoga teacher and perfect in a corporate setting! She knows how to work with all levels, without making anyone feel lost or bored. She also has class "Themes" so you know what the goal of each day's practice is. Great way to keep your employees happy and healthy!"

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  • Review by Sam, from California, USA

    "I had the pleasure of meeting Sally a few months ago. We connected immediately. She is so warm and open. Very easy to talk with. I first used her services when I was in extreme pain over ITB issues. I did a personal instruction session with her. It was amazing. She video taped me, talked with me, shared her story and most of all, allowed me to share mine. The pain subsided and a few months later I was dealing with hip tightness. This was probably due to getting use to a new style of running and also being right side dominate (in every aspect, including sleeping on one side). I then reached out to Sally for a sports massage. It blew me away. It was exactly what I needed. I can not recommend her highly enough. I was comfortable, focused, mindful and guided through appropriate breathing. Sally has always been approachable, gives guided and useful feedback and has an amazing turn over time as far as getting back to clients. Thanks for everything Sally!"

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  • Review by Sven, from California, USA

    "You have to drop where you are currently going to and head to Sally's Body Flows immediately. She is amazing, and all her services are top notch. I initially came in with all manner of legacy issues as a result of sports injuries over the years. Nobody had been able to get me on a good path going forward until Sally, and I have not felt better since I was a whole lot younger."

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  • Review by Jamie, from California, USA

    "Sally is an amazing yoga teacher! I have had the pleasure of taking vinyasa classes and also Iron Yoga classes with Sally and am so impressed with her knowledge of yoga and ability to make me fall more in love with yoga in each of her classes! I most recently tried Iron Yoga with Sally and was seriously amazed by how fun and equally hard the class was. I absolutely loved it. I was dripping in sweat and could not have felt better during and after class. It was the perfect way to spend an hour! Sally is seriously the BEST!"

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  • Review by Scott, from California, USA

    "I have been attending Sally's vinyasa yoga class since July 2013 and I could not recommend it more. I have been living with chronic pain and stress in most of my adult life, and have gone down a long road of physical therapy, meds, 1:1 stretching, and acupuncture. Simply put, nothing has been more effective than yoga. Since I've introduced yoga in my life, my overall quality of life has significantly improved! "

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  • Review by Carolyn, from California, USA

    "I really enjoyed my recent deep tissue sports massage from Sally! She was thoughtful in the time she spent on each part of my body and left my muscles feeling healthy and revived. I am a competitive long distance runner with a tight IT band that requires regular stretching and massage from time to time. I've had massage in the past after races and during injury but Sally is honestly the best massage therapist I've worked with. She uses the intense pressure that's necessary for an athlete to work through tightness. I could feel toxins released from my body during this massage. Although painful at times, Sally's massage was extremely productive and left me feeling great after! I plan on seeing her again during my training and after future races."

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  • Review by Mary

    "I was so thrilled to attend Body Flow's Summer Solstice Retreat. Perfect location, schedule, facilities and a wonderful group of old and new friends. Loved the walks, meditation, yoga, drum circle, evening fire and celebration of the sun. Fantastic experience beginning to end, can't wait for the next one. Welcome Summer!"

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  • Review by Judy

    "Thank you to you both for an absolutely fabulous retreat! You guys worked really hard to put this all together for us and it was really obvious in all the details. I had an amazing time with all of your wonderful workshops. I met a lot of interesting fun people as well - what a bonus. I look forward to the June session with much anticipation. Thanks to both of you again for your amazing energy and abilities - it was such a pleasure!"

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  • Review by Susanna

    "Just enjoyed my second yoga retreat with Sally at Body Flows at Wildwood Retreat Center by Guerneville. It is amazingly well-organized and so refreshing. I enjoy Sally as a yoga instructor and love the atmosphere and friendships I have made at these retreats."

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  • Review by Zhendi, from California, USA

    "I got to know Sally through her chi running/walking class. I was glad to learn that she also offers deep tissue massage. I have lower back pain and calf tension that have been bothering me for well over a year. with Sally's help, I have become a lot better. I no longer experience the pain i had in my lower back, and the tension in my calves was significantly reduced. She listens carefully to my problems and addresses them in an effective way. I can tell from our first session that she is a pro. Her strokes are precise and powerful, exactly what my body needed. I highly recommend Sally."

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  • Review by Sheila from Kirklan, Washington

    "I had an amazing weekend, thank you. The experience was wonderful. If anyone is even thinking about doing this, they should stop thinking and just do it! The Mayacamaras Ranch was so beautiful and peaceful. Sally is a lovely person and a great yoga instructor who was able to lead many different levels. The food was wonderful, the wine tasting and laughter were flowing. I met so many lovely people and created friendships that are for sure to last. I cant wait to sign up for another retreat."

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