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Meditation and Yoga Retreat California

Celebrate in the mountains and make memorable days with Alok and Anjuli. Take this opportunity to enjoy beautiful Sierra Hot Springs with classes focusing on therapeutic touch, somatic listening, elemental awareness, and connection. This retreat offers a perfect balance of focused morning yoga classes, free time to soak in the healing springs, and creative afternoon therapeutic classes.


  • Afternoon Zen Thai flow classes
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Sound healing throughout weekend
  • Guided ecology hike on local trails
  • Full use of hot springs and sauna
  • Saturday evening Dance Journey
  • 2 delicious organic brunches
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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In this retreat, you will be accommodated in Sierra Hot Spring. For the camping, you will have the choice of using your own tent or you can sleep in the indoor workshop room dorm-style. Staying overnight at Sierra Hot Springs furnishes an unique opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation. Sierra Hot Springs is truly an inspiring place where it’s easy to surrender to the overwhelming sense of tranquility. The sacred healing waters soothe away tension, while immersion in the crisp alpine air nourishes the soul. The natural spring water is as smooth as silk, and the pool are a true experience.

Whether you wish to go for a midnight soak under star-studded skies, or rise with the sun for a daybreak hike, their scenic surroundings will accommodate you. Well-behaved children are welcome at Sierra Hot Springs, including all accommodations. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Children are allowed in the pools between 11:00 and 18:00, excluding the meditation pool, the temple dome hot pool, and the sauna which are adults areas only.

For an additional charge, you may also stay in the charming main lodge which offers private rooms and dorms or the landmark globe hotel which is about one mile down the road. Whether you stay in the charming main lodge, in the landmark globe hotel, or you opt for camping, you are free to enjoy all of the Sierra Hot Springs facilities during your stay.

Dormitory style accommodations are also available at the main lodge. There is free high speed internet access at the main lodge and globe hotel either using their guest computer or bringing a laptop and accessing their Wi-Fi.

Contact Yoga Retreat USA Program

In this retreat, Anjuli and Alok offer a unique blend of therapeutic practices that include partner stretching, trust exercises, contact improvisation, and Zen Thai Shiatsu. The practices will be framed within the Chinese five element systems supporting a rejuvenating and transformational journey. You will learn an overview of the meridian lines in the body and how they relate to health and well-being.

The focus on mindful presence creates new pathways of freedom and understanding. This retreat is open to all levels and no partner is needed as they encourage switching partners throughout the weekend. However, couples are welcome to stay together if they wish.

Tentative schedule:

Friday, September 8, 2017:

  • 12:00 Arrive anytime after noon
  • 18:00 Dinner at Cafe' or by your own
  • 20:00 Opening circle, restorative partner practice

Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • 09:00 Morning yoga session
  • 10:45 Brunch
  • 13:00 Optional ecology hike
  • 16:00 Contact yoga or ZenThai Therapeutics
  • 18:30 Dinner at Cafe' or by your own
  • 20:00 Kirtan and dance journey

Sunday, September 19, 2017:

  • 09:00 Morning yoga session
  • 10:45 Brunch
  • 12:30 Contact yoga and closing

Included excursions

A guided ecology hike on local trails is included in the package.


Alok Rocheleau
Alok is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles. As a healer, his yoga instruction takes the approach of helping people find more freedom in their body and mind. He is a teacher and practitioner of Thai massage and loves to share the art of giving and receiving. He especially loves working with couples and helping them find playful ways to deepen intimacy through partner yoga, Contact dance, and therapeutic touch.
Anjuli Mahendra
Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality healer, teacher, and founder of Shakticura Healing Lounge. Her connection to holistic movement and healing started in 1999 through a regular Iyengar yoga practice that was developed into yoga teaching by 2004. Her teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She has developed her unique twist on Contact yoga, drawing on her somatic experiences with contact improvisation, Acro yoga, and bodywork. In addition to Contact yoga, she teaches Thai massage, Hatha yoga, and dance workshops.


This retreat takes place in Sierraville, California, USA. Sierraville is located in the Eastern Sierras, at the south edge of the largest alpine valley in the continental United States, Sierra Valley. Sierraville was one of the earliest communities settled in the Sierra Valley and prospered during the Gold Rush era. Sheriff John Campbell developed the local hot springs, which were known far and wide for their healing properties, to accommodate over 80 overnight guests.

Having become the eastern entrance to the northern Sierra Gold Country, the town of Sierraville, was established in the 1850s. Nestled along a small creek that escapes the dense conifer forest, the quaint rustic town is home to about 350 people. Known as the hub of recreation, Sierraville boasts over 130 lakes in a 25-mile radius.

The Gold Lake region is one of the most beautiful sights in Northern California, offering many shimmering alpine lakes lying just below the stunning Sierra Buttes. Majestic views and world class hiking trails at the Yuba Pass or Gold Lake region are unforgettable and lie about 20 minutes from town.

Nearby places

  • Gold Lake region - 20 minutes
  • Lake Tahoe - 45 minutes


In this retreat, you will have three catered brunches on Saturday and Sunday. For dinner, you can purchase a meal at the restaurant or bring supplies to make your own. There's a delicious organic restaurant that serves dinner from 18:30 until 20:30 on the weekends. You will have access to a communal guest kitchen in the main lodge. Pots, pans, plates, and everything else you need are there for your cooking convenience, but please remember to bring your own coffee, oils, and spices.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can explore and enjoy the enchanted forest and a beautiful alpine valley.

Spa treatments

Spa treatments are available upon request at an additional cost. You can enjoy different spa treatments during the retreat.

Body scrub therapy

Although the skin is their largest organ, it is many times the most neglected one. Their flavored scrubs are one of the best ways to exfoliate, cleanse, and tone your skin, revealing a much younger layer, and also improving future skin regeneration. Followed by a rehydrating massage, each scrub leaves your skin smooth and soft with a natural glow. Also available as a 120 minute treatment. It costs 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Body wrap therapy

Dating back to ancient Egypt, body wraps are known to beautify the skin, detoxify the body, reduce weight through fluid release, and gently soothe the spirit. Combined with a 30-minute massage, their wraps are designed to enhance skin color and clarity, boost your own lymphatic system’s effectiveness, facilitate the absorption of lotions and nutrients, and contribute to a deepened sense of overall health and well being. It costs 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Full body wrap and scrub treatment

Out with the old, in with the new, their nurturing and rejuvenating wraps combined with a full body massage, their champagne rose scrub and body wrap is a wonderful way to indulge the senses, satisfy the soul, and treat yourself to the silkiest and most sensational smelling skin you’ll ever have. It costs 165 USD for 120 minutes.

Pohaku (lava stone facial treatment)

This relaxing and grounding facial treatment originates in Hawaii. It begins with a 60 minute full body massage and is followed by a 60 minute hot rock facial treatment that includes a cleanser, exfoliant, and hydrating mask. It costs 165 USD for 120 minutes.

Deep heat stone therapy

This treatment is perfect for warming up after a day on the slopes or relaxing stiff muscles after a workout. This full body hot stone massage uses an anti-inflammatory muscle warming gel and radiates heat throughout your entire body. It costs 120 USD for 90 minutes.

The ultimate spa treatment

After selecting your choice of product, the ultimate in relaxation begins with an exfoliating body scrub. The scrub is followed by a sumptuous hydrating wrap. While wrapped, you will receive a full facial treatment including cleanser, exfoliant, and a hydrating mask, as well as a flower essence scalp treatment. It costs 250 USD for 150 minutes.

What's included

  • 2 delicious catered organic brunches on Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon Zen Thai Flow classes
  • Full use of hot springs and sauna
  • Guided ecology hike on local trails
  • Kirtan and dance journey
  • Morning meditation and yoga sessions
  • Sound healing throughout weekend

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Driving directions from I-80

  • From I-80 take exit 188B in Truckee.
  • Go North on Hwy 89 approximately 30 minutes to Sierraville. The Globe Hotel is at the intersection of Highways 89 and 49.
  • To reach the main lodge and the springs, turn right onto Highway 49, then turn right on Lemon Canyon road.
  • Turn the next road right again onto Campbell Hot Springs road. Follow this road to the main lodge. Please register at the lodge before using any of the facilities.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.