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6 Days Meditation, Chanting, and Wellness Yoga Retreat in California Desert, USA

Meditation and Yoga Retreat USA

Immerse yourself in a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga retreat in the magical Anza-Borrego Desert. Connect with the peaceful nature around and create a sanctuary for your body, heart and mind to expand. Improve your health, relieve stress and experience the peace, love, and joy of your own true nature!

You will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation in the morning and evening. During the Yoga classes we will explore classical poses with a strong focus on breathing, meditative awareness and deep relaxation. At night, you will be amazed by the beauty of the Californian desert sky, perfect for stargazing.​

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Kirtan chanting classes
  • Daily Pranayama and meditation class
  • Outdoor sunrise and sunset desert meditation
  • Free access to resort's amenities
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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La Casa del Zorro Desert Resort and Spa is a Luxury Boutique Resort situated on 42 acres of manicured desert landscape, offering spectacular desert vistas and many family-oriented outdoor games. A tennis and aquatics center are complimentary to all registered guests. During your retreat, you can enjoy five public pools. Accommodation is provided in either a pool view, poolside king room, or double-queen room.


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available seven days a week. A beautiful spa provides an array of spa and salon services to relax your mind, pamper your body, and rejuvenate your spirit. Zorro’s five lighted tennis courts, two pickleball courts, five guest-use pools, well-appointed fitness center, yoga studio (complete with instructor and classes), and the world-class spa offering treatments to soothe the soul, as well as the skin. If work is your pleasure, Zorro’s expansive conference center is sure to meet your professional requirements.

La Casa del Zorro Yoga Retreat California Program


The yoga classes are a balanced, transformative flow of several yoga styles with a strong focus on the breath in classic poses, creating meditative awareness, and relaxation.


During this class, periods of meditation are interwoven with breathing exercises and visualizations. Deep meditation is a simple, wonderful method to calm the mind, experience inner peace, love, and joy.

Kirtan chanting

Kirtan is chanting in sing along or call-response style. It is a way of calming the mind, getting in touch with yourself, and opening your heart. You will find contentment, love, and inner peace.

Typical daily schedule


  • Sunrise meditation in the desert
  • Yoga class

Afternoon: personal time

  • Hiking
  • Journaling
  • Pool
  • Tennis
  • Labyrinth


  • Walk or sunset desert outdoor meditation
  • Yoga class, meditation, or Kirtan
  • Stargazing

Included excursions

During your retreat, you can go cycling with a free bicycle, go for long walks, or hike in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


Paul Penners
Paul Penners is from The Netherlands and after a successful career in the corporate world, he decided to follow his passion and deepen his knowledge of yoga and teach others. He has attended teacher training in The Netherlands, France, India, and the USA. To further his knowledge, he regularly attends workshops, classes, and conferences. Paul loves to share his enthusiasm for yoga and meditation, plays guitar and harmonium, and loves to lead Kirtan chanting.
Renate Nishio
Renate has become a licensed holistic health practitioner with a Zen-Shiatsu practitioner degree and a nationally certified therapeutic massage and bodyworker. Her mission is to help people reach a higher level of personal wellness, with an emphasis on improved health, increased energy, a balanced body, mind, and spirit for a greater sense of joy in life

Retreat location

Located in Borrego Springs, California, La Casa del Zorro is nestled in the stunning Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, ranked by National Geographic magazine as the best state park in California. La Casa del Zorro enjoys a unique setting in the midst of the scenic 600.000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert, a nature-land of serenity and solitude.

Cradled by the Santa Rosa Mountains, towering six thousand feet over the desert floor, the resort is close to hiking trails and endless opportunities to explore unspoiled canyons, buttes, and mesas. Borrego Springs is one of the few "dark-sky communities" in the world. The skies are illuminated by millions of bright stars and galaxies due to night light restrictions. In spring, the pink and lavender Sand Verbena wildflowers cover acres of the desert floor.

Nearby places

  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 8.1 kilometers
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN), 96.6 Kilometers - 1 hour and 30 minutes drive
  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), 70.3 kilometers - 1 hour and 30 minutes drive
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 3 hours and 30 minutes drive
  • Rancho Mirage - 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Palm Desert - 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • La Quinta Area - 1 hour and 15 minutes

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain walking
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Labyrinth
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Conference room
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room


La Casa del Zorro brings charm and elegance to the outdoor dining experience. During your holiday, you can dine in the refreshing open-air at our ever popular tables on the Rose Garden Terrace, and make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner a truly special dining experience. During your stay at the resort, you can choose from a variety of dining experiences, enjoy elegant and delicious meals in the resort's dining room, and savor some of the most creative dishes prepared by fine chefs. You can also stop by the Fox Bar and Cantina for a refreshing beverage, casual lunch, or dinner.

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

During your retreat, you can enjoy a variety of activities within the resort or surrounding area.

  • 1 mile walking tour
  • A Zen touch shiatsu workshop with Renate Nishio is available for couples and friends that would like to learn how to heal themselves and others
  • Cycling tour
  • Dining at the Butterfield Room Restaurant (Seasonal)
  • Hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
  • Meals available at the cantina restaurant 7-days a week
  • Spa services, massage, facials, and more
  • Tennis and Pickleball with available private trainer

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation at the luxury desert resort
  • All Kirtan chanting classes
  • All meditation classes
  • All yoga classes
  • Access to fitness room
  • Access to pool and tennis court
  • Access to pickleball courts
  • Daily Pranayama and meditation classes
  • Outdoor sunrise and sunset desert meditation
  • Stargazing
  • Yoga and props

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Diego International Airport (SAN) or Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). You can discuss further details about airport transfers with La Casa del Zorro. The resort is located in a remote area, South of Palm Springs, and North-East of San Diego. Transfer from and to the airport is not included. A rental car is required given the remote and secluded location of the resort.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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