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Intensive Leadership Training and Yoga Retreat California

Take your yoga practice and community-building intentions to another level through this intensive exploration of effective social justice activism grounded in the practice of compassion. Together with Off the Mat into the World's team, you will dig deep into the real impacts of injustice and inequality in your communities and larger world and grow your skills in being agents of social change and justice.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation session
  • Holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit
  • Intensive exploration of social justice activism
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will be accommodated at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus' residential building, which is located separately from the campus. The residential building offers retreat-style lodging and provides a unique and peaceful environment. The accommodations include standard rooms with a shared bath and shower. Bed linens and towels are provided.

Spacious lawns in front of the property have sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara Channel Islands, while beautiful gardens afford spots for quiet contemplation with views of mountains rising in the background. Recreational opportunities are offered by hiking trails that lead into the wilderness. At night, deer and coyotes are often seen wandering through the grounds.

Off to the Mat into the World Yoga Retreat USA Program

This weekend retreat facilitates a holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit with your intentions to be a participant in addressing inequality and injustice. You will be invited to engage in an exploration of social justice concepts in a practical and embodied way, as this work is vital for anyone doing community engagement work.

Through mindfulness meditation and daily yoga practice, you will build a foundation for opening your hearts to the pain of injustice, healing yourself and your communities from the trauma of oppression, and fostering the resilience you need to stay in the struggle over a lifetime.

What you will explore

  • The tension between the spiritual truth that 'we are all one' and the differences and disparities that exist between you
  • The root factors contributing to inequality and injustice and how they show up in your own life and communities
  • How to stay present and effective in the face of suffering and injustice
  • How power, privilege, trauma, and oppression operate in you personally and how the identities and experiences you hold position you to be of service in different ways in dismantling systemic oppresions
  • The skills and practices that can allow you to connect across lines of differences in terms of race, class, gender, ability, body type, size, sexuality, and more
  • The role of compassion and compassion practices in building resilience in yourself and in your communities, and how this resilience can create accountable, grounded responses to injustice


Seane Corn
Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. She has been featured in commercials, magazines, NPR, and She utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention. In 2013, she was awarded the Global Green International Environmental Leadership Award. Since 2007, she has been training leaders of activism through her cofounded organization, Off the Mat into the World.
Hala Khouri
Hala Khouri has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, somatic psychology, and the juicy mystery of life. Creative movement and honest self-exploration have always been her sources of tremendous healing. Her calling to share this with others has been clear to her since she began teaching at the age of 16. Hala is one of the cofounders of Off the Mat into the World, along with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling.
Suzanne Sterling
Suzanne Sterling facilitates retreats and workshops in the United States and abroad and brings a special blend of music, yoga, sacred ceremony, and activism to events such as yoga retreats, emerging cultural conferences, and music festivals. She has also been a ritual designer and priestess for many years and has developed a curriculum and teacher training and apprenticeship programs for numerous communities across the country.
Teo Drake
Teo Drake is a spiritual activist, an educator, a practicing Buddhist and yogi, and an artisan who works on wood and steel. As a blue-collar queer-identified transman living with aids, he has 101 reasons to not want to be in his own skin. His physical and spiritual practice of yoga and Buddhist traditions made it possible for him to heal and feel at home in his own body.

Retreat location

The workshop will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, situated on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean.



  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge


  • Free parking
  • Library


Meals are served to encourage dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Thursday dinner; Friday and Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch are included in the meal cost. Pacifica’s caterers provide healthy meals, which include organic ingredients where possible. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical or dietary restrictions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Retreat fee

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at either Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is 90 miles south of Santa Barbara, or Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), which is 18 miles north of the campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included in your confirmation letter.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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