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Weekend Yoga Retreat USA

In the fast-paced world of mobile devices, cars, planes, deadlines, and capitalism, you can lose track of what is important, like your well-being, inner peace, laughter, and your personal truth. You matter, and you are more than enough. That phone call or email can wait. Your family or job will be fine without you always being there. Treat yourself and take three days at Ratna Ling to unwind, reflect, and breathe into your fullness. Remember what you value the most and then return to your life with a renewed sense of ease, joy, and strength.

Meet the instructors

Gloria, Rosalyn, & Christine
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Highlights

  • 4 days of practice
  • 1 yoga class per day
  • Meditation sessions for all levels
  • Sound journey and Tibetan mantra lessons
  • Sound baths and sacred art
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 28 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

The accommodations at Ratna Ling allow guests to create a retreat experience with relaxed ease and privacy. A collection of 14 private cottages spreads out across the majestic landscape, each providing an inspiring view of the surrounding countryside. Each suite-style cottage is a home unto itself, including a living room, dining area, full bathroom, stocked kitchenette, and outdoor deck.

You will discover details that create comfort and allow you to luxuriate in serenity, like fine linens, gas-burning woodstoves, quality furnishings, and modern bathrooms with spacious Jacuzzi tubs. Two private rooms, each furnished with a queen bed (one room has a fold-up bed and open it can sleep two, closed it becomes a meditation, yoga, or writing room).

  • High-vaulted ceilings, central heating, and air-conditioner
  • Living room with sofa and chairs and gas 'woodstove'
  • Spacious dining area that seats four
  • Kitchenette with microwave, fridge, dishware, coffee, and tea
  • Bathroom with shower, Jacuzzi tub, hairdryer, and shampoo
  • Outdoor decks with lounge chairs and inspiring views
  • Complimentary wireless and domestic phone service
  • 14 cottages, 972 square feet each that accommodates four people
  • Handicap-access cottage available

Dining hall

The dining hall offers a sumptuous buffet, featuring gourmet vegetarian cuisine made with organic produce from the garden and local farms. Space features a large stone fireplace and has numerous windows and skylights to let the natural light in. It holds a baby grand piano that can add an uplifting dimension to a retreat. The grand dining hall seats up to 106 people and opens out onto the garden pavilion. The grand dining hall is 1640 square feet.

Garden pavilion

When weather permits, they have a beautiful tiered outdoor garden patio that can be used for your retreat guests with tables and chairs that can seat 60. A stream runs alongside the garden providing the soothing sound of running water. A fountain frames the patio and extended views of rolling hills provide spectacular scenery. The pavilion can be lit for nighttime use.

Golden lotus room

On the lower level, below the meditation hall or temple, is a spacious room ideally suited for meditation, yoga, or other spiritual activities. It has ample windows to let in natural light and views of the garden while maintaining plenty of wall space for yoga and other practices. It can fit up to 40 for yoga or meditation. It is about 2025 square feet.

Healing Buddha classroom

In the main lodge, the naturally sunlit healing Buddha classroom can be used for a small gathering. Chairs and tables or yoga mats and cushions can be provided. It includes a television monitor. The seats are 20. Yoga classes can fit up to 10 people. It is 552 square feet.

Library

The library is connected to the yoga room via a large foyer with a sitting area. This room is ideal for a small meeting. It has a large drop-down television monitor, a long meeting table that seats, chairs, and a cozy gas fireplace for those chilly winter days. Additional chairs and tables can be added or space can be cleared for other purposes. It is about 475 square feet.

White lotus practice room

This multi-purpose room, fully wired for sound, works well for intimate or large gatherings. Windows and glass doors open onto a patio provide natural light. The room can easily be arranged according to group needs with chairs and tables, or yoga mats, and cushions. This room includes a large 66-inch television monitor for presentations. High-speed internet and Wi-Fi connection are available. The maximum capacity is 70. Yoga classes can fit up to 30. Dimensions are 32-by-33 (1056 square feet).

Program

Yoga

These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements. The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.

Ways to self-care

Learn how to bring balance for yourself through daily self-care with essential oils, breathing, yoga, journaling, walking, enjoying tea, and deep listening. You will discuss and explore different practices that people use to care for themselves.

Meditation

In these sessions, you can learn how to be with yourself and make friends with your mind, through sitting or walking. The mind has a multitude of qualities and abilities, and meditation helps you observe and acquaint yourself with the ones that occur often and those that you did not know were there. This practice can bring about more steadiness, clarity, discernment, and calmness for the mind, body, and spirit.

Restorative yoga

This yoga is designed to restore the nervous system and allow all systems in the body to come back to homeostasis. The class incorporates restful, sleep-like postures on the floor, with the support of various props.

Tibetan mantra

Find inspiration through learning about Buddhist deities and chanting mantras to call on higher qualities of being.

Practices for compassion and forgiveness

In this session, you learn more about your boundaries and how to open your hearts. Through group and partner work, you will practice how to be and speak with others, especially when you feel closed, challenged, and impatient.

Sound journey

Enjoy and relax to the sounds of harmonizing bowls, chimes, and serene musical instruments. Allow the mind and body to soften, as your spirit travels to restful and ethereal realms. Participants will lay down for most of the practice and be guided through restorative postures with supportive props.

Sample schedule (subject to change)

Friday

  • 15:00 - 16:00 Check-in
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Yoga
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 18:45 - 19:30 Opening circle

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Ways to self-care
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Meditation
  • 12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 17:30 Quiet time, bodywork, and massage by appointment
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Restorative yoga

Sunday

  • 08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Tibetan mantra
  • 12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 16:30 Quiet time, bodywork, and massage by appointment
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Practices for compassion and forgiveness
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:15 Sound healing

Monday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Closing circle
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 Check out

Instructors

Gloria Baraquio

Rosalyn White

Christine DeCristofaro

Retreat location

The retreat will take place in Cazadero, California, USA. Ratna Ling Retreat Center is a northern California group and personal retreat center located just 90 miles north of San Francisco in the redwood forests of Sonoma County, California, USA. The remoteness of Ratna Ling offers guests the opportunity to unplug and surrender to the healing power of nature. However, because of their remote location, GPS systems and Internet maps are not always accurate for this area. You will want to be sure to follow the driving directions provided. Otherwise, it is easy to get lost.

It is imperative that your car is in good working condition, and you have a full tank of gas when you leave Jenner. There are no services North of Jenner, and cell phone service is spotty at best. It will be difficult or impossible to make or receive phone calls, text messages, or e-mails from your cellular device, so please be sure to take care of correspondences ahead of time. Remember, telephones and Wi-Fi are available once you reach Ratna Ling. Mileage does not directly correspond with travel time, as roads on the ridge are windy and only one lane in some areas.

It is a good idea to allow yourself more driving time than you think you will need to ensure a pleasant, safe journey and prompt arrival. Please note that Ratna Ling has a Cazadero mailing address though technically is not in Cazadero. Ratna Ling is actually located approximately 30 miles northwest of Cazadero between Fort Ross and Stewart’s Point.

Distances

  • Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve - 20 minutes
  • Fort Ross Winery - 20 minutes
  • Gualala Arts Center - 45 minutes
  • Fort Ross State Park - 25 minutes
  • Annapolis Winery - 45 minutes
  • Charles M. Schulz Sanoma County Airport (STS) - 1.5 hours
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) - 3 hours
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - 3 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Conference room
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

All meals are included in the price. Enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine from around the world when you stay with Ratna Ling Retreat Center. They use organic products and many of the vegetables and herbs are harvested from the gardens to produce delightful meals reflecting the current season’s bounty. For Covid's safety, boxed vegetarian meals will be delivered to your cottage. The dining room and lodge will be not accessible for guests.

Meal schedule:

  • 08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
  • 12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Dinner
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Sunday brunch (only when check-out day is Sunday)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Bodywork

All of the expert bodywork and massage practitioners at Ratna Ling have many decades of experience in their field. They are honored to offer their services during your stay. Ratna Ling Retreat Center suggests you book your appointment in advance to ensure availability.

State parks

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is an 850-acre preserve of Coast Redwoods, up to 1400 years old and towering as high as 300 feet. Located in the town of Guerneville, it is a spectacular place to stop for a hike on your way to or from Ratna Ling.

Fort Ross State Park is a former Russian fort that has many of its historical buildings preserved as they were in the 1800s. In addition, they have a museum and several festivals throughout the year. It is about a 25-minute drive south of Ratna Ling. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve is located about 20 minutes away by car or about a one-hour hike.

Salt Point State Park is reached by driving just a few minutes from Ratna Ling. Its 6000 acres have 20 miles of hiking trails, six miles of which are along the Pacific coast. It includes trails through redwoods, meadows, and a pygmy forest. Sonoma Coast State Park spans 17 miles of scenic coastal beaches and bluffs, starting at the spectacular Bodega Head and ending at the Vista Trail, four miles north of the town of Jenner. There are several beaches with free parking where you can search for shells and watch whales migrate.

Wineries

Fort Ross Winery is located 20 minutes away by car and offers exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, along with a spectacular view from their tasting room. Annapolis Winery is located in the hills above Sea Ranch, about 45 minutes by car. Their award-winning wines include Pinot Noirs, Cabernets, Zinfandels, and Zinfandel Port. Sonoma Coast Vineyards tasting room is located in the town of Bodega Bay. They pour their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah varieties seven days a week.

The arts

Gualala Arts Center is located at a beautiful 45-minute drive up the coast. They host regular art exhibits as well as chamber concerts and other performances throughout the year. Located in the town of Gualala, you will find several art galleries, restaurants, and interesting local shops.

The Sea Ranch is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment. It is a community of private homes along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma Coast, just south of the town of Gualala. They have a lodge that houses a restaurant, bar, and gift shop. There is also a uniquely styled chapel.

Outdoor activities

Water Treks offers kayak rentals and eco-tours from their base in the town of Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Horse N Around Trail Rides offers guided trail rides on horseback, through the hillsides above Bodega Bay. The Links at Bodega Harbor is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Combining spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, rolling fairways, undulating greens, and native coastal rough, this golf course is sure to take your breath away. Madrone Audubon Society organizes many field trips in Sonoma County and the north bay area. There is a myriad of wonderful adventures to experience on your way to or from Ratna Ling.

What's included

  • Yoga classes for all levels
  • Meditation classes for all levels
  • Sound and music journeys
  • Sacred art
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Bodywork treatments
  • Snacks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the bay area and points east

  • Travel CA Highway 101 North / Redwood Highway past Santa Rosa exits.
  • Take exit 494 for River Road toward Guerneville / Calistoga.
  • Make first left onto Mark West Springs Road / River Road.
  • Continue west to follow River Road for about 27 miles.
  • Make a slight right to head north on CA 1 towards Jenner.
  • Continue along highway Route 1 for approximately 14 miles past Jenner, passing the Fort Ross sign on your left.
  • Turn right onto Timber Cove Road to make your way up the ridge just before Timber Cove Inn, which is located ocean-side almost diagonally across from Timber Cove Road. If you pass Timber Cove Inn, you have gone too far.
  • Continue up the incline for 2 miles. Timber Cove Road will end at the top of the hill, where the road splits.
  • Turn left here onto Seaview Road.
  • In about three miles, Seaview Road becomes Hauser Bridge Road.
  • Kruse Ranch Road will be to the left; remain to the right / straight to stay on Hauser Bridge Road.
  • The road will narrow slightly, and you will continue until you see white fencing that runs along the length of the Ratna Ling property.
  • You will pass a small gate on the right and a larger gate on the left, but continue on to the Main Gate, which will be on your right.
  • You will see a brown sign with the name, Ratna Ling Retreat Center, and a large gated archway on the right.
  • The gate will open automatically. If it does not, back up and try again, steering your car towards the left side of the driveway.
  • Once you enter the gate look for a sign that indicates the lodge and registration, which is to your left. Take the circle driveway, on your right.

Driving directions from the north

  • Take CA-Highway 1 South past the town of Gualala (from Gualala, you will remain on Highway 1 for approximately 23 miles).
  • Continue past the small villages of Sea Ranch and Stewarts Point.
  • When you see the Timber Cove Inn on your right (approximately 12 miles or 23 minutes past Stewarts Point), be prepared to turn left almost immediately onto Timber Cove Road to make your way up the ridge.
  • Once you have made your left turn onto Timber Cove Road, continue up the incline for just under 2 miles.
  • Timber Cove Road will end at the top of the hill and bisect Seaview Road.
  • Turn left onto Seaview Road.
  • In about three miles, Seaview Road becomes Hauser Bridge Road once you pass Kruse Ranch Road to the left.
  • Remain to the right to stay straight on Hauser Bridge Road.
  • You will soon see white fencing which runs along the length of the Ratna Ling property.
  • You will pass a small gate on the right and a larger gate on the left but continue on to the Main Gate which will be on your right-hand side.
  • You may enter through the main gate which is white and is flanked by an archway with a gold-painted design with the name, Ratna Ling Retreat Center.
  • This gate will be on your right-hand side. You can also lookout for a sign with an arrow that indicates retreat registration.
  • When you drive up to this gate it will automatically open.
  • Enter the gate and take a sharp left and follow the driveway to the right.
  • Please proceed to the front of the Lodge where you may park on the paved circle and then enter the lobby.
  • Kindly remove your shoes and continue through to the Reception Area to the desk where staff will greet you.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), which are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car, or at Charles M. Schulz Sanoma County Airport (STS), which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling. There are ground shuttles to Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) from both San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as flights. There are car rental companies at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) also.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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Arrival: Friday May 27, 2022
Departure: Monday May 30, 2022

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