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Weekend Yoga Retreat USA

Join Ratna Ling Retreat Center for their premier three-night program on holiday weekends. In the fast-paced world of mobile devices, cars, planes, deadlines, and capitalism, you can lose track of what’s 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.

Highlights

  • Sacred art session
  • Yoga and meditation for all levels
  • Massage at the Mandala Wellness Center for additional fees
  • Optional bodywork, an acupuncture session
  • Sound and music journeys
  • 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

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 private cottages spreads out across our 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.

Cottage size and amenities:

  • 2 private rooms, each furnished with a queen bed (One room has a fold-up bed; open it can sleep two, closed it becomes a meditation, yoga, or writing room)
  • High-vaulted ceilings, central heating, and air-conditioned
  • 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

Program

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 Music and sound

Monday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Closing Circle
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 Checkout

Class descriptions

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.

Mediation

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 yourselves with the ones that occur often and those that you didn’t 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 will 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/or be guided through restorative postures with supportive props.

Retreat location

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 below. 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

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Conference room
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet

Food

Enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine from around the world when you stay with them. Ratna Ling Retreat Center uses organic products and many of the vegetables and herbs are harvested from their gardens to produce delightful meals reflecting the current season’s bounty.

Meals are served buffet-style in the grand dining hall where you can cozy up to the stone fireplace or you may choose to dine outside in the Garden Pavilion where you will be surrounded by the beauty of nature. The Ratna Ling staff can accommodate gluten/wheat-free, vegan/dairy-free, and food-allergy meal requests. Please notify them at the time of booking if you would like to make a special request.

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

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

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Tibetan mantra session

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the bay area and points east

  • Travel CA Hwy 101 North / Redwood Hwy past Santa Rosa exits.
  • Take exit 494 for River Rd 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 our 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-Hwy 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 our 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 Oakland International Airport (OAK). You can also book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). They 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 Sanoma County Airport from both San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as flights. There are car rental companies at Charles M. Schulz Sanoma County Airport 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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This vacation is available on multiple weekends.

 

Dates

 

  • January 14th - 17th, 2022 MLK Day
  • February 18th - 21st, 2022 President´s Day
  • May 27th - 30th, 2022 Memorial Day
  • September 2nd - 5th, 2022 Labor Day
  • October 7th - 10th, 2022 Columbus Day
Monday January 17, 2022
(4 days / 3 nights)

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