Weekend Warrior Writing & Yoga Retreat in California

Leave your city life behind and rejuvenate on Sagrada's weekend warrior yoga retreat with their special guest instructor, Leslie St. John from Prose and Poses! This is a convenient way to recharge your batteries, soak up some pristine natural countryside, practice your yoga asanas, eat nourishing gourmet meals, and enjoy the company of new friends.

Retreat highlights

  • Guided writing exercises
  • Yoga and restorative classes
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Time for hiking, journaling, and self-reflection
  • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Hot tub soaks

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3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Sagrada's accommodations are in their architecturally designed modern farm house retreat. The newly constructed home is designed by the co-owner and architect Scott Currie. It has a contemporary, rustic, country aesthetic that offers guests a special place to reflect on peace, awareness, and rejuvenation in the ranches majestic and natural landscape.

Communal room

Communal room is a shared accommodation in the sunny mountain vista room. Large outside patio with gorgeous views is the ideal space for journaling, chatting with new friends or meditating on all of Sagrada's nature sounds. The communal room has a sitting area, plenty of cubby spaces for your clothes, toiletries and yoga gear, and large bathroom. Bathrooms are cleaned daily, and fresh towels are always provided. Sagrada uses environmentally friendly laundry detergent and sun-dry whenever possible.

Private room

Private rooms have a queen size bed with comfy linens and open onto a spacious patio with gorgeous ranch views. Shared bathrooms are across the hall and are accented with Italian tiles, reclaimed barn wood from Sagrada's property and modern waterfall showers. Similarly, bathrooms are cleaned daily and fresh towels are always provided.

Sagrada Wellness Weekend Yoga Getaway Program

Wake to the beauty of birdsong and mist rising off grapevines. Meditate, journal, or take in the pristine, natural countryside. After a light breakfast, you will practice yoga to stretch, energize, and awaken the body; pranayama to open channels for breath and energy flow, and meditation to sensitize the intuitive mind. At the end of class, you will focus on writing exercises to inspire ideas, clarify existing ones, and refine expression. This retreat is designed to give you time and space to enjoy yoga and allow your creative juices to flow. Evenings include organic meals lovingly prepared by Scott and Eva; blue-hour walks; hot-tub soaks; and quiet reflection under the stars.

Instructors

Leslie St. John
Leslie is a poet, yogi, and teacher living in California who seeks to inspire creative expression, physical health, and more self-love. She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University. Her poems and creative nonfiction have appeared in Apercus Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, Linebreak, Oxford American, Rebelle Society, Teach.Yoga, and Verse Daily. She is the creator of Prose and Poses, a practice of yoga and writing to open creative channels. A 500-hour RYT, she has studied with Tias Little, Noah Maze, and Rocky Heron; with Yogamaze.

Retreat location

Sagrada Wellness is located in California's Central Coast. The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, roughly spanning the area between the Monterey Bay and Point Conception. It extends through Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County.

Sagrada Wellness is an exclusive vacation rental offering yoga retreats in Santa Margarita, California. One mile off Highway 101, 8 miles North of San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita is the same 5 square mile area originally planned in 1889 and is surrounded by the beautiful, pristine and historic Santa Margarita Ranch. This quaint artist and family community of 1259 people enjoy the best of small town living in one of the most beautiful places in California nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

San Luis Obisbo is an ideal place for yoga retreats in California as it is situated halfway between northern and southern California. Sagrada Wellness is located 15 minutes north of San Luis Obispo, in Central Coast California. Situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County is the heart of California's Central Coast Wine Country. San Luis Obispo County has something for everyone.

Enjoy food and wine in the city of San Luis Obispo. Take a relaxing drive though scenic wine country or a stroll on one of many white sand beaches. SLO is truly the best of California. Galleries, museums, wine tasting and unspoiled natural beauty and recreation are some of San Luis Obispo's highlights.

Distances

  • Los Angeles - 3 hours 30 minutes
  • San Fransisco - 3 hours 30 minutes
  • San Luis Obispo, 12 miles

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Hiking

Take relaxing strolls to breathtaking vistas or bring your water bottle and plan on a challenging hike up and down rolling hills and through untouched canyons. Manzanita trees, gigantic oaks, sacred mountain sage, an abundance of California poppies, wild turkey, exotic birds, will be some of the natural beauty you experience on your journey. You are recommended to take the Rinconada hiking trail, which is 5 minutes from Sagrada, or Bishops Peak trail, which is 15 minutes from Sagrada.

Horseback riding

For all you cowgirls and cowboys - put on your boots and saddle up! Enjoy a guided excursion on well-trained horses through breathtaking California terrain, taking in unspoiled nature and a plethora of wildlife. Horseback riding can be arranged for an additional fee.

In Shangri-La Ranch, 5 minutes from Sagrada, you can enjoy horseback riding into some of the most beautiful country on the Central Coast. Ride through sun-dappled forest, pristine meadows, and ancient rock formations.

You can be a part of nature and experience wildlife in this "remote paradise on earth". Some of the wildlife that has been seen on and near Shangri-La Ranch are deer, bear, cougars, bald eagles, and all kinds of beautiful birds - just to name a few.

Qi Gong

Eva prescribes specific Qi Gong exercises that will address your individual health needs. Correct posture while doing exercises, breathing technique and visualization will be emphasized. You will leave feeling deeply grounded, and with Qi Gong exercises you can take home. Each session costs 150 USD for one acupuncture treatment and Qi Gong techniques.

Taoist health and nutritional counseling

Health and wellness consultation from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective. Tongue and pulse diagnosis, herbal, dietary, and lifestyle recommendations. Consultation is available at 150 USD per hour.

Zip lining

Experience the history and natural habitat at historic Santa Margarita Ranch while soaring through breathtaking terrain and vineyards. Taste some of Ancient Peaks sustainable wine after your zip lining adventure.

Margarita Adventures offers four zip lines that soar over majestic oaks and valleys amid a breathtaking backdrop of vineyards, mountains and forest.

The zipline canopy tours are designed to accentuate a larger mission: to promote a deeper appreciation for the natural surroundings and heritage.

Spa treatments

Acu-facial rejuvenation (150 USD per hour)

Ancient and modern wisdom offers a holistic and nurturing approach to well-being and a radiant appearance. Evas unique treatment consists of body and facial acupuncture, therapeutic grade essential oils, and facial massage. Acu-facial rejuvenation helps eliminate fine lines, tighten pores, brighten the eyes, improve facial color, and increase collagen production and muscle tone. Allow your beauty and vitality to shine!

Acupuncture (150 USD per hour)

Acupuncture is an ancient healing modality that takes the whole body into account when addressing a clients health. Eva Inglizian, L.Ac., uses Chinese medicine, a 5000-year-old system of healing to promote well-being and balance. She has great success treating emotional-spiritual integration, womens issues, digestive disorders, sciatica, and stress and pain management.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunch, and dinners
  • Hot tub soaks
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Time for hiking, journaling, and self-reflection
  • Writing exercises guided by Leslie St. John
  • Yoga and restorative classes

What's not included

  • Acupuncture treatment and facial
  • Additional optional activities
  • Alcoholic beverages

How to get there

Sagrada Wellness is located on California's Central Coast, 12 miles north of San Luis Obispo. It is a midpoint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, 3.5-hour drive from each. We are about 4 miles off the famed Highway 101.

What is the best airport to use to get to Sagrada Wellness?

Fly into San Luis Obispo's airport (SBP) if you want to get here fast and don't want to rent a car. It is about 20 minutes via taxi or Uber or Lyft ride from the airport in San Luis Obispo to Sagrada Wellness. If you want to see California and save some money fly into Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose (SJC). Flying into any of these three airports will require a car rental. The drive from these airports is beautiful and full of interesting sites along the way.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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