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Arizona Yoga Retreat USA

Join Bill Hehemann and Sanctuary Yoga on the yoga journey of a lifetime at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson, Arizona. This majestic venue is nestled within the Sonoran desert and Tortolita mountain setting. This exclusive, world-famous resort is a perfect environment for yoga. Each class is sequenced to allow the more experienced yogi options to incorporate their skill, yet subtle enough for even the beginner to fully enjoy the practice!

Retreat highlights

  • Two daily yoga classes
  • Daily evening meditation
  • 24-hour access to fitness center
  • Daily American breakfast buffet
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Guided morning hike

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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In this refined desert oasis, the Tucson hotel rooms and suites reflect the local landscape and culture, featuring natural elements of dark mesquite woods, richly hued fabrics, light stones, and a taste of Southwestern flair. Featuring the understated ambiance of comfortable luxury, these rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with a mix of modern comforts and authentic, handcrafted architectural and design details.

All rooms offer inspiring views of nearby mountain ranges, including the Tortolita Foothills or the Wild Burro Canyon.

Sanctuary Yoga USA Yoga Retreat Arizona Itinerary

You are always in a state of pre-injury, current injury, or recovery. Often, multiple parts of the body are in varying stages of injury and recovery. This retreat, particularly chosen at this resort at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, will give you the time and space to allow your yoga practice to explore your entire body. This exploration, within the structure of Bill's teaching, will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your practice.

Designed for everybody, including desk jockey, serious athlete, weekend warrior, occasional, or a dedicated yogi, each of you will find an opportunity to nourish your bodies through yoga and this exclusive environment.Yes, your body will love that much yoga! The entire retreat is designed to adapt the practice to exactly what you need at that time. This is the yoga of listening, learning, and practicing. There will be two practices per day.

The morning practice will incorporate as a 'focus' on one or more of the basic posture-modalities, including standing, seated, inverted, balanced, or twisted postures. This practice with be specially-sequenced, in which you will practice releasing tension and building skills each day. Each morning practice will include options for each student to explore their own techniques in more depth.

The afternoon practice will, in general, be an opportunity for the day's previous activities at Dove Mountain to be welded into the yoga retreat. It will be restorative (poses supported by props), include pranayama (breath work), include elements of Yin yoga, and provide an opportunity for 'special requests' or meditation. Daily meditation will be offered each evening for those interested.

Yoga practices are optional. Both morning and afternoon practices are accessible to anyone, at any level. The movements of each sequence are accessible for all who are willing to learn. Each practice is sequenced to allow the more experienced yogi options to incorporate their skill, yet subtle enough for even the beginner to fully enjoy the practice.

The sequencing, posture options, and sheer variety of adaptations explored will benefit everyone. This retreat will be invaluable for teachers who wish to hone their skills and learn to incorporate some of the subtleties of technique.

Sample daily itinerary

  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga classes
  • 10:30 - 16:45 Free time
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga classes
  • 20:30 - 21:00 Silent meditation

Included excursions

Golfing at The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is offered at a significantly reduced rate for all participants of the Yoga Retreat. Daily access to The Spa at Dove Mountain is also available at a reduced rate.


Bill Hehemann
Bill has completed both 200-hours and 300-hours advanced teacher training, and teaches daily at Sanctuary Yoga. After years of advanced study in anatomy and therapeutics, Bill incorporates alignment and unique sequencing to improve each student's skill, strength, and concentration. A dedicated practitioner of the Ashtanga yoga method, Bill's retreats include yoga classes that cover the entire spectrum of postures, including standing, seated, twisted, balanced, and inverted.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, where you will feel right at home. You will enjoy a fun, relaxing, and extraordinary yoga retreat. Dove Mountain features a destination spa, adventure programming, world-class hiking, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, and richly appointed guest accommodations in a striking canyon setting. This picturesque retreat is the place where adventure and a gracious spirit of hospitality come to life.

Time stands still at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a scenic Tucson, Arizona resort that blends majestically into its Sonoran Desert and Tortolita Mountain setting. Surrounded by a lush Saguaro forest, the luxury mountain resort sits on land once inhabited by the indigenous Hohokam people, who honored its natural beauty with a spirit that still endures today.

It is said that when the hotel’s foundation was ready to be poured, its entire footprint had to be relocated by a few feet so as to protect Saguaro cacti. Arizona hotel guests can hear the beauty in the ancient melodies of the flutist welcoming each evening’s sunset. They can sense it by immersing themselves in the spectacular mountain terrain – on a hike, a mountain bike, or on horseback, or simply by taking in a star-filled velvet sky alongside the warmth of a terrace fire pit.

You can also enjoy a vast array of luxurious amenities, including guest rooms and suites that offer views of nearby mountain ranges, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, four restaurants, and a destination spa. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, lets you open your eyes to a luxury resort that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Nearby places

  • Biosphere 2, 38 minutes
  • Casas adobes plaza, 23 minutes
  • Colossal cave mountain park, 60 minutes
  • Foothills mall, 20 minutes
  • Fourth avenue, 36 minutes
  • Hi-corbett field, 43 minutes
  • Kartchner caverns state park, 80 minutes
  • Kino sports complex, 38 minutes
  • La Encantada mall, 28 minutes
  • Marana Regional Airport (AVW), 15 minutes
  • Mount Lemmon, 105 minutes
  • Old town artisan, 34 minutes
  • Old Tucson studios, 47 minutes
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), 90 minutes
  • Pima air and space museum, 44 minutes
  • Sabino canyon recreation area, 1 hour
  • Sabino canyon tours, 80 minutes
  • Saguaro national park, 62 minutes
  • St. Augustine cathedral, 35 minutes
  • St. Phillip’s plaza, 31 minutes
  • The University of Arizona, 32 minutes
  • Tucson electric park, 38 minutes
  • Tucson city - 30 minutes
  • Tucson International Airport (TUS), 30 minutes
  • Tucson mall, 29 minutes
  • Tucson rodeo, 37 minutes



  • Cycling
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course
  • Golf driving range
  • Gym
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance


The price of this retreat includes daily buffet breakfast.

Discover a collection of restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, that partner with nature to turn an ordinary culinary experience into a delightfully authentic and sustainable one. From innovative Southwestern flavors to freshly prepared sushi to handcrafted libations, the chefs and mixologists see every meal as an opportunity to tap into the rich bounty of local farms and orchards for dining that stays true to its roots.

Cayton's burger bistro

Named for the legendary cattleman and poet, Eugene “Cush” Cayton, Cayton's burger bistro serves gourmet burgers, shakes, signature entrées, and an extensive selection of regional craft beers at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. This restaurant in Tucson offers breath-taking mountain views and beautiful Arizona sunsets.

Core kitchen and wine bar

True American cuisine that is approachable, innovative, and inspired by Sonoran and regional influences. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine list, making this upscale restaurant in Tucson a casual and welcoming atmosphere, serving breakfast and dinner. Core also has its own 42-tree citrus orchard, from which you can seasonally pick your own fruit for morning libations.

Sushi bar and sake

Enjoy a selection of made-to-order traditional maki rolls and sashimi with regional favorites. Complement your meal with a variety of Japanese beer and traditional sake recommended by the Sake Expert.

This restaurant is only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 17:00 to 21:00.

Turquesa Latin grill

The resort’s spectacular swimming pool and water slide area are the family friendly setting for Turquesa. This poolside grill is the perfect place for lunch, featuring traditional Latin fare, and Tucson-inspired influences. You can enjoy outdoor dining in Tucson.

Things to do (optional)

Arizona-Sonora desert museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one place.

Arizona state museum at the University of Arizona

Experience the native cultures of Arizona, the greater southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum.

Colossal cave mountain park

Take a guided tour and learn about the cave's history, legends, and geology, as you walk down and back up about six and a half stories. See beautiful cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, and helictites. Tours are given daily, year-round.

Casas adobes plaza

Casas adobes plaza, created decades ago by a protégé of renowned architect Josias Joesler exemplifies mastery of space and enduring style, resplendent with beauty and charm. A jewel of Spanish Colonial architecture, this old world lifestyle center has captivated visitors for more than 50 years, becoming a true landmark of Southern Arizona.

Foothills mall

Shop at an enclosed regional shopping center tucked in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. More than 90 stores, outlets, and value retailers offer the latest designer fashions and brand name merchandise at incredibly low prices.

Fourth avenue

Fourth Avenue is where it happens! There are over 100 merchants on the avenue selling everything from books, art, furniture, and clothing. Nowhere in Tucson can one find so many great places to eat in such a concentrated area where you name it and it is here on the Avenue. Find those quirky and totally original spots that give Tucson its distinct flavor.


With The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, Nicklaus created 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble Saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range. This luxury golf resort in Arizona has elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet to challenge even the most seasoned pro. This world-class resort includes a golf shop featuring the finest equipment, apparel and accessories.

Expansive, tour-quality practice areas are readily available to address every need, while the award-winning clubhouse captures the true spirit of its picturesque desert setting. The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona is an elite venue to be enjoyed by golfing legends and friends alike.

Kartchner caverns state park

Experience a stunning limestone cave in Southeastern Arizona that boasts world-class features. This live cave, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable one-and-a-half-hour tour.

Pima air and space museum

Pima air and space museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircrafts and spacecrafts including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

Sabino canyon tours

Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino canyon tram ride. Sabino canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado national forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Saguaro national park

Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, the Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern city of Tucson.

St. Augustine cathedral

With its Spanish influence, came the missionary priests to this territory. The chapel of the royal presidio of San Agustin in Tucson was part of the Spanish fort built in 1776.

Tucson museum of art

The Tucson museum of art connects art to life, inspiring discovery, creativity, and cultural understanding through meaningful and engaging experiences.

Spa treatments

The price of this retreat includes daily access to the resort spa, which includes swimming pool, sauna, and cabanas, a 24-hour access to the fitness center, and 10% discount on regular menu spa treatments.

What's included

  • 10% discount on regular menu spa treatments
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • 24-hour access to fitness center
  • 24-hour use of computer and printing services in business center
  • Access to the golf club driving range and putting green utilizing complimentary Callaway Clubs
  • Bocce ball, horseshoes, and ping-pong
  • Complimentary daily newspaper in landings, lobby, and restaurants
  • Complimentary use of street bikes and mountain bikes
  • Daily access to the resort spa
  • Daily American breakfast buffet at the Core Kitchen
  • Daily eco-friendly bottled water and gourmet in-room coffee
  • Daily evening meditation
  • Discounted greens fees at The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course
  • Guided morning hike
  • Onsite self-parking
  • Unlimited and enhanced high-speed internet access hotel-wide (excluding meeting space)
  • Use of tennis courts, balls, and rackets

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), or Marana Regional Airport (AVW). To get to Dove Mountain Resort, it would take you about 30 minutes from Tucson International Airport (TUS), 90 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and 15 minutes from Marana Regional Airport (AVW).

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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