3 Days Beginners Yoga Retreat in California, USA

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, California 95949, USA

Novice Yoga Retreat California

This amazing retreat is an ideal introduction to Sivananda yoga and offers students a foundation to the philosophy and daily practices of classical yoga. During the retreat, you will get a glimpse of yogic experience and will be progressively introduced to the practice of asanas, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, yogic diet, meditation, mantra chanting, and yoga philosophy. You will leave rested and refreshed with the basic knowledge of how to continue practice at home.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Daily silent meditation and chanting sessions
  • Step-by-step guide to the basic 12 yoga postures with their benefits
  • Morning and evening satsang sessions
  • 2 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will have the option of having private or shared accommodation.

Deluxe Shanti cabins

Half a size larger than the Siva cabins and located close to the central yoga halls, these extremely comfortable, spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated. Watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sunshade.

For your comfort, an air-conditioner, propane heater, and ceiling fan are provided; furnishings include a desk and chairs, dresser or wardrobe, and a sitting area. A small refrigerator, dishes, and cutlery are provided. Options for single, double, or triple occupancy are available. The Shanti cabins include private bathrooms with showers.

Om cabins

Pleasant and simple lodging that can be booked as single, double, or dormitory-style for four with two bunk beds. The Om cabins are placed in a peaceful and tranquil setting, on a gentle hillside overlooking the pond and surrounded by the natural beauty of the ashram. Each cabin is named for a different virtue, such as happiness or contentment. It is furnished with a dresser, desk, nightstand, ceiling fan, and propane heater. Om cabin guests share a nearby bath house.

Siva cabins

Nestled at the base of Siva Temple Hill and offering a beautiful view of the valley, these five cabins are their newest accommodations. They feature an outdoor porch, bamboo wood flooring, are built with high-grade materials and can be booked for either single or double occupancy. Furnished with a side table, dresser, and propane heater, each cabin has a private bathroom, including shower.

Tenting

Guests may bring their own tent and gear and camp on the land. Sleep closer to nature in the fresh, open air. There are deck platforms designated for tents.

You will be introduced to the five points of yoga, a system to balance the body and mind into a state of maximum health. This weekend offers an immersive experience in the daily routine of yoga in the peaceful and beautiful natural environment of the ashram with daily classes, meditation sessions, and wholesome, organic vegetarian meals.

The course will begin at 7 p.m. on the first date of the course with an ashram orientation followed by satsang at 8 p.m. The course will conclude at 3 p.m. on the final day. You are encouraged to arrive by 4 p.m. on arrival day, making the most out of the afternoon by joining the asana class and dinner.

Curriculum

  • Step-by-step guide to the basic 12 postures and explanation of benefits of the postures
  • What is classical yoga? Intro to the tradition of lineage of the yoga masters
  • What is the purpose and what are the methods of classical yoga?
  • Basic philosophy about happiness, health, life, and freedom
  • Difference between yoga asana and physical exercises
  • Yogic techniques of breathing
  • Vegetarianism: the how and why
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Positive thinking
  • Basic technique of meditation and the yogic daily routine

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting, and lecture
  • 08:00 Beginners yoga class
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 13:00 Beginners workshop
  • 15:00 Free time and nature walks
  • 16:00 Open yoga class
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Free time
  • 20:00 Satsang: Meditation, chanting, and lecture

During the retreat, there'll be daily nature walks.

This retreat will take place at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, situated in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 2000 feet. The historic gold mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are nearby, and the city of Sacramento is an hour's drive away.

The climate is relatively mild in the winter, with rain and an occasional light snow, and can be quite dry and hot in the summer. The hills that make up the ashram land are populated by oaks and pines. The beautiful Yuba, Bear, and American rivers are nearby, offering wonderful hikes along the river gorges. Lake Tahoe is not far away to the east.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento - 1 hour

You will be served two organic, delicious vegetarian meals per day according to traditional principles of the yogic diet. Every meal is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and mild but tasty spices.

Though the menu changes daily, you will usually be served a salad bar, a soup, a grain, a protein, and at least one vegetable dish, as well as oatmeal, yogurt, and granola at lunch. There will always be options for vegan and gluten-free diets.

  • Book a spiritual counseling session with a swami
  • Indulge in wellness massage therapies and Ayurvedic consultations
  • Swim and sunbathe in the pond
  • Take a Jyotish consultation, available during Jyotish events on request
  • Take the Moksha trail: a one-hour contemplative walk
  • Use the dry sauna, available every Friday
  • Walk through the Peace Miracle Labyrinth
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Access to the ashram amenities
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Detailed explanation of yogic principles
  • Morning and evening satsang
  • Silent meditation and chanting sessions
  • Workshops and nature walks

Driving directions from Auburn

  • From I-80, exit in Auburn and onto Highway 49 North towards Grass Valley.
  • Go 11 miles to Wolf Road, which is a traffic signal light, and turn left.
  • Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Road.
  • Go two miles to the end of the road and turn left on Lime Kiln Road.
  • Go 2.4 miles until the road becomes McCourtney Road and continue straight.
  • Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane. Please drive 10 miles per hour only.
  • You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign one mile ahead of the turn that the "Yoga Farm removes litter."
  • Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway and turn left; it is marked by a big sign.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Once there, please transfer to the Auburn railway station. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm will pick you up from the station.

Please contact them to confirm your planned arrival time at Auburn, and they will add you to their pick-up list. If you are delayed the day of travel Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train, please call Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to advise and they will adjust pick-ups accordingly.

Arrival by shuttle

Supershuttle is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.

Arrival by train

You can book Amtrak train or bus service from San Francisco to the Auburn station, where one staff member will pick you up there to transport you to the retreat premises. Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART departs from San Francisco International Airport (SFO); look for the "BART" signs or ask at any information booth for directions. Travel on BART to Richmond Station and transfer there to Amtrak Station, it is a short one-minute indoor walk.

From there, continue on Amtrak to Auburn Station. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel to advise your plans so that they may arrange to meet you upon arrival in Auburn.

Likeways, you may book Amtrak train or bus service from Sacramento to the Auburn station, where one staff member will pick you up there to transport you to the retreat premises. You may take the airport shuttle to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel to advise your plans so that they may arrange to meet you upon arrival in Auburn.

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

Grass Valley, United States

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a non-profit organization serving the spiritual community by teaching yoga, meditation, Vedanta, and yoga philosophy.

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 93% of the time.
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3 days / 2 nights

Availability

Arrival: Friday December 15, 2017
Departure: Sunday December 17, 2017

Special discount

Senior citizens (age 60 and above) and students are eligible for a special discount of 10%.

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