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6 Days Ayurvedic Detox Yoga Retreat in California, USA

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

Overview

Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat California

Detoxifying in spring and fall is an important part of the Ayurvedic seasonal routine. Disease prevention and wellness are the natural results of regular seasonal cleanses. Join this retreat for a special cleansing diet using khicharee, which is nutritious and gives a break to the digestive system. You'll find fasting easier in a spiritual environment with like-minded people. It is also extremely beneficial to have all the supporting therapies offered in the retreat like yoga, pranayama, relaxation, sauna, walks in nature, meditation, and most of all, rest and quiet.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Guided meditation practice and chanting
  • Daily workshops and lectures on Ayurveda and health
  • 2-hour Ayurvedic bliss therapy and consultation
  • 2 detoxifying meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Deluxe shanti cabins and the newer siva cabins are available. Five have been built with more renovations of the standard cabins on the way. These cabins are furnished, insulated, and include private bathrooms. Options for single, double, or family occupancy are available.

Siva cabins

Nestled at the base of Siva Temple Hill and offering a beautiful view of the valley these five cabins are the newest accommodations. They feature an outdoor porch, bamboo wood flooring, and 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.

Deluxe shanti cabins

50% larger than the siva cabins and located close to the central yoga halls, these extremely comfortable, spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated and let you watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sun shade. For your comfort, an air conditioner, propane heater, and ceiling fan are provided. Furnishings include a desk, chairs, dresser, 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.

The retreat includes daily workshops and lectures on Ayurveda and health, an Ayurvedic consultation, and one Ayurvedic bliss therapy of two hours, which includes Abhyanga (warm oil massage), Sirodhara (steady stream of warm medicated oil to the third eye), and Swedhana (herbal steam treatment). This consultation plus body therapy is valued to 400 USD.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service. This is completely voluntarily and optional, as part of the ashram experience all visitors are encouraged to join the staff (all non-paid volunteers) in this service during the daily scheduled karma yoga hour.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Satsang: guided silent meditation practice, chanting, and lecture
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Yoga class
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Ayurvedic workshop
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Ayurvedic consultations, body treatments, sauna, nature walks
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Free time
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Satsang: meditation, chanting, and lecture

Recommended texts

  • Ayurveda - Science of Self-healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Dr. Vasant Lad

Gita Devi is a clinical Ayurvedic and pancha karma specialist. She began her Ayurvedic studies in Kerala, India in 2001 and is also a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda. Gita Devi has completed both the Sivananda yoga teacher training course and the advanced yoga teacher training.

Swami Vishnudevananda founded the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm near Grass Valley, California, in 1971. The ashram provides a residential setting where spiritual practitioners of all levels can deepen their practice through the study of classical yoga, meditation, and vedanta.

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is situated in 80 acres of land 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. 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
  • Sacramento - 1 hour
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Swimming
General
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Two buffet style vegetarian meals prepared according to yogic and Ayurvedic dietary principles are served daily. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions, and caffeinated beverages.

  • Spiritual counseling with a Swami is also available by appointment
  • Swim and sunbathe at the pond
  • Try the Moksha trail, a one-hour contemplative walk visiting the Siva shrine where one can enjoy an amazing panoramic view on top of the Siva temple hill after climbing the 108 steps
  • Try the peace miracle labyrinth which is an easy energy-harmonizer that provides a 20-minute meditation walk which gives you answers from within instantly

An Ayurvedic bliss therapy of two hours is included in the price and includes abhyanga (warm oil massage), sirodhara (steady stream of warm medicated oil to the third eye), and swedhana (herbal steam treatment). The consultation plus body therapy is valued to 400 USD. You can book other body treatments as desired for additional fees. They also offer sauna every day and encourage guests to practice self-massage and sauna on days they are not receiving a treatment from the therapists. Do let Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm know in advance if you would like additional therapies.

  • 1 Ayurvedic consultation and body treatments
  • 3 detoxifying meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Ayurvedic workshops and lectures
  • Daily guided meditation and chanting
  • Daily yoga class
  • Optional karma yoga

Driving directions from the south or west

  • Take the Interstate 80 to Auburn and exit at Highway 49 north towards Grass Valley.
  • Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (signal light) and turn left.
  • Go 1.8 miles and turn right on 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 (continue straight and do not turn left).
  • Continue on 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm sign.
  • Go almost one mile to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway, 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).

Arrival by shuttle

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

Arrival by train

You can book a train or bus service from San Francisco to Auburn station and they will have one of their staff pick you up there to bring you to the ashram. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) departs from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Travel on BART to Richmond Station and transfer there to the Amtrak Station. From there, continue on Amtrak to Auburn Station.

You may also book a train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn Station. You may take the airport shuttle to the Amtrak Station in Sacramento and transfer there. Please notice Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that they may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm an inquiry.
  • Review by Olivia from Oakland, California
    9 out of 10

    "The meditation course I took at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm was truly amazing. The area was so beautiful and the staff was very friendly. I really appreciate how regimented the schedule was. I was looking for something that had structure, but still allowed time for relaxation and reflection. This was a perfect balance. I stayed in a shanti room, which is clean and has everything you need AC, a fridge, table, small dresser, and it's own bathroom. Overall I highly recommend Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. It was the perfect trip for me to deepen my meditation practice, while meeting amazing people."

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  • Review by Melissa Revelez
    10 out of 10

    "In many ways, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm changed my life! I graduated from TTC in May 2015. I learned so many wonderful life lessons and had a warm, loving, and fun time. I returned home with a greater sense of myself, my purpose, and what I hold to be sacred. My time there heavily illuminated my path. I have been teaching yoga ever since and feel I am opening my heart to living my best life each day. Thank you, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm!"

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  • Review by Lori Washington
    10 out of 10

    "In May, 2015, I took the TTC course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I do not but some of the teachings to use. I am so thankful for my time there. I look forward to visiting again soon. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Annabelle Anavadyangi Dasi Younger
    10 out of 10

    "Very beautiful setting and such friendly folks. I would love to see a calendar of events on your Facebook page. Thanks! Namaste."

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  • Review by Komilla S. from Bentwood, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have been to Sivananda Yoga farm many times on personal trips. This last time, I was there to attend and speak at a Jyotish conference. As always, it is a greatly uplifting experience. It is set up like an Indian ashram with yoga, spiritual discourses, and Vedic knowledge. Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the visit always feeds the soul."

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  • Review by a traveler from Cambridge, USA
    10 out of 10

    "So good! I love the Sivananda Yoga Farm. After my first visit to the farm in December 2014, it has changed my life. I really enjoy the pure energy that is encapsulated and the sincerity of all the staff and guests. Most people come to the Yoga Farm with intention. It's not a place that someone usually stumbles upon and decides to go to. This makes the entire experience very enriching as the topic of discussion are usually more spiritual and deep. I liked it so much. I recently completed my month long yoga teacher training at the ashram. Again, the spiritual focused nature and intention of the ashram gave me an experience that would've been hard to replicate elsewhere. Lastly, I love the fact that this place is just in California. People don't have to travel to Peru or India to have a deep spiritual experience in a community of like-minded people. Every honest seeker is welcome here!"

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  • Review by Heidi K.
    10 out of 10

    "If you want to find a structured retreat away from civilization, then Sivananda Yoga Farm is for you. It's about three hours north east of San Francisco and it's very relaxed and chill. The retreat has a set schedule that includes morning mediation, yoga, talks, and chanting. Of course, all the food is locally grown, organic, vegan, and very delicious. If you need to get away for a weekend or want to come here during one of the retreat events, then this place is for you. I would highly recommend staying in the newer Shanti cabins as they are very clean and also very cozy. Also, the talks and meditations are very beneficial. I would love to come back at some point during the summer when we can do yoga on the outside deck overlooking the pond."

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  • Review by Daniel R. from Palo Alto, USA
    10 out of 10

    "If you're looking for a place to get away from everything, this is it. Yoga Farm is a rare home where you can be around good people, good food, and good living to find and remember what it's like to step off the hamster wheel. Be warned though. It's the kind of place people go for a few days and just don't want to leave!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Palo Alto, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I've been with my family to this ashram a couple of times over the past few years. It is truly a serene place. It's an ashram in true sense not a retreat. All volunteers are very genuine, caring, and really love their work. You have to help out with karma yoga which can include cleaning the kitchen, restrooms, etc. Believe it or not, you will love it. There is something great and peaceful about this place. This is very tough to explain. It has to be experienced."

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  • Review by Sean D. from Raleigh, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a week at the Yoga Farm in January 2015 for a meditation for beginners workshop. While the workshop was for beginners, I'd suggest that it is best enjoyed by those with prior yoga experience. The farm is beautiful. The staff was gracious and genuinely friendly. I learned a lot about yoga, meditation, and myself. Staying longer than a couple days has many advantages. I got used to the schedule, which is filled with satsang, asana practice, karma yoga, meals, etc. I had a chance to hike the property and see the llamas and goats. More importantly, I was able to connect with more of the staff residing at the farm. As happy as I felt by the end of my visit, I was also sad to leave. I look forward to heading back with my wife, who I know would love it even more than I did."

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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.

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6 days / 5 nights

Departure:
Friday April 7, 2017
(6 days / 5 nights)

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