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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
There is also a super shuttle available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.
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.