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6 Days Beginners Yoga Retreat in California

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

Overview

Beginners Yoga Retreat California

This amazing retreat is ideal for beginners or those new to Sivananda yoga. It will give you the full yogic experience, progressively introducing yoga asanas, breathing exercises, meditation, mantra chanting, and yoga philosophy as well as covering the five points of yoga. You will be immersed in the daily routine of yoga and will experience wholesome vegetarian meals. You will leave rested and refreshed with the basic knowledge of how to continue to practice at home.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Workshops and nature walks
  • Morning and evening satsang
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transportation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 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, night stand, 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 tenting.

Curriculum

  • Step by step guide to the basic twelve 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
  • 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

This retreat will take place at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is situated on 80 acres of land in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 2000 feet, with a great population of oaks and pines. 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.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento - 1 hour
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Labyrinth
  • Mini bar
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

The price of this retreat includes two buffet-style organic, vegetarian meals prepared according to yogic and Ayurvedic dietary principles. Please note that meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions, and caffeinated beverages are absent from the menu.

  • Jyotish consultations are available during Jyotish events on request
  • Spiritual counseling with a Swami is available by appointment
  • Swim and sunbathe in the pond
  • The Moksha trail: a one-hour contemplative walk visiting the Siva shrine where you climb 108 steps and enjoy an amazing panoramic view from Siva Temple hill, passing through the Durga Divine Mother shrine, and ending at the Krishna temple
  • Use the dry sauna
  • Walk through the peace miracle labyrinth, which is an easy energy harmonizer providing a twenty minute meditation walk where you may find answers from within

For an additional cost, Ayurvedic consultations and wellness massage therapies are available year round by appointment.

  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transportation
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Morning and evening satsang
  • Workshops and nature walks
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Spa treatments

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 2 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 1 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 station. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train from San Francisco

It is recommended that you 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. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train from Sacramento

It is recommended that you 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 pick-up is included in the price.

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

Special discount

Seniors and students with identifications are eligible for a special discount of 10% per person.

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