6 Days Positive Thinking Course and Yoga Retreat in California, USA

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

Transformative Yoga Retreat California

Yoga and meditation remain the most effective methods to recharge the body and mind and to relieve the tension and stress of modern life. Take time to slow down, enjoy nature, and reconnect to a wholesome way of life! Over the course of the retreat, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm will re-inspire you with new thoughts and perspectives, uplift your spirit with daily chanting, and apply techniques to increase your awareness and joy.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Workshop on positive thinking
  • Meditation and satsang practices
  • Access chanting and lecture sessions
  • Free time and nature walks
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in shared dorm, shared double, private room occupancy basis.

Om cabins

Pleasant, simple lodging can be booked as single, double, or dormitory-style for four with two bunk beds. 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 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 Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm's 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

About 50% 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 sun shade. For your comfort, an air-conditioner, propane heater, and ceiling fan are provided. Furnishings include a desk, table 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.

One of the main reason of stress is negative feeling and thoughts. Negativities are prevalent nowadays in busy, fast paced life. Interactions with others seem to be more negative than bringing comfort and joy. Minds are saturated and sensitivity numbed with overload information and the confusion and despair that come from local, national, or world news. In this atmosphere, it is difficult to access innate positive and joyful nature and remember the goodness of men and the grace of God.

Humans lost faith and doubt their path and worry about where the world is going and what will become of them. They need to see clearly and take a break from their busy life to recharge and reconnect with the beauty and meaning of life. They cannot change the external but they can change their outlook about it. They cannot redo the past and it is not helpful to worry about the future, but they can live in the solid present and make the best of it.

During this retreat, there will be workshops and lectures specifically on the power of thoughts, how to be in the present, how to turn negative feelings and thoughts to positive feelings, and how to manage stress and respond positively to challenges. Yoga psychology and philosophy have a wealth of techniques and information that will help you to cope.

The course will begin at 7 p.m. on day one with orientation and satsang. The course will end at 2 p.m. on the final date. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm encourages you to arrive by 4 p.m. on Monday, making the most out of the afternoon by joining them for the asana class and dinner.

Curriculum

  • Anger management
  • Fear management
  • Four paths of yoga in response to negative emotions
  • Heart intelligence
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Stress management
  • Thought power
  • Yoga asanas

What is satsang?

In Sanskrit, satsang means “the company of the highest truth.” It refers to the company of a guru or company with an assembly of people who listen to, talk about, and assimilate spiritual knowledge. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, yogic teachings, or discussing how to integrate these into one’s life.

Daily satsangs are about two hours and are held first thing in the morning and in the evening after dinner. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm’s satsang is 30 minutes of silent meditation, about 20 minutes of chanting, and an hour talk, presentation, or performance by one of the teachers or many guest speakers.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and lecture)
  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 10:00 Brunch
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 13:00 Workshop on positive thinking
  • 15:00 Free time and nature walks
  • 16:00 Yoga class
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Free Time
  • 20:00 Satsang (silent meditation, chanting, and lecture)

This retreat includes daily nature walks.

This retreat will take place in Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, California, USA. It is 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 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 - 60 minutes

The price includes daily brunch and dinner. 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. Though their menu changes daily, they usually serve 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.

During your free time, you are welcome to enjoy the ashram’s gardens and amenities, hiking or walking on the ashram land, studying or meditating at various temples, or just spending some quiet time in your room.

You can also do a one-hour contemplative walk on the Moksha trail, visiting the Siva shrine (climb 108 steps and enjoy an amazing panoramic view from Siva Temple Hill, the highest spot on the ashram). People's favorite trail starts from Durga Divine Mother shrine and ends at the Krishna Temple. The Peace Miracle Labyrinth is an easy energy-harmonizer providing a 20-minute meditation walk where you may find answers from within.

Unlimited access to ashram facilities includes

  • Ayurvedic consultations and wellness massage therapies (by appointment)
  • Boutique
  • Dry sauna that is available every Friday
  • Jyotish consultations that are available during Jyotish events on request
  • Library
  • Pond to swim and sunbathe
  • Spiritual counseling with a swami (by appointment)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Chanting and lecture sessions
  • Curriculum on four paths of yoga in response to negative emotions
  • Curriculum on stress, fear, and anger management
  • Curriculum on thought power and heart intelligence
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Free time and nature walks
  • Meditation and satsang practices
  • Unlimited access to ashram facilities
  • Workshop on positive thinking
  • Yoga asanas and pranayama

Driving directions from Auburn

  • From I-80 exit in Auburn and onto Highway 49 North towards Grass Valley.
  • Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn left (note that right side of the intersection is Combie Road).
  • 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 (the road becomes McCourtney Road) continue straight.
  • Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane.
  • 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).
  • Please drive 10 miles per hour only on Ballantree Lane.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) or San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Arrival by shuttle

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

Arrival by train

Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Richmond station. BART is at the airport; it is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about 7 USD, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond, exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down.

Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60 to 90 minutes between arrival at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and departure from Richmond. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to tell them your planned arrival time at Auburn, they will add you to their pickup list.

From Sacramento International Airport (SMF), you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost 2.25 USD but will require a walk of six to seven blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost 15 USD direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is 16 USD each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel.

Please note that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact 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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Melissa Sarti from United States
    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    7.5 Overall impression

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  • Review by Olivia from Oakland, California, USA
    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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Testimonials

  • 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

Availability

Arrival: Sunday December 17, 2017
Departure: Friday December 22, 2017

Special discount

There will be a special discount of 10% for seniors and students. Please ask Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more information.

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