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4 Days Yoga Retreat in California

  • Hotel Charlotte, 18736 Main Street, Groveland, California 95321, United States

Overview

Adventure Yoga Retreat California

Connect with like minded folks in a nurturing and supportive group setting while learning the ABCs of yoga, its benefits and how to make yoga work for your body. Get immersed into yoga’s origins, meaning, and purpose in the serenity of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You will explore nature and new movements that encourage balance, strength, and stability in the body, mind, and heart. The practice of yoga naturally develops a quieter mind, reduces stress, strengthens the nervous system, heals physical and emotional wounds, creates peacefulness, and taps into our inner joy, allowing you to be present as your best selves. Find bliss and adventure at Yosemite!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Class materials and a journal
  • Guided day trip to Yosemite National Park
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Transportation into Yosemite
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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You can stay at the historic boutique hotel with twelve rooms located in the heart of downtown Groveland, or at six vacation rental apartments located at a short five minutes from the hotel. The vacation rentals are located in the gated community of Pine Mountain Lake with a golf course, pool, and lake.

Rooms at the Hotel Charlotte

Rooms 1 to 4

They are the perfect choice for a family or two couples traveling together. The front room includes two twin beds, a small closet, and a bathroom that connects to the second room, with a queen bed and small closet. It can sleep up to five people with the addition of a rollaway.

Room 5

It has two twin beds and a private bathroom with a claw foot tub with shower. If you choose this room with three people and a rollaway, this is a good pricing choice but know that the room is going to be very small. If you want to be more comfortable with three people, then please choose an adjoining room or room eight.

Room 6

It has one queen bed and private bathroom with claw foot tub with shower.

Room 7

This is one of the newly renovated rooms with beautiful walnut wood floors and is one of the largest rooms with a king bed and queen futon and private bathroom with a shower. Located on the first floor, it is not a good choice for light sleepers or late risers. This is a pet-friendly room.

Room 8

It is the largest room with two queen beds and can accommodate up to five people with a rollaway. It includes a small refrigerator and private bathroom with claw foot tub. Located on the first floor, next to the hotel lobby and dining room, it is not a good choice for light sleepers or late risers. This is a pet-friendly room.

Room 9

This room has one queen bed and private bathroom with claw foot tub with shower.

Room 10

This is one of the newly renovated traditional rooms and has one queen bed and private bathroom with claw foot tub with shower.

Room 11

This room has one queen bed and private bathroom with shower.

Room 12

This room is one of the larger rooms with a queen bed and open layout bathroom with spa tub in the room.

Room 14

It is one of the larger rooms with a king bed and newly renovated private bathroom with a double headed spa shower and small refrigerator. With the addition of a rollaway bed, this room can sleep a third person.

Room 15

This is one of the larger rooms with a queen bed, bamboo floors, and newly renovated large spa tub with shower. Located on the first floor, it is not a good choice for light sleepers or late risers. This is a pet-friendly room.

Vacation rentals

All guesthouses are located in Pine Mountain Lake, a gated community, located at a ten-minute drive from Hotel Charlotte and downtown Groveland. As a guest in one of the houses, you will have full access to Pine Mountain Lake and the swimming pool.

Cardamom

It is modern single story guesthouse with a spacious, updated kitchen located on the ground level. This property features two rooms with queen beds and one with two twin beds. All living space is located on the first floor, great for those who do not want to navigate stairs. It is pet friendly.

Cayenne

It is modern two-story guesthouse with a spacious, updated kitchen, and beautiful rustic furniture. The largest bedroom is on the first floor with a queen bed. The upstairs bedrooms include one room with a queen bed and the other with two twins.

Coriander

It is modern guesthouse with a spacious, updated kitchen located on the second story. This property features two rooms with queen beds and one with two twin beds in addition to a large balcony with great views of the gold course and majestic oak trees.

Lavender

It features a three level spacious house with a balcony overlooking the fifth hole of the Pine Mountain Lake golf course. This property features two master bedrooms, both have a queen bed and a roll-away. The living room has two queen futon couches.

Saffron

It features a two level spacious house with large balconies on both the front and back of the property overlooking the golf course on one side and an expansive view on the other. This property features three bedrooms: two upstairs and one downstairs. Upstairs, there is one bedroom with a queen bed and another with twin beds. Downstairs you'll find private quarters with a queen bed, private bathroom, and sliding glass door that leads out onto the golf course.

Rosemary

It features a four level spacious house with a balcony overlooking the sixth hole of the Pine Mountain Lake golf course. This property features two master bedrooms, a loft with a ladder to access, and a separate suite with a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette. One bedroom has a king, one bedroom has a queen, and the suite has a queen and a twin bed, as well as the loft has two twin beds.

Sage

It features a two level spacious house with large balconies on both the front and back of the property overlooking the golf course on one side and an expansive view on the other. This property features three bedrooms: two upstairs and one downstairs. Upstairs, there is one bedroom with a queen bed and another with twin beds. Downstairs you'll find private quarters with a queen bed, private bathroom, and a sliding glass door that leads out onto the golf course.

Thyme

Located inside the Pine Mountain Lake resort, this little newly remodeled condo is just the thing for a small family or a couple of friends traveling together and spending a few days in the Groveland-Yosemite area.

This program is designed to deepen your connection with nature and build confidence in your yogic practice while teaching you the origins, history, poses, proper posture alignment, breathing techniques, etiquette, and values of yoga. You will learn, adventure, and rejuvenate in the company of your newfound “kula” or yoga community.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Check in to Hotel Charlotte.
  • 18:00 Yoga class at U R Love yoga and wellness Studio
  • 20:30 Adjourn

Day 2

  • 07:00 Continental breakfast at Hotel Charlotte
  • 08:00 Rise and shine yoga at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 09:00 Class
  • 11:00 Guest speaker
  • 11:30 Coffee, tea, and lunch at Mountain Sage
  • 13:00 Yoga class at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 15:00 Break
  • 15:10 Class
  • 17:00 Adjourn for free time
  • 18:00 Group dinner and dessert at Hotel Charlotte
  • 20:00 Gentle rest well yoga and pranayama
  • 20:30 Adjourn for the evening

Day 3

  • 06:00 Continental breakfast at Hotel Charlotte
  • 07:00 Rise and shine yoga at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 08:00 Departure from the yoga studio with YExplore guiding company
  • 09:30 Begin Yosemite hike and lunch
  • 14:30 Adjourn for free time to explore Yosemite valley
  • 16:00 Departure of Yosemite valley
  • 15:30 Return to Hotel Charlotte
  • 18:30 Dinner at the Hotel Charlotte with discussion on your reflections
  • 21:00 Adjourn

Day 4

  • 07:00 Continental breakfast at Hotel Charlotte
  • 08:00 Rise and shine yoga and pranayama at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 09:00 Class
  • 10:00 Checkout break or questions and answers at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 10:30 Class
  • 12:00 Coffee, tea, and lunch at Mountain Sage
  • 13:15 Partner yoga at U R Love yoga and wellness studio
  • 14:30 Reflections
  • 15:30 Adjourn

This yoga 101 experience will cover:

  • The benefits of yoga
  • The benefits of pranayama
  • Sun salutation A
  • Poses to build strength and personal power
  • Restorative poses to calm and rejuvenate the body and mind
  • Breathing techniques to focus and calm racing thoughts
  • Practices for developing awareness
  • How to use props to aid with limitations
  • Sanskrit pronunciation
  • Yoga mythology
  • Skills to develop your own program

The price of this retreat includes a guided tour to Yosemite national park for hiking and lunch, and visits to Mountain Sage.

Kim Bigelow

Kim is a yoga instructor, herbalist, cosmetologist, and the founder of U R Love Health and Wellness. She has an associates of arts degree in merchandise marking from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She enjoys helping others feel and look their best on the inside and out. She sees her passion and commitment to yoga as the next level of being able to give back to others and her community. Kim teaches Hatha flow classes with an emphasis on meeting the needs of mixed level students. She focuses on alignment of the body, mind, and spirit connection. She also offers a variety of workshops including yoga 101, yoga 102, and herbal care classes.

This retreat will take place at the U R Love yoga and wellness studio and the Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California. The Hotel Charlotte is located in the center of historic Groveland and it is in a short walking distance to U R Love yoga and wellness studio. You will also find local coffee houses, eateries, a grocery store, entertainment, and historical points of interest.

Nearby places

  • Yosemite national park - 24 miles
Activities
  • Art classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Skiing
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

The price of this retreat includes three healthful buffet breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and two nourishing sit-down dinners on Friday and Saturday from the Fork and Love Restaurant at the Hotel Charlotte. As well, it includes three lunches and five snacks provided by the Historic Iron Door restaurant and Firefall coffee shop.

Exclusions

Alcoholic beverages are not included, but are available. One breakfast, one lunch, and two dinners will be on your own.

Art classes in Yosemite for kids

In a place as beautiful as Yosemite and scenery that seems to only expand in marvel with every corner turned, you could imagine the desire to capture its magnificence on paper. They suggest this wonderful experience for you little guy or gal of all ages. Yosemite conservancy has an artist-led class or workshop Mondays through Saturdays starting in April and running through October in the park’s extraordinary Yosemite Valley.

Fishing in Pine Mountain Lake

Pine Mountain Lake provides good fishing for rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, and bluegill. For fly fisherman, black, olive, or rust colored Beadhead Seal Buggers or Crystal Buggers in size eight are a good choice for the trout, bass, crappie, or the occasional monster bluegill. Nearly any smaller fly will take bluegill in the shallows and it is a great opportunity to get the kids into fish. Bait fisherman can use red worms for bluegill and crappie; night crawlers for bass, crappie, and trout; and power bait for trout. Bass anglers will do best with rubber worms in crawdad colors, rigged Carolina style. Some top water action is available early and late, using chug bugs or buzz baits. In the winter, jigs are a better choice.

Pine Mountain Lake is stocked at least twice a year with good-sized trout. Some methods that have produced great results are trolling power bait behind flashers, also rainbow, orange, or white power bait with glitter and scent. More traditional boat fishing methods that work at Pine Mountain Lake are trolling a night crawler, kastmaster, or needlefish behind flashers. For bank fisherman, Fisherman’s Cove is a good location to target all species and the dock at Dunn court beach is good for trout.

Fly Fishing on Highway 120

If you are into fly fishing, all of these rivers provide terrific nymph and dry fly fishing opportunities. Blue winged olives, pale morning duns, caddis, and stoneflies make up the bulk of the diet of the local trout. Best producing flies are parachute Adams, e/c caddis, elk hair caddis, black copper johns, and bead head hare’s ears, all in size 16; small egg and San Juan worm patterns are also effective. You can pick up a selection of the local guide’s favorite flies at Yosemite Adventure Supplies. If you need a guide for fly fishing, the local favorite is Tom with Yosemite Sierra Fly Fishing.

If you are into bait or spin fishing, the “Lumsden” area of the Tuolumne River is a good area to target larger rainbows and browns. Local fisherman Rick Martinez recommends panther martin salamander spinners or mini crawlers for river fishing. In the smaller middle and south forks of the Tuolumne, bait fishing is recommended, with worms, eggs or powe rbait being the best producers.

Fishing on the Tuolumne

Ready to wet a line? You will find plenty of great fishing locations between Groveland and the Yosemite park highway 120 entrance. Fishing tends to be better in this corridor than in the park itself. There is no fish planting in Yosemite and with the crowds that Yosemite experiences, decent fishing will usually take a bit of a hike and the fish are usually small.

However, you’ll find great fishing between Groveland and Yosemite on highway 120. Stream fishing is most popular and the main, middle, and south forks of the Tuolumne River all offer great trout fishing. The south and middle forks are planted weekly with rainbow trout, but also host a healthy population of native rainbow and also occasional brown trout. Headwater stretches of these rivers also have some native brook trout. The main fork of the Tuolumne is a little more work to access but the reward is larger rainbows and browns!

Gold panning in the Gold Country for kids

Hotel Charlotte is right in the midst of the gold country so what better thing to do than to immerse yourself in the local history and see what made Tuolumne County the destination it is today. There are a couple of locations that provide a true experience of how it all came to be.

Golf getaways

Practice golf next to the beautiful Pine Mountain Lake.

Horseback riding at Pine Mountain Lake for kids

Do you want to explore your cowpoke side? Pine Mountain Lake offers year round guided trail rides. Children must be eight years or older and at least forty-four inches tall. Plan ahead because advanced reservations are required. Take the opportunity to explore what most don’t get to. You can go exploring for a quick one hour ride or get adventurous and do a guided river ride that goes for four to five hours. Also starting in June and going through August they offer a little wrangler camp for children seven to thirteen years of age on every Tuesday and Thursday.

Rafting through Yosemite on the Merced River.

The Merced River tumbles over the cascading Nevada and Vernal falls of Yosemite National Park. The river meanders along the valley floor through Yosemite and builds into a river of pure whitewater. With its steep gradient, sweeping bends, and few obstacles to negotiate, the Merced provides long straightforward rapids with big rolling waves. This class four river is an excellent step up into the realm of advanced California whitewater rafting.

Wild and scenic, the Merced is a free flowing river and only runs in the spring from April to July depending on the winter snowpack. The Merced has two sections of river; both are excellent California whitewater rafting runs with plenty of class four whitewater. There are several camping options along the river if you chose to string both sections together for a two-day trip. Otherwise there are other camping options with a close proximity to the river. River shuttles to the different access points are fairly straightforward.

Shuttle tours in Yosemite National Park

Another great option for visiting Yosemite is to do so by shuttle tours. These include trips to the valley floor, glacier Pont, or Tuolumne meadows. There are also some unique night tours: the valley moonlight tour or the glacier Point stargazing tour. Some of these tours can be taken one way, giving you a great opportunity to hike back.

Tuolumne River whitewater rafting

The Main Tuolumne and Cherry Creek are classic California whitewater rafting runs. The Tuolumne is an advanced class four or five river and the Creek is class five or more, for experts only. The Main Tuolumne and Cherry Creek are located thirty minutes west of Yosemite National Park, with some of the best California whitewater rafting in the Sierra Nevada foothills. California whitewater enthusiasts have been rafting on the Tuolumne since the sixties.

The Main Tuolumne is located just west of Yosemite National Park, with some of the best California whitewater rafting in the Sierra Foothills. The Tuolumne is a premier California whitewater rafting river, and is also considered one of the all time classic California whitewater rafting runs. The run starts at Meral's pool and flows through eighteen miles of intense boulder slalom rapids down to Ward's ferry. Not only does this river offer challenging whitewater rafting, add excellent scenery and solitude and you get the Tuolumne.

Cherry Creek is an expert only run rated class dive or more. With an overall gradient of 110 feet per mile and a "miracle mile" dropping at over 200 feet per mile, Cherry Creek is possibly the most challenging whitewater rafting run in the nation. Once the winter snowpack has finished melting and the spring rivers run short on water, river flows suitable for whitewater rafting in Cherry Creek, allowing it to run as late as October.

Only two small twenty person commercial trips are allowed in the canyon per day, so you will always feel like one of the few privileged humans in this wonderful place.

Visit local gold rush towns near Groveland

Columbia, California, is a historic gold rush town. Want to step back in time? Columbia is the perfect place to be enveloped in a quintessential gold rush experience. This town was established in 1850 when gold prospectors set up camp. It retains much of its gold rush charm thanks to shopkeepers in traditional costume: a main street lined with authentic storefronts and pedestrian-only roads.

Murphys, California, old west meet wine tasting. Known as "Queen of the Sierra", Murphys grew from a single trading post and gold mining operation in 1848. It combines the old with the new, thanks to its historic buildings that now house updated shops, restaurants, and many entertainment options. With over twenty six wine tasting rooms and an olive oil tasting room, Murphys is the perfect day trip that will tantalize your taste buds and let you explore the up and coming world of Calaveras County wine!

Sonora, California, gold rush town and county center. In 1848, Sonora, California was named after Sonora, Mexico, in homage to the hometown of many of the gold miners who helped establish it. Today Sonora retains much of its gold rush architecture and allure, but is also known to be a center for modern culture in Tuolumne County.

Visit the Sequoia big trees

See some of the tallest, biggest, and oldest living trees in the world. Nearby there are three options, the Mariposa grove of giant Sequoias, Merced grove, or Calaveras big trees.

Walking, hiking, or backpacking tours in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite features four guided walking tours including a bike tour, slow paced scenic tour, "The Story Within the Stone" tour, and a longer adventure hike. Along with the wonderful walking tours, there are also opportunities for private hikes and backpacking trips to explore the many wonders Yosemite has to offer.

Winter activities

During the winter season, you can do the following activities: downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and fireside at the Ahwahnee.

Y*explore Yosemite adventures

Custom guided Yosemite tours in every month that include adventure hikes, half dome hikes, backpack trips, nature walks, birding, snowshoeing, and photo workshops. They guarantee small group sizes for a personalized experience with professional local guides.

Massages can be booked at the front desk for the following rates: 85 USD for 60 minutes, 120 USD for 90 minutes, 90 USD for couples massage, and 20 USD additional fee for rooms 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, or any vacation rental. The types of massages are described below:

Deep tissue

Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. It is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two.

Pregnancy

This special time in your life brings its own unique joys as well as some unique aches and pains you may never have experienced before. Specially trained for this modality, your therapist will settle you into a safe, secure and restful position. Then gently ease away all of the stress and strain in your body.

Sports

This energizing massage includes various techniques such as stretching, jostling and compression. It can be done using a varying degree of pressure depending on the needs of the client.

Swedish

Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotment (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber), and vibration or shaking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving circulation. This is a great “first time” massage.

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Available for in studio use: yoga blocks, blankets, straps, bolsters, and a yoga mat if needed.
  • Class materials and a journal
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Guided day trip to Yosemite National Park
  • Transportation into Yosemite
  • Visits to Mountain Sage
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities for restaurant servers and adventure guides
  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation outside of Yosemite National Park day trip

Driving directions from the north or west of San Fransisco area

Follow I-580 east to 205, a short span of 5 and 99 to Manteca. Then follow highway 120 to Groveland and Yosemite Park.

Driving directions from the south

From the south the online mapping companies continue to recommend exiting highway 99 at Fresno to 41 to 49, this is not a good plan though. Instead, stay on 99 north to 120 east for a far less heart-wrenching route.

Driving directions from the Priest Grade roads

The final approach to Groveland includes a ride up Priest Grade. You'll be given two choices, left (Highway 120 - New Priest Grade) or right (Old Priest Grade) up the canyon. Many folks recommend up the old, down the new, keeping the passenger always on the inside of the hill.

New Priest Grade: This is Highway 120 and is six miles and very curvy. In the East bound direction (uphill) the passenger will be sitting on the outside of the hill, overlooking the edge. Busses and trucks use this route. It tends to flow at somewhere between 20 and 30 miles per hour.

Old Priest Grade: This is a narrow country road, not a State Highway and is half the curves of New Priest Grade, a third the distance, very steep at three times the pitch and flows at 20-25 miles per hour or less. Weight restrictions.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Jose International Airport (SJC), or Sacramento International Airport (SMF). From there you will need to rent a car to get you to Groveland.

Distances

  • Los Angeles - 5.5 hours
  • Sacramento - 2.5 hours
  • San Francisco - 3 hours
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yosemite Yoga Retreats an inquiry.

Groveland, Tuolumne County, California, United States

Yosemite Yoga Retreats is a partnership between Hotel Charlotte and URLove Yoga that offers yoga retreats and lodging near the Yosemite national park.

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Arrival: Thursday January 26, 2017
Departure: Sunday January 29, 2017

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