Where is the retreat? Region, Country
How do I get there? By car. You are responsible for getting yourself to the retreat and we are here to help. There is no shuttle or public transportation available, but we highly recommend carpooling and will connect guests to share rides. You can find driving directions here.
Closest Airport? The closest, local airport is Santa Rosa Airport which is 30 minutes from Mayacamas Ranch. The Oakland Airport and San Francisco Airport are also both about 1.5-2hrs away and are often easier for guests to connect for carpooling.
Start Time: Yoga at 4:00 pm Friday October 20th
End Time: After 11 am brunch on Sunday October 22nd
What is Included?
What is not included?
Optional activities, transportation, tips, and massage.
Massage, hiking, swimming, local wine tasting on your own. Multiple massage sessions will be in available in the yoga space when class is not happening.
Swimming and Soaking: Surrounded by 360 degree views of Mt. St. Helena and the Mayacamas Mountains, take in some of the most breathtaking views in the wine region while lounging and swimming in our salt water pool. Swimming in a mild saline solution is much like taking a shower in soft water…. In a salt-water pool the water feels smooth, your skin feels smooth, and many people feel more refreshed. Festive gatherings can also be arranged poolside. Soak in our relaxing jacuzzi, a perfect place to start or end your day.
Mayacamas Ranch has guest units and cottages situated in various buildings on the property. All beds at Mayacamas are 100% organic and we feature organic sheets in all units as well. Each unit has its own temperature control system for your comfort.
Great accommodations for families or individual travelers. Upstairs and downstairs bedrooms under one roof with shared bathrooms. Rooms are smaller than other accommodation options and are the most affordable.
Rock Rose Hideouts
Each room has one queen bed and a private bath, great for a single traveler.
Live Oak Lodge
Ideal layout for friends wanting to stay under one roof together. Upstairs room with private bath and three additional rooms downstairs, each with private bath. Downstairs main area includes sitting area with fire place, dining area with table and chairs, and refrigerator and sink. More spacious rooming option.
The most luxurious feeling accommodation option. Each stand alone cabin includes two full size beds with private bath. One of the Sage Cabins is wheelchair accessible.
What is the food like? Healthy meals, as organic as possible. Meals include Dinner on Friday, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner on Saturday and Brunch on Sunday.
Food & Dietary Restrictions: Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please let us know your needs when you register.
How active is this retreat?
This retreat offers grounding, restorative yoga with the intention of supporting relaxation and rejuvenation. All classes and activities are optional and we welcome you to follow your needs.
Hiking: Mayacamas Ranch hiking trails range from easy to intermediate and wind through chaparral, fragrant bay and madrone forests, and a natural spring.
Organic Garden and Sun Deck: Explore our Mayacamas organic garden, full of cutting flowers and many of the fruits and vegetables in the recipes we cook for you. Our garden is closed to outside fake nutrients (aka chemical fertilizers) and instead embraces the natural cycle or system that is contained in an organic garden. Yes, we also pay attention to the tenants of Permaculture: care for earth, people, and shared surplus. In addition, throughout the garden you will find evidence of Biointensive practices as shown by the use of our greenhouse, our efficient spacing of plants, companion planting, and our focus on soil building. The Garden is home to close to 50 raised beds for growing vegetables. In addition, it is well populated with ornamental perennial plants and fruit trees, appealing to all senses. You may also enjoy views of the garden from our sun deck off the Lodge.
Local Wine Tasting. Some guests like to visit nearby wineries before/after the retreat or on Saturday afternoon.
Wi-fi/Cell Service: Depends on your carrier, but there is wifi.
Weather: The average October temperature in Calistoga is a mild 62 degrees, with an average high of 79, and an average low of 46 degrees. The average rainfall in Calistoga forOctober is 2.1 inches. Don’t be surprised if you experience an Indian summer during your October visit to Napa Valley, with surprisingly warm, welcomed summer-like days.
What should I pack? Here is our general retreat packing list and our tips on packing for flights. For this retreat in particular, don’t forget to pack:
Special Items to Pack:
Mayacamas offers yoga mats and props in the studio.
Address: 18501 Van Zandt Resort Road, Philo, CA 95466. This is 5 minutes from the town of Philo.
The Land is located approximately 30 miles from big “civilization.” This isolation and tranquility can deepen the experience possible during a stay at The Land yet can be a significant change in environment for many guests.
Internet and Phone Usage: There is cell phone service at The Land, but it can be spotty. The Land also has wireless Internet available at no charge.
Health Services: The Land has no medical services or pharmacy on site. If you will require medical attention or supplies during your stay, please come prepared to administer to your own needs.
Clothing: Please check the weather report in advance of your stay. The Land gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so dress accordingly and bring layers when you can. Wear comfortable shoes We are in the great outdoors. Bring a swimsuit for the pool and hot-tub.
The Land is a non-smoking community and is permitted only in designated areas only. Fire safety is of the utmost importance. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor spaces such as accommodations or meeting rooms.
Flashlight: Please bring a flashlight for use at night while walking on the grounds.
Lost and Found: The Land is not responsible for any lost items, or items left after you leave the premises.
While calling The Land an eco-retreat might be going too far, our decisions are always guided by our imperative of being responsible stewards of the land and good neighbors. We’ve always loved old buildings and old things, and like to think these objects possess a spirit of the past and that history has some weight and substance. Secondly, it just makes sense from several perspectives to reuse our resources whenever possible. Most of the buildings at The Land are old.
The front fields are managed for deer and wild turkey (we have quite a few), birds, and wildflowers. Plans to restore our many acres of timber land to its former glory are currently in development.
We realize there is a long way to go and many efforts we can make, and we do believe we are headed in the right direction.
Historic trees of up to 300-years old dot the property, with the renowned Redwood Grove in Hendy Woods State Park, accessible from The Land by forest road. The Navarro River is a significant feature of The Land experience. Bordering the property for thousands of feet with the Rancheria, Anderson and Indian creek tributaries in close proximity to the property makes for great swimming holes and river walks. The miles of forested trails are great for hiking and exploring.
There are 8 houses, 13 cabins and 14 camp sites on The Land.
Designed and established with the help of Daily Bread, The Land’s garden will be a place for teaching and demonstration.
This rare and magnificent treasure is easily accessed, just 2 1⁄2 hours from San Francisco and just an hour from the Santa Rosa airport. It provides a perfect sanctuary of connection.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
Compare Insurance Options at SquareMouth.com. We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.
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