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We’re escaping to the redwoods for an inspiring weekend of beautiful meals and amazing sessions with Kimber Simpkins at one of California’s most magical hot springs. We’re in love with this trip that bring the California magic all together for one delicious, relaxing weekend just north of San Francisco. You’ll gather with friends for yoga classes and to unleash your writer’s heart under Kimber’s warm guidance, and later sleep cradled in the luscious valley of Orr Hot Springs. Join us.
Journey into the mystical hills of Northern California, where your home for the weekend will be filled with nourishing spring water, healing hot springs, fresh air, starry nights and the transformative teachings of Kimber Simpkins. The merging of creative expression, yoga, deep rejuvenating nature and community is a dream come true on this yoga and writing retreat. We will discover the real oasis of Orr Hot Springs and what it feels like to surrender into the soothing waters of the valley. Put on your robe and get a massage or put on your hiking shoes ad explore the redwoods. This is not a chi-chi luxury retreat, but a down-to-earth, rejuvenating weekend away from the city.
Kimber offers a beautiful teaching style that helps you journey into deeper relationship with your mind, body and spirit. Her classes are sources of grounding and inspiration, integrating yoga, kirtan, and creative expression. As the author of Full and 52 Ways to Love Your Body, Kimber offers authenticity and experience to invite her students into a supported environment for reflection and growth.
“My whole life I’ve loved to hear and share stories, and I know from experience there’s nothing quite like letting a powerful, heart-shifting story seep into your pores as you settle into a breath-filled yoga pose. Chopping vegetables for dinner at night, I often turn on my favorite snappy storytelling radio show and listen for inspirational stories to share in yoga class. I believe sometimes a single story can change your life.” – Kimber Simpkins
Giving Back: 2 trees are planted every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to inspiring local and international projects. Find out more here.
Fifteen years ago Kimber Simpkins gave up being a lawyer and dove into the intensive study of yoga, with barely a glace back. Since then, yoga has brought more joy and delight to her life every day.
The wisdom of Buddhist and Tantric philosophy, the insights of physics and psychology, storytelling, and music continuously resonate through Kimber’s teaching and the experience of her students on the mat. She comes from a long line of lay preachers, teachers, singers, and healers and is happy to be walking a path that blends all of these roles. Kimber is the author of the Silver Nautilus Award-winning memoir Full: How one woman found yoga, eased her inner hunger, and started loving herself out in March 2015 from New Harbinger Publications.
Currently Kimber is working on a second book, 52 Ways to Love Your Body, based on the yoga workshop in which she shares with women the tools that led her from loathing her body to loving it. In addition to her work around body image and eating, Kimber finds herself drawn to the question of how yoga can help our innate connection to nature stay vibrantly alive while living in an urban environment. When not on her yoga mat, you may find her playing, meditating, dancing, writing, or hula-hooping in her backyard garden. She teaches weekly classes, immersions, workshops, and retreats year round and supports the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement, welcoming students of all sizes and levels in her classes.
Kimber received her teaching certification through Anusara Yoga in 2008 and has found much inspiration from wonderful teachers, including Katchie Ananda, Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze, Pema Chodron, Carlos Pomeda, Wes Nisker, Kevin Griffin, and many others. A long-time Bay Area resident, she lives with the love of her life, son, dog, and cat in Oakland.
Yoga Teacher, Author, and Teller of Compassionate Truths.
Orr Hot Springs is a beautiful getaway settled deep in the rolling hills of the Mendocino Coastal Range. It is truly a gem and a local favorite of hot spring lovers in the Bay Area, a bit of a secret actually. Situated on a picturesque country road between the towns of Mendocino and Ukiah, the springs flourish on 27 acres at the headwaters of Big River. Pomo Native Americans regularly passed through this vibrant spot and it became a place of peaceful meeting and healing. The lodge and several of the cabins were constructed with local redwood, connecting them deeply to the land and providing a wonderful charm to the setting.
Orr Hot Springs offers feelings of serenity and grounding. With it’s moss-covered corners, gentle streams, private tubs and awe-inspiring redwoods, it is truly a place of our dreams. Orr only offers one retreat a month and every year we are welcomed back to bath in the bliss that is. We are grateful for the simple yet deep comforts found in the land and her healing waters and are honored to return. We practice yoga in the studio of the main house and depending on the weather can dine under the stars or in the same space together, savoring the offerings of our private chef. Orr’s main pools are clothing optional, and we always recommend you do what is comfortable for you.
We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans if you need help spreading out payments. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.