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Full of mystery and wonder, the natural magic of Joshua Tree is undeniable. We immerse ourselves in colorful sunrises and open starry night skies to celebrate the serene landscape of the desert. Feet on the earth, heart open – we return to nature.
Feed your sense of adventure and that wild light of your spirit with this weekend campout in Joshua Tree. Daily yoga with Jason Bowman will open our bodies and relax our minds as we step out of the city and into the wilderness. With our mats on the earth, we cultivate spaciousness and breath, reminding ourselves that when we return to nature we return to ourselves.
Set in a world-renown National Park, we’ll explore and hike and follow the paths of our own curiosity and freedom. We’ll celebrate pink sunrises and scramble on top of ancient rock formations to see warm camp fires glowing across the dark desert expanse, under a wide open sky.
Our chef will offer healthy, vegetarian meals, plus coffee/tea in the mornings and evenings. Upon registering, you can provide your dietary requests, so we can accommodate them in the nourishing meals.
This beautiful weekend escape is a down to earth campout, not a luxury retreat. We will provide our suggested packing list closer to the retreat and just ask that you come prepared to be comfortable and take care of yourself, knowing we’ll be there to support you as well. We invite new and experienced campers, and yogis of all levels so don’t let that hold you back. Camping gear is not provided, but we can help you find places to rent gear if needed.
We welcome you to use this retreat as a center point for any additional exploration or rock climbing that you would like to do on your own. Based on weather and interest, closer to the retreat, we can help set up an optional rock climbing session with a local guide (price will depend on group size).
This retreat will begin with Yoga & Opening Circle at 5:00 pm on Friday May 18th, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. The retreat will close with Morning Yoga & 9:30 am Brunch. Check out is 11:00 am.
Jason Bowman is a writer and yoga teacher in San Francisco. His practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by Ashtanga Yoga as he’s learned it from Richard Freeman and Maty Ezraty and Vipassana Meditation as he’s learned it from SN Goenka. He has completed several trainings and silent retreats as well as years of practice with all three teachers. The impression they’ve left can be felt in his strong ability to teach the physical practice alongside the philosophical with insight and character.
Jason has excelled in teaching teachers and providing continuing education to various yoga communities. He has led several Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings as well as regular immersions, workshops, retreats and guest lecture series both at home and around the country. He is well known for his ability to be thorough while maintaining a light-hearted sense of humor. His classes encourage a personal examination of the space between theory and direct experience and his love for the practice shines through in his ability to teach with a concrete yet creative voice. Jason has a keen eye for detail and his classes are consistently fun and challenging while always in tune with the underlying internal inquiry that makes the practice so beautiful.
Joshua Tree National Park is an expansive protected area in Southern California, 2.5 hrs east of Los Angeles. It is characterized by dramatic rock formations and beautiful desert landscapes. Named for it’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park sits between the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. There are many hiking trails and rock climbing routes among the boulders of the Hidden Valley.
We will be based at Indian Cove Campground, at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Campsites are nestled on a flat, sandy surface between large boulders that tower in unique shapes over the campground and rise up from the otherwise uniform desert landscape. The rocks were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago and have been exposed and shaped by wind and water over time. They brighten with soft pastel hues during the morning and evening sunlight and glow with campfire light by night, home to local flora and fauna.
Several hiking trails also leave from the campground and rock climbers love the area. There is a short interpretive nature trail and plenty of rocks for the non-climber to explore within the facility. Temperatures typically range from the 70s-low 90s during the day.
This is a large camping area with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault restrooms and parking. We will fill up large water jugs at the ranger station 2 miles away and store it at camp. You are welcome to explore an enter other parts of the park on your own, which may require an entry fee of $20 per car.
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.