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You need time. Your body needs movement– and rest. Your creative side needs nourishing. You can have it all in one weekend and feel fully alive once again. You’ll soak in the hot tub and open your imagination beneath the redwoods, all while delicious food is prepared for you to savor. 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 spectacular hills of Northern California, where your home for the weekend will be filled with nourishing spring water, healing hot springs, writing inspiration, 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 special waters of the valley.
“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 small, tranquil resort settled deep in the rolling hills of the Mendocino Coastal Range. Situated on a beautiful 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 on trading expeditions and on annual treks to the Mendocino coast. Unfriendly tribes agreed to co-exist peacefully while stopping at the hot springs.
In the late 1800s, “Orr Hot Sulphur Springs” became a resting spot on the Ukiah-Mendocino stagecoach line. It developed into a popular resort for city dwellers who came seeking health and relaxation. The mineral waters were heralded as bringing great relief to arthritis and rheumatism, and to blood, kidney and liver disorders.
The lodge and some of the cabins were constructed in the early 1930s from locally milled redwood and retain the charm and grace of that period. Newer additions blend into the forested river environment. Experience for yourself the unique qualities of this very special place.
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! 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. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.