The Top 5 Yoga Retreats in California

Top 5 Yoga Retreats in California

Finding the perfect yoga retreat can be difficult. There are just too many options out there to select from. Fortunately, if you're in the market for a yoga retreat, we have a list of the top 5 yoga retreats in California to make your choice a little bit easier, along with some great ones you’ll find right here in Colorado.

1. Feel BetterYoga Retreat Yosemite

Yosemite, CA

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January 21-25, 2019

The Yoga retreat in beautiful Yosemite, CA is beyond beautiful.  During your stay, you’ll take daily yoga classes—including meditation. You’ll have an opportunity to take full advantage of the surrounding nature, with access to local trails, stargazing and even snowshoeing. You’ll be provided with three delicious meals throughout the day following Ayurvedic guidelines. You’ll even have the chance to take a private photo tour and partake in Reflexology. There will be various workshops throughout the day, to include Ayurveda, nutritional and yoga. The retreat takes place at Rush Creek Lodge.

What’s Included:

  • Morning Yoga/Meditation classes

  • Ayurveda, nutritional and Yoga workshops

  • Evening restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra

  • Four nights of luxury accommodations

  • Three delicious, nourishing meals daily following Ayurvedic guidelines

  • 10% discount on spa treatments and Yosemite Park excursions

  • Access to the many amenities of Rush Creek Lodge including hot tubs and heated pools

  • All applicable taxes.

2. The Pearl Laguna

Laguna Beach, CA

This yoga retreat is quite pricey, but offers a lot of amenities, if you’re willing to pay the price. For instance, the price comes with 5 massages you can use through the week. They also promote weight-loss during your weeks stay. With an emphasis on healthy, all meals are organic, vegetarian dishes, and combined with a daily workout class in their gym, and morning hikes, you’ll leave feeling like a better you. They also offer yogis the option of extending their stay.

Retreat Includes:

  • Two daily yoga classes

  • Morning hikes

  • Guided workouts

  • Pure, organic vegetarian dishes

  • Daily massages (Mon-Fri)

3. Body Flows Yoga Retreat

Westerbeke Ranch, CA

Body Flows Yoga offers a variety of retreats throughout the year. Their closes retreat is this Thanksgiving, called the Thanksgiving Gratitude Retreat. The retreat includes hiking and wine from November 23-25, 2018 in Sonoma Wine Country, California. They are definitely one of the cheaper retreats, as you’ll be sharing a room with a fellow yogi.  You can also take advantage of massages, but it will cost you extra. 

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Retreat Includes:

  • 4 yoga classes (all levels welcome)

  • 2 nights shared cabin accommodation

  • 6 nourishing vegetarian meals (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)

  • Scenic hiking trails and surrounding nature

  • Free time to explore, relax and soak in the pool and hot tub

4. White Lotus Yoga Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA

White Lotus Yoga Foundation offers a variety of retreats throughout the year. Their retreats include Sacred Breath Pranayama Retreat, Thai Yoga Weekend, Memorial Day Yoga Retreat, and Labor Day Yoga Retreat.  Their retreats are fairly inexpensive compared to some of the other retreats out there, leaving you and your wallet at easy when you leave

Sacred Breath Pranayama Retreat

will teach you: 

  • How to fully utilize your respiratory system

  • Proper breathing

  • The complete breath

  • Bandhas and breath

  • Breathing to balance energy

Thai Yoga Weekend

will teach you:

  • To structure and give a full-body Thai Massage

  • Theory and massage of energy lines (meridians/nadis)

  • Restorative Yoga poses to facilitate deep relaxation

  • Applied Yoga stretching exercises and breathing exercises

  • Principles of energetic work


Yoga Retreats Include:

  • Orientation

  • Three yoga classes

  • Five meals

  • Free time

Evening Program with discussion, music, and meditation

5. Sagrada Wellness

Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast, CA

Sagrada Wellness offers a variety of retreats all over California, to include international retreats.  Currently, they are offering a Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo County, Central Cost California in November, December, February, and April. For four days and three nights, you'll be able to enjoy more than yoga.

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Retreat Includes:

  • Accommodation with comfy linens and towels

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Hand blended afternoon organic herbal tea by Eva

  • Vinyasa flow yoga

  • *Acupuncture can be arranged for additional fees*

Karen Quinn