The theme of our post Thanksgiving Weekend Yoga Retreat is gratitude. We will weave this gratitude theme throughout all our sessions, reminding ourselves to feel gratitude in our lives. With yoga, meditation, hiking or running, delicious homemade and nourishing meals, and local organic wine tasting, we hope you will leave feeling energized, rejuvenated and relaxed. Through the practice of gratitude, we can manifest more happiness, joy and well being into our lives, and appreciate every moment as a beautiful gift.
The yoga classes will be mostly Vinyasa Flow, linking movement with the breath, moving your body through both power and restorative poses, available for all levels and abilities. The classes will be theme-based, creative and balanced and will incorporate pranayama (breathing), strengthening, stretching, detoxing, energizing, and meditation. You will experience a safe and nurturing practice, leaving you feeling relaxed yet energized. There will be one Yin class during the retreat.
You will have the opportunity to learn ChiRunning and ChiWalking, making running or walking effortless by letting gravity do the work. Blending principles of Tai Chi with running and walking, you move from your core muscles, allow gravity to assist your forward momentum, and let your legs relax. This reduces impact and eliminates the cause of injury, helping you to run or walk more safely, for longer, feel lighter and more relaxed, go faster, and enjoy running or walking for a lifetime! You will learn proper alignment and posture, body sensing, injury prevention, core strengthening, energy efficiency, lean, ankle lift, arm swing, stride length, cadence, gait analysis, joint loosener exercises, breathing techniques, and mindful and meditative running techniques.
All levels are welcome and encouraged. We'll have options for hikers and runners. We look forward to meeting you!
Client Testimonial: "This is my first yoga retreat and this experience has been amazing! The people I met are wonderful and kind. Sally is a fantastic teacher. She is passionate about her sessions and incredibly helpful. I have learned so much from her and would definitely come back in the future!" ~Annie
Client Testimonial: "I didn't know what to expect as I had never participated in a yoga retreat nor had I taken a yoga class from Sally. The retreat far exceeded my expectations. I loved the venue, the food was delicious, the yoga was a great blend strength and restorative and the hikes were in beautiful locations where you could go at your own pace. I would highly recommend Body Flows retreats and Sally as an instructor." - Renee
The retreat will be held at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California, just 1 hour drive north of San Francisco and 5 minutes drive from Sonoma plaza, in the heart of breathtaking Sonoma wine country.
Westerbeke has a lovely rural Ranch feel and nestles amid stately oaks, surrounded by rolling grass hills and vineyards in Sonoma's Valley of the Moon. There is an onsite outdoor pool and hot tub for soaking after yoga or hiking. Delicious fresh, local, nutritious, sustainable, mostly home-made and vegetarian food will be served 3 times daily, by wonderful cooks of the highest caliber, artists in their own right.
The closest airports are Sonoma County Airport (30 mins drive), San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK) and Sacramento (SMF) Airports. SFO, OAK and SMF are approximately 2 hours drive from the retreat center. Transport to/from the retreat is not included. Driving directions will be provided.
Sally is passionate about teaching and healing to share with others the practices that have helped her to heal her own body and discover a path of transformation and greater self awareness.
Growing up in Scotland, Sally has been an athlete since childhood, always loving movement and fascinated by the human body and the mind. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to inspire and coach others to become healthier and happier and awaken to their inner desires and purpose, through the gifts of yoga, meditation, mindful movement, massage and energy healing. She looks forward to meeting you!
Yoga mat (or you can request a mat to be provided in your registration form), comfortable and loose fitting clothes for yoga and hiking, hiking or walking shoes, water bottle, flashlight, bathing suit for pool and hot tub, sun lotion and sun hat, warm and waterproof jacket or sweater for cool or wet weather, optional eye mask or small hand towel to cover eyes during meditations, optional cash tip for your massage therapist, optional shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer if desired.
Note: yoga blocks and straps will be provided, although you may bring your own if you wish. You may request a yoga mat to be provided in your registration form.
Note: Dogs and other pets are not permitted. The only animals that are allowed are certified service animals, accompanied by a person with a disability.
The rooms are colorful, and country style, and contain 2, 3 or 4 beds, with a private bathroom per room. Body wash and soap is provided. Please bring your own shampoo, conditioner and hair dryer if desired.
All prices are per person.
All participants must be 21 or over.
A $200 deposit is required to secure your spot or you may pay in full. The balance will be charged 2 months prior to the retreat. If the retreat is less than 2 months from the date of registration, the full amount is required.
Use Discount Code REPEAT20 at checkout for a Speical One-Time 20% discount for REPEAT CUSTOMERS, if you have attended a Body Flows Yoga Retreat in the past!
Shared rooms are female-only unless you are signing up with a friend or as part of a couple and sharing the room. Please message us via our Contact page if you would like to attend as a couple.
Availability: Click Register Now below to find out if we have availability for your desired lodging option.
Massage Sign Up: 60 min or 90 min massages may be booked at the time of registration or up until 7 days prior to the retreat, subject to availability. All massages will be scheduled on the Saturday between 1pm and 5pm. We will attempt to schedule you at the same time as your friend(s) if you have signed up with friend(s), however it's not guaranteed as it's a tight schedule. The final massage schedule will be provided at checkin.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing this wonderful journey of yoga, nature and gratitude with you!
Please contact us with any questions via our Contact page.
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." ~ The Bhagavad Gita