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3 Days Fall Equinox Hiking, Wine, and Yoga Retreat in California

  • Mayacamas Ranch, 3975 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga, California, USA

Fall Equinox Yoga Retreat California

Celebrate the Fall Equinox and find more balance in your life as you move into the Fall season with yoga, meditation, wellness, and wine tasting retreat at the luxurious Mayacamas Ranch in Sonoma wine country. Nourish your body, mind and soul with a weekend of yoga, nature, hiking, homemade and handcrafted meals made with local, organic and seasonal produce, and delicious Sonoma wines. Connect with yourself and others and enjoy a mini vacation with some downtime by the outdoor pool overlooking the Mayacamas mountains, or visiting beautiful surrounding wine country.

Highlights

  • Opening and closing circles
  • Led morning hike on nature trails
  • 4 yoga classes with guided meditation
  • Fall Equinox meditation and reflection
  • Explore or relax in the pool or hot tub
  • 2 evenings of wine tasting
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 6 nourishing meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Mayacamas Ranch has guest units and cottages situated in various buildings on the property. Each unit has its own temperature control system for your comfort, and the bedding is 100% organic.

The equinox is a time of balance, with equal hours of day and night, light and dark. It's a perfect time to let go of the past and of the winter season and set positive intentions for the new Fall season, through guided meditations and inner reflection, opening yourself up to new possibilities and creations.

The yoga classes will be a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, linking movements with the breath, moving your body through both Power and Restorative poses. 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 where the focus is on the connection of movement with the breath, leaving you feeling relaxed yet energized. All levels are welcome and encouraged.

Friday

  • 16:00 Arrivals
  • 17:00 Yoga and Fall Equinox meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Opening circle
  • 20:30 Wine tasting (selection of favorite Sonoma wines)

Saturday

  • 07:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Led hike
  • 12:30 Lunch followed by free time for massages, pool, or relax
  • 17:15 Yin yoga and yoga Nidra
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Wine tasting hosted by local winery

Sunday

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga and meditation
  • 10:40 Closing circle
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Departures

The price of this retreat includes a led morning hike on nature trails that will take place on the Mayacamas Ranch hiking trails. These range from easy to intermediate and wind through chaparral, fragrant bay and madrone forests, and a natural spring.

  • Sally Mitchell

    Sally is a RYT 200-hour yoga teacher, certified massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, ChiRunning and ChiWalking instructor, and integrative nutrition health coach. She began healing and teaching through yoga, natural running and walking techniques, massage, energy healing, and health and wellness coaching. She aims to share with others what has helped her to heal her own body and discover a path of transformation and greater self-awareness.

Macayamas Ranch is set on a hilltop ridgeline above the town of Calistoga in Napa, California, and is surrounded by spectacular 360 degree views. Mayacamas Ranch provides awe inspiring, natural setting for a variety of group gatherings and workshops, making it an ideal place to renew, reflect, and connect. A spectacular destination, Mayacamas Ranch is a stunning, secluded hideaway that inspires both quiet contemplation and enthusiastic celebration.

Nearby places

  • San Francisco - 1.5 hours
  • San Francisco Airport (SFO) - 2 hours
  • Oakland Airport (OAK) - 2 hours
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Reiki
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Picnic area
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Conference room

The price of this retreat includes six delicious and nourishing meals. Options include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Campfire

Mayacamas Ranch was once a gathering center for the Wappo native Americans, where they conducted ceremonies, rituals, and rites of passages. Their staff will arrange all the kindling and supplies for you.

Fishing

Mayacamas Ranch's exclusive, secluded hidden lake features a picnic area and hiking trails. Fishing for bass in the lake is also permitted so long as you catch and release.

Games

Mayacamas Ranch's expansive lawn, surrounded by breathtaking views, becomes the perfect setting for all types of ball games, including baseball, football, badminton, and volleyball. In addition, horseshoes, Frisbee throwing, and kite flying are favorite activities for many at the Ranch.

Organic garden and sun deck

Explore the Mayacamas organic garden, full of cutting flowers and many of the fruits and vegetables used to cook local foods. The garden is home to 50 raised beds for growing vegetables and it is well populated with ornamental perennial plants and fruit trees, appealing to all senses. You may also enjoy views of the garden from the sun deck off the lodge.

Swimming and soaking

Surrounded by 360 degree views of Mount Saint Helena and the Mayacamas mountains, take in some of the most breathtaking views in the wine region while lounging and swimming in the salt water pool. Swimming in a mild saline solution is much like taking a shower in soft water. In a salt water pool, the water feels smooth, your skin feels smooth, and many people feel more refreshed.

Massage or Reiki sessions can be booked during your free time for additional cost.

  • 2 evenings wine tasting, hosted by local winery on Saturday evening
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 4 yoga classes with guided meditations
  • 6 nourishing and healthy meals
  • Fall Equinox meditation and reflection
  • Free time to explore, relax and soak in the pool and hot tub
  • Led morning hike on nature trails
  • Linens and towels
  • Opening and closing circles
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
  • Additional activities
  • Advice on hotels and local tours before or after the retreat
  • Spa treatments
  • Transport to and from the retreat

Driving directions from the East Bay

  • Take US 101 North to Highway 12 and exit towards Sonoma
  • Turn left at Farmers lane and then turn right at Highway 12 again towards Sonoma
  • Turn left on Calistoga road, then left again on Mountain Home Ranch road
  • Stay left when road comes to a Y intersection
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road

Driving directions from Eureka

  • Take US 101 South to the Calistoga exit
  • Exit freeway and turn left at end of exit ramp
  • Cross over freeway and continue east toward Calistoga on Mark West Springs road
  • Remain on this road for 10 miles until it comes to an end
  • Turn left on Petrified Forest road for approximately two miles
  • Turn left on Mountain Home Ranch road. Stay left on curve
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take US 80 West to the Highway 12 Napa exit
  • Cross the valley, and turn right on Highway 29 for Napa and Calistoga
  • At Rutherford, Highway128 joins Highway 29, and both designations remain until the entrance to Calistoga
  • Remain on Highway 128 going past, not through, Calistoga, for one mile
  • Turn left on Petrified Forest road, toward Santa Rosa
  • At the top of the hill, turn right on Mountain Home Ranch road
  • Stay right when road comes to a Y intersection
  • Mayacamas Ranch is two miles down the road
For information about the booking conditions, please send Body Flows an inquiry.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • Review by Susan Grube

    "What a wonderful beautiful place! Sally was an amazing instructor the food was delicious and accommodations excellent. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone."

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  • Review by Beth

    "The retreat with Body Flows and Sally Mitchell was absolutely amazing!! She is incredible. Thank you for checking in I appreciate it. "

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  • Review by Sandy Dole

    "The retreat was fantastic! Sally was a wonderful, loving and gifted instructor!"

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  • Review by Sheila from Washington, USA

    "I had an amazing weekend, thank you. The experience was wonderful. If anyone is even thinking about doing this, they should stop thinking and just do it! The Mayacamaras Ranch was so beautiful and peaceful. Sally is a lovely person and a great yoga instructor who was able to lead many different levels. The food was wonderful, the wine tasting and laughter were flowing. I met so many lovely people and created friendships that are for sure to last. I cant wait to sign up for another retreat."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Patricia

    "An inspiring weekend with Sally, Deanna, and Caitlin and 20 amazing women from across the U.S. The ranch setting was serene and quiet and allowed for learning, self-discovery and new friends. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Chelsea Davis

    "This was an amazing experience for me! The location was beautiful and the people working there were so nice. The food was amazing I wish they would give out their secret recipes. I'm a beginner yogi and Sally was so thorough and descriptive with her words I felt like a professional. I feel like the classes were a mix between yoga and meditation and I loved it. Sally made me feel comfortable and actually want to continue to take yoga classes after the weekend. The hike was beautiful! I'm glad we did the 2nd shorter one because I wasn't ready for it to be over. Wine tasting was delicious of course and all the ladies that attended were so friendly. I bought a bottle the second night. I would love to do a retreat with Sally again. Such a relaxing, cleansing weekend for me. I came back home a new person."

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  • Review by Yalile

    "The retreat was such an amazing experience. You find yourself surrounded by great people, great food and great yoga sessions. Sally really puts together an unforgettable retreat, you won't have time to miss home at all. Thank you Sally and I hope to see you soon in another retreat!! Namaste."

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  • Review by Sandra Rosque

    "Being a beginner I was a little self-conscious but these classes are wonderful for all levels. This was a wonderful retreat in an idyllic location with activities well planned. Thank you Sally for an inspirational experience."

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  • Review by Judy

    "Thanks again for your continuing energy and passion in these amazing weekend retreats. I have been to all four of Sally's yoga retreats and each one has been amazing! The people I have met, the beautiful outdoor surroundings, the rejuvenating yoga, the delicious nutritious food geared to every level of dietary needs, and lastly, Sally's unwavering enthusiasm and passionate attention to make sure each and every detail is attended to. Highly recommend her retreats as an antidote to the busy, chaotic lives we all must periodically inhabit. Thanks Sally, and keep up the good work!"

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  • Review by Melissa

    "Coming together and bringing a sound healing and yoga experience was like the crashing of two powerfully strong healing modalities that could be seen as canceling each other out into total stillness. Alongside the Winter Solstice theme and meditative circles, the sound healing complimented and deepened the healing experience. It was a pleasure to be involved, learning, and growing with everyone. Thank you Sally!"

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  • Review by Lily

    "I attended the Recharge Retreat to celebrate my birthday and got so much more than I expected. I was hoping to relax and do lots of yoga, which I definitely did. But I also came home with a whole new set of skills to keep me balanced, happy, and stress-free once I returned home. The psychology workshop sessions were a surprising and very welcome aspect of the retreat. Kristen and Sally did such a great job to make all portions of the retreat comfortable, accessible, moving (physically and emotionally), and satisfying. I can't recommend this enough!"

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  • Review by Jeris

    "Thank you so much. Ever since the Fall Equinox retreat, I find myself spending a lot of time thinking about how wonderful of a time I had out there. I really appreciate you and all of the lovely people I met. Let me know when or if you know the date for the December retreat as I am happy to come back out!"

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  • Review by Marian from Germany

    "I booked Sally for a massage last night through Thumbtack and, let me tell you, it was world changing. She took the time to talk to me, hear where I have aches/pains and just generally got to know me. The massage itself was both relaxing and intense. I had no idea how tight and sore I was until I got up from the table. Suddenly I felt 10lbs lighter and like my blood was moving faster."

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  • Review by Mia from California, USA

    "Sally is a great Yoga teacher and perfect in a corporate setting! She knows how to work with all levels, without making anyone feel lost or bored. She also has class "Themes" so you know what the goal of each day's practice is. Great way to keep your employees happy and healthy!"

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  • Review by Sam from California, USA

    "I had the pleasure of meeting Sally a few months ago. We connected immediately. She is so warm and open. Very easy to talk with. I first used her services when I was in extreme pain over ITB issues. I did a personal instruction session with her. It was amazing. She video taped me, talked with me, shared her story and most of all, allowed me to share mine. The pain subsided and a few months later I was dealing with hip tightness. This was probably due to getting use to a new style of running and also being right side dominate (in every aspect, including sleeping on one side). I then reached out to Sally for a sports massage. It blew me away. It was exactly what I needed. I can not recommend her highly enough. I was comfortable, focused, mindful and guided through appropriate breathing. Sally has always been approachable, gives guided and useful feedback and has an amazing turn over time as far as getting back to clients. Thanks for everything Sally!"

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  • Review by Sven from California, USA

    "You have to drop where you are currently going to and head to Sally's Body Flows immediately. She is amazing, and all her services are top notch. I initially came in with all manner of legacy issues as a result of sports injuries over the years. Nobody had been able to get me on a good path going forward until Sally, and I have not felt better since I was a whole lot younger."

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  • Review by Jamie from California, USA

    "Sally is an amazing yoga teacher! I have had the pleasure of taking vinyasa classes and also Iron Yoga classes with Sally and am so impressed with her knowledge of yoga and ability to make me fall more in love with yoga in each of her classes! I most recently tried Iron Yoga with Sally and was seriously amazed by how fun and equally hard the class was. I absolutely loved it. I was dripping in sweat and could not have felt better during and after class. It was the perfect way to spend an hour! Sally is seriously the BEST!"

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  • Review by Scott from California, USA

    "I have been attending Sally's vinyasa yoga class since July 2013 and I could not recommend it more. I have been living with chronic pain and stress in most of my adult life, and have gone down a long road of physical therapy, meds, 1:1 stretching, and acupuncture. Simply put, nothing has been more effective than yoga. Since I've introduced yoga in my life, my overall quality of life has significantly improved! "

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  • Review by Carolyn from California, USA

    "I really enjoyed my recent deep tissue sports massage from Sally! She was thoughtful in the time she spent on each part of my body and left my muscles feeling healthy and revived. I am a competitive long distance runner with a tight IT band that requires regular stretching and massage from time to time. I've had massage in the past after races and during injury but Sally is honestly the best massage therapist I've worked with. She uses the intense pressure that's necessary for an athlete to work through tightness. I could feel toxins released from my body during this massage. Although painful at times, Sally's massage was extremely productive and left me feeling great after! I plan on seeing her again during my training and after future races."

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  • Review by Mary

    "I was so thrilled to attend Body Flow's Summer Solstice Retreat. Perfect location, schedule, facilities and a wonderful group of old and new friends. Loved the walks, meditation, yoga, drum circle, evening fire and celebration of the sun. Fantastic experience beginning to end, can't wait for the next one. Welcome Summer!"

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  • Review by Judy

    "Thank you to you both for an absolutely fabulous retreat! You guys worked really hard to put this all together for us and it was really obvious in all the details. I had an amazing time with all of your wonderful workshops. I met a lot of interesting fun people as well - what a bonus. I look forward to the June session with much anticipation. Thanks to both of you again for your amazing energy and abilities - it was such a pleasure!"

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  • Review by Susanna

    "Just enjoyed my second yoga retreat with Sally at Body Flows at Wildwood Retreat Center by Guerneville. It is amazingly well-organized and so refreshing. I enjoy Sally as a yoga instructor and love the atmosphere and friendships I have made at these retreats."

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  • Review by Zhendi from California, USA

    "I got to know Sally through her chi running/walking class. I was glad to learn that she also offers deep tissue massage. I have lower back pain and calf tension that have been bothering me for well over a year. with Sally's help, I have become a lot better. I no longer experience the pain i had in my lower back, and the tension in my calves was significantly reduced. She listens carefully to my problems and addresses them in an effective way. I can tell from our first session that she is a pro. Her strokes are precise and powerful, exactly what my body needed. I highly recommend Sally."

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