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4 Days Vegan Cuisine and Detox Yoga Retreat in San Diego, California

Cooking and Yoga Retreat in California

Join for a California style, vegan retreat in the foothills of the local San Diego mountains. Enjoy learning about a vegan food diet with healthy and healing cuisines in parallel to silent walking meditations on the nature paths that will surround you. During this retreat, you will learn to connect with nature with what the Japanese call Shinrin Yoku, which translates to forest bathing, in order to take all the benefits of this discipline that will bring you mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balancing.


  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Follow powerful forest baths
  • Learn how to prepare vegan meals
  • Practice walking meditation through nature paths
  • Learn how a vegan diet can help you
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegan meals


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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This retreat will take place at the San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center, which is ideally located at the headwaters of the San Diego River. This place has held many weddings here over the past years and now its retreat center is open and is a wellspring for all who love yoga and holistic health.

This retreat center is all about wellness and healing, with a special focus on spirituality and strengthening connection with higher guidance, and provides the perfect getaway base for walkers, yoga enthusiasts, hikers, and those looking for a relaxing and healing retreat in this beautiful area with the largest walking labyrinth in California.

Offered are dorm style twin beds, three twin beds to a room with one shared bathroom. The rooms are large, 600 square feet each that include a small living room. The price of the package is all-inclusive of the retreat, including food, accommodations and all activities for the retreat.


During this retreat, you will learn about a vegan food diet with healthy and healing cuisines while enjoying the benefits of a vegan cuisine as a way to cleanse the body. You will learn the basics of sprouting and growing young greens, fermenting, and setting up your vegan food kitchen with spiral slicers and more.

You will also learn how a vegan diet can help in weight loss, how to make raw crackers, creams, salad dressings, dips, spreads, juices, elixirs, soups, and desserts of all kinds from puddings to cakes and ice creams.

Lastly, you will learn the importance of composting, recycling, and organics. You will also have the opportunity to experience walking meditation practices throughout on the nature local paths and, on Friday evening, you will enjoy a one-hour seven-chakra crystal singing bowl meditation and sound bath.

Shinrin Yoku baths

Shinrin Yoku is proven to be beneficial for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balancing. Following these powerful forest baths, you will feel better overall and particularly experience a deeper relaxation response during this retreat feeling more calm and refreshed with better clarity and creativity as you allow the nature to feed your soul.

Day 1

  • 16:00 Welcome and neighborhood walk
  • 17:30 Learn vegan cuisine
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 One-hour seven-chakra crystal singing bowl meditation
  • 20:30 Time to retire for the evening

Day 2 and 3

  • 08:15 Free movement and dancing through the chakras with music or yoga
  • 09:30 Learn vegan cuisine and breakfast
  • 10:00 Later breakfast
  • 11:00 Learn vegan cuisine
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:15 Learn vegan cuisine for dinner
  • 16:00 Hike in the nature
  • 17:30 Learn vegan cuisine for dinner
  • 18:30 Dinner followed by entertainment and discussion

Day 4

  • 08:15 Free movement and dancing through the chakras with music or yoga and group photos
  • 09:30 Learn vegan cuisine and breakfast
  • 10:30 Walk in the labyrinth
  • 11:00 Check out

Schedule times are subject to change

Included excursions

During this retreat you will enjoy hiking trips in the surrounding natural areas, as well as guided walking meditation through the nearby nature paths.


This retreat will take place in Wynola, a small subdivision in between Julian and Santa Ysabel, which is also home to wonderful antique and farmers produce markets. This place is a conscious community located on more than ten acres in the spectacular foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains on the north edge of the Cleveland National Forest, right next to Julian, California.

Nearby places

  • Del Mar - 1 hour
  • La Jolla coast - 1 hour


During this retreat, you will enjoy three healthy raw and vegan meals per day plus beverages, most of them harvested on-site. You will enjoy the food from local farmers and fresh mountain water, which is purified by an ultra-violet light system. This retreat center tries to use as many super foods, medicinal plants, and healthful spices as it can.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you will have free time to visit the historic Julian District, use the spa facilities, as well as you will be able to explore the natural surrounding areas.

Spa treatments

Feel free to join for a spa treatment. Towels and showers are all provided with your services of choice. To use the spa facilities, please book-up one week in advance to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

For retreat guests, it is recommended to come one hour early and have your massage before your check-in. Each spa treatment with a licensed practitioner has an additional cost of 80 USD. Treatments include:

  • Basic nutrition counselling
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Herbal medicine counseling to promote health and wellness
  • Herbal Thai ball massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Massage customized to your needs
  • Neuromuscular and sport injury massage
  • Personal development life coaching with spirit to help you reach your personal and professional goals
  • Reconnective healing or intuitive healing
  • Recovering the feminine through empowerment and embodiment
  • Reflexology
  • Swedish massage
  • Trigger point

What's included

  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All raw vegan meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Hikes and forest baths
  • Raw vegan cooking classes

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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