Women’s Retreat in Northern California


Northern California Women’s Yoga Retreat
with Athena Pappas and Octavia Morgan

 After 9 years we will not be teaching this retreat any longer, due to Octavia’s move to Colorado and the extensive travel involved for her and her local students to get to Ratna Ling.
Please visit Athena’s web site for information on her teaching schedule,
or see the Yoga Shala Mindbody page for Octavia’s.
Thank you to all the amazing students who made this retreat so special for nearly a decade!


Join us for our ongoing Annual Iyengar Yoga Women’s Retreat!  The retreat is a long weekend of practice, nature and relaxation at the Ratna Ling Buddhist retreat center on the stunning California Coast. Octavia and Athena will lead both asana (physical postures) and pranayama (breath control) classes in the Iyengar Yoga method. Ratna Ling offers hiking trails, redwood groves, and beautiful places to rest and relax outdoors. A short drive will bring you to beaches and coastal state preserves.

Thursday:      3:00 PM – Retreat begins. Afternoon asana class, dinner and evening gathering.
Friday / Saturday:       Early morning pranayama, morning asana class, late afternoon asana class.
Sunday:      Morning pranayama class, asana class. Retreat concludes after brunch on Sunday. Students should depart by Noon.

Afternoons and evenings will be free for hiking, reading and relaxing. There will be an evening activity on Saturday night.

This includes 3 nights accommodations (private room in a two-person cottage with shared living room, balcony and mini-kitchen), all meals and 9 yoga sessions.
Meals are vegetarian and are prepared on-site by the Ratna Ling staff.

About Ratna Ling
The Ratna Ling Retreat Center is a Northern California group and personal retreat destination. Located on 120 acres in the redwood forests off the Pacific Coastal ridge, it offers a retreat from the hectic pace and unbalancing influences of today’s world. Ratna Ling is envisioned as a thriving center for healing and discovery bringing forth the power and value of spiritual practice in forms which are wholesome, accessible and effective. As a working community guided by Buddhist teachings, its staff and residents strive to embody and transmit wisdom, compassion, harmony and depth of caring. Its aim is to share what is best, most beautiful and most meaningful in this precious human existence.

The Ratna Ling facility includes a main lodge with cozy sitting areas, a dining hall, and an outdoor deck; a separate building with the yoga room and a library; two-person cottages scattered across the property; and lovely outdoor areas.

Visit the Ratna Ling website.

What To Expect

  • Students will have their own bedrooms in a two person shared cottage. Cottages include a living room, outdoor deck, kitchen area, and a shared bathroom. All linens are provided.
  • Each cottage is in a beautiful, private location that is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the yoga and dining halls.
  • Accommodations are shared with 1 other person. 
  • All meals are vegetarian and are prepared by the Ratna Ling staff. Meals will be served in the communal dining area. Ratna Ling will do its best to accommodate eating restrictions but students with special diets should be prepared to supplement with their own food.

There is a $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your place. The balance is due by June 1st, 2016

There are two steps to register:

#1 –  Fill out the registration form below
#2 – Make a deposit online with your credit card  by clicking here. To pay online you will create an account at Octavia’s studio, Yoga Shala, which takes 1-2 minutes. DO NOT register or pay for anyone else.

Questions? Contact us at info@yogashalaboulder.com or athenapappas@prodigy.net

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2017 Women’s Yoga Retreat Registration Form:

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

2017 Women’s Yoga Retreat Terms and Conditions

 Please read and retain a copy for your records

Location: All accommodations, meals and classes are at Ratna Ling located at 35755 Hauser Bridge Rd. Cazadero, CA. 95421. Accommodations, meals and retreat facilities and grounds are provided by Ratna Ling, which is solely responsible for their quality, safety and maintenance.

Presenters:  The retreat is sponsored by Yoga Shala LLC. Classes will be taught by Athena Pappas and Octavia Morgan. In the event of illness or emergency, Yoga Shala may substitute other qualified teachers.

Accommodations: Accommodations are provided in cottages. Cottages are shared with one other participant. Each cottage has two bedrooms, a living room, deck, and a shared bathroom. Accommodation will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Meals: Meals are vegetarian. Three meals a day will be served on Friday and Saturday, as well as dinner on Thursday night and brunch on Sunday. The menu will be vegetarian. If you have dietary restrictions it will be difficult for Ratna Ling to accommodate you and you may need to bring your own food to supplement what is served.

Yoga Classes: On the two full days there will be an early morning pranayama class, a morning asana class, and an afternoon asana class. On Thursday there will be an afternoon asana class, and on Sunday there will be a pranayama class and a final asana class. Classes are held in the yoga hall.

– Students are asked to bring 3 blankets suitable for Iyengar Yoga. Blankets should be made of wool, cotton or a blend so they are not slippery. They should be uniform in size, should hold their shape when folded, and should be very firm (not cushy.) In other words, when you make a stack of them they should hold their shape and provide a firm surface for shoulder stand or sitting.
– It is helpful if you can bring a bolster. If you require additional props for your practice, please bring them.
– The retreat center provides sticky mats, blocks and straps.

Arrival and departure: The retreat begins at 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 3rd. The retreat comes to a close after the morning class and brunch on Sunday, August 7th.

Travel Information: You are responsible for transportation to and from Ratna Ling. Travel time is approximately 3  hours from the Golden Gate Bridge. Yoga Shala LLC will share names of students who are interested in carpooling. If you indicated you are interested in carpooling, you hereby authorize Yoga Shala to share your name and contact information with other students who have indicated an interest in carpooling.

Recreation and Services: Yoga Shala LLC will not organize activities other than the ones detailed above. Friday and Saturday afternoons are free for walking, hiking or relaxing. The Pacific Coast is 2 miles away and there are beach and State Preserves nearby.

Health and Medical: Participants on the retreat should be in good overall health and have been practicing yoga for at least a year. Participants are responsible for ensuring that they have adequate medical coverage while attending the retreat, and that they are medically cleared to attend yoga classes.

Registration and Payment: Enrollment is limited. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. To register please complete the registration form above and e-mail it to info@yogashalaboulder.com, and make a nonrefundable deposit through our website. Full payment is due by June 1st.

Persons registering late will be accommodated if space is available and must pay full cost of retreat at the time of registration.

Registration price does not include travel, gratuities, alcohol, or excursions.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) and received no later than June 1st.  Upon receipt of cancellation letter, registration fee will be refunded less the $200.00 deposit. No refunds will be made after June 1st. No refunds will be given for early departure from retreat. Because cancellations result in additional costs for Yoga Shala LLC, under no circumstances, regardless of reason for cancellation on the part of the participant, will the $200.00 deposit fee be returned, nor will the terms of cancellation as stated above be waived.

Yoga Shala LLC reserves the right to cancel the retreat prior to departure. If such cancellation is NOT due to circumstances beyond Yoga Shala LLC’s control – such as war, terrorist activity, adverse weather conditions, fire and natural disaster – Yoga Shala LLC will refund all payments, constituting full settlement with the participant. However, should cancellation or early termination of the retreat be deemed necessary by Yoga Shala LLC due to reasons beyond Yoga Shala LLC’s control as outlined above, no refund or compensations will be made. Yoga Shala LLC is not responsible for expenses incurred for delays as a result of circumstances beyond its control.

Release and Responsibility: The participant, by signing this agreement, agrees that Yoga Shala LLC and the teachers will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may be occasioned for any reason. The participant agrees to assume all risks associated with retreat and agrees that no liability will attach to Yoga Shala LLC or to the teachers with respect to death, personal injury, illness, delay, or for any loss or damage to the property (including luggage) of the participant during the course of the retreat, howsoever caused.