Join Ame and Daniel for a 5-day adventure in blissful Northern California, complete with wine tastings and two yoga classes a day, all located on a magical, bohemian organic farm.
Where is this beauty happening you ask? Only at the most magical retreat center there is, The Lotus Feed Farm & Retreat Center in Occidental, CA. A full-fledged farm positioned on 108 acres of Sonoma coast. A bohemian dream. The center features an outdoor yoga deck overlooking the coastline, an indoor Bindu yoga yurt and gathering space, an 80 foot communal dining table, a pond, sauna, outdoor tree shower, and gardens full of vegetables and medicinal plants. From the redwood, fir and oak forests, to the thoughtfully designed landscape, The Lotus Feed Retreat Center is enchanting to say the very least.
Our mornings will start with meditation and a fiery yoga practice (maybe followed by a dip in the pond). You'll have most of the day to yourself with optional activities (medicine-making, hiking with a naturalist, and more) and wine tastings (on and off-campus). Evenings mean more yoga followed by an exceptional, true farm-to-table, organic, vegetarian dinner (the food is some of the best we've ever had - ever), hanging by the campfire, and stargazing.
The Lotus Feed Farm offers several styles of both rustic and chic accommodations. The center is designed to be intimate with nature but also provides spaces for rest and retirement in comfort. From luxury private yurts with 800 thread count organic sheets equipped with vintage clawfoot bathtubs, to glamping in a teepee, the center is designed for any budget and all levels of comfort.
They have yurts, yomes, bell tents and a teepee. Most of the accommodations are shared baths meaning that the restrooms are outside of the dwellings. There are several lux "outhouses" all with electricity and running water. One of the most special experiences at the Lotus Feed is the outdoor showers. They are built around a gorgeous California Bay tree and showers take place under the canopy. Their luxury yomes, bell tents and teepees display the true meaning of "glamping". All tents are cozy and thoughtfully decorated and have beds ranging from doubles to twins.
The yurts and common spaces have electricity and tents do not. There are outdoor showers among the trees (a fairy dream), charming indoor bathtubs, and bathrooms to share.
Plan to arrive Thursday and coordinate your own transportation to the retreat center (shuttle service can be arranged if you let us know in advance or you can rent a car). Our last day will include brunch so plan to depart in the early afternoon. Flights should be booked into any San Francisco or Santa Rosa airport. Once you start the drive to Occidental the cellular service can be dodgy so driving directions from the airports to the retreat center will be communicated in the days leading up to the retreat.
I was first introduced to yogic philosophy while frequenting India in my teenage years. Born and raised in Israel, I left in my early 20s to travel East in search of greater perspective. I began practicing yoga and meditation and learned to work with my limitations rather than try to over ride them. These practices have supported me ever since and have given me the opportunity to serve others.
I came to the US to study holistic health. It is here that I became certified as a shiatsu practitioner, massage therapist, yoga instructor, and nutrition and health counselor. I opened JP Centre Yoga, with my co-founder Sejal Shah, with the vision of creating a community based environment which allows for each individual to go inward, refocus the mind, and cultivate a calming experience.
My yoga classes are delivered as a breath-based vinyasa flow with an emphasis on strength and flexibility within optimal alignment. I believe that stillness is achieved as a result of skillful movement and that aligning the body, the breath, and the mind, yield greater awareness. My intention is to set the stage for transformation by providing tools for shifting non-helpful patterns and to teach in reverence to the heritage and philosophy of the yogic path.