The Invitation

Dear Friends,

The California 2015 graduating class of Vira Bhava Yoga 300 hour advanced teacher training course invites you to join us for a fall retreat in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Reserve the weekend for yourself and maybe even a friend, to spend time practicing yoga, eating local, organic, vegetarian food, and getting good rest, close to nature. "Back to Earth" will be an opportunity to shift our focus inward to find a deep-rooted connection to our true nature as we transition from summer to fall.

The retreat begins Friday, September 11th at 3pm and ends Sunday, September 13th at 3pm.

Everyone is welcome... newbies to yoga as well as yoga teachers! And... if you are a yoga teacher, and need CEU credits, you can earn 20 CEUs this weekend.

The Retreat weekend is now at full capacity.  Want to join us just for the day on Saturday? Scroll on down to the bottom for Saturday tickets.

-Blessings From All of Us

The Place

Rates and Accommodations

The Weekend Retreat has reached capacity.  We do have a limited number of Saturday only passes available, if you are still wanting to attend - scroll down to purchase one.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


The Schedule

The retreat begins at 3pm on Friday.  Arrive and check in any time between 1pm-3pm.   Below is our general schedule and what to expect. There may be a few tweaks in the sequence/timeline as we get closer, but all this good stuff will be included.  We look forward to sharing it all with you!  (Scroll down further for workshop and class descriptions.)


7:45 - 8:15 Early Morning Meditation

8:30 Breakfast

10am - 12pm Master Yoga Class with Kelly

12:30 Lunch

2:30 - 3:30pm Closing ceremony, CEU Distribution (for those who need it)



1pm - 3pm Arrival and check in

3-4pm We will open at 3:00 with an introduction, and will collectively build an altar for the weekend.

4:30-6pm Workshop - Energetics and Anatomy: Finding your Roots, with Amy and Shari

6:30 dinner

7-8pm Yoga Nidra with Kelly










6:15-6:45am Early Morning Meditation

7-9am Yang Yoga with Chrissy

9:00 breakfast

10am - 12pm Joseph Cornell on Connecting with Nature

12:30 lunch

1:30 Exploring the Garden with Charles

2:30-4pmWorkshop - Listening to Hear: The Sounds of our Nature, with Susan and Rachel

4:30-6:30pm   Yin Yoga with Chrissy

6:30 dinner

7:30-9pm Ayurveda and Aromatherapy with Nitya and Trudy

Workshop Descriptions

Energetics and Anatomy: Finding your Roots/Connecting to the Earth

Join Amy and Shari for a fun exploration of the earth element in the sweet, reliable structure of your true core. Discover how your energetic and muscular connection to core areas can be roots that help you solidly center, ground and stabilize. By strengthening these inner boundaries you can safely access dynamic freedom in your body. This workshop will be on Friday afternoon after our opening, from 4:30-6.

Sounds of Our Nature: Listening to Hear

Join Susan and Rachel in this workshop on sound, mantra, and listening deeply. This workshop is designed to offer you the time and space to explore your voice through simple yoga postures (asana) and breath work (pranayama). We will begin the workshop as individuals exploring our own unique voice and end the workshop bringing our voices together into harmony as one voice. Throughout the class, we will listen to hear our self more deeply.  This will a Saturday afternoon workshop, 2:30-4.

Restorative Yoga with Marma and Aromatherapy

Trudy and Nitya will briefly discuss the ayurvedic philosophy concerning seasonal transitions (Fall), primarily addressing Vata dosha through five restorative postures combined with Marma points and Aromatherapy in order to ground and restore the nervous system.  An experiential "play shop!"  You will leave feeling relaxed, grounded and rejuvenated.  What a great workshop to finish out Saturday!  This will be after dinner 7:30-9ish.

Yoga Classes

Early Morning Meditation

Group meditation for those who would like to begin the day in quiet contemplation. We will sit in meditation Saturday morning 6:15-6:45, and Sunday morning 7:45-8:15.

Yin and Yang Yoga with Chrissy Graham

Yang Yoga Flow:  An early morning practice on Saturday.  This class will be comprised of strength building poses with an emphasis on healthy postural alignment. We will playfully and dynamically move through asana (yoga poses) inspiring your inner heat and connection to your breath.  Yang yoga is on the schedule for Saturday morning 7am-9am.

Yin Yoga Flow: A Saturday afternoon practice. Taking the time to slow down and turn inward is essential to all of our lives. This class will have an emphasis on restorative yoga and deep relaxation while including yoga philosophy and meditation.  Yin Yoga will be a nice calming practice just before dinner on Saturday, from 4:30-6:30.

Master Class with Kelly Golden

Start your last morning of retreat with the founder of Vira Bhava Yoga. Kelly will guide us from our natural morning state into a practice that will have us digging our roots deep into the earth and finding stability to stand tall and proud. The class will be uplifting and focused on balancing our inhale and exhale, our inner and outer worlds, and our strength and natural ability to support ourselves. Come prepared to laugh and dig deep!  This will be a mid-morning class on Sunday from 10am -Noon.

Yoga Nidra with Kelly Golden

Begin your retreat weekend with a fresh start. Kelly will lead us through a Yoga Nidra practice that will reorient our minds and bodies to an intention for our weekend retreat. Yoga Nidra can also be thought of as yogic sleep or a way to calm the body and clean the mind.  This will be Friday evening after dinner - Perfect just before settling in for the night! 

Guest Speakers/Nature Talks

Charles Evans

Charles is an Intuitive Gardener and keeper of five acres of meditation gardens at the Ananda Meditation Retreat.  He has a unique gift of tuning into the spirit of plants and trees, and they thrive under his care. Charles will be offering a garden tour and talk just after lunch on Saturday. 

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell is a world renown author and Naturalist. He divides his time between living at Ananda Meditation Retreat and traveling the world sharing his work. Joseph will share his meditation-oriented nature activities with us.  Meet Joseph Cornell in a video here.

Joseph Cornell will be speaking and taking us on a nature walk on Saturday morning from 10am - Noon.  This talk is included in the retreat.  If you are unable to be at the retreat, we do have a limited number of tickets available to attend only Joseph's presentation.  Price to attend is $35.00.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to purchase.

Guest Yoga Teachers


Chrissy Graham

Chrissy Graham has been a student of yoga for 15 years, and is a Certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She presently teaches public classes, workshops, Immersions, and Teacher Trainings throughout the Bay area, and abroad. Chrissy brings a lighthearted dynamic, and supportive energy to her classes that blend philosophy, therapeutics, and insightful wisdom from her own life experiences. Her personal studies are rooted in traditions of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Bon-po.





Kelly Golden

Kelly has been a student and practitioner of yoga for over 18 years. Through the exploration of the physical, philosophical, and meditative practices, yoga has touched every aspect of her life in a positive way. She infuses her teaching with the passion that she has for the practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. In asana practice, Kelly pays close attention to the work of the body (anatomy and physiology), as well as the more subtle work of energy embodied in the mind and spirit of each individual student. For Kelly, Yoga class is a meaningful conversation between students and teacher that leads everyone closer to the remembrance of the real Self.

Nature is not separate, but in your own heart. Don’t just change the world, become the world.
— Joseph Cornell

Workshop Presenters and Vira Bhava Yoga Grads


Trudy Collings

Trudy completed her first yoga training in 2011 at Yoga Tree of San Francisco. That immersion led her to Ayurveda. Trudy graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 2013 as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and since thenhas co-founded PAAVANI Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic Skincare & Body Therapy company located in Grass Valley, CA.   In August of 2014, Trudy took over ownership of Grass Valley Yoga, a neighborhood yoga studio located at the entrance of Alta Sierra, right outside of Grass Valley, CA. She has also been trained in Sivananda Yoga and is currently enrolled in a 500 hour advanced teacher training through Vira Bhava Yoga.   Learn more about Trudy and her work ather Paavani Website.



Nitya Beaulieu

After graduating from the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) in 2002, Nitya opened her own private consultation and healing practice in Grass Valley, CA. In 2004 she co-founded Rejuvenation Therapies where she currently practices Pancha Karma therapies and detoxification programs.  Nitya has been collaborating with the California College of Ayurveda in teacher trainings since 2013.  in addition to her Ayurvedic training, Nitya also has a background in Therapeutic Massage,  Reflexology, and Energy Medicine. Nitya's spiritual training is in the lineage of Swami Muktananda and Sai Maa.  Her life motto is: "In service to Divine Love and Light".  Learn more about Nitya at her website for Rejuvenation Therapies.

Trudy and Nitya will be teaching the workshop on Asana, Ayurveda, and Aromatherapy



Shari Williams

Shari’s passion for the practice of yoga fuels her desire to teach & share the gifts of transformation yoga can offer. She presents sound instruction in alignment and breath to create & shape the postures. She pulls from an extensive background in the study of human movement, physical therapy, and from her own experience of recovery from major car accidents as well as subsequent joint replacement surgeries. Shari's classes are lighthearted, upbeat, animated, and inspiring.




Amy Joytir

Amy has been practicing yoga in one form or another for twenty some years, and she began teaching several years ago, learning apprentice-style.  In 2013, she completed a 200 hour teacher training with Vira Bhava Yoga, and is currently completing an additional 300 hours of Vira Bhava training.  Amy's teaching style draws on her years of experience as a massage therapist and fitness trainer, with a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology, and is influenced by Buddhist and Tantric studies, as well as a deep appreciation for people.  Amy's philosophy is "yoga as you are" - encouraging students to find yoga in the way that best suits their own body and level. Her classes tend to be light hearted and non-judgmental, with a healthy dose of inspiration.  You can learn more about Amy at Joytir Yoga and Massage.

Shari and Amy will be teaching the workshop on Energetics and Anatomy: Finding Your Roots



Rachel Tuck

Rachel practices as a means of connecting on a deeper level with the self. Her teachings and classes encourage the practitioner to move beyond the mind and feel into their bodies and in doing so to find that natural place within that is in harmony with our true nature. Rachel brings a grounded and playful approach to yoga.





Susan Perko

Susan Perko, a classically trained musician, began practicing yoga in 1996 after graduating from college. Intuitively, she understood how yoga could benefit the singer physically, mentally, and spiritually. After receiving massage certification from the Florida School of Massage in 2001, Susan began teaching yoga while pregnant with her first child. In "Back to Earth," combining her passion for singing and her love of teaching, Susan is excited to embark upon her dream of teaching singing in the workshop, “Listening to Hear: The Sounds of Our Nature.”

Rachel and Susan will be teaching the workshop titled Sounds of our Nature: Listening to Hear

Weekend Retreat

The Weekend Retreat has reached capacity. It's sure to be a lovely time. Please come for Saturday.

Saturday Day Pass 

(Sorry, no refunds for cancellations)


Joseph Cornell's Saturday Morning Workshop