Not only are retreats and workshops relaxing and fun, they can be incredibly healing and transformative. Sometimes we need to step away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives in order to recharge our batteries and gain perspective. On top of that, many people make long-lasting friendships on retreats as they bond with like-minded people. 

 
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International Retreats

Sea, Sun, & Sky: Escape to Santorini - September 17-22, 2018

The Greek Islands are a place of immeasurable beauty. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and discover the sheer magic of Santorini.

Our luxurious lodgings are set in the picturesque village of Imerovigli, which overlooks the caldera, the volcano, and the surrounding islands -- and is host to Santorini’s stunning sunsets. Our quiet retreat is away from the hustle & bustle of the city, yet positioned within easy reach of the capital, Fira, and the beautiful village of Oia. Rooms and suites are designed with chic, minimal décor and simple lines. Mesmerizing views can be found in every corner of the resort.

Our retreats are carefully curated experiences with attention paid to each and every detail. Our goal is for you to have a stress-free, uplifting experience that renews and recharges you on every level: body, mind, & spirit. During our retreat, we will practice daily yoga and meditation, sail around the island, explore Santorini’s charming villages and beaches, & savor delicious food and wine in local restaurants.

Retreat includes:

  • Daily yoga & meditation led by Lauren Maher, C-IAYT
  • Luxury accommodations with full amenities for 5 nights
  • Daily breakfasts made with fresh, local ingredients
  • Delicious dinners serving authentic, local cuisine
  • Sunset cruise to the Red Beach, White Beach, and hot springs -- where you can swim, snorkel, or simply enjoy hanging out on the boat!
  • Day trip to the famous, photogenic town of Oia
  • “Big Photos, Small Camera”: An iPhone photography workshop with Norman Lesperance
  • “Pen to Paper”: An Introductory Writing workshop with Norman Lesperance

Hotel features:

  • Jaw-dropping Views of the Caldera and Volcano
  • 3 Swimming Pools
  • Pool Bar Lounge
  • Night Bar
  • Spa/Wellness Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Fine Dining
  • Private Balconies
  • On-site Concierge
  • On-site Boutique

Please email laurenyoga@gmail.com with questions and for further details about reservations and pricing. 


Authentic Italy: A Yoga, Food, & Wine Experience

September 23-30, 2017

Join us for an unforgettable experience in beautiful central Italy. This 7-day retreat (September 23-30, 2017) is designed to help you unplug, unwind, and fully immerse yourself in "la dolce vita." We'll practice daily yoga and meditation, soak up beautiful art and scenery, visit stunning hill towns in Umbria and Tuscany, & indulge in delicious food and wine. Set just outside of Assisi, our hotel is set in a restored fortress dating form 1340. The hotel is a quiet oasis located on a 20-acre park and features a top-of-the-line spa, sauna, and pool. 

Our retreat includes: 

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Day trips to Assisi, Gubbio, Montefalco, Bevagna, Spello, Spoleto & Cortona (of the famed Under the Tuscan Sun)
  • Delicious catered dinners
  • Wine tastings and trip to a local winery 
  • A four-course gourmet cooking class led by a local chef 
  • A truffle hunting trip followed by a 3-course truffle-infused meal
  • Specialized yoga and meditation workshops 

Price: $2400 per person (double occupancy) 

Please inquire about single occupancy rates or rates for suites. 

Please email Lauren for more details. 

Day Retreats

Finding Balance: A Yoga and Self-Care Day Retreat
Sunday, January 21, 2018      10-4pm, Monrovia Canyon Park

Every once in a while, we need to take a step back, slow down, and give ourselves the opportunity to recharge. Our day retreat provides a space for rest and rejuvenation in beautiful Monrovia Canyon Park. Set in a cozy cabin surrounded by nature, you’ll feel like you are miles away from Los Angeles, with plenty of tall trees, streams, wildlife, and a nearby waterfall to explore.

We will start our day with a morning practice that includes yoga, breath work, mantra, and meditation, followed by a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon, we will study a yogic concept called “The Ten Bodies”, which outlines ten areas of consciousness, including: 

1. Soul Body
2. Negative Mind
3. Positive Mind
4. Neutral Mind
5. Physical Body
6. Arcline
7. Aura
8. Pranic Body
9. Subtle Body
10. Radiant Body

Through lecture, meditation, and various exercises, we will explore each of these concepts, which can provide a great road map for self exploration and self awareness. After our talk, we will close the day with a relaxing Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) session. 

Cost: $100 before 12/15; $125 after 12/15

*Cost includes catered lunch
**Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10am start!
***Please note that registration closes 48 hours before the event. 

Please email laurenyoga@gmail.com for more details, a detailed schedule, or to RSVP. 
 

 

What our guests say: 

I have experienced two retreats in Italy and several in California organized and led by Lauren Maher. These retreats were remarkable for a number of reasons.  Lauren's daily yoga sessions were geared to meet the needs of those present in subtle ways, so that participants with various levels of prior experience with yoga (or none at all) felt comfortable, refreshed and invigorated.  Each day held time for private relaxation but each day also had what I might call “curated” experiences with the culture and food of the region.  A day might include visits to glorious hill towns, perhaps including a special meal in a historic site . Another day might include a truffle hunt or a wine tasting in a rural vineyard. An evening might include singing by the fire after a cooking class.  In an unfamiliar place, it is comforting to know that you’re in the hands of a pro who will have anticipated what’s needed to get the most out of the overall experience. Since the group along on a retreat is always going to be reasonably small, it is also a good opportunity to meet a few new people and explore shared interests.  At the same time, there is total flexibility to have private time and savor inward reflections. Lauren herself is open-hearted , accepting, knowledgeable, and savvy.  My advice - let her take you wherever she is going next! I will go along for sure! -K.C., Boca Raton, Florida

 

I've been to Lauren's workshops and retreats in Ojai and Monrovia and the whole experience is pleasing to the senses and nurturing on different levels.  From the natural beauty of the location where it is so easy to enjoy the surroundings, unplug, relax, and experience a deep calm, to the food is which is always fresh and delicious.  After a retreat I feel calm, relaxed, and I get a beautiful, fulfilling experience with a fresh perspective to take with me as I move through daily life. -M.D., Los Angeles, California