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Renewal: A Fall Retreat in the Sonoma Redwoods

November 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - November 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

November 9 – 12, 2017
Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Northern California
with Heather Haxo Phillips and Cynthia Bates



Rainbow clouds mountain gaye colvinRetreat is an integral part of all spiritual practices. A true retreat provides the support for the practitioner to let go of their identities in the outside world and go more deeply into their practice.  We are supported by the physical space, by our teacher, by our community of fellow students, by the meals that are lovingly prepared for us and the practices that we do. Unlike a vacation, on a retreat we focus on activities that nourish our spiritual selves. We make space and time for practice, for contemplation and for deep rest. The insights, perspective and experience we have on retreat, in turn creates a wider, deeper and more luminous container for us to live in.

Our retreat will be in the redwood forests of Sonoma County, at the incredible Ratna Ling retreat center. Each day will include asana with Heather, pranayama with Cynthia, study of the yoga sutras, community and solitude.  You will have the opportunity to attend 6 asana classes and pranayama every day, with time for walks and time in the redwoods.

Organic, vegetarian meals and beautiful accommodations are an important part of this retreat. Each two-person cabin has two private bedrooms and a shared common area. The retreat begins on Thursday afternoon and finishes Sunday afternoon.

Students should have at least 6 months experience in the Iyengar method.




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“In a quiet retreat center, teeming with birdlife, I got to drop into myself and my yoga practice.  Heather beautifully guided us through the weekend, with well-planned sequencing designed to help deepen and replenish.  It was a true privilege.”
~Douglas J. Chermak



“I had imagined that I would leave your retreat with a sense of peace, balance, increased confidence in my poses, and an uplifted chest.  What I hadn’t imagined was how uplifted my soul and the corners of my mouth were at the end of those four sublime days at Ratna Ling.” ~Ingrid S.





$895 per person – includes all lodging, food and yoga

Pay your entire tuition by check and receive a special thank you gift! Your choice of a Pune eye wrap or a silk scented eye pillow

You can register and drop off your check at the studio.  Or send to Adeline Yoga, 484 Lake Park Ave #644, Oakland CA 94610. (This is our mailing address, not studio address.)










3 pm | Arrival and Check-in

4-5:15 pm | Asana Practice with Heather

5:30 pm | Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm | Orientation & Opening Ceremony



7:00-7:50 am | Pranayama Practice with Cynthia

8am | Breakfast

9:30 am-12:00 pm | Active Asana with Heather

12:15 pm | Lunch

Personal Time

4-5:15 pm | Restorative Asana with Cynthia

5:30 pm | Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm | Philosophy Discussion and Q&A



7:00-7:50am | Pranayama Practice with Cynthia

8:00am | Breakfast

9:30 am-12:00 pm |  Active Asana with Heather

12:15 pm | Lunch

4-5:15 pm | Restorative Asana with Cynthiareflection ewa wardzala

5:30 pm | Dinner

7:00-8:00 pm | Philosophy Discussion and Q&A


Sunday89-10 am | Asana with Heather

10am | Brunch

11:00 am | Closing Ceremony

12:00 pm | Check Out & Departure






RatnaLingEntryThe 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.

Participants often comment on the deep quiet offered at Ratna Ling.  You will likely experience wildlife by day, spectacular sunrise and sunsets, and beautiful stargazing.

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.

Students will need to bring one bolster and four blankets with them.  These props can be purchased at Adeline Yoga, if needed.

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  • Students will have their own bedrooms in a deluxe two-person shared cottage. Cottages include a living room, outdoor deck, kitchen (stocked with utensils, fridge and such), 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.
  • Students will need to bring their own bolster and four blankets.
  • All meals are vegetarian and are prepared by the Ratna Ling staff. Meals will be served in the communal dining area. Ratna Ling does accommodate eating restrictions. Students with special diets should be prepared to also supplement with their own food.






Heather Haxo Phillips is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate III level, among the highest certified Iyengar teachers in the East Bay. She is Director of Adeline Yoga and has been teaching for nearly 15 years. Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California, for which she recently retired after seven years of service. She is also certified as a restorative yoga teacher, and registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 level instructor.  She has specialized training to help students with scoliosis, injuries, women’s health and pre-natal yoga. Heather deepens her own practice by studying regularly with senior teachers and the Iyengar family in Pune. Watch a video about Heather’s classes or read her Yelp! reviews.


Cynthia Bates is a seasoned Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II level. Her goal as a teacher of yoga is singular, to inspire transformational experiences that lead to positive life change. For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma can all be used as a skillful means for spiritual practice. She is a devoted student of Manouso Manos, Victoria Austin, B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family with whom she had the honor of studying with in India in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She furthers her education by assisting Manouso Manos weekly in public classes and participating in specialized yoga therapeutics training with Manouso Manos and Lois Steinberg.   You can find her popular blog on Facebook: The Daily Yoga Forecast.






November 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
November 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm