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Personal Yoga Retreat California

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary offers a simple, natural environment on a secluded and charming stretch of the Sierra Nevada foothills that places you in harmony with nature and a healthy foundation to practice God-centered living. This personal retreat is ideal for those who have their own spiritual routines, or those who want support in developing some. You have the freedom to take the experience at your own pace.

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  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 2 meditation sessions a day
  • Enriching recreational places
  • Maintaining a flow of sadhana (spiritual practice)
  • Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits from the garden
  • Informal and homey atmosphere
  • Diverse wilderness around
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodations include 13 feet yurt style cabins. These are small but very nice, full of sunlight, and big on views. There is a spare bedroom available in the main house, where Naomi resides, alongside a shared guest bathroom that is accessible to yurt guest from the exterior. An outdoor bathroom with two sinks and two showers fed by solar-heated water lines is available for use in the summer months as is a comfortable, compostable outhouse.

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary has tent platforms and some other sweet tent sites spread throughout the property. They like to have long-term residents tent when possible to keep the cabins open for retreats and workshops. Nearly half the year is perfect for tenting at their elevation. The retreat center serves as both the facility for visiting guests and as a sustainable homestead for the current long-term residents and co-founders.

The facilities in general are simple; this is not a polished yoga resort. No saunas, hot tubs or lavish studios, just enough comfortable space to gather for meals, classes or events, and a wild and diverse wilderness around us to enjoy. Think high-vibration rural homestead, with a touch of elegance.


  • A large, booming garden or orchard that yields much of the food year round
  • A lending library of spiritual books
  • Artesian well flows with sweet water
  • Fully equipped garden-kitchen with plenty of organic produce, grains, and tea
  • Solar panels that provide electricity


Taking a personal retreat is the most popular way of experiencing the sanctuary. While allowing for an informal stay on the land, guests have the option to partake in any and all activities that are happening on site, as well as joining in on scenic daytrips. Daily yoga classes, group meditations, instruction in meditation, and evening classes on yoga theory are some of the on going events that are available.

Spend the days at the Sanctuary in any way you want to achieve personal spiritual goals. Get the perfect start to your day by joining the Sanctuary's meditation practice from Monday to Friday at 06:00 to 08:00 and on Saturday and Sunday at 07:00 to 10:00. Throughout the day, you are free to practice your personal spiritual and meditation routines without interruption. If you prefer to meditate in seclusion, the Sanctuary will accommodate your preference by serving your meals to you in seclusion. The Sanctuary will provide any support it can to ensure you have a retreat tailored to your needs and preferences.


Jamie Van Ess
Jamie is a co-founder of Pleasant Valley Sanctuary and has been serving, teaching, and growing there since 2002. He currently directs the Yoga Life internship program as well as leading frequent silent retreats. In the late 90s, he received training on the Kriya yoga path from the two organizations that openly share Kriya yoga initiation in the Yogananda tradition, here in the West.


Pleasant Valley Sanctuary is located on a secluded and truly charming stretch of the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. Adjacent to state park land, the retreat acreage is a scenic blend of meadows, seasonal creeks with waterfalls, and picturesque views of the rolling foothills that line the Yuba river canyon. The atmosphere is informal and homey, appealing to those who do not feel drawn to organized settings.


Meals are lovingly prepared and delicious, consisting largely of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, carried from the garden to the kitchen. The meal plan is influenced by Ayurvedic principles and most of any special dietary need can be accommodated. Guests are well fed with food full of life force that is simple and easy to digest. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary has become accustomed to getting enthusiastic compliments on their meals. Please contact Pleasant Valley Sanctuary for more information on special dietary requests.

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Going to the Yuba River which is only a couple miles away.
  • Hiking opportunities abound with a seldom used gravel road winding through the scenic Bridgeport state park.
  • Visiting a number of sacred spaces on-site, including the main temple or yoga studio and a private cave, that carries a very deep vibration from many hours of intense meditation over the years. These spaces are a huge support for meditators at any level.

Spa treatments

Massage therapy

A variety of massages and therapeutic services are available upon request for an additional cost. These services include:

  • Swedish massage ( 90 USD for one hour, 150 USD for one and half hours, 180 USD for two hours)
  • Thai massage ( 90 USD for one hour, 150 USD for one and half hours, 180 USD for two hours)
  • Therapeutic massage ( 90 USD for one hour, 150 USD for one and half hours, 180 USD for two hours)
  • Mayan abdominal therapy ( 90 USD for one hour, 150 USD for one and half hours, 180 USD for two hours)
  • Nervous system rebalance ( 90 USD for one hour, 150 USD for one and half hours, 180 USD for two hours)

An additional setup fee may be charged for certain therapist. All massage services are available according to the availability of the therapist. Advance notice is required to book these services.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Access to a large, booming garden and orchard
  • Access to a lending library of spiritual books
  • Access to the community room with tea and snacks available
  • Daily brunch and dinner made from fresh, organic vegetables and fruits from the garden
  • Daily yoga classes and meditation sessions
  • Linens
  • Maintaining a flow of sadhana (spiritual practice)

How to get there

Driving directions from the south, through Sacramento

  • Go to Auburn on 80 and take 49 toward Grass Valley, Nevada City.
  • At Grass Valley, take 20 toward Marysville.
  • The second intersection with traffic lights is Pleasant Valley Road.
  • Turn right and go all the way down to the Yuba River. Once you see the river, you are about two miles away.
  • Continue up the other side of the canyon for a couple miles and Rices Crossing road will be on your left.
  • Turn and they are the first property on your left with a big sign.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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