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Zen Den Yoga School

Zen Den Yoga School offers pampering yoga retreats, enlightening 200-hour YTT, fun dynamic yoga workshops, spiritual growth, health, and wellness to everyone.

Instructors 2

Ira Schneider

Ira started to practice yoga consciously in 2007. He says consciously because, after getting his 200-hour certification, he realized there were many parts of yoga besides the physical practice. These other paths of yoga (pranayama, meditation, and positive thought), he had already been practicing from the time he was a little boy. This inward feeling of something larger than himself was always present through his years as an entrepreneur, teacher, consultant, and individual being.

School Yoga Institute (Yoga)

Valerie Leeds

Valerie is a certified bodywork and energy therapist for two decades. She is also Dr. Sears certified health coach and previous owner of lifestyle center personal training studio in Soho, New York City. Valerie Leeds developed a wellness and food program called H. E. A. R. T. which stands for healthy eating always a real treat, designed to help you improve your eating and well-being.

Reviews 28


from United States, February 2018

"there web sight needs up dating with photos "

the one on one with instructor learned alot

Lona Alia

from United States, February 2018

"Everything I was looking for and much more"

This was an amazing retreat. I did the meditation and yoga retreat for 5 nights and 6 days. I was in a sharing room. First for the price that I paid I got an amazing vacation, healthy meals (breakfast and lunch), acupuncture, energy healing, personalized yoga and meditation each morning including one day at the beach at sunrise. You can not beat this place for the price really. I looked at other retreats and they are were super expensive. Now if you are expecting Canyon Ranch which is $1700/night you will not get it here because you pay so much less. But if your expectations are in line with the price you pay you will be very very happy.

Ira and Valerie are kind, patient, informative, caring. I really loved the time I spent with them but I also loved the time I spent on my own biking to the beach, meditating, reading countless books from their library on self development meeting other great guests and enjoying the sun.

Five stars all around.

Jaimi Vajda

from United States, November 2017

"exactly what I was looking for!"

Ira and Valerie are gracious hosts. I instantly felt welcomed by them and their students. I had the pleasure to be there while they lead a group of six students in a 200hr instructor training course. They encouraged me to attend as many classes alongside their students. I was so happy about that because I wanted to learn all I could in the brief time I had. It was a very comfortable place to be (inside and outside of the classroom). It was clean and located in a wonderful area. Close to everything! I loved beach meditation, the intentions we set, the learning processes we all experienced and shared with each other. It felt like an open and safe place. The scheduled Acupuncture appointment was amazing and the Doctor is nice knowledgeable. The pool and hot tub we're awesome! Thank you for everything!

Diane Christiansen

from United States, July 2017

"More than I expected!"

Ira and Valerie are a great team and have so much to share with students and retreat guests alike. I was able to learn so much more to further my yoga practice, and the breathing techniques we were taught also helped immensely. The shamanic breath work was a Life changing experience that I will be forever thankful for. The people I met there made the whole retreat experience all that sweeter. Thank you Zen Den for changing my Life!

Elise Pak

from United States, April 2017

"Amazing spot for yoga, meditation, and relaxation"

Val and Ira were such pleasant hosts and I felt like I got the relaxation I was seeking.

Carmen Crowley

from United States, March 2017

"Amazing experience"

It was more than I expected. I wanted meditation, yoga and some get away time. I got that and more. New friends and experiences that I will never forget. I'm taking a piece of them home with me. Ira is an awesome yoga instructor with such a great energy. His instruction is thorough and very easy to follow. He can quickly detail the important areas to focus on and your breathing. His voice and energy are so comfortable and supportive. Loved it and would recommend it to others.

Fernanda Alvarez

from United States, October 2017

"Excelente!!; 100% recomendable"

Me encantaron las clases, los batidos detox (verde y sobre todo el de proteina) y la casa, espaciosa, limpia, con ambiente tranquilo. Además es un lugar muy central por lo que cuando uno queria salir a conocer era facil desplazarse

Anna Ilkovics

from Belgium, April 2017


Les quelques cours de yoga que j'ai eue étaient bien, la "massage" (energy healing) et l'acupuncture étaient super.

Norma Tejada-foster

from United States, December 2017

"Great place to reset your life"

Ira and Val make a great team. There were so many opportunities to learn to open my heart and heal from my recent life hurts. I liked Val's support in helping me change my diet and loved her support with realigning my energetic balance. The morning meditations outside on the deck were wonderful!

Anastasiia Makarova

from Russia, September 2017

"Yoga escape "

If you want to become a real yoga teacher , come here ! Very comprehensive program.

Tyler Reaux

from United States, September 2017

"Ah Ho"

I liked the atmosphere that Ira and Valarie provide. It really feels like home there once you're settled in. I also liked all that they had to share about Yoga and Health. There are so many things to learn and love here.


from United States, June 2017

"Different than expected but a great learning experience."

The yoga philosophy class and the breathwork class were both fantastic and the highlight of the retreat. I also loved the early morning beach meditation, the massage and energy work. The group of students living in the house while I was there were all lovely, incredibly welcoming, and promoted very positive energy. The food on offer in the area - while a bike, long walk or Uber ride away - was delicious. The house we stayed in had sufficient facilities and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful - I asked several questions and they were all followed up. The pool in the backyard was great for the Florida heat!

Lucie Tabor

from United States, April 2017

"Great little getaway!"

I got to join in on yoga classes along with yoga students. Met some very interesting people.

Armenia Gyalog

from United States, April 2017

"This is not a retreat in any means. "

I liked Valerie

Carolina Laursen

from United States, July 2017

"Super recomendadisimo!! Volveremos pronto"

Valerie and Ira were the best host in the world! We learned a lot in just 4 days!!

Testimonials 5

Christine Hurta

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Experience @ Zen Den

Transforming, enlightening - mind/body/spirit connection, finding the soul/self. I enjoyed the teaching/experience/hospitality. The retreat center & studio are super cute! Great enviroment! Met so many amazing people & felt like a little family here. Unity <3 Helpful tools to cope with mental/physical/emotional pain - lots of release through energy work/shamanic breath/practice. Teaching Vinyasa to the class I felt confident & supported - instructed well! Continued journey to the Self. Lovely experience/yoga teacher training. Fun and light hearted.

3 things that could improve:

Treat all students equally, be careful with favorites.

2. Make sure to give all Juice Plus info not to be misleading. Make clear that it’s not vegetarian & that 3 additional installments will automatically come out (that they have your card info)

Be careful with appropriate/inappropriate comments - be professional - certain students won’t mind but others will who will potentially mention these things in reviews.

Tell students ahead about additional activities involving more. Grateful for the experience!!!

Daniela Romero Montes

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Thank you for the hospitality! I felt welcomed and very happy. Congrats on what you are doing. You all are amazing.


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Zen Den Yoga School has been a very unique and unforgettable experience for me.

Having lived a single life for many years, I thought it might be challenging to live in a house with 4 otehrs; however I have loved every moment of sharing, what I have become to consider, a home.

The deep and close connection during the yoga practise, meditations and workshops have lifted my spirits and I surprised myself when I took the plunge to ride a bike for the first time in forty years! This was very empowering and I intend to continue to do this when I return to the UK.

Sum the experience up as a journey, within a journey, within a journey.


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One of my best memories thus far at Zen Den Yoga School occurred during the second week of the intensive teacher training program. After having spent all day in the studio practising our breath work and Vinyasa sequence, a few of us decided to study after hours at the beach.

Being one who learns by doing, I took my practise to the shoreline, alone. After spending nearly two hours practising the sequence and cues that Ira had been teaching us for the past 2 weeks I walked upshore and returned to the group.

I could see that they were excited to tell me something. The girls approached me with pictures, showing me that I had inspired several individuals to go into yoga poses on their own, behind me as I practised. This deepened my desire and inspired me further to become a yoga teacher.

Alex Bourguignon

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I was not convinced I was ready or even wanted to do yoga teacher training, I did not think I would be the right fit or have the ability and wasn’t planning on teaching afterwards, just having the experience to improve my own personal practise. Now at the end of the month I have changed in a way I wasn’t expecting. Starting with Val and Ira and the other twelve people in my class, they shared and opened up with so much trust, love and respect that is hard to find. This was an intense month with many ups and downs but the environment at Zen Den is contagious and everyone is so positive and supportive, after the first few days we all felt like family. This was much more than what I was expecting. I did not just enhance my knowledge of postures and sanskrit words, but really learned a lot about all the mind, body, and spirit yoga truly is. I’m leaving with more confidence and with the desire to teach and share that I did not have before. This was a life-changing experience and I am so grateful and feel so privileged to know the beautiful people here and to have so many memories. Namaste.