About This Event
Themed on the Five Elements and Balanced Rock’s unique curriculum, this 5-day Yoga Immersion will offer daily asana, meditation, pranayama, philosophy and more in some of the most iconic locations in Yosemite. We will deepen our relationship with the Five Elements as expressed through our yoga practice, in our bodies, and by the planet that sustains us.
Tentative Schedule of the Week
October 2 Earth Element: Setting the foundations for our practice
October 3 Water Element: Breathing into the flow
October 4 Fire Element: Igniting the core
October 5 Air Element: Opening the heart
October 6 Space Element: Connecting to sacred sound
General Daily Schedule
6:30 Morning Practice
7:30 Breakfast on your own
8:30 Depart for field trip and hike to outdoor studio
9:30 Yoga Asana (physical practice)
12:00 Lunch (please pack a lunch for each day)
1:00 Anatomy and Physiology OR Yoga Philosophy
2:00 Yoga Asana (physical practice)
3:30 Questions, Discussion, Review and/or Journaling
4:00 Return to Evergeen Lodge
5:00 Dinner on your own
7:00 Evening Program
*Please note times are approximate and will vary based on field trip location, weather and needs of the group.
Everyone is welcome!
This Immersion is perfect for those wanting to deepen their personal yoga study, continue their education as a yoga instructor, or seek a new perspective on yoga from the natural world.
Participants are welcome to attend this program as a retreat, attend as continuing education for 40 hours with Yoga Alliance, or attend as the first portion of our comprehensive 200-hour WildYoga Teacher Training.
Our faculty will be joined by special guests to create a unique and powerful training. The course will be authentic and tempered to the needs of the students. Class sizes will be small with abundant instructor attention available for each student. Participants will leave the WildYoga Intensive with a strong take-home asana practice, meditation and pranayama techniques, an understanding of the major philosophies of yoga and a solid, fun-loving yoga kula (community).
Payment & Pre-requisites
Tuition assistance is available. Payment plans are available for a small additional administrative fee. Please email (contact info blocked) or call (contact info blocked) if you would like to arrange a payment plan.
Space is limited. Advance course registration required. Full payment or an initial deposit of $350 will reserve your spot. Full payment is due before the course begins on October 2nd, 2019 unless otherwise negotiated. Please review our cancelation and payment policy.
Food and accommodation are not included in the course tuition. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements.
Excellent instruction from experienced certified trainers, an instruction manual, continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance, and the opportunity to spend time in stunning locations with wonderful company.
Transportation to and from your hometown to Yosemite, park entrance fees, accommodations, food, required reading, and personal items.
Cancelation Policy available here
Balanced Rock integrates the wonder of the natural world with the beauty of humanity through reflection, yoga and adventure. I am nearly complete with my 200 hour Yoga teacher training through BR and I am consistently impressed with the level of time and attention this organization puts into developing teachers and longtime learners of yoga and life. ~P.J. S.
Venue HighlightsOur staff and instructors are a fun group of inspired mountain adventurers who have honed their skills living and loving life in connection with wilderness. Accomplished musicians, artists, naturalists, yogis, healers, chefs, and free-spirits Balanced Rock instructors have a knack for making people feel super safe and comfortable in the mountains. We strive to help people feel capable and competent in their own selves in the wilderness through our competent, attentive guidance.
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
DirectionsEach course explores a different region of the Park. With our staff of resident Yosemite experts, we specialize in visiting less crowded, yet stunningly beautiful corners of the Park. We have decades of collective experience in exploring Yosemite National Park, and have a wide range of hidden sanctuaries, secluded lakes, outdoor granite-slab yoga “studios”, and comfortable campsites in our routes and itineraries. If you want to also see some of the more popular icons and destinations, there is ample time at the beginning and end of each course.
Once you complete your registration for a course, we will send you detailed directions and a map to the meeting place for your course. This will usually be a campground inside the park boundary on the Tioga Pass Road.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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Kristin Huss August 16, 2019
This trip couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I was finally able to quiet my heavily distracted and fast paced mind with the guided meditations and yoga poses taught by Jana. She meets you at your level and provides you with a variety of meditation styles to take home and practice whenever you like. Patrick prepared the best meals for the group and even snuck in a sweet dessert once in awhile. Overall, this retreat was much needed and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. The connections that were made on this trip will stay with me for a lifetime and I look forward to my next trip with them.
Endria Richardson August 05, 2019
I've been backpacking and climbing for over nine years, and this was one of the most special, healing, and joyous backpacking trips I've ever been on. I really loved spending time in the mountains with women of color--sharing space to talk about our experiences, joys, and pains in the outdoors, and cultivating the healing that comes with being heard and seen (and from plunges in freezing alpine lakes). Thank you to the trip leaders, Grace and Miho, for holding such beautiful space, and to Balanced Rock for providing this magical and necessary space!
Andrea Gallego Jacobo July 30, 2019
My yoga and backpacking retreat, couldn't have gone any better, this was a life changing experience were reconnecting to nature and spirit was the key, the instructors (Breezy and JP) are absolutely exceptional yoga instructors, they care tons about the welfare of the group, the food was super healthy and convenient, meditations were beyond my expectations, the place was fantastic and the instructors were super knowledge of our surrounding environment. ***** 5 stars Highly Recommended :)!!!!!
Jessie Copeland June 05, 2019
I attended the Writing from the Heart retreat. From the moment I stepped into the campsite, I felt loved, welcomed, and safe. Our yoga practices were centering and our writing time helped me to reignite my love of writing. Heather Sullivan was an amazing leader. I am so thankful for my time in Yosemite. The peace and rest I found there are truly indescribable.