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  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center Ratna Ling Retreat Center
  • 35755 Hauser Bridge Rd. Cazadero, CA 95421 United States
  • Oct 31 - Nov 17, 2019 (18 days)
  • $3,950.00 - For a twin bed in a shared cottage (up to 4 guests per cottage) $4,750.00 - For a private room with queen bed in a shared cottage (up to 4 guests per cottage)

About This Event

FIRE UPDATE: Ratna Ling Retreat Center remains unaffected by the fires with clean air. We will leave periodic updates here. We are planning to have Yoga Teacher Training begin on Thursday, October 31st, as planned.



Fully Accredited by Yoga Alliance

Shivakali Yoga offers a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, steeped in the ancient spiritual, philosophical and meditative traditions of Yoga, and grounded in modern anatomical studies, sequencing, and approaches to practice.

This 18-day Yoga Retreat offers students the lived experience of the teachings.  In addition to yoga anatomy and physiology studies, we will participate in meditation, ceremony, council, and selfless service, and explore what these practices & teachings mean for ourselves as individuals, and for our community as a whole.

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Whether you are interested in teaching your loved ones, earning an income as a Yoga instructor, or solely feeling called to deepen your personal practice, we welcome you to join us on this journey.


Uncover Your Deeper Self 


This training is rigorous and intensive, and attendance to all sessions is required to be considered for certification. Any missed sessions will require make-up work/hours.  *This program is also available for audit, for those interested in practicing with us without receiving certification.

Our Yoga Teacher Training in the Sonoma Redwoods progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and culminating with the crown.  

During the root segment, students will ground their intentions for teaching/practice, and learn the vast history of Yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric Lineages and contemporary Yoga Schools.  In the sacral chakra, we will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, and gain an overview of classical Tantra. As we progress through the navel chakra, we will explore Yoga’s connection with power, fire, and explore our work ethic & the business of Yoga.

In the heart, we encounter the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, as well as ceremony, prayer and healing.  We will connect in nature, and receive teachings on the heart of our practice. We share in men’s and women’s circles as a step in our process of uniting energies, wherein we also honor identifying with a group other than your assigned-at-birth gender and exploring the group you feel called to.  

Moving upwards into the throat chakra, students will learn about the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra & deity practices.  Progressing to the third eye, the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as we encounter an array of Yogic meditations, explore Yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence.  Culminating in the crown, trainees will receive kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, Yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.

Each of our 18 days will include a thorough overview in the anatomy/physiology of Yoga-Asana (postures), a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of major and minor poses, workshops on adjustments/alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching.  There is also time for you to be alone in nature, to reflect, hike, stargaze, and relax in quietude.  Bodyworkers and energy healers will be available to support your health and progress.

Come join us in the redwoods.


With Special Guest Teachers SERGE BANDURA AND MORE!



This 120-acre property has been blessed and empowered with a pure intention to serve all.  Inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the retreat center is named Ratna Ling, which literally means “Jewel Place”, a sanctuary for healing, wisdom, and expansion.  The elegant cottages and structures have been designed to be in harmony with the trees and nature surrounding them. Enjoy the beauty and sacred design of the timber-frame Lodge, Yoga Studio, and Meditation Temple.  All this, with tons of space to wander and roam with the resident deer, turkeys, hares, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will consist of wholesome organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, unique desserts, and healthy snacks/teas. Accommodations are spacious cottages with a deck and expansive views. There are options for a private room or shared space. Massage and Healing sessions will be offered daily during free time, for an additional cost by veteran practitioners.  The yoga retreat is located near Timber Cove, California.  You’ll find us in a redwood forest near the ocean, with the purest air and quiet you can imagine, in a majestic meditation paradise.

For those looking to teach, this Yoga Teacher Training in the Sonoma Redwoods will provide a vast, comprehensive tool-kit for teaching physical postures, breathing techniques, alignment, adjustments, as well as mantra, meditation, and more.  The principles we instruct can be applied to any style of yoga you feel compelled to offer.

For students looking to deepen their understanding, this will be a dynamic expansion of both knowledge and practice–a sincere exploration of what it means to truly practice YOGA.


We teach presence-based vinyasa, inspired by ancient traditions of meditation, mantra, ritual, and postures, and supported by modern studies of anatomy, physiology, psychology, and metaphysics.  Our practice serves first to awaken the body and move blocked energy, and then to soften the mind and nurture our inner being. Uniting the masculine + feminine aspects of practice, we find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind/root to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally and freely.




Fees must be paid in full by September 30th. $200 registration fee is non refundable.  Remaining balance is refundable up to 45 days before the event.  If canceling 30-45 Days before the event begins, 50% is non-refundable and the remaining 50% is transferrable to a future Shivakali Yoga event.


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Sample Daily Schedule:

6:00-8:00am: Morning Yoga Sadhana (Yoga, Meditation, Chanting, Arati)

8:00-9:30am: Breakfast Break / Seva (Chores)

9:30-10:45am: Class 1 (Anatomy, Methodology, or Philosophy Lecture/Discussion)

11:00am-12:15pm: Class 2 (Anatomy, Methodology, or Philosophy Lecture/Discussion)

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch Break

2:30-4:00pm: Posture Clinic

4:15-5:30pm: Practice Teaching Exercises

6:00-7:00pm: Dinner Break

7:00-8:30pm: Evening Program (Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Song Circle, etc.)


Sample Schedule (2nd Sunday):

9:00-10:00am: Walking Meditation

10:00-12:00pm: Heart Circle

12:00-5:30pm: FREE TIME

5:30-6:30pm: Dinner

6:30-7:30pm: Meditation & Pranayama

7:30-9:00pm: Spiritual Film

***We will have other short days to rejuvenate***

Testimonial from Shivakali 2018 Graduate

Shivakali YTT was transformative.  As a fitness professional of ten years, I was expecting a certification that covered anatomy, class programming , and progressions and regressions of postures. We got that, and so much more.  The experience shook my priorities: I was stressing about things that didn’t matter and neglecting things that did.  The 3 weeks at Ratna Ling with the Shivakali family was a much needed outlook and attitude reset, and since my time there I’ve been empowered to make some career and life changes that were long overdue and critical.  I’m happier now; I’m more relaxed, I feel more grateful about my day-to-day, I speak my truths (and that’s been working!), I’ve stopped self medicating, I’m making better money with a better tribe. The process was uncomfortable, but necessary.  I can’t recommend this program enough: go in yourself, come out your true self. 

-Aurora Christensen


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“A beautiful and serene retreat center. The setting is breath-taking. The food is delicious and the accommodations are clean, comfortable and exquisitely designed. A wonderful getaway to truly relax and escape from it all.” – Beth Berlin-Stephens, a Google review

Venue Highlights

Three miles from the beautiful Sonoma coast. Organic, vegetarian meals. 120 acres of redwoods, canyons, reservoirs, and wildlife. Sacred architecture timber cottages and communal spaces. Featured stupas, gardens, and temple empowered by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.


14 guest cottages on 120 acres of property. Each spacious, quiet cottage has 2 private rooms, with high ceilings and a deck with a view. Cottages include jet tubs (or ADA shower), towels, deluxe linens, refrigerator, tea kettle, coffee/tea, kitchen sink/counter, diningware, dining table, and living room with a stove fireplace. Free wifi available and a landline telephone.

Guests can choose to have an exclusive cottage for ONE person; a private room for ONE person in a SHARED cottage; or a cottage for TWO people. Any additional guest after TWO is $100 per person per night. Meals and classes included.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


All of our meals are organic and vegetarian, made with love and care.

We provide homemade yogurt and granola for breakfast. Lunches and dinners always include salads or salad bar. Each meal is self-served on a buffet table.


San Francisco International and Oakland International airports are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car. Alaska Airlines flies to and from Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling by car. Unfortunately, there are no shuttles that bring you directly to Ratna Ling, so it is best to rent a car or email us to support in coordinating a carpool with fellow retreatants.

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