Awaken Your Inner Hero 3-days Yoga Retreat in Montecito, CA

About This Event

As Mother Nature sheds its leaves and renews us with its Fall harvest, you're invited to expand your mind, listen to your body's truthful messages and ignite your spirit to reawaken your inner power.

Join certified Yoga instructor Michelle Chua and inspirational writer Dr. Elaine Gale for a dynamic yoga, meditation and reflective writing weekend retreat to brighten your perspective and activate your personal intentions for the fall season. We'll practice morning and evening yoga, hike the surrounding trails, eat delicious organic cuisine, reflect through journaling and conversation and enjoy free time to explore Casa de Maria's peaceful grounds-freshwater swimming pool, massage, labyrinth, gardens and more.


(Please note:
Program may change. All activities are optional).
4:00-5:00 pm: Check in, welcome tea and orientation
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner
7:30-9:15 pm: Welcome Circle, Restorative Yoga
and Meditation with Michelle
8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am: 'Quiet the Mind, Fill the Heart:
Lessons from the Itty Bitty Shitty Committee'
with Dr. Elaine Gale
10:15-11:30 am: Yoga and Meditation with Michelle
12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm: Free time/optional activities: Wine
tasting, labyrinth, massages & bodywork, nature
walks and stroll in the botanical garden, etc.
4:00-5:30 pm: Group Hike
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner
8:00-9:15 pm: Restorative Yoga and Meditation
with Michelle
8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast
10-11:30 am: Closing Circle, Yoga & Meditation
with Michelle


Vegan, Vegetarian, Vegetarian (Fish only), Non-vegetarian (Regular or No Red Meat) are available. We can accommodate any health restrictions or allergies as well. Please fill up your meal choice on the registration form.


Choose from a shared room (double or triple occupancy) or private single occupancy.


La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located in Montecito, which is an hour and 20 minutes drive (76 miles) from Los Angeles/Northridge.


Michelle Chua | Retreat Leader

Certified Yoga Instructor Mary Michelle Chua integrates her experiences as a dancer, trail runner and credentialed schoolteacher to clearly lead a graceful blend of breath-led Vinyasa Flow with strengthening expansive yoga postures focused on mindful body alignment. Attentive to diverse levels and needs, her classes leave you feeling invigorated and centered-- ready to share positive energy with the world around you. A yogi since 2001, she received her yoga certification through YogaWorks in 2010, after rehabilitating from yearlong dance injuries and volunteering as a teacher abroad for 14 months immersed in a challenging personal yoga practice. Her love for nature and culture inspired her to start Root 2 Rise Yoga, through which she leads community events and international yoga retreats based on the mission: Root down by deepening your connection to your body, mind and breath to rise in wellness, universal consciousness and connection to the global community.

Dr. Elaine Gale | Guest Instructor

Besides being a free-range spiritualist, Elaine Gale is a California-based writer, professor, comedian, speaker, workshop leader, trainer and journalist who co-founded the nonfiction literary series TrueStory and loves artists, writers, community, humor, play, possibility, healing, exploring and learning. She holds a doctorate in human communication from University of Denver, a masters of fine arts in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Dr. Gale is a tenured professor in communication and journalism at California State University, Sacramento, and serves as the writing center director for Antioch University's PhD program in leadership and change.}

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