California Yoga + Wine Retreat Nov 21- Nov 24, 2019
Santa Margarita, California
November 21-24, 2019
with Robin & Mark Penney
Robin & Mark Penney (husband and wife) are teaming up to offer a 4-day/3-night Yoga + Wine getaway in the wine country of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles in the Central Coast of California! Think of this as a pre-holiday-season rejuvenation to sink deeply into movement, mindfulness, organic and delicious food, and an unplugged countryside, all while exploring the fabulous wines of this gorgeous California region.
There’s more to California wine than Napa Valley, and Mark will show you the ropes through comparing Central Coast wines to those of other regions (France and beyond).
The yoga is meant to refuel and reconnect you to your body, breath, strength, and ability to MOVE and enjoy life. Functional movement within a breath-based flow practice is designed to promote graceful aging, getting up and down off the floor with ease, and exploring your range of movement. Meditation and other practices will be incorporated as well to help you sink deeply into this long weekend of self-discovery.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
Your home for this getaway is a boutique-style retreat sanctuary in Santa Margarita, California just outside of San Luis Obispo (halfway between L.A. and San Francisco).
Positioned on a majestic hilltop, surrounded by preserved land on the Central Coast of California, this sustainable family-run 45-acre property is the perfect place to get inspired and grounded.
There are lots of opportunities to explore this tremendous area of California: amazing vineyards, local towns, hiking, stargazing, and of course the ocean and the beach are just 30 minutes away.
A dreamy California destination, this retreat will refuel you for life at home.
Sagrada Wellness is a 100% solar-powered sanctuary, built with the principles of sustainability and planetary responsibility in mind.
Created and run by an architect husband and an acupuncturist wife, every detail at Sagrada is thoughtfully planned and manifested for a delightful and present experience in the here and now, in alignment with nature.
There is a saltwater pool (warm enough to swim in during the summer and spring…adventurous types might take a plunge in November!). There is also a hot tub, a fire pit, and several short hiking trails on the property to explore.
Sagrada features five private rooms with either queen or king beds. There is also a spacious and lovely communal space that sleeps 6. All accommodations feature shared bathrooms with plenty of space for all. Think of this as a community experience that feels like we are sharing one home, as we do our planet Earth.
The yoga and meditation room is fully stocked with props.
A wifi-free zone: though the cell phone service is excellent, you might consider unplugging and take a digital detox!
Organic and local, the cuisine is delicious, rustic, and vegetarian. We’ll be pairing local wines with dinner (and more!).
ACCOMMODATIONS + FEES
PRIVATE ROOM – SOLD OUT
Double Occupancy $1,195 USD Per Person
Single Occupancy $1,595 USD Per Person
Private rooms are located either in the main center or in the newly renovated Sagrada barn. Each room features a queen bed, comfy linens, and open onto spacious patios with gorgeous ranch views. Bathrooms (shared) are across the hall and are accented with Italian tiles, reclaimed barn wood from the property and modern waterfall showers.
Click HERE to view this room on the Sagrada Website.
Note: If you are booking this room for 2 people, please click the “Book this Room – Double Occupancy” button twice, to pay the deposit for each person separately.
PRIVATE Suite – 1 room left
Double Occupancy $1,395 USD Per Person
Single Occupancy $1,795 USD Per Person
This private suite is located in the newly renovated Sagrada Barn. This room features a king bed and a sitting area and opens onto a spacious patio with a view of the pool. The bathroom is shared with the other two private rooms in the Sagrada Barn.
Click HERE to view this room on the Sagrada Website.
Note: If you are booking this room for 2 people, please click the “Book this Suite – Double Occupancy” button twice, to pay the deposit for each person separately.
Communal ROOM – 3 spots left
Per Bed $995 USD Per Person
The Communal Room is a shared accommodation with six double beds in the sunny mountain vista room. Large outside patio with gorgeous views is the ideal space for journaling, chatting with new friends or meditating on all of Sagrada’s nature sounds. The communal room has a sitting area, plenty of cubby spaces for your clothes, toiletries and yoga gear and a large bathroom.
Click HERE to view this room on the Sagrada Website.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- 3 nights accommodation
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day within check-in and check-out times)
- 2 yoga classes per day (total of 6 yoga classes)
- Yoga props
- Nightly pre-dinner sparkling wine (1 glass)
- Nightly wine pairing with dinner (1 glass)
- Nightly wine flight – 2 tasting pours (comparison of local wines with other regions)
- All taxes included
What’s Not Included
- Ground transportation to Sagrada Retreat Center
- Travel and medical insurance
- Optional excursion to a local winery (more information to come, and participants will have the chance to register for this separately)
- Additional alcohol beyond included wines (though you are welcome to bring your own)
- Other excursions
- Acupuncture treatments
Sample DAILY ITINERARY
8:00 am Meditation (30 min)
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Morning Flow & Function Yoga Practice (90 min)
12: 00 pm Lunch / Free Time
4: 00 pm Evening Yoga (Chill / Restorative – 75 min)
6:00 pm Pre-dinner Bubbles (Sparkling Wine)
6:30 pm Dinner with Local Wine Pairing
7:30 pm Wine Flight
8:30 pm Jacuzzi & Stargazing
Click the links above to pay the non-refundable $400 USD deposit (PER PERSON) required to hold your spot.
Please note that there are a limited number of each room type.
Flights should fly in and out of either San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP), San Jose Airport (SJC), or San Francisco International Airport (SFO). We recommend renting a car if you’re flying into San Jose or San Francisco airports. You can hire a Lyft driver from the regional San Luis Obispo Airport to get to the retreat center if that airport works for your travel plans.
You may check in anytime after 2pm on Thursday, November 21. We’ll enjoy a post-travel yoga practice on Thursday evening at 4pm and then dig into dinner and our first wine tasting that evening.
Departure day is Sunday, November 24 at 12pm. Morning yoga practice and breakfast will be on the schedule for that morning before departure.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS & TEACHERS
Robin Penney is a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher based in Santa Cruz, California. She believes that mindful movement through the practice of yoga has the capacity to change the world, one practice at a time! Her 1×1 private sessions and group slow-flow Vinyasa classes are thoughtfully creative, full of variety, appropriately challenging to all levels, and guided by a strong connection to breath.
Robin’s teaching style is informed by her many years of practice and training in a variety of approaches. She completed her 200-hour training under the Anusara Yoga method in 2012, and went on to study Kula Flow with Wanderlust co-founder, Schyuler Grant. Then in 2016, she received a 500-hour advanced yoga teaching certification in the Alchemy of Flow and Form with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker. Most recently, her teaching is informed by evidence-based movement trainings from the world of biomechanics and exercise science.
Robin teaches international retreats in places like Costa Rica, Spain, Cuba, Santorini, and now California!
At this retreat, Robin will provide a tour of the body, breath, mind, and heart through the tools of functional movement added to the framework of the modern flow yoga practice and contemplative work. You’ll leave with ideas on how to nurture yourself daily through a practice that works for you, increase your controlled, pain-free range of motion, how to get down to the floor and up again creatively for graceful aging, a path toward greater strength to fuel living, and a deeper connection to your intuitive heart and soul.
A self-professed “Cork Dork,” Mark is an Architect by day, and a wine hobbyist by night. Mark’s interest in all things wine led him to complete the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) “Wine Fundamentals Certificate – Levels 1 and 2” in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and in 2016, he went on to complete the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) “Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits”, completing the course with distinction. Mark firmly believes that knowledge informs the palate, and he is enthusiastic about sharing what he has learned with anyone who is interested in wine. He also enjoys continuing to learn from others who know more.
Mark is particularly interested in the regional characteristics that manifest themselves in wine as a result of geography, climate, soil, and tradition. These things provide a context in which to taste, compare, contrast and understand the wine, resulting in a deeper appreciation not just for the wine itself, but for its intimate connection to place, and the people who produced it.
At this retreat, Mark will facilitate a wine experience that will expose you to wines from the local Central Coast area, and to wines from other parts of the world that are worthy of comparison. Through this comparison, you will learn a little about what you’re drinking as well as simply enjoy the wine.
TERMS + CONDITIONS
- A $400 USD non-refundable deposit (PER PERSON) is required to reserve your spot (ie, a double room requires 2 deposits).
- Payments can be made via credit card, PayPal, or cash/check.
- Travel Insurance is recommended for this trip.
- 50% of balance is due July 15, 2019
- The remaining balance is due October 15, 2019
- If payments are not received by the due dates your booking will be canceled
- Deposit and all payments are NON-REFUNDABLE: no exceptions.
- Participants must be at least 21 years of age
- If you cancel your booking by July 15, 2019, your deposit (less $75 USD) and other payments may be transferred to another retreat (within one year of current retreat), space permitting. Please note that the transfer can only be to another Robin Penney Yoga California retreat and NOT to a Nova Yoga International Retreat.
- Participants should have a regular yoga practice and be comfortable with a Level 1 class. The yoga and movement that Robin teaches is accessible to all levels, and will be offered in a way that will be appropriately challenging and nurturing, both to yoga newbies and to those who’ve practiced for years. We just ask that you be open to listening to your body, paying attention to sensations, and to trying new things.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to be an advanced yogi to join this retreat?
Absolutely not! The yoga and movement that Robin teaches is accessible to all levels, and will be offered in a way that will be appropriately challenging and nurturing, both to yoga newbies and to those who’ve practiced for years. We just ask that you be open to listening to your body, paying attention to sensations, and to trying new things!
I have dietary restrictions – is this retreat able to accommodate me?
Sagrada Wellness serves locally sourced, organic, vegetarian food and is 90% vegan; please email us to inquire about other dietary needs.
I don’t have anyone to go with – can you find me a roommate?
Due to the accomodation options at Sagrada, the Communal Room will be the best option for you in this case.
What's the weather like in November?
It will be pleasant during the day (average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and cool at night (can be in the mid to low 40s). Bring layers (sweaters, socks, scarves are great). Visitors to Northern California are frequently surprised at how chilly it can be when the sun isn’t up! It could always rain, but that’s not likely. Best to be prepared with an umbrella.
If I only drink white wine or red wine, can you accommodate me?
We won’t be able to provide a separate tasting flight based on everyone’s preferences. So those who enjoy both red and white wine and are open to trying new things will get the most out of this adventure.
Can I "party" on this retreat?
In a word, No. Though we will be serving wine as a component of this retreat, Sagrada is a family home and there are children who live on the premises. Quiet hours will be enforced. We ask that you conduct yourself responsibly and with grace.
Can I bring my kids?
This retreat will be an adult-only getaway. Participants must be over 21 years of age, due to the wine component for this retreat.
Do I need a passport?
Yes, if you’re traveling from outside the United States, you need to have a passport.
What's the best way to get to the retreat center from the airport?
Renting a car is a great option, especially if you’re planning to extend your trip to explore the beautiful state of California before or after the retreat. The best major airports to fly into are San Jose (SJC) or San Francisco (SFO). If you fly into San Luis Obispo (a regional airport), you can take a Lyft ride to the center. Please reach out with specific questions!
Anything else I should know?
Check out Sagrada’s list of FAQs HERE.
How can I reach you if I have further questions?
You can email us at [email protected] or call 831-713-6533 (Pacific Time Zone).
The week was amazing under Melanie and Robin’s leadership!
I don’t really know how you could improve it. I came away feeling happy, refreshed, well nurtured and generally shiny and new! So thank you so much to you both for a wonderful week which I shall never forget, and which will keep me coming back for more.
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