The 9 Best Yoga Retreats in California

9 Best Yoga Retreats in California

There are several great yoga retreats located in California, from meditation, intensive, spiritual retreats, and more. In a state like California, there is no doubt you will find a yoga retreat that speaks to you and what kind you are looking for. Below are some quick details on what you can expect from the best yoga retreats in California.

Where to book your Yoga Retreats?

There are two major websites to use. We are working on a big comparison guide, stay tuned. The two best sites are:

The top destinations for California yoga retreats are listed below, so keep reading to find out more!

Your Shortcut:

  1. 3-Day Weekend Warrior Yoga Retreat in Santa Margarita
  2. 3-Day Detox, Sculpt and Yoga Retreat in Desert Hot Springs
  3. 6-Day AcroRocks New Years Adventure Yoga Retreat in Twentynine Palms,
  4. 3-Day California Running, Pilates, Wine Tasting and Yoga Retreat
  5. 3-Day Personal Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Cazadero
  6. 3-Day Learn How to Meditate Yoga Retreat
  7. 4-Day Yosemite Elements Yoga, Meditation, Spa, and Sound Retreat in Midpines
  8. 4-Day Silent Stay Meditation Retreat in Santa Barbara
  9. 8-Day The Healing Energy of Yoga Retreat

9 BEST YOGA RETREATS

We also wrote up big guides to top yoga retreats in Mexico as well as Costa Rica.

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Quick Introduction to Yoga Retreats in California

Types of Retreats: There are many kinds of yoga retreats offered in California from meditation, spiritual, holistic healing, and more! It would be ideal to know what goals you are wanting to reach in your yoga journey and choose the one that best fits you.

Yoga Styles: Every yoga retreat offers a combination of different yoga styles which could include: Ashtanga Yoga, Silent Meditation, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Bikram, and Kundalini.

Prices & Duration: Prices start from $114 to $4000 dollars depending on each yoga retreat offering daily rates to a set package of a few days or more. The duration of each stay can range from 1 day to over a week for the different yoga retreats in California.

New to Retreats? Read our full yoga retreats guide for beginners. We especially recommend reading:

  • How to book retreats (and websites to use)
  • What to pack for a retreat
  • How to choose a retreat you will ❤️

The 9 Best Yoga Retreats in California

Below we will list the 9 Best yoga retreats in California, USA that you can soon experience for yourself. With all of the contributions of the different styles, prices, and how long each stay is, you will get the chance to examine which retreats you could be interested in. When you find the one that is right for you then you will be on your way to plan and book your yoga retreat.

1. Writing and Yoga Retreat in California

1.1 Weekend Warrior Yoga Retreat in Santa Margarita (3-Days)

  • Retreat Center: Sagrada Wellness
  • Duration: Retreats start from 3 days to 7 days
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, Central Coast California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: From $1095

If you enjoy the open air, peaceful space, and achieving a positive lifestyle, then Sagrada Wellness may be for you. With 45 acres of sacred land, it is no wonder people come here from all over to see this unique destination for retreats. It is one of the best wellness retreats in California.

Sagrada is known for their boutique-style yoga retreats and is completely solar-powered using just the sun for an environmentally friendly place. Filled with colorful cuisines, and completely vegetarian you will feel natural, healthy, and at your best.

Offers all-inclusive yoga retreats for anyone of all ages, and yoga interests. With many different events, and great yoga teachers you will find a retreat here that speaks to you and your personal goals. Here you will find yoga retreats with writing, music, hiking, meditation, and even wine to spark curiosity.

The center has:

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor shower
  • Kitchen and laundry
  • Yoga Studio
Check Sagrada Wellness in Santa Margarita here

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2. Detox and Yoga Retreat in California

2.1 Detox, Sculpt and Yoga Retreat in Desert Hot Springs

  • Retreat Center: AZ I AM
  • Duration: Retreats start from 1 to 3 days
  • Location: Santa Monica, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: From $149-$775

Located in Desert Hot Springs California, This yoga center is a specific and unique yoga retreat that offers a spiritual detox for your mind, body, and soul. It is time to purify your blood, boost your circulation, and cleanse yourself with the spiritual detox sculpting that will have you leaving feeling purified.

AZ I AM offers two detox yoga retreats. A 1-day detox retreat and a 3-day detox yoga retreat.

1-day Detox Retreat

For those wanting a short stay, the 1-day detox retreat begins with a juice smoothie made with fresh-squeezed superfoods, followed by a hike in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains. After the hike, reaching the destination, expect a detox yoga class session followed by another detox juice smoothie. After hiking back you will enjoy a few hours at the small for the ultimate relaxation.

3-day Detox Retreat

The 3-day detox retreat provides a 3-day juice and soup cleanse added with popular superfoods. You will be guided in the Yoga Sculpting Fitness classes and going through a mind-body r-wiring class. This retreat offers 2 meditation sessions, cardio workouts, unlimited use of pools, and sound baths.

Check AZ I AM here
The 3-day detox retreat provides a 3-day juice and soup cleanse added with popular superfoods.
The 3-day detox retreat provides a 3-day juice and soup cleanse added with popular superfoods.

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3. Adventure Yoga Retreats

3.1 6-Day AcroRocks New Years Adventure Yoga Retreat in Twentynine Palms, California

  • Retreat Center: Yoga Squirrels
  • Duration: 6-day retreat
  • Location: Alabama Hills, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: From $425

Time to spend time with your fellow yogi for this climbing and yoga retreat. Enjoy your weekend of adventure with yoga, camping, and some climbing.

Expect a full staff of helpful guides from Yoga Squirrels that will lead you to sports climbing, bouldering, big-wall climbing, and more for 6 hours each day. All equipment is included, so you do not have to worry about bringing your own stuff.

Spend some time in the mornings practicing yoga that will prepare you for the day of climbing and meeting like-minded people for a full day of adventure. A campfire for the evening times and drinks will make for a great weekend.

This weekend yoga retreat California is ideal for beginners, intermediate, and advanced athletes, who will be splitting up into groups with different skill levels of interest and abilities.

Check Yoga Squirrels here

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3.2 3-Day California Running, Pilates, Wine Tasting and Yoga Retreat

  • Retreat Center: Body Flows
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Sonoma Wine Country, California
  • Skill level: Vinyasa Flows for all skill levels
  • Price: Starting from $895

Body Flows center is known for its yoga retreats involving yoga, hiking, and relaxing with a bit of wine in Wine Country. If you are a wine-drinking yogi who loves to hike, then this will be the perfect retreat made especially for you.

Offering wine, hiking, and yoga it is no wonder this retreat is popular for certain individuals, of course, you are not required to drink wine if you want to. Body Flows yoga retreat is a great weekend getaway for that needed weekend to enjoy yourself to the fullest with others in the same community.

Includes:

  • Colorful Cabin rooms country-style/Yurts/Glamping Tents
  • Fresh and local vegetarian food served 3 times a day
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub
Check Body Flows here

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4. Yoga and Meditation Retreats in California

4.1 3-Day Personal Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Cazadero, California

  • Retreat Center: Ratna Ling
  • Duration: Daily yoga sessions
  • Location: Cazadero, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: Starting from $750

Looking for meditation and yoga retreats northern California has to offer? Located in Cazadero, California, at Ratna Ling you will discover your special retreat. This location offers a variety of retreats for different interests and abilities that cater to what you are looking for in a yoga retreat.

Although ranging in different durations and prices, there is one thing that Ratna Ling provides for all; a relaxing and great adventure to continue your yoga journey feeling like a brand new person when you leave.

Retreats offered:

  • Wellness treatments
  • Self-Love
  • Care for YOU (reclaiming yourself)
  • Healing, mindfulness, and compassion
  • Weekend retreat
  • Breath, balance, and relaxation
  • Connected and centered yoga
  • Space and ease: A personal retreat
  • Saying “yes” to experience
  • Dharma college annual practice
  • The art of seeing
  • Courage and compassion
  • A weekend of self-care
  • 5-day yoga for teachers and yogis
  • Full presence mindfulness annual retreat
  • Yoga and the 6 paramitas
  • Self-exploration
  • The essence of yoga
  • Gratitude
  • Quiet spaces: A winter retreat
Check Ratna Ling Retreat Center here

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4.2 3-Day Learn How to Meditate Yoga Retreat California

  • Retreat Center: The Expanding Light
  • Duration: Daily Yoga Classes
  • Location: Sierra Nevada, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: Starting from $114

Focusing on inner strength, self-awareness, and reconnecting with your joy, The Expanding Light retreat is a personal and peaceful experience you will want to participate in.

For a more flexible retreat, you are able to come almost anytime of the year that can fit your schedule and stay as little or long as you like. It is your personal retreat so you get to have the privilege to accommodate yourself within your needs. They provide one of the best spiritual retreats California has to offer.

This retreat center offers you to enjoy:

  • Interacting with a spiritual community
  • 700 acres to appreciate nature
  • Conversating with spiritual seekers from all over the world
  • Vegetarian meals from fresh produce made from The Expanding Light’s own cookbooks and recipes
  • Personal Services that include: Spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions, and private/group therapy sessions
Check The Expanding Light here

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4.3 4-Day Yosemite Elements Yoga, Meditation, Spa, and Sound Retreat in Midpines, California

  • Retreat Center: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Midpines
  • Duration: Retreats start from 1+
  • Location: Midpines, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: From $75 a night

If you are looking for the great outdoors for a rustic style yoga adventure Yosemite Bug Rustic mountain resort will be the one for you. Here you will get the mountain lodge experience offering beautiful scenery while staying in log cabins with stilts.

Start every morning with a healthy breakfast prepared for the beginning of your day. You will be served lunch and dinner in the evening at their June Bug Cafe. Your time there will be practicing yoga, and delving into meditation and breathing techniques with their experienced teachers.

The spa provides for a calm and relaxing experience with access to the hot tub and sauna for your muscles. Perfect for the body after exploring the hiking trails.

Offers:

  • Private hotel-style cabins
  • Tent cabins
  • Hostel cabins
  • House rentals
  • Group facilities
Check Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort here

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4.4 4-Day Silent Stay Meditation Retreat in Santa Barbara, California

  • Retreat Center: Silent Stay
  • Duration: 2-9 days
  • Location: Santa Barbara, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome

Forget about all the noise, being overwhelmed, and focus on clearing your mind at this Silent Stay mediation retreat for anyone who is wanting to get away from all the craziness.

At Silent Stay, you will focus on the now, appreciating the silence that comes within, while enjoying the calmness of nature. You will be tuned in to your own feelings and thoughts without all the chaos and distractions. Just with a few days of peaceful silence can transform your perspective on life and yourself. Will will be able to grow your spirituality and continue your journey with a fresh mind and an open heart.

Get ready to heal yourself with quietness at Silent Stay retreat.

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5. Spiritual & Holistic Yoga Retreat

5.1 8-Day The Healing Energy of Yoga Retreat in California, USA

  • Retreat Center: Vendante Spiritual and Holistic Retreat
  • Duration: Retreats start from 4 days to 8 days
  • Location: Hot Springs California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome
  • Price: From $1000

 Located in Hot Springs California, the Vedante Spiritual and Holistic Retreat focuses on transforming humankind.

Vedante offers multiple retreats of different style events from relationship forming, body awareness, to full moon-gazing, and more.

What makes this holistic retreat is the farmland it is located on, focusing on building a community with spiritual awareness while learning agricultural techniques. At vedante you will become one with the environment connecting with other people with the same interest in nature, farming, provided with fresh produce, and more.

For any person of all ages, you will be able to:

  • Discover the wonders of nature
  • Explore ecological interconnections
  • Practic land stewardship
  • Learning agricultural techniques

If you have the vision of being open-minded to create a positive future, this holistic retreat may be for you.

Check Vedante Spiritual and Holistic Retreat here

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More Yoga Retreats Worth a mention

We have listed the best of the best yoga retreats California has to offer! Meditation yoga retreats flourish in California, which isn’t surprising considering the state’s reputation of American wellness culture and innovation. In fact, California is the ideal state in the United States for a yoga retreat because of the pleasant weather, breathtaking landscape, and wide range of yoga schools available.

Have some fun and enjoy exploring the list that we have compiled with you. This is the start of your endless adventure.

15-Day 200-Hour VIP Immersion Yoga Teacher Training in California

  • Retreat Center: Om at Home
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Location: San Clemente, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome

Om at Home will give you another level of experience. You will learn how to improve your range of motion and balance as well as your joint articulation, flexibility, and mind power. The Yoga Teacher Academy’s frameworks are meant to speed your learning so that you may develop your voice to teach others.

Every day, you will through a series of physical, mental, and spiritual transformations that will culminate in your discovery of your true self. A custom-tailored action plan to help you begin your yoga company will be provided by “Yoga Marketer,” the best yoga business training in the United States.

This is a call to action for you to go on a path of yogic living.

This retreat center offers you to enjoy:

  • Advanced yoga business training
  • 90 days of online yoga on demand
  • Guided yoga practices on three yoga traditions: Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin
  • Dedicated Yoga Teacher Training app and lifetime access to virtual yoga academy
  • Accommodations for 14 days
  • Cacao ceremony and drone photography
Check Om at Home here

3-Day Women’s Weekend Climbing, Camping, and Yoga Retreat in Joshua Tree National Park, California

  • Retreat Center: FIFTHclass Climbing School & Guide Service
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome

Take part in a unique yoga retreat in Joshua Tree National Park in the United States, where you will practise yoga and experience the excitement of climbing hundreds of vertical feet with breathtaking vistas.

Climbers of all levels will benefit from this retreat, whether they are beginners, intermediates, or expert athletes aiming to improve their performance. The morning yoga sessions will help you improve your mental concentration and awareness, as well as stretch out all of the climbing-specific muscles.

Acro-yoga classes will be available for anyone who wants to participate.

Check FIFTHclass Climbing School & Guide Service here

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4-Day Personal Yoga Retreat in Santa Barbara, California

  • Retreat Center: Santa Barbara California Yoga Center
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Location: Santa Barbara, California
  • Skill level: All skill levels welcome

If you’re searching for a short, personal yoga vacation, this is the place for you. Each retreat apartment in Santa Barbara has a kitchen and plenty of room for private sessions or group seminars.

Relax and enhance your yoga practise at Santa Barbara Yoga Center, one of the most popular yoga studios in California, which offers a range of sessions you may have never tried before.

At the Yoga Center in Santa Barbara, we strive to provide the finest possible yoga teaching in an exciting and uplifting environment. In-person and live-streamed courses are both now available.

Check Santa Barbara Yoga Center here

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4-Day Digital Detox Yoga Retreat: Move, Breathe, Laugh, Play and Learn to be Well in California

  • Retreat Center: SoCal Wellness Retreats
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Location: Ramona, California
  • Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate

SoCal Wellness Retreats retreats are hailed for being incredibly accessible while yet being difficult in all the right ways, according to its clients.

Their goal is for you to be able to see firsthand what a complete four days of living in the present now can accomplish for your well-being and your view on life in the future.

You will be provided with the tools necessary to raise your yoga and meditation practise and to experiment with new techniques such as breathwork and cold treatment. This feels like a luxury yoga retreat California.

It also includes airport transfer to San Diego International Airport.

Check SoCal Wellness Retreats here

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Cheapest Yoga Retreats in California

As mentioned in our introduction, prices range from anything between $114 to $4000. And as always, there are always cheaper options.

Besides checking the total price, it is also worth it to consider the following:

  • What exactly is included, such as
    • accommodation
    • meals
    • yoga sessions
    • other activities
    • transport
  • What is specifically not included
  • Where exactly is the retreat located? Is it easy and cheap to get there? This plays a role if you are planning to also eat in other restaurants or want to do other activities.
  • What is the duration, how many days?

With all that being said, if you want to find the most affordable yoga retreats in California, it is quite simple:

  1. Open BookYogaRetreats.com and BookRetreats.com with the full list
  2. Add your travel dates or time window
  3. Order by price

Simple as that.

Why do we recommend opening both sites? Well, there is no real indication that one site is cheaper than the other. We found good deals on both platforms.

Good to know: Please always check the descriptions in the listing, especially the part of “What is not included”.

We wrote a big guide on where to book yoga retreats. We compare BookRetreats vs. BookYogaRetreats, and more. Here we cover different websites, pros, cons and fees. It is a must-read.

Why choose a yoga retreat in California?

California is one of the most popular places in the U.S. People go there for the easy-going culture, fun vacations, and even yoga retreats. California can provide you with many yoga retreat options if you are looking to continue your spiritual journey in a place of great weather, outdoor activities, and more.

Take the time to reconnect with yourself and disconnect from your normal routine in sunny California. Yoga retreats allow you to perceive the world in a different light, and provide peace amongst yourself and others in the same community, and there is no better place than to spend that time in a place where all are welcome.

You may be wondering what a yoga retreat can do for you and here we will explain a few benefits you can expect from most retreats that you are considering.

  • Yoga retreats will improve your practice, gain knowledge of new information, and learn the philosophy that you can apply to your personal yoga practice.
  • You will have time to actually practice your mindfulness while disconnecting and reconnecting at your stay
  • Meeting like-minded people will have you feeling like you belong to a community where you can share your advice, your concerns and have great conversations.

Yoga is not just the physical poses you see in magazines, but going beyond the postures and the physical aspects of it opens up a spiritual philosophy. If you have developed a practice and a love for yoga, immersing yourself in yoga at a retreat may be an experience for your mind, body, and soul.

Where to book your Yoga Retreats?

There are two major websites to use. We are working on a big comparison guide, stay tuned. The two best sites are:

Find out more booking sites on this detailed guide.

All Yoga Retreats on a Map

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All our recommended Yoga Retreats:

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FAQ

Well,  this is already a super detailed article. I am sure that you already have your favorite retreat in mind! Below we list all the frequently asked questions.

What is the average cost of a yoga retreat?

Each yoga retreat has its own pricing structure ranging from $114 to $4000 dollars per person per day to a set package lasting a few days or more.

Can a beginner go on a yoga retreat?

The best approach to learn yoga is to join a beginner's retreat. There's no need to worry if you're entirely new to the activity or have never even set foot on a yoga mat or attended a yoga classroom before.

What is the purpose of a yoga retreat?

Retreats are meant to provide a breather from your everyday routine and an opportunity to disengage from everything else. Taking some time for oneself is a great way to reconnect with your inner self. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind and miss out on some much-needed down time.

Where to find Yoga retreats in California?

BookYogaRetreats and BookRetreats.com are the two best sites to find retreats in California. You can find the best yoga retreats in California easily at Hostelgeeks.com. We picked them by hand.

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