Culture and Yoga Retreat to Northern Italian Vineyards

Sep 30 – Oct 7, 2017
Piedmont, Italy

Join Joan in the beautiful hills of the Monferrato in Piedmont nestled deep in the wine country of Italy. The “Noceto Michelotti Country House” is situated an hour away from Milan, Turin, and Genoa and few minutes drive from Acqui Terme. Immerse yourself in the classic Italian culture…the country house is located in a breathtaking valley. In the fall, the surrounding vineyards transform into a rainbow of colors with shades of reds, yellows, and browns. Within the sacred harmony of nature, as the sun rises, experience the sweet morning run of deer and fawns. The house offers charming rooms and apartments, designed with character, furnished with local charming style. All accommodations incorporate amazing views of the surrounding hills and vineyards. The house also offers common space to unwind, lush gardens, patios and a heated pool. Enjoy two yoga and meditation classes each day, along with all meals, including healthy vegetarian and fish options with an Ayurvedic flavor. Excursions include walks, hiking, a visit to the Roman town of Acqui, a visit to the famous wineries and cellars of the region and a full day excursion to the nearby Italian coast of Liguria. There will be optional wine tasting, ample opportunity for deep rest and relaxation by the pool with as well as massage offered daily. Come celebrate Italian culture with a tribe of like-minded people and find your bliss in the lush country of Italy! 

Noceto Michelotti Retreat Center

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New Years Eve Retreat in Central California

December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Santa Margarita, California

Ring in the new year with like-minded yogis in a peaceful sanctuary in beautiful Central California. Escape routine at this rustic, 163-acre private retreat center surrounded by the picturesque Santa Margarita foothills. Featuring a stunning pool, dedicated yoga room, a 6,000 square foot main lodge and eco-friendly barn, the ranch combines the magnificence of California’s nature with cozy, comfortable accommodations.

Deepen your physical practice with daily practices ranging from flow to restoratives, and explore beyond asana with meditation and pranayama. We will create vision boards, set intentions, honor a day of silence and gain clarity and calmness for the new year to come!

Prices range from $995 to $1295 for private or shared.
Space is limited!

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Yoga Pilgrimage to Nepal 

Mar 14 – 27, 2018
Katmandu, Nepal

Our spiritual journey begins in the foothills of the Himalayas. During our trek, we’ll practice yoga and meditation each morning before heading to our next destination. We’ll visit temples, witness Tibetan culture, and even sleep at monasteries and nunneries.

Join us on an unforgettable trip lead by Joan, an avid world traveler who has spent over a decade in this part of the world and, Sisse Budolfsen, a meditation teacher who lives in Katmandu. This will be the trip of a lifetime where we’ll focus on the beauty of life and the importance of keeping an open heart. 

Space is limited!

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Mexico Retreat

May 24 – 29, 2018
Memorial Day Weekend
Playa Viva Retreat, Mexico

Soak up the tranquility of nature and delve into your yoga practice with Joan over the Memorial Day weekend at this award-winning 200-acre nature reserve located on a pristine private beach on the Pacific coast of Mexico. This luxury sustainable boutique hotel is just 30 mins from the airport, yet feels incredibly private and boasts a turtle sanctuary, archaeological site, and permaculture farm. Escape from the daily stresses of life and enjoy the quietness of this lovely property tucked away in a remote part of Mexico in a unique setting where you can deeply connect with nature. Enjoy delicious and healthy meals made fresh from the retreat center’s organic garden by their friendly staff. Days will begin with a two-hour practice followed by restful afternoons by the beach, massage, horseback riding, or nearby excursions. Afternoon practices will be more workshop style offering pranayama and meditation followed by restful evenings and a family style meal. All rooms have gorgeous ocean views, use traditional open-air construction to capture the ocean breeze and are decorated with local materials to the highest standard of artistic craftsmanship. Recharge over your Memorial Day Weekend and share the bliss that yoga retreats offer with like-minded yogis in an amazing paradise.

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Ibiza Yoga Retreat

Sep 22 – 30, 2018
Ibiza, Spain

Coming soon!


“Joan’s extensive travel experience, great sense of humor and ability to connect with foreign cultures at a deep lever make her an ideal international yoga retreat teacher. Her retreats consistently sell out and are a testimony to these qualities. Her commitment to having fun along the way makes working with her a total joy”

– Michelle from International Yoga

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Joan Blogs about her Retreats

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