My next retreat is February 22-24th, 2019. Find details and sign up here!

I've been facilitating retreats for over 6 years and it is an always evolving and amazing experience! Retreats are held at a beautiful 11 acre private retreat center and are 3-5 days long. Participants engage in yoga and dialogue, opening up an opportunity for exploration and self-knowledge. Yoga will be used as an avenue to create space for the mind and body to facilitate deeper learning. From the sense of health and well-being that yoga cultivates, can we explore the deeper issues of what it means to be human — to know ourselves in a fresh, holistic way. We ask the question: Is it possible - through listening and direct observation of body, breath and mind - to slow down the automatic processes of conditioning and come upon a new sense of order in the mind?

Some of us on our Saturday afternoon hike up to the Los Padres National Forest / Horn Canyon Trail

Some of us on our Saturday afternoon hike up to the Los Padres National Forest / Horn Canyon Trail

You’ll explore the connection between mind, body, and life, through yoga and dialogue. This is an opportunity to examine Krishnamurti’s works through a refreshed lens as one engages the body and brings the full self into the inquiry.  These programs are not about somehow understanding Krishnamurti more deeply through the practice of yoga. Instead, they are about utilizing the practice to come into the body and begin to pay attention to it. When the body is tuned into, there is a quality of awareness and attentiveness that is brought to the inquiry. This kind of attention can bring about a unique sense of openness and connection.

Vicki & Kevin yoga retreat 2013

Vicki & Kevin yoga retreat 2013

There will be daily yoga practices, a hike in the surrounding mountains, silent sittings, vegetarian meals, and open discussions.  This program is facilitated by Francesca Michelle Gold, Yoga Therapist and E-RYT 500, who has had deep and lifelong contact with the work of J. Krishnamurti and received her teaching certifications through the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and Loyola Marymount University. She describes her teaching style as observation based, mindful, and meditative.

These retreats offer a space for reflection, questions, sharing, and observation through yoga and honest discussion. The intention is to create an opportunity where one can observe the intricacies of thought and look at deeper questions. We will practice yoga, exploring the coordination of movement with breath and turning our attention more deeply inwards to pay attention to the subtle movements of the body, breath and mind. We will listen to Krishnamurti on subjects such as sensitivity, relationship, meditation, intelligence, and transformation.

group photo 2013

group photo 2013

When we come together and practice yoga, we explore the coordination of movement with breath. We turn our attention more deeply inward to pay attention to the subtle movements of the body, breath, and mind. We listen to Krishnamurti on subjects such as sensitivity, relationship, meditation, intelligence, and transformation. And we sit together to explore these subjects through dialogue.

This event is suited for anyone with an interest in yoga and a willingness for inner exploration.

 

 

Participants from a 2018 retreat. We had people from Isreal, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Sweden, India, and all over California!

Participants from a 2018 retreat. We had people from Isreal, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Sweden, India, and all over California!

This program is a good fit for you if you…

…find it interesting to explore your inner world within the context of dialoguing with others.

…have interest in yoga.

…are a beginner yogi or seasoned practitioner. Classes are therapeutic and address all parts of a person, therefore, physical ability level doesn’t necessarily matter.

…are brand new to dialogue or are familiar with the approach. We all meet one another in a fresh way where we are at within the context of each dialogue.

Yoga during a 2017 retreat.

Yoga during a 2017 retreat.

 

Note that the first day we will discuss the process of dialogue and what it entails.

Open to all levels and abilities.

Read blog posts herehere, and here on this retreat!

Check out the YouTube video I created to invite people to join me on my next yoga retreat.


Testimonials from past retreat participants: 

“I want to thank you for the weekend and especially the “reintroduction” back to yoga for me. I can only do so much with stretching at home and this weekend has made me realize how much a classroom environment is beneficial. I drove home (4.5 hours – the yoga we did yesterday afternoon was great for that) and, after a shower, I dropped to the floor and practiced some of the poses we did. I like seeing my body become more flexible, even after just a short weekend of yoga. I want to explore even further. I enjoyed my first visit to the KFA and the weekend activities overall. Thanks again for making it a pleasant experience.” - Nic, two time retreat participant.

“Thank you for hosting a wonderful yoga retreat weekend. We had a great time in Ojai and have been encouraging others to take your next retreat.” - Shalimar and Julio in 2017.

"Thank you for creating such a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental space for us to have a healthy dialogue." - Rhett Walker, "Listening to the Unknown Retreat" March 2018.