California Retreats

The Ashram Health Retreat
2025 N. McKain St.
Calabasas, CA

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Located north of Los Angeles, not far from Malibu Beach, The Ashram is a destination for renewing body and spirit, and caters to those who don´t mind working hard to achieve results. The six-acre property is  surrounded by eucalyptus trees, a garden, swimming pool, whirlpool, and a solarium for sunbathing. The Ashram´s owner, and its manager for 25 years, is Dr. Anne Marie Bennstrom who is committed to helping her guests attain a new level of mental, physical, and spiritual awareness. Be forewarned: Reaching these new heights involves serious physical challenges, and guests should be prepared to have their limits tested.

The week long program is limited to 12 guests, many of whom come for weight loss; it´s frequently described as “boot camp.” Although days start with 6:30 am yoga and stretch classes, the main activity is a hike along the scenic mountain trails that surround the property. These are lengthy: It´s not unusual for guests to hike more than 80 miles in any given week. After hiking, there´s an hour of free weights, an hour of exercise in the pool, then a final yoga class to round out the day. Guests are all on the
same activity schedule, which fosters a great sense of community throughout the week. In fact, one of the few private moments
enjoyed by guests is the daily hour massage. 
Simple accommodations are provided in a two-story ranch house, where
guests double up in rooms and share bathrooms. Dining is delicious and healthy — and very simple with low-calorie
vegetarian meals prepared daily. Guests are offered three vegetarian meals per day and the calorie count is incredibly
low. Though the Ashram is not known for pampering as much as for its rigorous style, loyal guests, including many major
celebrities, return again and again to this retreat.

2249 Somerset Road
Vista, CA 92084
(866) 1-866-SPA-HAVENS (772-4283)  • Local: (760) 945-2055  • Fax: (760) 630-0074

Cal-a-Vie, the Spa Havens, has long been known as the ultimate luxury resort spa. European spa and beauty treatments, healthy gourmet meals created by the finest chefs, and a week of fun and healthy exercise keep guests coming back time after time to our magnificent 200 acre retreat outside of San Diego in Southern California. 

You are about to discover an island in time, an exquisite oasis sheltered from the rush and competition of our daily lives. An intimate and luxurious retreat where all your needs-body, mind and spirit are considered and cared for by a staff committed to excellence and service. Enjoy the Cal-a-Vie experience, a week-long interlude dedicated entirely to you. In an environment
of peace and beauty, those interested in health and vitality will be inspired to make positive changes in their attitudes and
Unlike a day spa, Cal-a-Vie is much more than pampering. Cal-a-Vie is a vigorous retreat that helps you find the path to a higher and healthier relationship with your mind and body. A combination of physical activities tailored to your fitness goals and relaxing spa treatments that enrich and invigorate you, Cal-a-Vie is the ultimate spa. We welcome you. 

The Chopra Center for Well Being
7630 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
(888) 424-6772 • Local: (858) 551-7788 • Fax: (858) 551-7811

The Chopra Center for Well Being boldly explores new frontiers in the expansion of human consciousness through programs,
products, and services for the integration of mind, body, spirit and environment in health care, education, business and personal development. 
The Chopra Center offers a variety of services including yoga classes, day long spa services, multi-day programs on Emotional Ecstasy, Return to Wholeness, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Perfect Health.  Weekend programs include:
Enlightened Partnership, Enlightened Cooking, and the Shadow Process. 

All spa services are based upon centuries-old Ayurvedic therapies that support balance and bliss in your life. The revitalizing and therapeutic treatments offered are customized to your particular needs. Your therapist will use specific oils, herbs and aromas chosen to provide you with optimal balance and nourishment for your mind body constitution. All therapies are natural, gentle and delightfully pleasing. Our selection of spa and beauty therapies is extensive. For a more detailed explanation, call The Chopra Center and ask for a guest consultant. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Call for rate and
accommodation information.

The Expanding Light
14618 Tyler Foote Rd.
Nevada City, CA 95959
(800) 346-5350 • Local: (530

The Expanding Light offers you a place for spiritual renewal and peace of mind. We are here to help you on your journey to a more joyful and fulfilling life. Yoga, the basis for all of our programs, is far more than a system of physical postures. The meaning of “yoga” is “union,” which can be understood on many levels—from self-integration to union of the soul with God. We see yoga as a way of life and offer techniques to help you bring more harmony into all aspects of your life—health, attitudes, relationships, work.

This is an ideal environment fore profound rejuvenation. Not only will the practice of meditation and gentle yoga relax your body and mind, but you’ll find here genuine acceptance for each person’s unique spiritual journey, a perfedt setting for inner awakening. Guests often say how “at home” they feel here, how easy it is to be themselves. Our programs are based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was the first great Indian master of yoga to make his home in the West. His teachings emphasize direct inner experience of God, which he called Self-realization. Yogananda’s teachings are non-sectarian, easily practiced, and offer profound solutions to the challenges of modern life. The Expanding Light is in the beautiful foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. With rolling hills, pine and oak forests, serene meadows—and gentle deer freely wandering the grounds—it is truly a haven of peace. Accommodations:  Call for rate and accommodation information.

The Golden Door
P.O. Box 463077
Escondido, CA 92064-3077 USA

424-0777 • Local: (760) 744-5777 • Fax: (760) 471-2393

In a hidden valley surrounded by sun-soaked hills, its organic garden almost vibrating with growth as vegetables and fruits
ripen for the day’s meals, the Golden Door fitness spa enters the new millennium as fresh and innovative as the year it
opened. In 1958, the Golden Door’s ebullient founder, Deborah Szekely, first saw that the path to wholeness led through a
beautiful and inspiring environment — a week-long escape filled with joyous experiences.

To this retreat of timeless serenity and beauty come 40 guests each week seeking answers to questions as varied as leaves on a tree. In the company of new friends they explore ways of creating mind, body, and spirit balance. Though close to San Diego, the Door’s architecture and gardens replicate an ancient Japanese inn. Sophisticated and state -of -the -art, the Door’s programs, kitchen, and staff fairly burst with an enthusiasm and energy that is completely contagious. Programs
include: Mind/Body, Fitness, Beauty, and Cuisine. A 
jewel-encrusted entrance gate flanked by camellias, fuchsia, and
other blossoms leads you through courtyards of ornamental gardens. There are meditative sand gardens and fountains. Rare
antique stone lanterns– part of a million dollar art and antique collection are displayed throughout the grounds. The
facilities include three guest lounges, a dining room, kitchen, indoor/outdoor exercise studios and the Dragon Tree Gym with the
latest in Cybex equipment and a Beauty Court. There are two swimming pools, two tennis courts and a private hillside for
hiking. The bathhouse is spacious and contains a steam room, sauna, showers, and a fan-shaped therapy pool and sequestered
rooms for body scrubs and herbal wraps. Because the Golden Door is convinced of the efficacy of an incremental spa program of increasing intensity, all guests arrive on Sunday for a seven-day stay. Among other specialists a full-time nutritionist
gives advice and recommendations. 
Call for rate information or click here.

The Lodge at Skylanda
16350 Skyline Blvd.
Woodside, California 94062
(800) 851-2222 • Local: (415) 954-8565 • Fax: (650) 851-6622

Knowing you have taken the time to be mindful of your body and spirit, you will delight in our body treatments and fitness programs. Our highly trained staff provides you with personalized attention that will leave you feeling as serene as our forested surroundings. Activities & Classes Offered Daily Greet the day with gentle movement that awakens your body and mind, gradually increasing vitality and awareness. Guided Hikes Join our expert trail guides and your fellow guests for a hike through a
remarkable variety of natural settings. Each morning our guides select a moderate hike (4-5 miles) and an extended hike (7-8
miles), tailored to the abilities of that day’s guests. With a repertoire of more than 30 hiking routes, our explorations range
from misty redwood forests to wildflower-carpeted ridges with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay.
Along the way, guides offer insight of the flora, fauna and natural history particular to the region. Renewal (open to hikers and non-hikers) A post-hike stretch class to restore energy and renew your muscles and joints. Perfect for preventing or reducing soreness the next day. Additional activities and classes are held on various days throughout the week. Please check the schedule upon your arrival for a listing of the classes that are offered during your stay. 
Accommodations: Inspired
interior design of the 16 guestrooms creates an harmonious environment with a feel of rustic elegance. Exceptionally
comfortable beds, pillows and accessories ensure a restful, peaceful experience.  All rooms are equipped with reading lamp, armoire, ceiling fans, individually controlled heat and sliding glass doors which open onto a private deck or furnished patio. Televisions and radios are not provided in guestrooms. All baths feature oversized soaking tubs and showers. Our private label amenities include natural soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and bath salts. Robes, hair dryer and nightly turn-down service are also provided.  See our Rates

Oaks at Ojai
122 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023.
(800) 753-OAKS (6257) for Reservations • Fax: (805) 640-1504

The Oaks at Ojai destination health spa is a delightful, stress-free place to lose pounds and inches, or just to relax and enjoy our wide array of relaxing treatments. Enjoy the unlimited choice of: – Up to 16 exercise classes and fitness activities per day – Our
1,000 calorie-a-day spa cuisine food plan. – Massage, facial, watsu, wellness services and more – Interesting
evening programs

A visit to The Oaks is more than a spa vacation – it’s a life affirming experience. Leave the designer sweats at home; this
is a place where you can let your hair down and take in all the positive, nurturing elements of a healthy lifestyle… from nutrition, to exercise, to attitude. 
Our  spa’s expertly-trained staff is here to teach as well as to serve, safely guiding you into the world of well-being. Nothing is intimidating here. You participate in activities to fit your own level. You feel warm, welcome and cared for. At the end of each day you are tired, but invigorated, feeling a sense of accomplishment which benefits mind, body and spirit. Enjoy a private room or share a cottage near the pool and garden area or in the main building. All rooms have TV, phone, hair dryer and amenities. Call for rate and accommodation information.

The Palms at Palm Springs
7630 Fay Avenue
572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262.
(800) 753-PALM (7256) Local: (760) 325-1111 • Fax: (760) 327-0867

The Palms at Palm Springs and our sister spa The Oaks at Ojai are delightful, stress-free places to lose pounds and inches. Enjoy the unlimited choice of : Up to 13 classes per day Our well-rounded 1,000 calorie-a-day food plan. Massage, facial and pampering services Interesting evening programs.  The Palms, located in scenic and
glamorous Palm Springs, California, is the perfect getaway for mind and body. Relax, Shape up, and feel Great!

The Palms beautifully fits into its landscape. Choose from the convenience of a poolside room or cottage with private patio or the economy of an adjoining double. All rooms have TV, phones, hair dryers and amenities. The property also includes a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna. Paramount weight training equipment, treadmills, life cycle bikes, stair masters and free weights. Hair and nail salon, boutique, nurse on duty and meeting room. Call for rate and accommodation information.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
P.O. Box 169
Woodacre, CA 94973
Local: (415) 488-0164 • Fax: (415) 488-0170

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is located in western Marin County, less than an hour north of San Francisco. The teachings at Spirit Rock are based on the classical teachings of the Buddha, who stressed the central role of mindfulness and awareness in developing a life of wisdom and compassion. This practice of mindful attention, called Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong, and residential retreats for individuals, couples, and families. Accommodation at the center is only for those undergoing a residential retreat.  Rooms tend to be simple with a single bed, sink, and community shower/bath areas.  Some rooms have two single beds and accommodate two people.