Cohasset Ridge - California


Yoga and Writing Retreat on the Cohasset Ridge

Dana Lawton and Jennifer Kulbeck

July 25–28, 2024

$650 per person

Leave your busy life behind and revitalize during this special 4-day yoga and writing retreat in the mountains of northern California. Unplug, relax, and find inspiration in the quiet atmosphere.

On the Cohasset Ridge at 3,000 ft elevation in the evergreen mountains above Chico, California, just a 3.5-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, this four-day/three-night camping retreat is a convenient way to relax in the slower pace of nature; rejuvenate with yoga, writing, and nourishing meals; and recharge your creative expression and well-being.

This is a rustic camping retreat, with limited cell service and no internet access - a perfect place to unplug. There is a sauna on the property and a cold tank, as well as a spring-fed pool, a screened-in porch, a fire pit, and walking trails. Miles away from artificial light, the star-gazing is amazing. All meals will be vegetarian, prepared by a local chef with organic and locally sourced ingredients; and vegan or other special dietary needs can be accommodated. 

The cost of this weekend retreat includes all meals; sauna and pool access; yoga, breathwork, and writing workshops; and use of the property. Participants are expected to bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and other equipment to comfortably sleep outside. There is an award-winning (!) outhouse on the property, as well as access to a half-bath and a full bath in the farmhouse. Participants are also expected to bring their own yoga mat and any props they use in their practice (blocks, straps), as well as a notebook for writing exercises or a tablet or other device that can be used offline.

The retreat is designed to give you time and space to enjoy nature, practice and learn yoga and breathwork, and cultivate connection to your creative self with writing exercises and reflections. You will leave feeling relaxed, restored, and inspired.



$650 per person. Begin your registration

March 4, 2024: $250 non-refundable deposit for all trips due. In the event that the trip does not meet its minimum number of travelers, deposits will be refunded.

April 29, 2024: Final payment due


Information Sessions

Join us for an online information session.

  • Fri. Feb 9, 12:00 pm
  • Wed. Feb. 21, 6:00 pm

Zoom link to join either info session.

Cohasset Ridge

Naturalistic yoga studio with natural light

July 25–28, 2024

Unplug, relax, and find inspiration in the quiet atmosphere.

Relax in the slower pace of nature; rejuvenate with yoga, writing, and nourishing meals; and recharge your creative expression and well-being.


Arrive on Thursday, July 25 between 2-3pm
Depart after lunch on Sunday, July 28 

The sauna will be lit in the early morning, and after a light breakfast we will begin the day with an Asana yoga class in the open air studio in the loft of the barn. Then we’ll move into a writing exercise, followed by a few hours of open time during which lunch will be served and massages will be available on some days for those who would like to add that experience. Later in the afternoon, we will have a Prānāyāma breath workshop followed by another writing prompt. Evenings will include dinner and more open time to explore the property, continue your own writing or yoga practice, and just relax.

Typical daily agenda

7:00-8:30 Sauna ready and light breakfast
8:30-10:00 Yoga workshop
10:30-11:30 Writing prompt session
12:00-3:00 Lunch and down time - optional massages
3:00-4:00 Prānāyāma breath workshop
4:00-5:00 Writing prompt session
5:00 Dinner and open evening

Dana Lawton

Meet your Professor: Dana Lawton

Practicing yoga since 1990, Dana has studied Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha Yoga. Bringing her extensive investigation of the body through her dance training, multiple anatomy courses and various somatic studies, Dana is excited to share her knowledge with students studying asana. 

Dana has been a guest teacher at yoga retreats Pura Vida (Costa Rica), Villa Sumaya (Guatemala), Mount Madonna Center (CA), and is the official yoga instructor for the American College Dance Association. She currently teaches drop in Alignment Flow classes at Left Coast Power Yoga in Oakland. 

A tenured Professor of Dance at Saint Mary's College, Dana also teaches dance at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, is co-director of the Enchanted Ridge Dance Retreat in Cohasset (CA) and the Artistic Director of Dana Lawton Dances, a multi-generational modern dance company in Berkeley (CA).

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Jennifer Kulbeck

Meet your Professor: Jennifer Kulbeck

Jennifer Kulbeck is a writer and interdisciplinary collaborator with an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her current work is a blend of poetry and creative nonfiction centered in California history around the turn of the last century. Jen has taught courses in creative writing and developing a creative practice focused on spontaneity and finding inspiration in everyday life.

She serves on the advisory board for Omnidawn Publishing; designs and prints broadsides with Edlebeck Letterpress; and edited Crux, a small press anthology, with The Heavy Duty Press. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in West Marin Review, Storm Cellar, and Pittsburgh Poetry Houses, among others, and her most recent work includes poetry and voice-over work for The Farallonites production in collaboration with Dana Lawton Dances, and a piece in the group exhibit, Interdisciplinary Voice, at the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art.

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