Yoga, Short Hikes & Lake Swimming

July 17 – 21, 2023

Escape to charming Sierra City, a remote mountain town at the base of the Sierra Buttes along the North Yuba River, just a 3.5 hour scenic drive from Oakland. Practice yoga, enjoy the beautiful Lakes Basin Recreation Area and experience the vibe of an old gold mining town with a population of only 225.


The Sierra City Community Hall is a sweet, rustic venue located just off Main Street. It’s a grand room with 22′ high ceilings, impressive log construction and beautiful wood floors.

Karen Johnson
Leah assisting Afia Thompson


In a week of balanced practice that includes asana, movement, breathwork, and relaxation, we’ll have more physically active morning classes; and more restful, rejuvenating evening classes. Jovida Ross will provide hands-on assistance.

Classes will accommodate all levels with the expectation that students are in relatively good physical condition and familiar with the asanas and transitions common to vinyasa yoga. Students are (always) encouraged to modify the practice to meet their needs.

Short Hikes, Lake Swimming (& Other Great Ideas)

By mid summer the local lakes, fed by snow melt, are inviting and usually just warm enough to swim in. On each full day of the retreat we will hike to one or two lakes that are great for swimming. Sierra City is an easy 10 – 20 minute drive to all of our trailheads. Though the hikes are fairly short the terrain can be challenging and we’ll be at 5 to 6000’ feet elevation.

Swimming is a fun option that requires minimal equipment. Maybe you’d also like to bring up a paddle board or small boat? Inflatable ones can be relatively inexpensive and easy to transport. There is an option for boat rental at Lower Sardine Lake. Many lakes are directly accessible by car, boat-able, paddle board-able and on our route.

NOTE: There will be no lifeguard on duty, bring and use flotation devices as needed, swimming or partaking in any water activities is at your own risk.

NOTE: The tuition for this retreat is not “all inclusive”, read on!


The Buttes Resort is a quaint cluster of cabins, sitting above the North Yuba River just two blocks from the Community Hall. The cabins, most with a fully stocked kitchenette, are being held for our retreat. Check out the full gallery of cabins on their website then contact them directly to make your reservation.


The retreat schedule accommodates brunch and dinner. Meals are not included in the cost of the retreat but the two sit-down restaurants in Sierra City are expecting you! The Red Moose Cafe, located just one block from the Community Hall will be open for brunch. The Sierra Pines Resort restaurant is .5 miles from the Community Hall or Buttes Resort. They’re open for breakfast until 11:00 and are the only restaurant in town serving dinner. Also, the General Store, right next door to the Community Hall, will likely be serving at their deli counter.

Even if you plan to dine out for every meal, you might like to bring light breakfasts and you’ll surely want snacks!

SCHEDULE (subject to change)


4:00 – 5:00 pm Yoga Class with Leah

5:00 – 6:00 pm Guided Walk in Sierra City


8:00 – 9:30 am Yoga Class with Leah

11:30 am – 3:30 pm Upper Sardine Lake, 1.5 miles round trip

5:00 – 6:15 pm Yoga Class with Karen


8:00 – 9:30 am Yoga Class with Leah

11:30 am – 3:30 pm Upper Salmon Lake (0 miles) to Deer Lake, 4 miles round trip

5:00 – 6:15 pm Yoga Class with Karen


8:00 – 9:30 am Yoga Class with Leah

11:30 am – 3:30 pm Long Lake and Big Bear Lake, 2.8 mile loop

5:00 – 6:15 pm Yoga Class with Karen


8:00 – 9:30 am Yoga Class with Leah

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Tuition covers only the cost of classes, guided hikes and general retreat facilitation. Accommodations, meals, bodywork sessions, travel and any other costs are not included in the tuition.

To book your stay with Jim & Rosa at the Buttes Resort, contact them directly.


Tuition payments are refundable less $50 until May 17, 2023.

After May 17, 2023 tuition payments are non-refundable, regardless of the reason, unless you find another student to take your place.


Want to bring someone with you who won’t be participating in the yoga and/or the swimming? a partner? maybe a kid? a dog? This will probably work but is best arranged ahead of time. Fill out your registration form (above) accordingly!

In the event of excessive smoke in the Sierra City area (fingers crossed this doesn’t happen!) the retreat will be canceled and full refunds issued.

You’ll be required to sign a Release of Liability Form prior to the retreat.

You’ll receive detailed information, closer to the retreat date, regarding what to bring and how to get here.

Carpooling to the retreat will be arranged closer to the retreat date.