Soak in the Elements Retreat

United States · April 17 - 19 2020

Yoga and Hot Springs in the High Sierras


Slip into a weekend of deep retreat in the High Sierras, where you'll revitalize your practice and rebalance your body and being. Soak up silky hot-spring pools, vast alpine prairies, delicious and healthy meals, dynamic five-element yoga classes, space for reflection and inquiry, and the chance to connect with amazing people from all over.

Yoga sessions will utilize the practices of mindful movement along with the philosophy of Chinese Medicine to more deeply connect with ourselves and the earth. In keeping with the cycles of yin and yang, morning classes will open, uplift, and energize while evening classes will nourish, restore, and invite deep insight. Each class will focus on one of the elements so that we can attune to the cycles of our inner and outer worlds and come into balance with the spring season of growth and expansion. Britt and Colette will offer the support of five-element philosophy, earth-based ritual, chanting and resonant sound, hands-on assists, and self-massage techniques to invite ease and integrate the practice.

  • Access to trails


Britt Peterson

Britt began to seriously study health & movement in New York City with master teacher, Maty Ezraty in 2014. She completed her 200-Hr in-depth yoga training at YogaWorks in Soho.  The trajectory of her life was changed after finally feeling like she had the proper tools to make a significant impact on the lives of others.  After moving to San Francisco in 2014, she became a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Most recently, she completed a Yin Yoga and Meditation training led by Tiffany Cruikshank in Cadiz, Spain.  

Colette Legarrigues

Colette Legarrigues is a shiatsu practitioner and yoga instructor based in the Bay Area, where she is currently earning a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Colette has been a student of yoga for over ten years and a teacher for five. In 2015 she lived and traveled in India for nine months studying the wisdom traditions of yoga-asana, meditation, and bhakti. Her primary teachers are Scott Blossom, Jonny Nobleza, Eileen Muir, and Nini Melvin.

Sierra Hot Springs

A peaceful, rustic mountain lodge.


Sierra Hot Springs is a wonderfully cosy, tranquil destination. With gorgeous views of the sprawling alpine forest and a comfy lounge with a crackling fire, you'll feel right at home.

Accommodations are in both the Main Lodge and Globe Room (a 15-20 min walk from the pools and main lodge). The pools are clothing optional, so you can decide what is most comfortable for you. There are a few private warm tubs available. 

The Plan

Day 1

Ease into the weekend with an opening circle and yin yoga practice designed to reboot the nervous system and balance your inner waters. After class we'll enjoy a nourishing group dinner and settle into our surroundings. Soak under the stars or cozy up with a cup of tea.

Day 2

Today we'll open to the elements that govern growth, connection, and grounding. Grab a cup of coffee or tea before our energizing morning practice, which will focus on cleansing and cultivating the vision of the wood element. After breakfast, there will be plenty of open time to explore the hiking trails, soak in the springs, indulge in a massage, and enjoy lunch. For those seeking more guided practice, Britt and Colette will offer an optional midday class to stoke internal fire through mindful movement. Later, we'll sink into evening with a restorative yoga practice governed by the earth element of inner nourishment and rounded out with lots of hands-on assists. End the day with a healthy, hearty dinner.

Day 3

After your morning cup we'll come together for our final class of the retreat: a yoga practice inspired by the metal element of clarity, breath, and space. We'll seal the practice with a special closing circle and then enjoy a delicious brunch together before heading home.