Yoga + Nature Immersion to Reconnect & Recharge

November 1-19, 2021

The WildYoga Immersion is a small, intimate program designed to fit your needs and is flexible to all levels of yoga experience. As we come together in community, the program combines restorative time in nature as well as the opportunity to reconnect with and invigorate your yoga practice.

Take it as a relaxing retreat, a chance to commit deeply to your practice, or as a step towards Yoga Teacher Certification.


This will be the first time we gather to practice at the new, exclusive Yosemite Moonstone Retreat. Adjacent to the yoga studio there are a limited set of luxurious rooms available to participants on a first-come-first-serve basis.


WildYoga's 100-Hour Immersion is for You If:

  • You are a student of yoga...

    seeking to deepen your practice or move towards teacher certification

  • You are a yoga teacher...

    looking to expand your practice, incorporate nature and sustainability in your offering, and complete Continuing Education Credits

  • You are a friend of Balanced Rock...

    who's enjoyed our programs in the past and looking for a deeper experience with us

WildYoga Immersion Offers You:

BALANCING PRACTICES
Yoga Asana
Pranayama 
Meditation
Mantra
Reflective Journaling
Routine & Lifestyle Design



ALIGNMENT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD

Ayurveda 

5-Elements Philosophy

Seasonal Awareness

Guided Hikes

Personal Outdoor Exploration

How Practices Correspond to Nature

Spiritual Ecology



COMMUNITY

Time to Connect

Small Cohort of Students 

Three Weeks of Immersive Retreat 

Accessible Down-to-Earth Instructors  

Inclusive Space to Share Authentically

Clarifying Your Values



Sign Up Now for Yoga, Nature + Connection

WildYoga 100-Hour In-Person Immersion Begins November 1, 2021!

COVID Awareness

*Please note, this information is current as of 4/27/2021, and is subject to change as State and County guidelines evolve. Balanced Rock will continue to update this information.


Balanced Rock is committed to following requirements and health advisories of the state of California. 


This In-Person, 3-week WildYoga Immersion will take place at the Yosemite Moonstone Retreat, located just outside the Hwy 140 west entrance of Yosemite National Park. 


Currently, enrollment for this immersion is limited to 10 participants, and may increase to 15 participants, depending on state physical distancing guidelines. 


Participants will be required to show a negative COVID test result upon arrival, regardless of vaccination (test must be taken 48-72 hours prior to traveling to the training). 


All participants will be required to sign waivers acknowledging the risk and release of liability for any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus during their travels to and from the training. 


During the Immersion we will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Everyone will wear masks indoors

  • We will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet indoors and outdoors

  • We will wear masks while entering and exiting the yoga studio, however we will be able to remove masks while on our individual yoga mats for practice

This is subject to change per the requirements and health advisories of the state of California.



3-Week Program Overview

Sample Daily Schedule: Mondays - Saturdays 
7-8 AM • Morning Yoga Practice

8-9 AM • Breakfast

9 AM-Noon • Daily Learning Session

Noon-1PM • Lunch Break

1-5 PM • Afternoon Session or 6-8:30 PM Evening Session


*We will have approximately 1 Afternoon Session and 2 Evening Sessions per week


Every Sunday: Free Day
Take this unscheduled day to explore the local area, connect with yourself and fellow students, or take care of yourself. 


Have Questions? Email: meaghan@balancedrock.org

Themes of Yoga and the 5 Elements

Daily Yoga Practice in Moonstone Retreat's Exclusive Yoga Studio

The thoughtfully-designed, cozy and luxurious yoga studio will be our dedicated indoor gathering space. With heated reclaimed teak floors, south facing windows and sweeping views of the Merced River, the studio is the perfect environment for immersing in the time-tested wisdom traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda. We will also have walking access to hiking and beaches on the Merced River, and will enjoy outdoor sessions (weather-permitting) in and near Yosemite National Park.

Testimonials

Mindy Wiper

I chose the Balanced Rock WildYoga Advanced Studies program because of their integration of the natural world into their teaching and practice, as well as their skilled instructors from various backgrounds. I also enjoyed that Balanced Rock pushed me to discover what MY own personal Yoga was. Balanced Rock focuses on teachings from several different styles, synthesizing their own unique blend of "Wild" Yoga--yoga that can be defined by the practitioner and calls upon the energy of the natural world for support, inspiration, and connection. Balanced Rock also brings in a healthy background of traditional outdoor education techniques that help the learners to learn from experience. I would recommend this program to anyone, from the beginning yogi to the more practiced, as their use of the outdoor classroom will add challenge and perspective to any level of practitioner.

Sirin Petch

Balanced Rock's WildYoga Advanced Studies program exceeded my expectations. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable about anatomy, safe practice, special considerations, and Ayurveda. Now I have a desire to share the knowledge they've given to me, and a community of friends who believe passionately in the interconnectedness of all beings and our bond with the Earth and environment.

Cassidy Engfer

Balanced Rock created an awesome program based on the 5-elements which correlates with the philosophy that they teach. The Instructors were really knowledgeable and kind. The small number of participants throughout the training really allowed for one-on-one time with the instructors and to build a close knit yoga family.

Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.

~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Instructors

Lead Trainer | RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP, CMT

Heather Sullivan

Yosemite’s steep granite walls, seasonal changing river song and community of animals and humans have shaped Heather’s being, world-view, and are fundamental blocks of her yoga and teaching practice. Her adventurous spirit and classes inspire inward and outward exploration. She’s Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Wilderness Guide for Balanced Rock.

Instructor | Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

Eliza Kerr

Eliza is passionate about supporting people on their journey towards well-being by sharing the tools of yoga and Ayurveda in the natural world. Co-founder of Balanced Rock, Eliza has been teaching yoga in Yosemite for 20 years, and practicing as a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) for 13 years. She has studied a variety of styles including Iyengar, Bikram, and Ashtanga.

Excursion Guide | RYT 200

Heather Bromberg

Heather earned her 200-RYT certification through Balanced Rock’s WildYoga Teacher Training program in 2019. It was there she found her community, and she’s worked with Balanced Rock ever since as a yoga instructor and wilderness guide. Heather brings a sense of joy and curiosity to all she does, and offers fun, informative outdoor excursions in and around Yosemite National Park.

Operations Manager

Meaghan Olsen

Meaghan joined the Balanced Rock team in 2019, relocating to Yosemite from the Midwest. At present, she manages client relations, program registrations, and overall marketing and financial operations for the organization under the leadership of Executive Director Heather Sullivan. Passionate about the transformative power of yoga and wellness, Meaghan is happy to answer any questions regarding Balanced Rock programs as well as guide you through the process of registering for the WildYoga Immersion.

Certified Yoga Teachers & Wilderness Guides

Guest Instructors

We may invite some incredible guest instructors to join us for specific portions of this longer program. All of our guides and instructors are experienced, knowledgable and very welcoming.

Course Tuition: $3000

A deposit of $1500 is due upon registration for the course. Full balance is due 60 days before the course or prior to course start date if registration takes place within 60 days of start date. Payment plans may be available upon request, and would incur an additional 5% administrative fee ($150).

Tuition Includes:

  • 100-hours of instruction from local, seasoned yoga teachers & wilderness guides
  • 100-hours towards Yoga Alliance certification as a 200-Registered Yoga Teacher 
  • Daily Yoga classes, pranayama practices and meditation sessions
  • Daily writing exercises and journaling prompts to support reflection and clarity
  • Outdoor yoga sessions and guided walks in and around Yosemite National Park (weather-permitting) 
  • Dedicated indoor practice and gathering space in Moonstone Retreat’s one-of-a-kind Yoga Studio overlooking the Merced River
  • Access to the Moonstone Retreat’s outdoor kitchen, wood-fired pizza oven and other amenities (during specific hours)
  • Sundays off to explore and enjoy the local area
  • Local tips on special places to visit in and around Yosemite National Park during your time off
  • One group dinner each week, and daily simple breakfast option (i.e. oatmeal, coffee and tea)
  • Connection to local practitioners for booking bodywork sessions and Ayurvedic consultations (Please note: price of session is not included in course tuition)

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition does NOT include accommodations, daily meals, or additional services with local practitioners. 


Financial Aid

At Balanced Rock we believe everyone should have access to education and wellness opportunities. We do everything we can to make our courses accessible to all who are interested regardless of financial resources. Please assess your personal finances and ability to pay the full course price. If after your assessment you determine that tuition assistance would turn your dream journey into a reality, please email meaghan@balancedrock.org or call (209) 379-WILD (9453) to inquire about tuition assistance. 

Click here for full Cancellation and Payment Policy

Accommodations

Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging for the duration of the course. There are a broad range of options to fit most budgets such as: 

For Students Working Towards Yoga Teacher Certification

Balanced Rock is offering 100-hours of self-guided online content following the Immersion for students who wish to complete their 200-RYT.

 November 20, 2021 - June 20, 2022

After completing 100-hours of Immersion in November, you can choose to enroll in the second 100-hours of a hybrid certification for Yoga Teachers. 


The online continuation course will have a dedicated online classroom space where we post recordings, resources, and written homework assignments. Throughout the months you will be invited into self-guided explorations of nature, awareness, required reading and personal yoga practice. You can expect approximately 3-4 hours of self-study per week. 


*The self-guided online content is NOT included in the 100-Hour Immersion Tuition, but can be added for an additional $500 when registering for the Immersion. Contact meaghan@balancedrock.org with questions or if you'd like more information on this option. 


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