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Retreat to Self.
Deep nourishment awaits.

Retreat to Self.
Deep nourishment awaits.

BASA Yoga Retreat


Summer adventures are slowly welcoming the harvest season: it is a great time to invest in your self-care and recharge your energies so you can start Autumn anew. Join João in the most nourishing and revitalizing practices, nature and reflection time, and gift yourself a weekend of peace, delicious food, and connection with like-minded community.

This Fall, João will be a guest teacher at Ratna Ling, a quiet and peaceful retreat center with natural beauty in the coastal redwoods. An inspiring place that will help you slow down and attune to Self. It is located near the town of Cazadero in west Sonoma County, California, about a two-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area.


located in unceded Coast-Miwok land
colonially know as Cazadero
, CA

We will practice

  • Asana (poses)

  • Dhyana (meditation)

  • Vipak (Ayurvedic digestive activation)

  • Kriya (cleansing techniques)

  • Pranayama (breathwork)

  • Yoganidra (deep relaxation)

  • Mudra (inner gestures)

  • Mantra (sound meditation)

  • Trataka (eye exercises)

  • Pavana muktasana (joint mobilization)




3 pm                                  Check in

4 - 5:30 pm                      Breathwork & meditation

5:30 - 6:30 pm                Dinner with Mindful Eating Practice

7-8pm                               Open Circle


7 - 8:30 am                       Morning practice - Strength & Focus

8:30 - 9:30 am                 Breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 am              Free Time

10:30 - 12:30pm             Thai Yoga Inspired Partner Practice

12:30 - 1:30pm                   Lunch

2 - 2:30 pm                       Nature Meditative Walk 

2:30 - 4 pm                         Free time

4 - 5:30 pm                        Ayurvedic self-care 101 (theory & practice)

5:30 - 6:30 pm                  Dinner

7-8 pm                                Evening Meditation


8:30 - 10 am                    Morning practice - Alignment & Postural Yoga

10 am - 12 pm                 Brunch

12:30 - 1 pm                    Closing circle

Schedule is subject to change depending on the needs of the group

The Experience

  • Silent and peaceful location, surrounded by marvelous coastal Redwood forest and fresh ocean air

  • Delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals 

  • Spacious yoga studio

  • The safety of knowing that all who are attending took a recent negative covid rapid test

  • An attuned blend of energizing movement, relaxing practices & learning

  • Free time to reflect, journal, meditate, explore the surrounding nature

A glance at Ratna Ling

What people are saying...

"I was challenged and empowered by the breath and movement practices, softened and opened up in the meditations, and filled with gratitude and delight while sharing meals and stories with the group. I especially appreciate the balance of grounded discipline, playfulness and kindness that João embodies in his varied offerings"

- Aleta Greenspan, BASA Fall Retreat 2021 


This retreat is NOT run by the BASA Method. João is a guest teacher of Ratna Ling.

Unfortunately, no payment plan alternatives & work trade opportunities are available as usual.

Note that Ratna Ling has a non-refundable cancellation policy.

If this retreat doesn't fill up, credit can still be used for other retreats with them but not with BASA.

This Retreat is Perfect For Those Who Want To...

  • break the routine, slow down, and nourish the nervous system

  • learn techniques and practices that are seldom taught in a Yoga class setting

  • drop in to experience a tangible flow of energy in the body with movement, breath, and meditation

  • spend solo/reflection time in nature

  • connect with like-minded people who share the same passion

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is included?
    For retreat-style residential trainings: tuition, food, and board. NOT INCLUDED: airfare and transportation to the venue. For non-residential local trainings: tuition only.
  • What if I just want to deepen my practice but not teach?
    This training’s main focus is to instruct you on how to build your personal practice, which once built and established can easily lead to great teaching. So if you are coming mostly to get your 200 hour certificate, please don't come. If you are on a personal quest to develop or give new meaning or depth to your personal practice, you will emerge from this training transformed and more embodied. From an authentic personal practice you will begin to naturally share and teach others if that is something you are seeking and wanting.
  • How to get there?
    Upon registration you will receive the address of our private studio where training will take place.
  • What is the weather like?
    Sonoma County has warm to hot days and chili evenings. We recommend that you bring layers to be able to easily adapt to erratic weather changes and temperature fluctuations.
  • Is there food nearby?
    Many options that are 5 to 10 minutes away. You can also bring your own food.

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