YOGA IN THE VINEYARD
Description, Schedule & Accommodations
Friday, May 5th – Sunday, May 7th
Condor’s Hope Ranch
LOCATION: Condor’s Hope Ranch is located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, near Hwy 166 in the Cuyama Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. Our 5 acre vineyard is in a natural setting adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. We are off the grid and completely solar powered.
We’re conveniently located in the middle of nowhere for that true get-away feeling!
We hope you will join us for a wonderful weekend of yoga with instructor Susan Merritt, wine tasting and great food in our vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. New this year: We are happy to welcome Karen Jaffe who will surround us with sound baths as part of our yoga sessions and as a separate session as well.
Robbie Jaffe & Steve Gliessman , Yogi Farmers
- Driving Times: (approximate)
- 1.5 hours from San Luis Obispo
- 1 hour from Bakersfield
- 2 hours from the city of Santa Barbara
- 3 hours from LA
- 4.5 hours from Santa Cruz
- 5 hours from San Francisco-Berkeley
YOGA with SUSAN MERRITT: The classes will be accessible & enjoyable whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi. With the wisdom of over 30 years experience, intuition, and an eye for proper alignment, Susan excels at individualized instruction and gentle, hands-on guidance. Her innovative use of various props and balls of all sizes helps to open up chronically stiff areas, comfortably easing the body into the proper depth of the yoga poses…the depth that is right for you and your body’s abilities. Find out more about Susan.
SOUND BATHS with KAREN JAFFE: Karen has extensive background as a yoga instructor and sound healer. In her practice, she has cultivated a specific focus on mindfulness and meditation as a technique to start the journey to recovery. Her project, Sound Nectar, creates a space for elevating vibrations and inspiration with the ancient practice of sound. She hopes to help others move to a higher state of consciousness, release blocked emotions, and create space for peace, healing, relaxation, and activating pure joy! Find out more about Karen.
FOOD: The weekend’s delicious and nutritious meals will be expertly crafted, and we will do our best to accommodate any special dietary needs. Our priority is to source local and organic food from family farms in the Cuyama Valley.
Plan to arrive in time for lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Settling in
2:30 – 3:00 Vineyard Tour ~ Our 5-acre vineyard is grown in the traditional head-
trained, dry-farmed style that originally developed centuries ago in Europe. Olive trees
are planted among the grapevines. You’ll learn about our vineyard from Steve, who is
applying his knowledge of traditional farming systems and agroecology to Condor’s
3:45 – 5:30 Yoga Session I with Sound Bath ~ Yoga will take place under the vineyard
oak tree. We will finish the yoga session with our first Sound Bath as we relax in
6:15 Wine tasting and appetizers ~ You’ll be treated to and get to learn about Condor’s
Hope wines. Dry farm practices produce a very unique wine, and our varietals range from
a Pedro Ximénez orange wine – the only PX grapes grown in California! –to full bodied
Zinfandel and Shiraz red wines.
7:15 Sunset Dinner ~ The clear, dry nights of the Cuyama Valley give us an
extraordinary view of the night sky, which surround us like a dome. As the sun sets we’ll
be feasted by a wonderful barbecue under the rising full moon.
7:00 Light breakfast
7:30 Optional hike
9:00 – 11:00 Yoga Session II ~ with Sound Bath incorporated during savasana.
12:30 – 4:00 Free Time ~ go for a swim or bring your favorite book, art materials, etc. and have time to just relax. There will be optional activities available.
12:30 – 3:30 Optional Activities ~ You can choose to participate in an organized
activity, or feel free to take time for yourself. Organized activities include:
12:30 – 1:30 – Working in the Vineyard with Steve: as the vines come to life, help nurture
1:45 – 2:45 – Specialized Yoga Class with Susan Merritt: a chance to push your practice a
little deeper with a 3rd class in one day and get more personal attention with specific
3:00 – 3:45 – Sound Bath with Karen Jaffe: attune yourself to your inner sounds as you
surrender to the sounds of the crystal bowls.
2:00 Light Snacks
4:15 – 5:30 Yoga Session III
6:00 Wine Tasting Part II and Appetizers ~ we will continue tasting and comparing
Condor’s Hope wines
7:15 Sunset Dinner
7:00 Light breakfast
8:15 – 9:45 Yoga Session IV
Time to return home and carry the relaxation and memories of the get-away weekend with you.
You can choose from various accommodations available for the weekend, all located on-site at Condor’s Hope Ranch. Please review your options below and then mark your preferences on the registration form.
In addition lodging may be available at The Cuyama Buckhorn, a local inn 20 minutes from Condor’s Hope. To find out about lodging at The Buckhorn, please visit their website linked above.
Accommodations at Condor’s Hope:
- Camping ~ There is plenty of space to tent camp in the vineyard. You bring your own camping set-up and will have full use of the bathhouse.
- Sleeping rooms ~ There are two sleeping rooms with multiple individual beds. Bed linens and towels provided. You have use of the bathhouse or house bathroom. (Space for 6 people total.)
- Individual rooms:
- ~ There are two private rooms, each with a double bed. Occupancy is 1-2 people per room. Bed linens and towels provided. You will have use of the bathhouse.
- ~ There is one bedroom with a king bed. Occupancy is 1-2 people. Bed linens and towels provided. You will have use of the house bathroom.
Here’s a chart of your lodging choices with any additional fees that may apply:
|Camping in the Vineyard||No limit||$15 per person per night|
|Bed in Sleeping Rooms||6 people||$50 per night per person|
|2 Individual Rooms||1-2 people per room w/ double bed||$90 per night per room|
|1 Individual room||1-2 people per room w/ king bed||$105 per night per room|
Space is limited. Weekend price includes 4 yoga sessions; sound bath experiences; all meals and wine; and activities:
$380 per person or $340 for Condor’s Hope Club Condor Members*
* Club Condor membership is good for 2 people per membership. Must join Club Condor prior to registering.
We look forward to your joining us!