Giving Thanks: A Gratitude Retreat at Orr Hot Springs


For those who are looking for a way to meaningfully celebrate Thanksgiving this year – join us for SolYoga’s annual Gratitude retreat November 21-23, 2014!

It’s that time of the year – time to give thanks for all of the abundance and gifts that have been harvested in 2014. And what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than spending a whole weekend focusing on gratitude while surrounded by natural beauty and soaking in the healing pools of Orr Hot Springs.

This weekend retreat with Katia Sol and Siri Peterson will immerse you in the uplifting and transformative practice of gratitude. You will be guided in developing a daily gratitude practice, through time in circle, alone, and on the land. We will reflect on what we are grateful for from 2014, in preparation for the coming Solstice and New Year. The retreat also includes a daily gratitude-themed yoga class, a beautiful hike, delicious meals prepared by the onsite therapeutic chef, and plenty of time for reflection and soaking in Orr’s healing mineral hot pools.

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The healing waters are the heart of the Orr Hot Springs experience. Mineral hot springs  have been honored for centuries for promoting harmony and wellness. Relax and unwind, experience the skin-softening effects, and melt away tensions while feeling the strengthening effects of the mineral springs. And stay hydrated with waters flowing fresh and clean straight from the earth.

You will return home from this retreat rejuvenated and with the foundation needed to continue a daily gratitude practice that can transform your life. For,

“The moment you shift from a mindstate of negativity or judgment to one of appreciation, there are immediate effects at many levels of your being: Brain function becomes more balanced, harmonized, and supple; your heart begins to pump in a much more coherent and harmonious rhythm; and biochemical changes trigger a host of healthful responses throughout your body. Especially in difficult times, remembering to return to gratitude is a radical life-affirming act that builds your capacity for resilience.” (M. & J. Levy)

For more on the Transformative Power of Gratitude, view Katia’s TEDx talk on this topic at:



katia-sol Katia Sol is passionate about helping individuals cultivate the personal shifts that in turn enable them to transform their lives, their communities, and the world.

Katia has spent the last 18 years facilitating educational, international development, and leadership programs in more than 30 countries and with several First Nations around the world. Her most current work in this area includes being a co-facilitator for the Ecology of Leadership program at the Regenerative Design Insitute and a design partner for Emergent Performance Consulting, while working on the completion of her PhD. Katia’s primary areas of expertise include transformative learning, group facilitation, Indigenous wisdom practices, experiential education, leadership development, and global change. Gratitude has transformed her life, and she loves to share it with others!

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I met my first yoga teacher, Gurumayi Chidvilasanda when I was 11 years old, and I’ve been a devoted yogi ever since.  I am deeply honored to share the practices of an ever-evolving yoga tradition. As a certified Anusara (R) yoga instructor, E-RYT 500, I’ve completed over 3000 hours of teacher trainings, and I continue to celebrate the method’s capacity to heal through alignment.

I have been teaching yoga in New York City and internationally for the last 9 years, and I’m grateful to have recently found my soul’s home in Northern California. As a New York Times recognized dancer and choreographer, I continue to explore the relationship of dance and yoga and incorporate this exploration into my classes. I spent much of 2010-11 as the primary writer for  Leela: The Deepak Chopra Project, a meditation-based video game for Xbox Kinect, and I enjoy finding ways of practicing yoga in unlikely places.
My classes are designed to help you connect to the essential power and innate wisdom at your own center. On the mat I invite you to generate your own transformation as an artistic expression of the heart. Each class offers practical, grounded techniques that you can practice off the mat- at your desk, in traffic, in difficult conversations, and in life’s most challenging moments

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Orr Hot Springs is a small, tranquil resort settled deep in the rolling hills of the Mendocino Coastal Range. Situated on a beautiful country road between the towns of Mendocino and Ukiah, the springs flourish on 27 acres at the headwaters of Big River. Pomo Native Americans regularly passed through this vibrant spot on trading expeditions and on annual treks to the Mendocino coast. Unfriendly tribes agreed to co-exist peacefully while stopping at the hot springs.

In the late 1800s, “Orr Hot Sulphur Springs” became a resting spot on the Ukiah-Mendocino stagecoach line. It developed into a popular resort for city-dwellers who came seeking health and relaxation. The mineral waters were heralded as bringing great relief to arthritis and rheumatism, and to blood, kidney and liver disorders.

The lodge and some of the cabins were constructed in the early 1930s from locally milled redwood and retain the charm and grace of that period. Newer additions blend into the forested river environment.

Experience for yourself the unique qualities of this very special place.


The kitchen will draw ingredients straight from the garden, offering an ample buffet-style meal plan with large meals twice daily (lunch and dinner) and a tea and snack bar available for breakfast and between-meals needs. Entrees for meals will include some organic fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. With every meal introducing healing foods preparation including raw food delicacies, superfood juices, and healing teas, dining at Orr will be a healing experience.


~Gratitude Practices and Teachings with Katia Sol
~3 yoga classes with Siri Peterson
~Raw Chocolate Samples
~Two Dinners, Two Brunches and two light breakfasts by our fantastic chef
~Accommodation of your choosing
~Use of Hot Springs and Facilities



We use a trust based payment structure. This means we’ll give you 3 payment options based on what you’re able to afford due to your current financial situation. We’re putting our trust in you that you’ll choose the right payment. Those of you that choose to pay the regular price of Option 3 are making it possible for us to offer a reduced price for those that are “just gettin’ by”, so we (and they) thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

How to pay:
Pay in full now (includes $150 non-refundable deposit)
*If you can’t pay in full now – please contact us to work out a payment plan

Ways to pay:
1. Credit card via Paypal (you don’t need an account)
2. Pay by check  (no processing fee) *contact for details.

Please see our reservation and cancellation policies HERE
Buy reserving your space you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.



Option 1 – Biggest discount –  Student/Artist Rate: (until Sep 30th)
Although I live the life of a student/artist/yoga teacher/etc., what I really need right now in my life is this yoga retreat

Dorm – $499/person – (Shared room, shared bathroom)
Shared Yurt – $599/person – (Yurt for 2 guests)
Private Yurt – $729/person – (Yurt for 1 guest)
*we can pair you up if you are coming solo

Option 2 – Slight discount – Doin Alright/Employed:
I’m doing alright financially, and although I’m not scraping by, this is still a pretty big purchase for me.

Dorm – $599/person – (Shared room, shared bathroom)
Shared Yurt – $699/person – (Yurt for 2 guests)
Private Yurt – $779/person – (Yurt for 1 guest)
*we can pair you up if you are coming solo

Option 3 – Full Price –  I’m doing well right now
I’m doing pretty well for myself now and can afford to pay the full price so that others who aren’t as fortunate can afford a yoga retreat

Dorm – $649/person – (Shared room, shared bathroom)
Shared Yurt – $749/person – (Yurt for 2 guests)
Private Yurt – $829/person – (Yurt for 1 guest)
*we can pair you up if you are coming solo

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