Special Events & Workshops


Mammoth, CA
13 April, time TBA
Yoga Lab Mammoth

Balance In Action

While living a balanced life is a worthy goal, its often a misunderstood one. A balanced life is not a fixed point or stationary way of being; balance in action is fluid, adaptable and dynamic. Rather than focusing on balance poses we will apply mindful presence to a wide variety of postures for a whole-hearted experience. Instead of performing asana in some perfectly-aligned way, we’ll weave the depth of mind, body and spirit into our practice, learning to respond appropriately to the circumstance at hand. This full spectrum class will blend slow flow with held postures and is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.



Yoga & Mindfulness Day Retreat
11 May, 10 am-4 pm
San Diego, CA
(Fairbanks Ranch: exact location given upon enrollment)

Join us in a lush, welcoming, private garden of a residence in Fairbanks Ranch for a day of yoga, mindfulness and creativity-stimulating practices to restore and re-center. The team of instructors is the same as those leading our Costa Rica Retreat in November, including Paisley Close, mindfulness teacher Bob McClure, LCSW and our creative director Jean Frazier, along with artist and host Stephanie Bell May.

This day event is not only a taste of the upcoming Costa Rica retreat, but will also build a sense of presence, clarity, community and ease for all. While our expert line up of teachers will guide us through multiple practices —including mindful walking, yoga for all ability levels, beginner-friendly creative projects— our goal is to provide tools to use in daily life. You will come away refreshed, renewed and inspired.

Cost: $125
Please bring your own lunch, tea will be provided



Mammoth Yoga Festival
13-16 June
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Four Corners To Freedom

with DJ Sol Rising
Fri 14th, 10-11:30 am

The four comers of the torso —two hips and two shoulders— are complex joints that play a vital role in the comfort of daily function. In this workshop we will explore flexibility and strength through multi-planer movements in these joints. Rather than advanced poses, we will bring new information and creative movements to familiar postures with the goals of improved balance, stability and alignment, as well as easing the breath and minimizing pain in every day activities such as walking, squatting, standing, lifting and reaching.

From Striving To Thriving
Sat 15th, 10-11:30 pm

In an era where more is often seen as better, and being busy might be equated with productivity, there can be a strong push to strive. Yoga, however, asks you to push your inner strength, find resilience and rise up to thrive without all the external pressure. This yoga will be one part strong and fiery, one part centered presence and one part restful chill. Together we will practice a full spectrum of postures from a place of inner equilibrium that is less force and more ease.



Costa Rica Wellness & Rejuvenation Retreat
9-16 November
Doce Lunas Retreat Center
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Our wellness retreat will provide plenty of free time for relaxation, plus twice daily yoga classes led by Paisley and meditation practices with expert mindfulness teacher Robert “Bob” McClure, LCSW. There will be opportunity to boost creativity through beginner-friendly art projects, music or dance performances by local Costa Ricans, hiking in the rainforest, walking on the beach and group discussions over healthy gourmet meals.

Join us in Jaco, about an hour an a half from the San Jose International airport. Our resort, Doce Lunas, is situated under preserved jungle canopy, away from the noise of town and about one mile from the beach. They also grow much of their own food, and serve it in their restaurant, Eclipse.

$1595* before July 1, 2019
$1750* after July 1, 2019
Fully refundable (less $200 booking fee) up to July 1, 2019
No refund after July 1, 2019 but fully transferable to another person

For a more detailed description, including an example of daily schedule, and to learn more about your teachers, please go to the Retreat page.

For all questions please contact Michael: costaricaretreat@echamps.org

*per person, double occupancy




Yoga Teacher’s Intensive 

Tehachapi, CA
(exact location given upon enrollment)
24-26 January

This intensive is only for certified teachers and/or those currently teaching. Curriculum and guidance will be driven by Paisley, but with peer interaction and feedback with the other teachers attending. Expect to actively teach and be critiqued and challenged to try new techniques and methodologies in a supportive environment. There will be writing and contemplation exercises to encourage critical thinking and creative solutions to classroom dynamics. Hours count towards Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

Topics covered:

  • observing and addressing misalignments
  • adjusting in a safe, appropriate way
  • sequencing to make poses more accessible
  • modifications and props for special needs and mixed level classes
  • clear, confident cueing
  • thematic, purposeful teaching
  • adding philosophy or spirituality to your classes
  • how to work with challenging, needy or disruptive students
  • teaching more advanced poses (even if you struggle with them)
  • avoiding burnout and fatigue

Friday 6-8 pm
Saturday 8:30-noon & 2:30-6 pm
Sunday 9-noon & 2-4  pm

Cost: $350