Yoga and Vineyard California

Women’s Yoga and Wine-tasting Retreat in Philo, California

Namaste and Cheers!

If you’ve ever wanted to dive headfirst into the pages of a Bon Appétit Magazine spread, this retreat is for you. We partner with award-winning Balo Vineyards for an exquisite weekend soaking up the vineyard vibe on our yoga mats, learning about wine making, and raising our glasses of pinot à votre santé.

Originally planted in 1998, Balo Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the Anderson Valley (Philo, CA). Their wines are made entirely from estate-grown fruit and the mature vines, five carefully clones, and a world-class microclimate that all comes together in the bottle.

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We haven’t nailed down the next date for the Yoga & Vineyard California retreat, but feel free to email margaret@bigskyyogaretreats.com to get a heads up when we do. Or, check out our other retreat offerings here.

A Yoga Retreat That Fills Your Cup

Oenophile yoginis unite for this 3-night retreat in the heart of California’s wine country.

Enjoy the expansive and scenic Balo Vineyards, our partner and a small, family-owned winery that’s home to organic, world-class Pinot Noir and Alsatian whites and is owned by one of our very own Big Sky Yoga Retreats alumna!

Stay across the street from Balo at The Madrones, a luxurious Mediterranean compound influenced by Italian agriturismo. Its private rooms are the extension of home and perfect for an intimate stay in rural wine country.

Spend your days deepening your yoga practice among the views and vines, replenishing your mind and spirit, and nourishing your body with gourmet fare—while following one of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: “Have a glass of wine with dinner.” We can’t argue, especially when it’s a glass of the best pinot noir in the country.

On this retreat, you'll enjoy:

Luxury Lodging

Spend three nights in lavish private quarters at The Madrones, with its national award-winning architecture.

Daily Yoga Classes

Build body and mind self-awareness and openness through daily vinyasa in the vineyards and rose gardens (weather permitting). Yoga — followed by wine tasting in our yoga pants, at Goldeneye Vineyards.

Gourmet Meals & Wines

Enjoy gourmet fare, from a farm-to-table dinner at the Boonville Hotel's Table 128, to other farm-to-table dinners at top-notch eateries like the Bewildered Pig.

The Alchemy of Wine & Food

Learn about the interaction of wine and spices in this sensorial seminar held at Pennyroyal Farm, where we will also do yoga and visit the goats.

Wine Workshops

Tour Balo’s winemaking facilities and vineyards and learn about all aspects of the wine process firsthand from Balo's own winemakers.

Wood-fired pizza 101

Learn the art of cooking pizza – and, of course, how to perfectly pair it with wine.

Mendocino Mindfulness Exercises

Learn how to be more mindful and appreciative through meditation, intention-setting & journaling.

Holistic Massages

Relax and rejuvenate with a massage (additional cost).

Morning Meditation

Wander in silent meditation through the Old Growth Redwood Groves.

  • Yoga and Vineyard was my third Big Sky Yoga Retreat, so I had high expectations. Based on the itinerary and venue photos, alone, I knew that it was going to be an incredible weekend. It turned out to be more than I even expected—the best retreat yet!

    Amanda, Colorado

  • Going on any yoga retreat is a true gift. But going on a yoga retreat with the incomparable Margaret Burns Vapp, practicing outside in the beautiful vineyards, having thoughtful conversations about mindfulness, wine, and food, and engaging the folks at the fabulous Balo Vineyards — well, that is just a little piece of heaven on earth.

    Mary, Nebraska

  • Every time that I attend one of Margaret's retreats, I meet amazing women and leave with more friends.

    Amanda, Colorado

  • Exceeded my expectations in every way — simply wonderful. I will be back!

    Mary, Nebraska

  • From the incredible goody bags to the beautiful dinner table decorations, the yoga practices to our accommodations at The Madrones, the wine tastings to the food, every detail was perfect. It was very apparent how much love went into planning the weekend.

    Amanda, Colorado

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The Madrones

The Madrones’ private Estate Guest Quarters and Garden Quarters are designed to feel like an extension of home. Influenced by the Italian Agriturismo concept of staying on a working farm or winery, the quarters are perfect for an intimate stay in rural wine country.

About Our Partner Balo Vineyards

The Mullins Family purchased their bucolic 14-acre property in 2003, christened it Balo Vineyards, and began a comprehensive re-development of the vineyards, irrigation systems, and structures. After 13 years of steady progress, they’re pleased to share their dream of producing world class wines with you!

Planning Your Trip

Travel is not included in your retreat cost, and you’ll need to rent a car for this retreat (or ask us to be connected with other attendees who are driving). The retreat begins at 5 PM on Thursday/Friday and wraps up around noon on Sunday/Monday.

Trip FAQs

Wondering about payment schedules, cancellation policies, or what to pack? Check out our frequently asked questions to learn everything you need to know before booking a retreat.

Add-On Trail Ride

For the cowgirls at heart, consider adding on a horseback ride along the spectacular Mendocino coast, complete with a gourmet picnic lunch on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean.