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Summer Solstice Retreat 2020

  • Bell Valley Retreat Center 12378 Boonville Road Boonville, CA, 95415 United States (map)

"Mary’s annual summer solstice retreat is truly something I look forward to all year. While there is an abundance of yoga retreats one might attend, this is a special and one of a kind opportunity to study with a seasoned veteran of deep, internal practice and the broader, modern applications of yoga as social activism. The group is a lovely blend of ages and abilities that melds into a kind, generous, group of dedicated and game yogis. The natural setting is superb! "

Traci Joy Burleigh, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer

There is a tremendous sense of individual and collective possibility that arises when a group of serious yogis and teachers come together for deep practice, quiet and sangha. This year we are housed at the newly refurbished and eco sensitive Bell Valley Retreat Center near Boonville in Mendocino County. Once again will enjoy simple nourishing food and glorious surrounds.  Such a precious gift to ourselves… and something to look forward to in our busy lives.
Partial registrations are not possible for this retreat as we wish to enhance the quiet and continuity for all participants. This is not a beginners retreat and part of the time - usually ams til lunch - are in silence.  This retreat qualifies for Yoga Alliance CEUs - Certificate on request at completion of program.

There is a large pond about 30 minutes walk through woodlands and fields from the main area, along with 600 acres of trails and hikes. A spacious new hot tub has been created near the main house area, and this site offers bountiful accommodation options, with access to multiple kitchens indoor and outdoor, and bathrooms whether you are indoors or camping or glamping!

Dates: Arrival Sunday 5pm 21st June, departure after brunch at 11am on Friday June 26th.

Registration is open! 150.00 non-refundable online deposit holds your space. Note that these deposits enable us to comply with deposits for retreat center and are non refundable and non transferable under any circumstance. Final payments due in 2020. It is only necessary to pay your deposit at this time to secure your space.
For those registering with a deposit by 9/1/19, a special $50 discount to any of the above early bird fees apply. Thank you for making this retreat possible by committing early and enjoy having first options on all available accommodation at If you are not able to commit at this time, please do not! as these deposits are entirely non refundable and non transferable.
Pay Online Deposit

Please pay remainder by check/cash between 1/1/20 and 2/1/20. Mail entire fee (or fee less deposit) to MPaffard, PO Box 225 Yorkville CA 95494, Memo: Solstice 2020. Contact Mary directly if you would prefer to pay by other means after 1/1/2020. Include your contact info and your room/camping/glamping preference and any dietary limitations/requests.

For more information and images of Bell Valley, download this pdf. Note this brochure is in the process of being revised to include further renovations on the property.


  • Camping/Dorm option: 1300.00 until 2/1/20; 1350.00 Dorm is six bunk beds in large room with adjacent kitchen and lovely sitting area. Perfect for a group of friends

  • Shared Room (doubles) 1550.00 until 2/1/20, 1600.00 thereafter in barn - includes kitchen area, sitting room showers, or “glamping”

  • 1650 until 2/1/20, 1700 thereafter, in main house. If you wish to “glamp” solo, deduct 50 from single fee; preference given prior to 1/1 to double glampers! Limited single rooms in main house available. For couples, there are 2 rooms in Main House that would be ideal, please check out options on Bell Valley

Cancelation Policy: No refunds after 2/1/20 except in exceptional emergency circumstances AND where a replacement can be found. Minimum 200.00 administrative fee charged for any emergency cancellations. No cancelations at all after 5/1/20 under any circumstance.

Proposed Schedule - subject to change! Please review after 9/1 for any changes due to new site

Arrivals after 4pm

Sunday evening: 5.30-7pm Welcome Class
Evening Introductory conversation after dinner

Monday thru Thursday

7-7.30am Optional Silent Meditation
9.15am Long Active Asana class
12.15pm Lunch
Rest time

Optional Silent Meditation pre-class
Afternoon class (5-6.30pm) with options earlier for those practicing advanced inversions on Monday and Thursday.
Evening events on Sunday, Monday and Thursday depending on group interest


7-9am class followed by closing circle
10am Brunch
11am Farewells!

This retreat is eligible for Yoga Alliance CEUs for registered teachers on request.

This retreat is eligible for Yoga Alliance CEUs for registered teachers on request.