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Self Care Retreat with Justine

An empowering immersion into the practical, mystical and healing wisdom of three ancient traditions: Yoga, Ayurveda and Herbalism. These three distinct pathways each celebrate our alignment with nature as the foundation of vital health. This retreat-style training is a mind-opening journey into some of the oldest healing traditions in the world. Learn how they are unique and distinct and where these pathways intersect through the lens of prana: the intelligent force that is the essence of life. Cultivate your personal path of wellbeing, gather more tools and techniques to help others and deepen your intuitive capacity for healing and personal evolution.

In this retreat you will explore, experience and learn:

  • How to use prana, the vital source of life, to create healing, evolution and clarity.

  • A wide array of physical movement practices to create elasticity in the connective tissues, revitalize the organs, support the central nervous system and balance the endocrine system.

  • Traditional yogic purification and self-care techniques that support mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

  • What are the doshas and how they can affect our energy.

  • The doshas and sub-doshas and how they relate to the chakras.

  • Methods for assessing and rectifying chakra imbalances.

  • Pranayama and meditation practices to access healing states.

  • How to cope with stress and change.

  • Ayurvedic massage: how & why to practice it.

  • How to finally get a good night’s sleep.

  • How to eat for your body type.

  • Intro to Western Herbalism: Theory and Practice.

  • Herbal rasayanas for energy renewal.

  • Plant Spirit Medicine: Connecting with your plant allies and their sentience to facilitate healing for yourself and your clients.

  • Spiritual Hygiene: Plants for clearing, protecting and assisting with energetic boundaries.

Our Retreat Center

Harmony Ridge Lodge

Nestled in the stunning beauty of the Tahoe National Forest in Nevada City, California, Harmony Ridge Lodge, a cozy, rustic-luxury lodge provides a perfect sanctuary for our residential retreat and training. The lodge combines the natural beauty of alpine forest, extensive gardens, hiking trails, cozy practice spaces with fireplaces and distinctively designed and decorated guest suites. HRL is conveniently located 60 miles east of Sacramento and 80 miles west of Reno and 3 hours from San Francisco.

Harmony Ridge Lodge features communal spaces and guests suites decorated with a distinctive contemporary mountain design. The public rooms including the dining room, library, great room and conference room feature custom hand-carved furniture and the guest rooms blend Crate and Barrel furniture, original art, and flea market treasures with each room having a distinctive look and point of view.

Your Guides


Ashleigh Sergeant

Ashleigh Sergeant is the Head of Yoga Content for, Director of Yoga and Movement for The Envision Festival in Costa Rica, co-founder of The Alaya School of Yoga, spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for adidas and was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world. Ashleigh’s yoga videos are featured on, Grokker and ShriTV. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, Ashleigh has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal.

Ashleigh is a true embodiment of the teachings of yoga. Her life, presence and vibrant way of being in this world, radiate the effects of her dedicated practice. Steeped in a breadth of knowledge and depth of lived experience, Ashleigh has the unique gift of being able to guide her students in a clear, effective and inspiring way. With a solid foundation of the ancient teachings, Ashleigh is also on the leading edge of the evolution of yoga. Her revolutionary approach to the practices, breathes new life into the tradition and helps us to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.

Ashleigh’s first teachers included Bryan Kest and Baron Baptiste. She received her first 200-HR teaching certification at the Himalayan Institute with a strong influence from Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga, whom with she continues to study presently. For many years Ashleigh traveled with and assisted John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, exploring the profound healing aspects of therapeutic asana. Ashleigh’s present passion is the deep exploration of the mystical and energetic side of the yoga practice and for this her primary teacher and long time inspiration is the great Sally Kempton.



Meg McCraken

Lover of life, yogini, trail runner, climber, snow boarder, mommy, writer, teacher, spiritual guide, activist and loyal friend on the path. Sometimes together, sometimes falling apart, but always inspired and empowered by love!

Meg is passionate about sharing the full, rich teachings of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, mudra, philosophy, poetry) in a truly experiential way that helps to positively transform our whole experience of being alive. Having worked as a yoga therapist for over a decade, she is continually inspired by the vitality of the human spirit and the power of yoga to help us tap into a deep source of well-being. She has been sharing the yoga life with all kinds of seekers for over 15 years, is a Wanderlust Presenter and Teacher Training Mentor; Co-Founder of the Alaya School of Yoga; the original founder of Simple Yoga and Wellness Studio; and leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats all over the world. You will also find her classes featured online at

She is forever a student and eternally grateful to her teachers Rod Stryker, Tias Little and Nischala Joy Devi for living and teaching with such dedication, presence, compassion, integrity and grace.



Dr. Justine Lemos

Guest Scholar for Advanced Training - Ayurveda, Herbalism and Self Care

Dr. Lemos has been studying Ayurveda's ancient healing practices for many years and has studied Clinical Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Spiritual Counseling and Jyotish (Vedic Astrology). She currently practices as an Ayurvedic practitioner and Ayurvedic Spiritual Counselor. She has studied Jyotish with Komilla Sutton and Sam Geppi. She offers private consults and workshops on Ayurveda and wellness. She has also completed extensive study on the relationship between Ayurveda and Yoga and trained as teacher of Hatha Yoga under Scott Miller of Western Yoga College, Kundalini Yoga at Yoga West and studied Yoga Philosophy under Pandit Sri Kumar in Kerala, India. She currently teaches as faculty at Western Yoga College and runs and owns at One Yoga ( on the Mendocino Coast. She also holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from UC Riverside in addition to a Master’s degree in Dance from Mills College, a Master’s degree in Anthropology from UC Riverside and a B.A. in World Dance from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.



Mary Wutz

Guest Scholar for Advanced Training - Ayurveda, Herbalism and Self Care

A graduate of The College of Charleston, The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy, California School of Herbal Studies, Living Light Culinary Institute, and Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Permaculture Design Program, Mary now serves as an herbalist, permaculturist, consciousness educator, and visionary.

By learning how ancient communities interact with plants, Mary has come to better understand their growth patterns, means of thriving, and inherent nourishing properties. Her desire to restore earth balance through deeper alignment with nature rests at the core of her plant- healing brand. Timeless wisdom inherent to systems in nature in uences every aspect of her business model from transparency in the production lifecycle, to collaboration with others, as well as self-healing education, which she teaches practically and by example.


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