Winter Retreat – Finding the Light in the Darkness with Melina Meza & Baxter Bell, MD

December 14-16, 2018

Winter is coming!!! Join us for an unforgettable and deeply nourishing yoga retreat at our favorite Northern California retreat center. This retreat, led by two experienced instructors, will be a wonderful way to pause and immerse yourself in the practice of yoga and mindfulness during the busy holiday season. Melina will share winter Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga classes, introduce Ayurvedic practices for self-care, and teach Yin Yoga to prepare your body and mind for meditation.Baxter will be offering tools to help you turn inward and replenish your energy during this slow, quiet time of the year.

Our yoga getaway will be perfect way to deepen your practice while simultaneously keeping your inner fire (agni) bright during this dark season. And there is no better place to do this than the stunning Ratna Ling Retreat Center, located just 90 miles north of San Francisco in the redwood forests of Sonoma County (roughly 30 minutes from the town of Jenner). Easily accessible from the San Francisco area, this is a great getaway for Bay Area folks as well as those coming from farther afield!

At Ratna Ling, enjoy your own bedroom in a gorgeous cottage, wholesome vegetarian meals, soaring, timber-frame retreat facilities, and an environment that fosters an appreciation for the boundless potential within each of us.

Morning practices will be invigorating (yang) while afternoon classes will be restorative (yin).

Winter Solstice Retreat Schedule

3:00pm Check in
4:30-6:00pm Yoga
6:00pm Dinner

7:15-8:00am Pranayama/Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:30am-12:30pm Yoga
12:30pm Lunch
Free Time
4:15-5:45pm Yoga
6:00pm Dinner
7:45pm Yoga Nidra

8:00-10:00am Meditation/Yoga
10:00am Brunch
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Cost:  $650 per person (if paid with check), $660 (if paid with credit card)
(includes yoga, your own bedroom in a shared cottage, and gourmet meals)

To secure your spot, please send a *non-refundable deposit check (made out to Melina Meza) of $200 by September 30, 2018.

Melina Meza (check payable to Melina)
c/o Baxter Bell
PO Box 20655
Oakland, CA 94620-0655
Attn: Winter Retreat

In addition to your deposit check, please include:
Roommate preference (if relevant), and an email address and telephone number for each participant.

Final balance or full payment is due by November 1, 2018.
*Refunds: If we can fill your spot we will refund your deposit minus $50 or if paid in full, $600.

Ship to Price Tax Shipping Total
Ratna Ling Winter Retreat (pay in full option) $660.00 $0.00 $0.00 $660.00
Ratna Ling 2nd Payment (for those who've already paid deposit) $460.00 $0.00 $0.00 $460.00

For any questions, please email Melina at

Read more about Dr. Baxter Bell:
Ratna Ling: Photo Gallery, Directions, Accommodations