Women's Wellness and Yoga Retreat - Transforming Inquiry into Insight by Gabby Yates and Abbie Zimmerman

Women's Wellness and Yoga Retreat - Transforming Inquiry into Insight by Gabby Yates and Abbie Zimmerman


Join Abbie and Gabby in the Mendocino highlands for a full moon weekend that will also be full of inquiry, insight and yoga! 

Choosing to be present in our bodies while we practice yoga gives us ample access to our internal landscape and the messages and values that we bathe ourselves in day and night. Practicing self-care eventually requires us to encounter some of those not so helpful messages, get to know them with patience and compassion and ultimately transform them into supportive, nurturing messages that help us to cultivate insight and radiance from the inside out. Being in the good company of like-minded women as we put some of these transformative tools into practice will illuminate our capacity to support each other’s growth.


During this retreat Gabby and Abbie will facilitate a space where you will…..


  • Practice yoga that is challenging, aligned and designed to deepen your relationship with you so that as inquiry arises you are receptive and spacious to transform it into insight.

  • Engage in reflective activities that support cultivating curiosity and creativity around your internal landscape.

  • Develop strategies and tools to take home with you that will support a sustainable self-care regime tailored to you.

  • Nurture community with women that hold similar values dear to them as you do.

  • Reflect and quiet your mind in nature and under the full moon to illuminate and clarify your vision of self-care.

  • Eat delicious, local and organic food loving prepared for you.



The yoga practice is all levels and Gabby will meet you at your level with options to practice at the precipice of your own edge of growth. Themes include: showing up for yourself, grounding and centering, restorative yoga – don’t fight the tide, just rest and compassion and resilience- they go together. Please bring a journal as each yoga class with have an inquiry piece that requires writing. Please let Gabby know if you are working with injury or mobility issues – Backtothebody@gmail.com

Mindfulness Practice

Abbie is an LCSW and trained Mindfulness Practice facilitator and will offer activities that foster insight and awareness that you can continue to utilize after the retreat. This is not a therapy retreat but if more intense emotions arise, Abbie will be available during the retreat for individual check-ins if needed. 


All meals are vegetarian, local, organic and loving prepared by the retreat hosts. Please let Gabby know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. Backtothebody@gmail.com

Zazen Retreat Center

Zazen is located just two hours north of San Francisco, in the Mendocino highlands between Ukiah and the Mendocino coast. The facility is nested on forty acres atop a mountain with expansive views in all directions. Orr Hot Springs and the magical Montgomery State Redwood Forest are their neighbors.

Abbie’s Bio:

Abbie Zimmerman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her Master’s degree from Hunter School of Social Work in New York City, with the focus on individual psychotherapy. 15 years ago, Abbie moved to San Francisco, where she found an amazing network of providers interested in addressing social change and advocacy. Abbie began working for various non-profits working with high risk teenagers utilizing community organizing, peer mentorship and youth employment services to address their needs.
For the last 10 years Abbie has been practicing family and individual psychotherapy, obtaining her LCSW and focusing on trauma, attachment theory and mindfulness practices. In 2012 Abbie received training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) helping those that had suffered for years with trauma, a way to heal the brain on a more permanent and organic level. EMDR is just one tool she uses in her practice in addition to other approaches including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness based treatment.

Gabby's Bio:

Gabby's teaching style is primarily informed by years of study with Iyengar teachers and Noah Maze. She’s been a yoga student for almost 25 years and began teaching in 2000. She continues to be known as a teacher that creates a supportive class environment where challenging, alignment oriented yoga and clear, precise instruction coalesce to foster growth and learning. Gabby holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and French and, after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, she earned a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation. While working in Kosovo and Afghanistan for INTERSOS and Consultants for Collective Response as an Intercultural Dialogue Consultant reintegrating returned refugees, she facilitated reconciliation and dialogue workshops with local leaders that integrated yoga as a healing tool. She believes in the power of mindful, engaged dialogue to prevent violent conflict and she also believes in the power of yogis uniting their hearts and minds to build peace in their communities and beyond. Gabby lives with her family in San Francisco and teaches both in the Bay Area and internationally. You can find her at the Yoga Tree in Potrero Hill, The Mindful Body or at Homeless Prenatal Program. www.gabbyyates.com

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Giving Thanks - An Acro Retreat

Giving Thanks - An Acro Retreat

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Join us for three and a half days of acro, handstands and Thai massage at Zazen Retreat Center, in Ukiah. Nestled in the rolling hills of northern California, Zazen is less than six miles from Orr Hot Springs and Montgomery Redwood Forest. Prepare to indulge all of your senses over the course of our time together. 

During this retreat we will work hard, and leave time for replenishment in the hot springs and nearby redwood forest. Each day will begin with time in silence for meditation and personal practice, and close with therapeutics in the form of Thai massage and partner stretching. Over the course of the weekend we will focus on building your acro skill bank. We'll review a few washing machines then teach you new ones, condition the fundamentals, pop the pops, and spend time exploring creative flow. And because we are who we are - we will intersperse injury prevention tips and incorporate education on anatomy and biomechanics so that you leave this retreat not only with new tricks up your sleeve, but also with a working knowledge of how it is your body does the amazing things you have trained it to do.

Pre-requisites: The material being shared is at a solid intermediate level, with progressions offered for more advanced students. We assume that you have familiarity with standard acro poses and some experience in a handstand; see list below. If you have questions about this list please contact us directly at PrecisionAcrobaticsSF@gmail.com.  

>> Star, reverse star, front plank <-> shoulder stand <-> back plank, foot to hand
>> Hold a handstand at wall for 20 seconds; 45s plank

Of note: This retreat is limited to 16 participants, and will be an alcohol and substance free event.

Zazen Retreat Center is located on 30 acres in Mendocino County, under 3 hours north of San Francisco, 6 miles from Orr Hot Springs. It is a private retreat space ideal for intimate gatherings. There are private and shared accommodations, a dedicated practice space, and organic vegetarian meals served daily.

Sample Schedule (subject to adaptation):
7-8am: silent time for meditation, journaling, and personal practice
8-9am: breakfast  
9:30-noon: morning movement: handstands, strength training, partner inversions/calibrations, acro fundamentals
noon-1pm: lunch
*1-5pm: free time to enjoy hiking, Orr Hot Springs, personal time
5-7pm: afternoon practice: partner calibrations and acro adventures (machines, pops, icarian, games, creative flow)
7-8:30pm: dinner
8:30-9:30: therapeutics
*On one of the days we will have less free time and more structured training time.

Details about the event:
Dates: Wednesday 11/22 (evening arrival) through Sunday 11/26 (mid-day departure)
Prices**: Single bed: $850
Queen shared bed: $750
Shared room of 4: $700
Camping: $550
Early bird is $50 off before 9/1.

Prices include lodging, organic vegetarian meals, and 4-6 hrs of training per day. 
Location: Zazen Retreat Center, 8150 Orr Springs Road, Ukiah, CA

**Day passes to Orr ($30) not included

Cancellation policy:  
Refund minus $100 processing fee if we can fill your spot by 10/1.
Note: Lodging of your replacement needs to be a spot of equal or greater value.

Our intention in offering this retreat is to join together in community to celebrate our love for acro, and to quietly reflect on all of the reasons we have to give thanks. We want to train hard, engage in knowledge sharing and curious exploration, eat good food, restore our bodies, and laugh a lot. We are excited to be finishing our first year of teaching as "Precision Acrobatics" and want to celebrate with you!

About the instructors:  

Ariel and Liz began their acrobatics partnership in 2009; dare we say it was love at first flight? They have trained extensively with world renowned coaches over their years of practice together and have been teaching as part of the YogaSlackers crew since 2011. In 2017 they founded Precision Acrobatics to share their teaching in a more structured format. Motivated by the interplay of strength and receptivity, Ariel and Liz are known for challenging their students with new material in a way that is safe and attainable. 

Ariel has a Doctorate in Pharmacy and certifications in the following yoga disciplines: Ashtanga, AcroYoga, YogaSlackers, Thai Massage/Pranassage. Liz is a licensed physical therapist and is certified in the following disciplines: massage therapy, yoga therapy, and YogaSlackers.

New Year’s Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Presence, Intention & Renewal

New Year’s Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Presence, Intention & Renewal

New Year’s Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat: Presence, Intention & Renewal

Friday December 29th, 2017 – Monday January 1st, 2018

Join Monique for a 4-day (3 night) silent yoga and meditation retreat at Zazen’s beautiful, secluded retreat center in Mendocino. This retreat will include 3 sessions per day, including: yin yoga, mindful flow, meditation and dharma talk. There will be free time each afternoon for self-reflection. Three nourishing, organic vegetarian meals will be provided daily. For an extended retreat (just a few miles away) are the healing waters of Orr Hot Springs and the beautiful Montgomery State Redwood Forest.

Entering the New Year in silence can be a profound way to renew ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our daily practices will focus on deepening presence in our lives, and clarifying intentions as we enter the New Year.

All levels of yoga practice are welcome. Some meditation experience is preferred, but not required. To allow time for connection, we will enter silence together after the evening session on Friday, until after the morning session on New Years day.

To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of reach, though it is never far from us. By entering that silence, the unspeakable shows itself as the thread of light that holds the web of life together.  -Mark Nepo 

private room: 650 / shared room: 525  / camping: 375

To reserve your place, email mhaancsp@gmail.com




Monique’s yoga classes are held with a therapeutic intention. Her work as a Somatic (body-oriented) therapist naturally informs the language and sequencing of the practice. She believes that yoga is an opportunity to listen deeply to the natural intelligence of our bodies, and learn to inhabit ourselves in new ways. Through this more integrated place, we discover authenticity in being and expression. Monique completed her 500-hour teacher training at Yoga Tree in San Francisco, and mentored privately for several years with Dina Amsterdam (founder of InnerYoga). Monique also has a private psychotherapy practice at Zazen, where she is enjoying deepening the Somatic work with her clients.