Long Weekend Away: Yoga and Self Care Retreat in Hood River, OR

with Savonn Wyland (Bernal Yoga’s Founder and Co-Owner)

Thursday, May 3 – Sunday, May 6, 2018

$635 for the full retreat (3 nights/4 days)
Enjoy 3 nights and 4 days of taking care of yourself at Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge in Hood River, Oregon.  Make self care a priority with Yoga and MELT Method Classes, Luxury Accommodations, Most Meals and more!

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Weekend Highlights

  • Daily Yoga and/or MELT Method Classes taught by Savonn (Thursday early evening, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings).
  • Farm fresh dinner on Thursday and Saturday Night at Sakura Ridge by Chef Deanna Joyner.
  • Award winning homemade granola, yogurt, and tea/coffee will be available before each early morning class.
  • Gourmet breakfasts fresh from the farm (including eggs from the coop) will be served (plated) in the dining room after the morning classes.
  • 3 nights of luxury accommodations

The classes will be theme based and will be a blend of styles to best fit the overall group and time of day. You will experience a variety of nurturing classes that will enable you to feel focused and clear, and depending on the type of practice more energized or relaxed.

Optional Excursions and/or Add Ons:

  • Hiking: lots of options near to Hood River and along the Columbia River Gorge.
  • One on one yoga session with Savonn.
  • Wine Tastings/Tours around Hood River (many nearby options).
  • Art Galleries and Museums or sight seeing and shopping in the town of Hood River.
  • Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, and other outdoor activities.
  • Deeply restorative bodywork can be arranged onsite or locally in Hood River.


The retreat will be held at the stunning Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge in Hood River, Oregon, just about an hour drive north of Portland. Located in the heart of the Columbia Gorge scenic area, Sakura Farm and Lodge is perched on 72 acres of land. The farm has thousands of fruit trees and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs and berries. The area nearby is surrounded by miles of trails for hiking or running, and plenty of wineries and eateries for sipping and savoring. The town of Hood River is a convenient 5 mile drive away.

Sakura Ridge Farm and Lodge has world class views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area. The lodge is the right balance of rustic, tasteful and classy. The rooms have handcrafted hickory and cherry wood furniture, local artwork and private baths. There are acres of orchards, award winning gardens, wide open spaces and woodland areas for you to enjoy while staying at Sakura.

Rooms are double-occupancy, with 2 beds in each room or a couple can share a larger bed. All rooms have their own attached bath. All rooms have amazing views including direct views of cultivated gardens, Mt. Hood, rolling hills and valleys and expansive sky.

What's Included

  • 4 group classes (1 per day)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 gourmet farm fresh dinners at Sakura
  • 3 early am snacks (granola/yogurt/milk/coffee/tea)
  • 3 delicious breakfasts (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free options can be requested in advance).
  • Free time to simply stay at Sakura and read, nap, walk and visit and be surrounded by nature or time to explore, adventure, sight see and have fun visiting nearby trails, sights, and the town of Hood River.

Please use the buttons on the right to either pay your $300 deposit to secure your spot in the retreat or chose to pay in full $635.

  • 4 group Yoga and/or MELT method classes (1 per day)
  • 3 nights and 4 days of accommodations at Sakura Ridge Lodge and Farm
  • 2 gourmet farm fresh dinners at Sakura Ridge Lodge and Farm (Thursday and Saturday evenings)
  • homemade granola, yogurt, milk, coffee/tea in the early am before the morning classes
  • 3 delicious gourmet breakfasts (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free options can be requested in advance).

Long Weekend Away in Hood River Retreat

$300 deposit secures your spot in the retreat, balance due by April 1, 2018
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Long Weekend Away in Hood River Retreat

$635 full payment
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Frequently Asked Questions and Good Things to Know

What is the group size? Do I need to sign up with a friend or can I come solo?

The group size is limited to 10.  There are 5 bedrooms that can accommodate 2 people per room.

You can sign up with a friend or plan on coming solo. We will do our best to match you up with a great roommate.

How do I sign up? When are payments due?

You can reserve your spot with a $300 deposit. The remaining payment is due by April 1.  We prefer that you sign up online using a credit card.  However, you can also make arrangements with Savonn to pay by cash or check.

Can you tell me more about the lodge and the food situation?

The lodge has both a wonderful inside and outside common area. Inside there is a full kitchen (including fridge, stove, utensils, etc.). Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available 24/7. Inside there is also space to hang out, to chat, read or chill out on handmade rocking chairs or comfy sofas. There is a cozy wood burner and an inside swing too.

Lot of times a group will get together to have dinner on Friday night in Hood River. You can also make plans to go wherever you want for dinner or pick up provisions and stay at the Lodge.

You can bring extra food and store it in your room’s small fridge or in the larger fridge in the common area.

If you have dietary restrictions please let us know in advance.  Deanna, the chef, does her best to accommodate gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian or vegan requests.

You can bring your own wine/beer/cider for the dinners on Thursday and Saturday evenings.  Please act responsibly and with moderation with regards to consuming alcohol.

Is there a weekend schedule?

Below is a typical schedule for the retreat.  Times may change slightly.


4-6pm: Check in for your accommodations at Sakura Ridge
6:00-7:15pm: Group Class
7:30pm: Group Dinner at Sakura Ridge


7am: granola/yogurt and fresh brewed coffee available
8:00-9:45am: Group Class
10am: Breakfast
*Free Time*
6:30pm: Dinner on your own. Usually, a group of us will get together to check out a local Hood River restaurant.  Or we will bring food back to Sakura Ridge and eat outside (weather permitting) or in the common area.


7am: granola/yogurt and fresh brewed coffee available
8:00-9:45am: Group Class
10am: Breakfast
*Free Time*
7:00pm Group Dinner at Sakura Ridge with food provided by Chef Deanna Joyner


7am: granola/yogurt and fresh brewed coffee available
8:00-9:45am: Group Class
10am: Breakfast
11am: Check Out.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat and/or other props?

If you have your own mat please bring it with you.  If you do not have a mat or if you are flying into Portland and do not want to bring a mat, let Savonn know.  She has extras that she can loan to you.

Savonn will also have MELT soft foam rollers, MELT method balls, yoga blocks and yoga blankets to be used during the classes.

What is your payment, cancellation and refund policy?

Please note that the $300 deposit is non-refundable and secures your spot for the retreat. Full payment is due by April 1, 2017. If you have paid in full before April 1, 2017 and need to cancel, we will offer you a full refund (not including the deposit) minus a $75 processing fee.   As we need to pay the retreat center in advance, no refunds will be given for cancellations later than April 1, 2017.

What Some Others Have Said About the Retreat

“You created a glorious yoga retreat weekend for me, and I am so grateful for the time, space, beauty, coaching, peace, joy and good fun I enjoyed as a result.  Sakura was magical and I hope to join you and others there again soon.  Thank you for creating such a fabulous retreat.”

“The retreat at Sakura Ridge in September was exactly what I needed to feel nourished and rejuvenated for the school year ahead.  Every detail of the retreat was handled by Savonn and the amazing inn keepers at Sakura Ridge.  The lodge, farm and the   magnificent mountain provided a beautiful landscape to have this special experience.   The food was extraordinary and all of the shared meals were very relaxing and fun.
The group was friendly and welcoming and the yoga practice provided an opportunity for all of us to get to know one another in a deeper way have a memorable experience.  Savonn’s teaching is informed by many years of study and her instruction is skillful, gentle and I believe that all of us found what we were hoping to find in ourselves and in the experience of having a retreat away from the routine of work, home and family.   I look forward to creating time and space for another retreat with Savonn very soon.”

“I am a newbie to yoga and was apprehensive about the weekend. However, the instruction catered to the very experienced participants and to me. It was invigorating and inspiring. I’m 72–somewhat ancient–but I came away feeling wonderful. An amazing weekend with wonderful people.”