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Taos October 2007 Retreat

" When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you and health and harmony to the world - not by withdrawing from the world but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity." -   B.K.S. Iyengar

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Yoga Garden Retreats invites you to...

Join Gay White & Patricia DeWar
for 5 Days of Yoga in Taos, New Mexico
& 5 nights at the historic
Mabel Dodge Luhan House

October 15-20, 2007


Join Gay & Patricia in the high desert and strengthen your practice in a 5 day Yoga Retreat with 5 nights at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in  Taos, New Mexico

Join Gay and Patricia DeWar for Gay's Seventh Annual retreat at the magical Mabel Dodge Luhan House.  We have received such wonderful feedback on past retreats, we have scheduled another fall retreat. Reserve now to enjoy the serenity and beauty of autumn time in the high desert....this is a wonderful time to enjoy the beauty of the high plateau surrounded by the striking Sangre de Cristo Mountains...join us for a magical five days at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico.

During this retreat we will be strengthening your practice and building inner reserves before the holidays.
The retreat is for for yoga practitioners with some experience, who are interested in deepening their practice together in  a beautiful setting.  The first class will begin late Monday afternoon, and the retreat will end after the morning class on Saturday. There will be two long classes daily Tuesday to Friday.


The Mabel Dodge Luhan House has been a gathering place for artists and thinkers to relax and recover their energy since the 1920s when New York art patroness Mabel Dodge and Taos Pueblo Indian Antonio Luhan built the rambling hacienda “Los Gallos” at the base of Sacred Mountain.  The dramatic landscape and quiet of the area make it a perfect setting for going deeper into the practice of Yoga.

Romance, warm adobe charm, early century elegance, historic relevance. Herringbone vigas, traditional arched doorways, kiva fireplaces, and carved pillars. A welcoming hearth and relaxed ambiance. Panoramic view. Quiet patios and a tree-lined acequia. The Mabel Dodge Luhan House offers you supportive solitude for creative reflection. Today, the house is still secluded at the end of a quiet road not far from the center of town, within walking distance to shops, restaurants and spas, national forests are nearby. Experience yoga in a truly extraordinary setting; the Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a destination in and of itself yet Taos is just a few minute walk.

Late October is a beautiful time in Taos. The crowds are gone and you can enjoy Taos like the locals. Days can be brisk with temperatures in the 50s and 60s with crisp nights and glittering skies. Weather is generally dry with the occasional snowfall or shower can adding a touch of magic to the landscape. Bring sunscreen for the days and a warm jacket for the beautiful clear, starry nights; layering your clothing is the key to comfort.

For further information on the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, see their  website at .


The first class will begin late Monday afternoon, and the retreat will end after the morning class on Saturday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be two long yoga classes. as well as lots of time to explore the striking beauty of the surrounding land. Delicious meals, cooked in the local southwestern tradition,  are included with dinner on Monday night,  three meals Tuesday through Friday, and breakfast Saturday.


Taos is three hours north of Albuquerque. You can fly non-stop into Albuquerque on the Southwest Airlines from Oakland. Flights are available from major airports around the country for participants not originating in the SF Bay Area. You can take a connecting flight into Taos airport or arrange shuttle service or car rental for the drive. Public transportation is somewhat limited in Taos so a rental car can make a big difference if you plan to explore Taos and its surroundings. Allow approximately three hours travel time by car or shuttle from Albuquerque to Taos.

If you arrive early enough in Albuquerque, the drive to Taos can turn in an enjoyable day of visits to the towns along the side roads to Taos.  From hand-woven rugs to local art and handicrafts, Pueblos hundreds of years old and striking vistas, the drive can become an adventure! Get a guidebook and read about the rich history and sightseeing opportunities as you travel north; first on the Turquoise Trail and then the high road into Taos.  

Please make your own air and ground transportation arrangements. More information will be provided upon registration.  


The fees including meals and classes are:

Historic House:
$1,210 Double
$1,485 Single

Guest House:
$1,160 Double
$1,310 Single

There may be space available for non-participating partners based on a shared room - please check with Gay for rates and availability.

A $500 deposit will reserve your place with the balance due by August 31, 2007. $250 of the deposit is refundable for cancellations before August 31.  After August 31, refunds will be given if a replacement can be found less a $250 administrative fee.

About Gay White

Gay White has taught yoga since 1989. She teaches Iyengar-style yoga for all levels and is on the faculty of the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program. She teaches courses in breathing awareness, developing a sense of touch, and backbends, as well as an innovative flowing style of practice called Yoga Movement. Her classes offer a gentle yet challenging approach to practice.  Gay’s retreats offer a quiet space for going deeply into the healing and energizing aspects of yoga.  She was the founder and artistic director of the Yoga Garden Dancers and has performed and produced many evenings of dance and theater. Her classes offer a deep, vigorous approach as well as a quiet context for going inward. Gay leads several retreats each year and appreciates the focus and fresh perspective a yoga retreat offers. 

About Patricia DeWar

Patricia Dewar currently teaches and trains yoga teachers in Saskatchewan. She is the former director of Yoga Central in Saskatoon Saskatchewan , Canada. Inaddition to her training in the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA she is qualified as a teacher in Critical Alignment YogaTherapy by Gert van Leewen and as a Relax and Renew practitioner by Judith Lasater. Her strong interest years of study in different body modalities that view the body as a vehicle of consciousness brings an added perspective and enjoyment for moving deeply into the pose.




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 Please send this form with your $250 deposit (balance due by August 31, 2005) or full payment to:

Gay White
PO Box 5677
Berkeley, CA 94705

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