Shree Yoga Retreats

Our retreats offer you the opportunity to unplug and take time out from the fast pace of daily life in a way that will nourish your body and soul.  We retreat to a beautiful environment, with delicious food and a sweet community to practice daily yoga, meditation, and journaling together.  You are welcome.  Join us.

The Grand Tapestry of Life: Autumn Retreat

Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, October 25-27, 2024 with Chaya Spencer at Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale, NY

For women only.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

~ John Muir

Life on Earth is a grand tapestry, woven by countless organisms interacting with their environment. This interconnected web is the essence of the Gaia hypothesis, suggests that Earth is a living superorganism that includes all living things and their environment.  All living beings contribute to this system, playing a vital role in maintaining the conditions necessary for life to thrive. By reconnecting with nature, we deepen our understanding of this interdependence and our place within it and how we all share a collective breath. This connection is what yoga and this retreat is all about.

Our retreat center, Lifebridge Sanctuary, offers us a space of peace, nature and quiet to introspect, practice yoga, eat well and rest in beauty inside and out.  The Sanctuary is a 12,000 square foot hand crafted, green facility on 95 acres of forest and spectacular open space on the Northern crest of the Shawangunk Ridge, less than 90 minutes from Shree.

Accommodations are simple, organic and comfortable shared in the Main House or the Garden House a five minute walk away.  We’ll dine on homecooked, healthy vegetarian meals: brunch and dinner. We’ll have the entire sanctuary to ourselves: three ponds, a labyrinth to walk, trails to hike, gazebos to sit in, a fire pit, living rooms with games and books and of course, yoga and meditation for all level of students in the Upper Room.  Surrounded by large windows, you will be treated to panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains as you practice, dine and relax in your room.

Your weekend retreat includes:

  • 4 yoga classes for all levels
  • 2 morning meditations
  • 4 vegetarian meals
  • Tree meditation and group hike
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Fire pit gathering
  • Free time

Scroll down to see sample schedule and video.

The retreat is for women only.

Registration Details and Early Bird Discount (save $50 before August 1 with code RETREAT50 )

Rooms have comfortable twin beds, organic bed linens and great views.  Spacious living rooms make for a comfortable place to relax, read or play games. Rooms in the Main House are ensuite with 3-4 people per room and first come first serve.  Rooms in the Garden House can be single, double or triple and have hallway bathrooms shared by up to four people.  If you have friends joining you let Chaya know so she can put you together.  Room prices include your full retreat costs.  There are no other fees.  Room prices are per person.

Register before August 1 and receive a $50 discount  with discount code: RETREAT50. 

You’ll receive a letter detailing what to bring with you to the retreat the week before.


The Fine Print

There are no refunds after October 10 for any reason, though you may send someone in your place.  Refunds are available up until October 10 less a $125 administration fee.

The Shree Yoga Spring Retreat:  Bud to Blossom held at Lifebridge Sanctuary was truly an inspirational, heart-opening experience.  Chaya’s teachings provided a warm, safe space to settle and unwind.  The beautiful theme inspired all to engage in self-awareness and contemplate opening heart and mind.   Through guided meditation and all levels of yoga practice, I felt a sense of renewal to reaffirm my practice and connect with my inner self.  In addition, I felt a strong, joyful energy between all attendees as we shared yoga, meditation, food and the natural surroundings of the sanctuary.  I can’t wait to go to the Autumn retreat!


Shree Yoga’s fall retreat provided a wonderful escape from our busy lives and an opportunity to disconnect, be present, practice yoga with intention, and be a part of a loving community.


The retreats offerred by Chaya and Shree are an opportunity for both self-care and community in a beautiful setting


I look forward each spring and fall to the Shree retreats. Chaya does an amazing job weaving each retreat’s theme into the entire weekend making the asana practices purposeful, the discussions inspiring, and reflections meaningful.

Ann Marie

Bud to Blossom harvests awareness and acceptance of oneself,  surrendering to individual needs, budding and blossoming at each individual’s own, unique pace, and loving your divine self in all aspects.  The retreat truly encompasses the awakening of all senses from physical movement , music and taste, to social and emotional meditative connections, to life changing enlightenments.   Chaya, you are a gift and blessing to this world and we are the lucky and appreciative ones who are in your light, inspired by you.  Thank you for all you are to us and especially to me.


I loved everything about the retreat. I loved the setting of the forest, and even though it was a rainy weekend, I still felt the presence of the trees, and I loved listening to the rain; it was soothing and gentle. Listening to the softness of the falling raindrops helped me to unwind and to open up. I also loved the yoga sessions for a 2 hour stretch, (literally and figuratively) and I appreciated the time to sit and meditate with Chaya’s guidance. I was intrigued by the chanting we did, also guided by Chaya and her magical singing voice. The camaraderie was electric. I think everyone wanted to be there and to be together, and the food was shared with enthusiasm and warmth.


It truly was an amazing group of women from different walks of life with a common intention. I liked the balance of activities, quiet time and group time. I love the size of the group. Big enough to be interesting and feel like a group and small enough to get to know people without it being overwhleming.


Sample Schedule (subject to change):


  • 4:30 – 6:00 pm check in. Once you’re checked in, take a hike, walk the labyrinth or chill in the living room
  • 6:00 pm Orientation in the Upper Room
  • 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 8:00 -9:15 pm gentle yoga and yoga Nidra before bed



  • 8:00 – 8:30 am Meditation
  • 9:15 – 11:00 am Yoga
  • 11:30 am Brunch
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm Free time – take a hike, walk the labyrinth or chill in the living room
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm optional journaling in the library
  • 3:45 pm – 5.00pm Gentle and Restorative Yoga
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm Fire Pit Gathering weather permitting



  • 8:00 – 8:30 am Meditation
  • 9:15 – 11:15 am Yoga
  • 11:45 am Brunch
  • 1:00 pm Check out and departure

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