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Live Your Practice – August 2018

August 16, 2018 - August 27, 2018


Get away from your routine, and immerse yourself in the Forrest Yoga Practice at Sunburst Sanctuary and Farm (California). Imagine yourself waking up to marvel at the sunrise (or sleep in!) and enjoying a light, fresh breakfast. Delight in a daily morning Forrest Yoga Intensive, which includes an hour of ceremony and meditation followed by a sweaty, energizing 2-hour yoga practice. Afterwards, connect with friends over a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you’re free to do whatever you want – read a book, take a nap, walk through the gorgeous land at Sunburst, or explore the town of Lompoc. Apply the beauty of what you learn in the Forrest intensives to the rest of your day – that is your Practice. Return to Sunburst in time for a warm home-cooked dinner in community. Then witness the beautiful sunset to gaze at the stars before you fall asleep.


Sunburst Sanctuary and Organic Farm, located in California’s Central Coast (Lompoc, California), is a center for holistic learning, healing and conscious living, cared for by our cooperative community.
Their purpose is to create a fertile environment, within and without, that cultivates spiritual growth and nurtures each person’s direct experience of the Divine. This is the journey of Self-realization. In accordance with their mission, Sunburst is also passionate about exploring, implementing and sharing principles of regenerative Earth stewardship through permaculture and organic farming.


  • Daily 1-Hour Ceremony and Meditation
  • Daily 2-Hour Forrest Yoga morning intensive taught by Heidi Sormaz and Cat Allen
  • 3 Freshly Prepared Meals a Day by on-site chef (dinner on first night; breakfast and lunch on last day)
  • Intro to Forrest Yoga Workshops (April 28th and 29th afternoon)
  • Clean and comfortable accommodations
  • Meditation sessions by Sunburst Sanctuary teachers
  • Access to the Sunburst Sanctuary and Farm land


You will have free time in the afternoons to relax at Sunburst or explore the town.

Sight-see and experience what Lompoc has to offer. Below is a list of popular locales to visit. Please note that these excursions are an extra cost. You are responsible for contacting these establishments to see if they’re open, and if necessary, make pre-arrangements/reservations before you arrive.


Where is Sunburst? How do I get there?

Sunburst is at 7200 S Highway 1, Lompoc, California. It’s about a 45-minute drive west of the Santa Barbara airport. You could fly into Los Angeles, a bit farther away, from Sunburst. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Sunburst. Around February 2018, we will invite you to join a private Facebook group to help you arrange ride shares if you’re interested.

Where will I be sleeping? What are accommodations like?

You will be staying in a shared cabin: 3 people per cabin, 1 bed per person.
Shared bathrooms and showers for everyone.

Or you can camp. Bring your own tent.

Is there on-site laundry?

There are two washers and two dryers available for your use during designated times. Be prepared to donate $1 per wash and $1 per dry. Sunburst will provide detergent. Bring yoga  clothes that can be dried in the machine. There isn’t space on the property for everyone to hang-dry their clothes. You will be wearing about 2 different yoga outfits per day. We recommend that you bring at least 10 different yoga outfits.

When should I arrive and leave? What’s the schedule?

The retreat is August 16-28, 2018.
August 16:
check-in at 4pm, no activities planned. Dinner will be served.

August 17-27:
8:30am-11:30am 1-Hour Ceremony/Meditation + 2-Hour Forrest Yoga intensive
3 meals daily (but only breakfast and lunch on August 27)

August 18-19: additional Intro to Forrest Yoga Workshop in the afternoon

Afternoons are free time for relaxing or exploring Lompoc. Sunburst Meditation Facilitators will offer early morning meditation sessions that you’re welcome to attend.

What time are the morning intensives?

August 17-27:
8:30am-11:30am 1-Hour Ceremony/Meditation + 2-Hour Forrest Yoga intensive

August 18-19: additional Intro to Forrest Yoga Workshop in the afternoon

Afternoons are free time for relaxing or exploring Lompoc. Sunburst Meditation Facilitators will offer early morning meditation sessions that you’re welcome to attend.

Can I get CE credits with Yoga Alliance?

Yes, you can.

What is the meal schedule?

The price covers the following meals for each module:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner each day except for 1st and last days.
Dinner on first day (check-in/arrival day)
Breakfast and Lunch on the last day (check-out)

Can I stay at Sunburst an extra night?

Maybe! Contact Sunburst to arrange for staying an extra night (not included in your tuition).

What does the price cover?

The price covers all morning ceremony and intensives, the Intro to Forrest Yoga workshops, lodging, amenities, all meals.
It doesn’t cover travel costs, laundry, an extra night’s stay, excursions, locale visits, ground transportation.

Is there wifi and cell phone service?

There is cell phone service at Sunburst, but it can be spotty. AT&T works very well. Verizon works ok. Sunburst also has wireless Internet available in one designated outdoors area next to the office. There is no wireless Internet available anywhere else. You are welcome to bring your own personal hotspot device or commit to unplugging throughout the training.

Can I get a refund or a credit if I need to cancel?

The Forrest Yoga Organization’s policy is no refunds, no credits, no exceptions.

I have a roommate preference. Can I choose my roommates?

We understand that some of you have friends who are also taking the training and that you’d like to room with them. The answer is – most likely, yes. While we cannot guarantee it, you have a better chance of being able to room with each other, the sooner you register. When you fill out the registration form, answer the roommate preference question to inform us of your preference.

I see that there are two Live Your Practice retreats, in April and August. Am I required to attend both?

You aren’t required to attend both retreats. Come to one or both, your choice. The 3-Hour morning intensives are part of the 200-Hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training being taught by Heidi Sormaz and Cat Allen. In addition to the intensives, you’re welcome to attend meditation sessions independently facilitated by Sunburst Sanctuary as well as the afternoon Intro to Forrest Yoga Workshops on August 25-26.

I have a question that I can’t find the answer to.

Message us in the below Contact Form.


Early Bird deadline is February 19, 2018.

Entire Retreat: $1499 Early Bird / $1899 Regular
Weekend Retreat (Friday-Sunday): $299 Early Bird / $699 Regular

Entire Retreat: $1154 Early Bird / $1554 Regular
Weekend Retreat (Friday-Sunday): $259 Early Bird / $659 Regular


    • Early Bird Deadline is February 19, 2018 or when spots sell out, whichever comes first.
    • Refunds: NO refunds, credits or transfers for cancellation for residential or non-residential packages and single intensives. No exceptions.
    • Accommodations Changes: If you switch to another accommodation type, there will be a $100 admin fee applied to your balance or deducted from your credit.


If you want to live on-site for the residential retreat, click on the large purple button. If you only want to take the intensives but stay off-site, click on paypal.

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August 16, 2018
August 27, 2018
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Sunburst Sanctuary
7200 S. Highway One
Lompoc, CA 93436 United States
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