“Yoga for Trauma Recovery Retreat”-Reconnecting the Heart Center

With Joanne Varni and Rebekah Tayebi



Join Joanne and Rebekah for a weekend of heart opening, healing and inspiration in beautiful Soquel California at Lane of the Medicine Buddha.

Through dharma talks, meditation, chanting, yoga, hiking in nature, and expressive art, we will bring our attention back to our heart center with courage, inspiration, healing, and heart opening (Saturday’s theme). We change gears on Sunday and will look for the endless opportunities, as well as the grace that’s required, to open our hearts to others with an opportunity to seal our commitment with our Boddhi Sattva vows. On Monday we will celebrate with a sun rise meditation followed by sun salutations.

We invite you to unplug for a day or for the entire weekend!

What’s included:


Agenda for the weekend (subject to change)



Welcome Session


Restorative practice



Early am meditation


Dharma talk




Hike/walking meditation

Expressive art (Saturday)

Other heart opening practices

Evening restorative practice w/bowls



Sunrise Meditation/Sun Salutations



Gentle Yoga


Check out (ends at 2pm)





For entire weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday)




For 2 nights




For One Night




Commuter (7am-9pm~Includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

$200 per day (Saturday and Sunday Only)


Space is limited.  Contact Joanne at Joanne@joannevarni.com to sign up.

Breathe in Bhutan with Joanne Varni and Jennifer Prugh

Join Breathe for the trip of a lifetime to the country of Bhutan; the world’s last remaining Buddhist kingdom with Jennifer Prugh and Joanne Varni! Bhutan is situated high in the Himalayas where the views of these majestic mountains, wild life, and plant life can be breathtaking.

Why would you want to go to Bhutan? In addition to it’s beauty, Bhutan is the most environmentally focused country in the world. Their country boasts 68% area of forest cover (compared to 33% in the US). Bhutan’s annual emission of CO2 per capita is around 0.2 ton as compared to the world average of 4.5 ton in 2004. We have so much to learn from this amazing country, it’s culture, and it’s example on what it means to be a part of the solution to creating a healthier world.

Bhutan has developed the philosophy of Gross National Happiness; where development is measured using a holistic approach of well being, not just based on gross domestic product. Sustainable socio-economic development and preservation and protection of the environment is the forefront of Government policy. The government’s high value-low volume” tourism policy limits the amount of tourists who can visit, and keeps foreign influences at bay, while nurturing the Bhutanese values giving Bhutan a look and feel different from any other country.

Each day while visiting this unique, beautiful, and happy country, we will practice yoga and then journey to see and experience what this great culture has to offer, including visiting dzongs, monasteries (the spectacular Paro Taktsang (Eagles Nest), as well as interacting with the happy and friendly Bhutanese people. We will also enjoy a special presentation on Gross national happiness, have lunch on a local farm, and receive a special Tibetan Blessing on our final day at Kichu Lhakhang.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime chance to visit one of the most spectacular places on earth. This retreat is limited to 15 participants. Due to the unique planning needed to make this retreat a reality, we will need commitment early on from participants. A non-refundable $1500 deposit AND a color copy of your current passport by 6/15/17, (MUST be current through 8/18) holds your spot.

Highlights include hikes and visits to the following (a complete itinerary in PDF form is below):


Hiking to the Cheri Monestary in Thimphu

Evening talk on Gross National Happiness and how it makes Bhutan unique

Takin preserve center

National Memorial Chorten

Visiting Dochula pass with the option of leaving prayer flags!

Chimi Lhakhang

Punakha Dzong

Phobjikha valley

Rafting on the Mo Chu River!

Taktsang Monastery (Eagles Nest)

Special blessing ceremony at the temple Kichu Lhakhang

Lunch at local farmhouse


An informational meeting on Saturday, April 15th at 7pm at Breathe Together Yoga.


Travelers must be in good health and able to deal with high altitude conditions and hiking.


Dates :

April 6th-April 16th, 2018



Early Bird until June 1, 2017

$5800 per person (double occupancy)

$6800 per person (double occupancy)


Single Supplement- $ 950


A non-refundable $1500 deposit, a signed retreat agreement, AND a color copy of your current passport (must be current through 11/18) by 6/1/17 holds your spot. Please contact Katie at katie@breathetogetheryoga.com to reserve your spot.




  • All airport transfers
  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] as indicated
  • All sightseeing as indicated with English speaking guide
  • Blessing ceremony at Kyichu Lakhang
  • Talk by a Gross National Happiness expert
  • Meal at a farm-house in Paro
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
  • Visa Fee.
  • Tourism Development fund




  • Roundtrip Airfare to Bangkok
  • Overnight stay in Bangkok on 4/5/18
  • Estimated Druk airfare (from Bangkok to Paro)–US $700 (subject to change)
  • Insurance
  • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges
  • Tips ($150 will be collected at the beginning of the trip) or any other services.






Previous Retreats


Breathe Together Yoga in Vietnam and Cambodia
March 13, 2016-March 26, 2016


Join Jennifer Prugh and Joanne Varni for an action-packed yoga retreat to Vietnam and Cambodia, visiting some of the most spiritual and visually astounding places in the world. We created a special agenda that will allow us to experience these beautiful, historic, and sought after locations. While there, we will visit centuries-old towns and discover ruins of ancient civilization. By boat, we will enjoy the beauty of Hanoi Bay and the serenity of Trang An Grottoes. At Bakheng Mountain, we will climb 625 steps to where an ancient temple awaits us. We will experience arguably the most breath-taking sunrises and sunsets in the world, including the Spring Equinox sunrise over the Temples of Angkor. The Beng Melea Jungle Temple resides, literally, in a jungle including vines to swing on and lush green foliage at every turn. You will be able to take a swim beneath the waterfall on Kulen Mountain (the same waterfall Angelina Jolie swam in Tomb Raider), relax on the beaches of Hoi An Ancient Town, and stroll along the riverside at dusk to witness the old, colorful lanterns as they light up the town. Our journey will continue with a drive down the beautiful coast to Hue. We’ll wind down our adventure by riding in boats and exploring the Phang Nha Caves, which are some of the largest known caves in the world. Once we are back in Hanoi we will conclude or memorable trip with a visit to Hue Imperial Citadel and close our retreat with a delicious 6-course dinner.
Pricing$2999 total (double occupancy)
Additional $800 for single occupancy

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $1500 secures your spot on this retreat. The remaining balance of $1499 is due December 1, 2015. Please contact Joanne Varni at joanne@joannevarni.com with questions or to process your deposit. Click here for detailed itinerary.