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Upcoming Retreats


December 13-17, 2018


Join Roger and Albina Rippy, a husband and wife team of experienced yoga teachers, community leaders, life coaches, entrepreneurs and world travelers for a long weekend of yoga and fun in the snow in the enchanted beauty and magic of Taos, New Mexico.

Ski & Yoga Retreat 2018 is our 4th annual gathering of like-minded people who are thirsty for upgrading and constantly evolving their happy, healthy and inspired lives.

We spend the day skiing and having all the fun in the snow or enjoying the art galleries and shops in town, have a daily yoga and meditation class and spend the evening connecting through dharma talk and reflection.


Roger and Albina Rippy are yoga teachers, conscious community leaders and yoga studio owners in Houston, Texas and Taos, New Mexico with over 33 years of collective yoga practice and over 18 years of collective teaching experience.  They founded and cultivated YogaOne Studios to a community of 7 yoga studios in Houston, Texas and the Blue Sky Retreat Center, a historic mountain retreat center in Taos, New Mexico. They have three children and a fluffy dog named, Dante. Their purpose is to help people live happy, healthy and inspired lives through yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, heathy eating and conscious living.

Roger and Albina have been leading RYT-200 hour beginner and RYT-300 hour advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2008 graduating over 1000 trainees. Roger and Albina co-founded and co-produced the Texas Yoga Conference from 2010-2013 in Houston, TX with peak attendance of 1500 people. Collectively, over the years, Roger and Albina have led over 7,000 yoga classes with over 100,000 students


Single Occupancy $1,099 per person (your own room with bathroom, queen)

Couples Getaway $1,599 per couple (king bed, own room and bathroom)

Roommates $899 per person (you share a room with a new friend, you get your own bed and share a bathroom)

To register, send the registration amount to Blue Sky via PAYPAL


Retreat includes:

Lodging at the Blue Sky Retreat at the historic San Geronimo Lodge – 4 night (please let us know if you want to extend your stay and add more nights at a 10% discount)

Breakfast and Dinner daily – Albina’s mother is an exceptional cook and she will be preparing all of our meals with tender love and care

Daily yoga and meditation

Evening Dharma Talks and Coaching


Not included: transportation to Taos, ski lifts, Ojo Caliente hot springs trip, lunch.


Tentative schedule subject to change:

7-8am breakfast

8am-4:30pm fun time (skiing, snow boarding,  snow shoe-ing, snow mobiles, Ojo Caliente trip, exploring Taos art galleries and shops, etc.)

5-6pm yoga and meditation

6:30-7:30pm dinner

7:30-9pm Dharma Talk and Connection Time


You can drive to Taos from Texas (it is a 14 hour drive and the Rippys do it all the time).  For winter conditions, we recommend a 4-wheel drive.

If you decide to fly, the closest airports are Santa Fe (1.5 hrs away) and ABQ (2.5 hrs away).  You can rent a car or arrange a Taos Ski Valley Shuttle to pick you up.

If you rent a car, get an all wheel or 4-wheel drive.


Register by sending your investment for the registration options listed above to Blue Sky Retreat Center via PayPal now

*Registration is non-refundable

New Light: A Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Marie Marchand

August 17-24, 2019


Join Kripalu Yoga Teacher Marie Marchand for seven days of yoga, meditation and daily adventures in the Land of Enchantment.

This retreat is designed to meet you where you are and provide the perfect balance of quiet introspection & rest with time spent exploring the amazing light, landscapes and cultures of Northern New Mexico.

The retreat will include daily morning yoga practice, some afternoon meditation workshops, as well as daily adventures throughout northern New Mexico. We’ll spend a day in Georgia O’Keeffe Country, touring her home and studio and visiting Ghost Ranch where she lived and painted some of her most iconic scenes. Other outings include a rejuvenating day at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa, a visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the stunning Rio Grande Gorge. Of course there will be plenty of opportunities for some quiet time to slow down and do whatever nourishes your soul ~ read, write, nap, swim, enjoy the hot tub, make new friends, walk the meditation path & labyrinth or just sit and watch the amazing New Mexico sky and the constantly changing light.

This retreat is perfect for solo travelers, groups of friends or couples. Ask about our non-yoga pricing for travel companions who prefer to skip the yoga & meditation.


Marie came to yoga over 20 years ago through spiritual seeking and as a support for her meditation practice. She discovered in Kripalu yoga a real sense of homecoming, with it’s meditative practice that is so welcoming and a philosophy that is steeped in compassion.

She earned her 500hr certification from the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga in Stockbridge, Ma. She has had the good fortune of studying with the likes of Stephen Cope, Richard Miller, Sally Kempton, Sean Corn, Barbara Benagh and Cyndi Lee. She has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2003 and offers retreats around New England, in New Mexico and Italy.

Marie is deeply inspired by the rhythms and wisdom of the natural world, music, poetry and Tibetan Buddhism. She weaves all of these into her teaching. In her classes she strives to create a welcoming environment for students and to guide them inward to connect with their own deep inner experience  ~ to help each student find their own authentic path to well-being and vitality through the philosophies and practices of yoga and meditation.


$2098 single occupancy
$1898 double/triple occupancy
Super Early Bird Pricing – Save $200 if you register by December 15, 2018
Save $100 if registered between Dec. 16, 2018 – April 30, 2019
$500 non-refundable deposit is due at registration to save your space. Space is limited. Register here –


this price includes:

Pick-up and drop-off at Albuquerque Airport

7 nights accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

All meals except 3 lunches during outings

Daily Kripalu yoga and some afternoon meditation classes (Yoga classes appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

All transportation & tour fees for daily outings, including Georgia O’Keefe Home tour, Ghost Ranch tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa and Taos Pueblo – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Does not include: Airfare, lunch on 3 outings, entry fee at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, any items of a personal nature, gratuities, spa treatments etc.


6:30 am – Morning Yoga & Pranayama
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Daily Outing/Hike or free time
12:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – Afternoon Outing or Free Time
4:00 pm – Afternoon yoga and/or meditation workshop
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 – 10:00 pm – Free time


this price includes:

Pick-up and drop-off at Albuquerque Airport

7 nights accommodations at Blue Sky Retreat Center

All meals except 3 lunches during outings

Daily Kripalu yoga and some afternoon meditation classes (Yoga classes appropriate for all-levels – beginners welcome)

All transportation & tour fees for daily outings, including Georgia O’Keefe Home tour, Ghost Ranch tour, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa and Taos Pueblo – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

TAOS YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Kim, October 4-6, 2019


Join Zoreh and Kim for this deeply rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in magical Taos, New Mexico.

Let go of the burdens that prevent you from feeling fully present, alive, and joyful. Enjoy two nights at the gorgeous San Geronimo Lodge, including festive catered dinners each night, and a gourmet brunch each morning. Expand your inner horizons with meditation and both active and restorative yoga sessions with Zoreh and Kim. There will be ample rest and quiet time to book a massage or partake in nurturing activities such as journaling, stargazing, hiking, or exploring Taos. Soak in the Black Rock Hot Springs or become enchanted on the shores of the Rio Grande River. Emerge refreshed and renewed, ready to fully embrace your life.


Zoreh, founder and director of High Desert Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1985. She has deeply studied methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the American Yoga College. Zoreh’s joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that is both nurturing and fun, and her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge. Zoreh has been hosting yoga and meditation retreats in many heavenly spots around the world for more than 20 years.

Kim Schwartz has studied and taught Hatha Yoga for more than four decades. His lifelong passion for mystical truth led him to become ordained as a swami of the Temple of Kriya in Chicago. He was elevated to the position of Maha Swami in the Kriya lineage, enabling him to ordain others as swamis. Kim was director of the Temple’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program before moving to New Mexico, where he continues to lead High Desert Yoga’s Teacher Training Program. Kim is recognized by many well-known yoga instructors both as a “master of his art” in personal practice and as a true “teacher’s teacher,” one with the ability to communicate the timeless truths of yoga on many levels to fellow instructors in a way that enables them to pass this wisdom on to their own students. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500.


$590.00 (plus tax) for Double Occupancy.

$649.00 (plus tax) for Single Occupancy

Limited option for Triple Occupancy; inquire for availability.

Nonrefundable deposit of $250 (plus tax) due upon registration.

* Ticket price includes 7.875% NM gross receipts tax and 2.9% PayPal transaction fee.


Cost includes: accommodations, Friday and Saturday dinner, breakfast, and all yoga sessions.


Transportation to/from the airport is not included in the cost of the retreat.

Please email to arrange your transportation

From/To ABQ:
$60 per person one way
$110 per person round trip

From/To Santa Fe:
$50 per person one way
$90 per person round trip


Register HERE

  • Cost of lodging is included in retreat cost and will be arranged on your behalf.
  • Single, triple and double occupancy rooms available.