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Upcoming Retreats

TAOS YOGA AND WELLNESS RETREAT with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Kim, October 5-7, 2018


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.


October 25-28, 2018


Shake off your everyday worries, disconnect, and find your bliss with this women’s wellness retreat nestled in magical and mystical Taos, New Mexico. Women of all ages and walks of life are invited to come together in warmth and community to connect, revitalize and replenish. Nurturing our connection to ourselves provides opportunities for us to connect more fully throughout our lives. Women’s Weekend Yoga Retreat will provide the opportunity to nourish this connection in a supportive and loving environment. Our tranquility-filled weekend will include yoga, creative exploration, meditation, connecting with like-minded women, and an abundance of deliciously prepared meals. We will experience the Taos Hot Air Balloon Festival and a day excursion to the luxurious Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa ( We can help you walk away feeling happier, nurtured and totally serene. You will be forever transformed…


Rochelle’s classes are inspired by simple concepts of self care, compassion and companionship. Each of these components are vital to a powerful yoga practice and real life! She teaches energized hot yoga classes from her heart and soul with the desire to share her experiences. She encourages students to believe in their own ability and the use of breath to enable them to power through and experience an incredible practice. She enjoys bringing like-minded folks together, grounded and connected in the love of yoga and community. She encourages each and every one of her students to just reach for those beautiful moments and be stronger, be kinder and JUST BE. Self love = whole hearted happiness!
Rochelle is originally from Apple Valley, CA, migrated to Washington State for a spell then finally landed in Spring, Texas. She was encouraged by an orthopedic physician to try yoga vs. shots in her heel, and there her yoga journey began. Turns out, yoga was just starting to hit the corporate world and her company hired yoga instructors to teach in her very building once a week. That’s where the spark began and in 2014 the flame and fire took off and never looked back. She graciously elected to devote her time and tremendous energy to teaching yoga. She left her corporate job that she held for over 14 years and became part of the YogaOne family by accepting the Director of Operations and all things Cool position for the YogaOne Studio located in Bellaire, Texas. With the glorious and gracious support of her true mentors and inspirations, Albina Rippy and Catherine Allen, she gladly continues her yoga journey by adding Forrest yoga to her portfolio.  Check out Rochelle’s magic at


o Yogini Roommates (Share a Room & Bathroom):
$549 Early Bird for first 8 spots
$649 Regular price

o Single Occupancy (Private Room & Bathroom):
$699 Early Bird for first 8 spots
$799 Regular price

Investment Includes:
o Lodging, Daily Yoga & Meditation, Meals (vegetarian options available), All the Fun!!!

Not Included:
o Transportation to Taos & Costs/Day Excursion to Ojo Caliente


Investment Includes:
o Lodging, Daily Yoga & Meditation, Meals (vegetarian options available), All the Fun!!!

Not Included:
o Transportation to Taos & Costs/Day Excursion to Ojo Caliente


We’ll begin each morning with a vinyasa-style flow designed to help you ground and connect to your body, build strength and heat, and move in time with your breath. Evening Yin and gentle flow classes will restore balance and leave space for rest and renewal. The hours between classes will offer opportunities to explore your surroundings. Visit the town of Taos, hike, take a dip in the nearby natural springs, and connect to the world around you.


Register by sending your investment for the registration options listed above to Rochelle via PayPal


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