Workshops & Retreats

Summer Sanctuary Yoga & Meditation Retreat at Sandstone Ranch: I began Katharine Kaufman’s all day yoga and meditation retreat with a heavy heart and a very busy mind… Katharine’s yoga directives held me steady to stay in the depths of loss, to move through it slowly, witnessing, observing, silently allowing the sadness to do what it needed to do within my body. By the end of the retreat, I was literally astounded by the shift within me toward a space of peaceful balance in body and spirit. I learned that yoga and meditation are tools for fully witnessing sadness, grief, anger, joy, etc., when they arise. Katharine’s steady voice, her quick observations and gentle humor allow her students to reach new levels of contemplative yoga and meditation practice. I feel so grateful to have taken this day with Katharine Kaufman and look forward to future retreats with her. Highly recommended!
Amelia María de la Luz Montes, PhD

Associate Professor English and Ethnic Studies Creative Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies , University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Watch beyond the mindfulness intro video to see Katharine in an outdoor yoga dance film at the Shambhala Mountain Center:

Waking without Words


ONLINE • Yoga & Meditation for Balance



Katharine Kaufman

June 4–6, 2021


  • $200.00 – Standard Tuition
  • $250.00 – Generosity Policy – Supporter Rate
  • $150.00 – Generosity Policy – Subsidized Rate

Are you feeling out of tune? Looking for balance? Do you long to practice with others, pause and reflect, connect with your body’s own wisdom? The pairing of meditation with Yoga is lively, intimate and generous. During this June retreat you’ll release tension with grounded lyrical sequences that develop heart, strength and resilience from the inside. Addressing the whole person, we’ll call on movement influenced from Hatha, Gentle Flow, Yin, & Restorative Yoga. You’ll practice the four postures of meditation, participate in small group discussions, and a little writing.

Feel free, whole and good.



Friday June 4th
7:00 – 8:30pm Welcome! Introductions followed by Yoga and Sitting Meditation

Saturday June 5th
10:00am – 1:00pm Gentle Flowing Yoga and Sitting Meditation/Talk and Discussion
1:00 – 3:00pm Lunch and Rest Period
3:00 – 6:00pm Restorative Yoga and Four Postures of Meditation/Talk and Discussion

Sunday June 6th
10:00am – 1:00pm Yoga and Meditation/Four Postures of Meditation/Closing
Talk and Discussion

Of course, you may join from any timezone.


Program Preparation

How to get ready for your online retreat.

  • Plan for uninterrupted space that has plenty of freedom for movement.
  • Make sure you set a comfortable room temperature.
  • Ideally you will have a yoga mat, two very firm blankets like wool or cotton used to support the body, two yoga blocks or big books, a chair or a meditation cushion, a journal, and something to write with.
  • You may want to identify a wall space for certain yoga poses.
  • A bottle of water and, if you’d like, access to tea for discussion times.


We have a limited number of scholarships available. Please apply here by Friday, May 28th. Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis, please apply early.



Registration will close two hours before the start of the program.


This program will NOT be recorded.




Save the Date: IN PERSON

Women’s Summer Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 4-8, 2021

Tuition $285 + 4 nights

Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four postures of meditation, practice nourishing yoga, and retreat in the forests, fields, and groves of Shambhala Mountain Center. Through sitting meditation, we will contemplate the nature of Way-Seeking Mind, the tender under-world of our being. Our practice and insight will deepen through silent periods, and our community will develop understanding and trust through conversation.  Trans women, genderqueer women, and female-identified non-binary people are welcome.

This retreat takes place in a scenic pavilion among the pine trees—an indoor/outdoor space—and is limited to a small group of women.


Practicing Simplicity: An Introduction to Zen Practice