September 2 - 7th, 2020

Ojai Women’s RetreatCreating a Path to Wholeness
Yoga, Ayurveda, & the Alexander Technique
presented by
Carol P. Prentice & Mary Thompson


“Come discover a new path that will nourish your Body, Mind, and Spirit.”

Real Life. Real Tools.

Are you living the life you envisioned, embracing what each day holds for you, feeling mentally, emotionally and physically balanced? Or are you caught up in racing to get everything done and feeling overwhelmed? Do you find yourself craving some time to revitalize yourself in a mindful, and healthy way in order to live your life more fully? The Ojai Women’s Retreat offers you the time, space, and tools to fully embody mindful living and to learn valuable practices of self-care that will enable you to create peace amidst the flow of your busy life. This retreat will support you to return home fully rested in Body, Mind, and Spirit.

The three disciplines, Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Alexander Technique, deepen your relationship to your true self, your true beauty from the inside, out. Go inward and learn the art of self-care, self-awareness, and self-transformation. When this happens, life just gets easier!

Every day we are a new self, with new possibilities. This 5-day retreat is specially designed to teach you the art of unlearning—letting go of old patterns that have long since lost their usefulness—while also providing precious leisure time which allows these new skills and understandings to become more rooted in your daily life.

We teach Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Alexander Technique in a practical and meaningful way so that when you return home you will have useful tools to keep this new, balanced relationship going—not only within yourself but with everyone around you.

Embody present moment living and get back on your path to feeling whole again. Join us in beautiful Ojai and experience the magic that this amazing valley holds, the serenity of the Pepper Tree Retreat and how the profound disciplines of Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Alexander Technique can transform your life.

Life just gets easier!
Come and enjoy the beauty and magic of the Ojai Valley

Come Experience:

  • The beautiful oasis of the Ojai Valley and the peaceful setting of the Pepper Tree Retreat.
  • Learn transformative techniques and practices in all three interactive healing modalities: Yoga, Ayurveda, Alexander Technique.
  • Make the most of the intimate setting by receiving personal attention and time with highly qualified teachers.
  • Connect with like-minded women.
  • Delicious, healthy and healing meals that are cooked especially for the Retreat.
  • A beautiful opening and closing ceremonies that creates a container and builds on a sense of community.

“I have a very busy work…this workshop taught me how I can incorporate a 30 minute daily practice into my morning with asana, breath and meditation that really changes how I act and react in my life. Thank you!”
~ Mary P., Tampa FL.

The workshop consists of:

  • Daily breath-centered yoga classes
  • Private Alexander Technique and Breath Assessment lesson
  • Daily small group classes in postural re-education
  • Morning, lecture/discussion on the Yoga Sutras and how they apply to your life.
  • Afternoon presentation on Ayurveda and its practical application to nourishing yourself as a woman.
  • Food as Medicine ~ how to create a diet that supports your body.
  • Working with the 5 sense therapies ~ what ones are right for you!
  • Powerful meditation practices.
  • Discover the power of breath work (pranayama) ~ how it can balance your whole system.
  • An evening discussion of ways to bring self-care practices into everyday living.
  • An evening of fun and celebration at my home. Swimming, food, sharing and a closing ceremony to remember.

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships”
~ T.K.V. Desikachar

Key benefits you will take home:

  • Better Posture and Balance
  • A nourishing Yoga & Ayurveda practice
  • Ways to create ‘space’ in your life
  • Reduced tension and pain
  • What foods & spices are right for you
  • Meditation practice
  • Key ‘tools’ to manage stress & keep you on the path to wholeness
  • Healing Sensory modalities that are right for you
“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.”
~Ayurvedic Proverb

Set aside time to do this important inner work:

As women, it is important to take time and retreat to a place of quiet and beauty. To reflect. To discover that wise eternal aspect of yourself and connect more deeply with your true nature as Spirit. Come join us this weekend and allow your story to unfold…

3 Powerful paths coming together to create the results designed personally for you

This retreat not only offers you an immersion into daily yoga and Ayurveda practices that will support health and well-being. It also gives you a clear understanding of the Alexander Technique. You will learn to think with your body in such a way that allows less tension as you move…whether in walking, working at your computer, driving a car, participating in sports or practicing yoga.

“These three disciplines have profoundly changed my life and have taught me how to live happily in the present moment.”
~Carol Prentice

Take home the tools, techniques, and training you need to help keep you balanced.

Our workshop is designed for your individual level

  • Beginner level: Build a practical foundation in Yoga, Ayurveda, and Alexander Technique.
  • More Experienced: Deepen your understanding of these three disciplines.
  • Yoga/Ayurveda/Alexander Teachers or Trainees: Enjoy learning and deepening your own training with more experienced teachers.
Info & Registration

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Carol Prentice is a leading expert in the Mind/Body field for over 34 years. She believes that given the right tools, you can heal and transform your own life. Having overcome chronic back pain, depression, and major digestive issues, she knows how powerful these three disciplines can affect your life in a positive way. Carol has also dealt with divorce, raising her two daughters as a single mom, the death of her parents, menopause and how age changes one’s perspective on life. She is passionate about helping women find their inner voice, and create a path to health, grace and living a life of optimal health and joy. Carol graduated from Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco under the direction of Frank Ottiwell in1986; she furthered her studies with first generation Alexander Teachers Marjorie Barstow, Walter & Dily’s Carrington, and Marjory Barlow. Carol is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist (Ayurveda Body Therapies) and a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda, where she was the Director of their Internship Programs for 8 years. Carol has been a student of yoga since the early ’80s, but it wasn’t until she met Mr. TKV Desikachar in 2009, that she experienced the true healing side of yoga. She is a graduate of the Healing Yoga Foundation in S.F., a 500-hour teacher training program in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. She is currently enrolled in a 100-hour Foundations of Yoga Therapy with Optimal State Yoga. As Ayurveda and Yoga are the sister sciences to each other, Carol along with her Alexander training has developed a hands-on approach to working with these 3 systems of learning to help empower people in their own process of healing. Carol can be found at and

Mary Thompson is a heart-centered holistic practitioner and educator committed to supporting others to live their best life possible. She has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda for over twenty years, and finds joy in supporting her clients and students to adopt self-care practices that result in lower stress levels greater satisfaction in day-to-day life. She attributes a dramatic shift in her life to an epiphany that she had many years ago. Since then she has created a life that she no longer wants to escape from. The epiphany occurred when she was 35. She felt as if she woke up, in the middle of the family event, and realized that she was alive. She also realized that she was only going through the motions with no investment in her own life. She acknowledged that if she didn’t start living, she was going to die without ever having done so. Growing up in a large family she did all the expected things: went to school, got married, got a good job, a house and a life in the suburbs. That was her life until she asked herself if there wasn’t something more that she should be doing in order to really feel alive. There was. This began a journey of self-discovery and commitment to life that continues each and every day for her. Although it may sound like an instant realization, in reality, it was an agonizing few years while she shed the skin of the person she thought she was in order to reveal who she truly is. This epiphany led her to Ayurveda as she sought to find answers to her own health challenges, as well as to introduce these principles to others in need of greater health and happiness. At the time she was working with school-aged children and recognized that so many of their challenges were created by their diets and lifestyles. As soon as she completed her studies, she dived into teaching others and bringing these ancient principles to her clients, friends, family, students, and community- really to anyone who would listen. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that recognizes that if you are not present in the moment with a calm state of mind then you are not fully healthy. Health is found in a balance of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. She views health as an ongoing process that she re-commits to every day. Having taught these principles to adults who wanted to become Ayurvedic practitioners at the California College of Ayurveda for many years she recently left teaching there to develop her own business in supporting and mentoring practitioners. Never far from the classroom, she now collaborates with a number of schools and programs, preparing curriculum and teaching. Starting a new career as she approaches 60 is exciting to her and she finds fulfillment with her work and her life. Mary lives in the Sierras with her husband and teenage son. Mary can be found at

Info & Registration

Carol Prentice805-798-3929 |


Tuition Rates (Self-selected Sliding Scale)

Important Pricing Information: Our tuition uses a sliding scale based on personal income. We want to ensure that our courses are accessible to women with diverse means. When you register, please choose the Basic, Medium or Higher Tuition for the Retreat. Whichever tuition level you choose is purely your choice, based on your perceived income. If you want to ensure your booking at the current prices please book soon. If you cannot afford the lowest tuition fee, please contact Carol Prentice. Limited work/study is available.


To confirm your space and room a $500 deposit is due upon registration. Full Payment due on August 9th, 2019


Early Discount


After July 11


Low $ 995 $ 1285
Medium $ 1135 $ 1350
High $ 1285 $ 1445

            (Pricing for Room/Meals are separate. Please see list below.)

Discounts offered:

$100.00 tuition discount for full-time students. This applies to students in a 3-year teacher-training program in these disciplines, a college or university student.

Bring a friend and receive $100 off your full base fee.

Feel free to call Carol Prentice if you have any questions!

Lodging and all meals. New location coming soon!  

Booked on a first-come basis. Once you decide on a room please call Carol Prentice to book your room. She handles all accommodations.

Room Rates include all accommodations and all meals for 5-days. All the meals will be prepared especially for the retreat from the Compassionate Chef. High quality, organic food, Ayurvedic based to support your well-being.

New Rates Coming Soon! Liste below includes five (5) nights and all meals.



Single Occupancy              
Double Occupancy      

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations before July 11th, (last day) we will refund all of your payments except the deposit. For cancellations between July 11th and July 30th, THERE IS NO REFUND; however, we will credit any payments over the deposit to our next Hands-On Retreats workshop in 2021. For cancellation after July 30th there is NO REFUND AND NO CREDIT; however, workshop fees may be transferred to another person. 

Credit cards will be charged a 3.5% fee.

Come join us! We look forward to seeing you in Ojai!