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Discover and Transform Deep Patterns.

Experience the power of deep inner work intended to help unlock and tap your innate power, strengthen your will and determination, and ultimately realize and actualize your highest potential.

Heart-Mind Retreat 2013
with Gary Kraftsow & Mirka Scalco Kraftsow
November 13 - 17, 2013
Burlingame, California


Our focus in this retreat will be on bringing our deep unconscious patterns - our samskara-s – into our conscious awareness. Our samskara-s are at the root of our thoughts and desires, and propel us into our actions. Making them fully conscious is the first step to becoming free of them.

Whether you are just taking your first steps on the Yoga path or are an experienced Yoga teacher, please join us for a special time of personal integration and transformation using the inner practices of yoga.
  • Focus on bringing deep unconscious patterns - samskara-s – into conscious awareness.
  • Explore using the map of the Cakra-s, and the meditation methods of svadhyaya and visualization.
  • Leave with one deep practice to use throughout the year to continue the work of self-reflection and self-transformation.
  • Cultivate new friendships with fellow yoga travelers in a contemplative – and convenient – setting.
  • Experience an extraordinary intense learning opportunity with Yoga Master Gary Kraftsow.
  • Practice with Mirka Scalco Kraftsow as she masterfully weaves a tapestry to apply the principles of Yoga’s richness.
Though there will be teachings, this retreat will emphasize inner transformation through extended sessions of silent meditation. Come prepared to do the work and journey deep within.

This yearly retreat is in service of Gary & Mirka's mutual desire to establish a true sangha of practitioners dedicated to deep transformation through their inner practice. Though there will be teachings, this retreat will be different from professional training in that it will emphasize inner transformation through extended sessions of silent meditation.

Gary Kraftsow, M.A., E-RYT 500, has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation in the U.S. for more than 30 years. He is the founder of the American Viniyoga Institute and author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation.
Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, Mirka is a gifted, open and accessible facilitator, with thousands of hours in group and private instruction. Her skills and deep yoga knowledge have helped hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging therapeutic conditions.
Nancy Chapdelaine, ME, RYT 500, is a highly respected AVI faculty member who has a special passion for helping others to discover how to use yoga to promote their own well-being. Her teaching is greatly inspired by the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali. Nancy teaches Viniyoga classes, workshops and private lessons in suburban Chicago.


Mercy Center
Burlingame, California
The peaceful, holistic and inter-faith environment of Mercy Center, located just 10 minutes from the San Francisco airport, will help you experience “retreat” in the truest sense. Each day, you will have time to walk its paths, meditation labyrinth and expansive lawns and gardens. You will have an opportunity to sit in quiet areas in and outside of the Center. It is the perfect setting for contemplation.


Lodging is newly refurbished private bedrooms with a bed and full bedding, armchair, reading light and wash basin. Dormitory bathrooms and shower are available on each floor.


6:30-7:45 Morning practice with Mirka
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Lecture, Practice, Contemplative Time
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Free time and Sangha
3:00-6:00 Lecture, Practice, Contemplative Time
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-8:30 Free time and Sangha


Early Bird Price: $1200
(Until September 13)

Full Price: $1300
(After September 13)

Price includes three meals/day and 4 nights lodging.

Meals start with dinner on November 13 and end with breakfast on November 17.

AVI alumni and students are eligible for a special discount. Please email Stephanie for more information.

Payment Plan
A Payment Plan is available.
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Cancellation Fee
Up to 6 weeks before: $100. Less than 6 weeks: $600. 1 week prior: No refund but tuition credit will be offered for the tuition portion of a future retreat.


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