Luxury Retreats
by Gayle Olson
Our personal brand of luxury retreats blend yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, healthy sumptuous cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.


Dear Yogis!

I never imagined our trip together would be quite so wonderful as it was! Practicing yoga daily and climbing to the Tiger’s Nest – every last one of us – not to mention Dorji’s baboon bottom jokes pretty much show’s us all that is good in life; taking care of each other, dedicating ourselves and laughing! So THANK YOU ALL for being yourselves and sharing in the amazing journey. It was a pleasure to be with ALL of you.

A list of inspiring books and music follows under. I recommend the Jivamukti book as a good starting ground for all aspects of practice, Sharon Salzburg’s ‘Loving Kindness’ is quite simply life changing. Jack Kornfield’s ‘A Path With Heart’ is excellent both post-retreat and for delving a little more into sitting and generally getting quieter. Richard Freeman’s book is incredible but dense! Many of the authors/translators/publishers have other works that are worthwhile too… enjoy… but really… steady practice is enough 😉

Until our paths cross once more… keep listening in…

With steadiness, spaciousness & much Love  ~  Josie

‘Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows.’  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Books for inspiration:

Jivamukti Yoga – Sharon Gannon & David Life
Loving Kindness – Sharon Saltzberg
A Path With Heart – Jack Kornfield
The Mirror of Yoga. Richard Freeman
Chants of a Lifetime – Krishna Das
Be Love Now – Ram Dass (also Be Here Now & Paths to God)
The Tree of Yoga –  B.K.S Iyengar (also Light on Yoga)
Love Poems From God – Daniel Ladinsky (beautiful anthology of mystical poetry)
Poetry by Rumi – Rabia, Kabir, Mira, Hafiz
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda (also The Living Gita)
The Myths of the Asanas. Arjuna van der Kooij & Alaana Kaivalya (super sweet story book)
Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda (it’s a classic!)
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse (also a classic!)
I am That – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika – (published by the Bihar School)

And here a list of wonderful artists whose music I regularly use:

Krishna Das
Jai Uttal
Diana Rogers
Bhagavan Das
C.C. White
Govindas & Radha
Shiuli Subaya
Bombay S. Jayashri
David Newman
Sada Sat Kaur
Deva Premal
Jagjit Singh

There are 3 short practices with me here:

The 7-minute ‘promise practice’ you can find here:


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See the world differently!