Balance Weekend Retreat with Schuyler Grant & Jeff Krasno

Topanga, CA // May 31 - June 2, 2024

Presented by Vivobarefoot

Wellbeing – in all of its expressions – emerges from balance. We seek everything from balanced relationships to balanced budgets to balanced blood sugar levels. Likewise, illness stems from imbalances. And we see evidence of falling off balance all around and within us, from imbalanced immune systems to hormones to posture to hustle culture. If you break down the root cause of virtually all of our modern imbalances you will find they come from our  “convenience” culture: sedentary, indoor, temperature-controlled lives filled with a surfeit of shelf-stable refined calories and a dearth of in-real-life connection. 

This weekend retreat is all about practices that cultivate balance in your life. This will include movement (yoga and hiking), focusing the mind (meditation and breathwork), hot and cold therapy (ice plunge and sauna), and enjoying time together in community. While 58% of Americans report eating every meal alone (wow!), we will dine on scrumptious, farm-sourced food around big communal tables and sit by the fire at night for “storytime.” 

Jeff and Schuyler have spent their lives exploring and teaching a wide variety of holistic health modalities. They see their own lives as a constantly evolving laboratory and they love to come together in intimate groups to share what they find exciting, challenging and satisfying about the ever-evolving path of personal and societal health.

Join us as we dive into what it means to truly come back into balance!

Retreat Schedule & Details

Check In: Arrive between 2:00pm and 3:00pm on Friday. 

Friday, May 31
3:30pm - 4:30pm: WELLcome Circle
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Slow Flow, Yin and Breathwork Class with Schuyler
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Commusings Storytime with Jeff

Saturday, June 1
7:00am - 8:30am: Light Breakfast, Tea, Coffee - (Optional Sauna & Cold Plunge)
8:30am - 10:30am: Vinyasa Yoga Class with Schuyler
10:45am - 11:45am: Brunch
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lesson & Discussion on Holistic Health with Jeff
2:00pm - 3:30pm: Vivobarefoot Hike
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Sauna, Cold Plunge or Nap + Fresh Bread & Snack Spread
5:00pm - 6:30pm: Slow Flow, Yin and Breathwork Class with Schuyler
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Commusings Storytime with Jeff

Sunday, June 2
7:00am - 8:30am: Light Breakfast, Tea, Coffee
8:30am - 10:30am: Vinyasa Yoga Class with Schuyler
11:00am - 12:00pm: Brunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Special Vivobarefoot Guest Lecture
1:00pm - 1:30pm: fareWELL Circle

Check Out: Depart after fareWELL Circle. 
Topanga is full of epic hikes and cool little local shops, plus the beach is just 20 minutes away! Ask us for recommendations.

Commune Topanga is located off Old Topanga Canyon Road. Directions will be provided with your ticket purchase.

Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Meet Your Teachers

Schuyler Grant

Schuyler Grant has been practicing and studying yoga for more than 20 years. Her signature style integrates the breath-based flow of Ashtanga with the precision of Iyengar. She is a co-founder of Wanderlust and the founder of Kula Yoga Project, and is dedicated to bringing her students deep and transformative mind-body experiences.

Jeff Krasno

Jeff is CEO and Co-Founder at Commune. Every week he hosts long-form interviews on the Commune Podcast with teachers, spiritual leaders, scientists, doctors, and storytellers on topics such as food, health, philosophy, personal growth, and environmental regeneration, and social wellbeing. Jeff is also the primary author of Commusings, a weekly newsletter filled with contemplative commentary on the current and timeless. 


Our Playground 

At the end of the end of the end of a road, perched atop a remote valley of the Santa Monica mountains, sits Topanga Commune: 10 acres of meandering paths, oak trees, palms and gardens abutting state land. You won’t believe you are less than an hour from the heart of LA.

The property has a main house, a guest house, four tea house private rooms, three sweet A-Frame cabins, and plenty of space for camping. Sleep on organic mattresses and linens and enjoy the bounty of LA’s best local farmers for every home-cooked meal.

The property also has a sauna, hot tub, plunge pool, basketball, badminton, and a plethora of hammocks.

Songwriter Neil Young lived on this property for many years and was deeply inspired by this magical spot. If there is anywhere in the world to find “a heart of gold,” it may be here.

“I want to live, I want to give. I've been a miner for a heart of gold. It's these expressions I never give that keep me searching for a heart of gold.” ~ Neil Young

La Casa

Ladies Lounge

La Casita

Tea House Singles

A-Frame Cabins

The Lost Cabin

The Grounds

We're sorry, but this retreat is now sold out. To be put on the waitlist, please email us.