Hot For Hormones Weekend Retreat

An unusual women's retreat with Sara Gottfried, MD & Schuyler Grant.
Join us for a weekend of learning, movement, and community.

Topanga, CA // March 1-3, 2024

One thing undergirds everything in a woman's life: our incredible, roiling, sometimes combustible hormones. And when you get a petri dish of 30 women on a property in Topanga... watch out world!

Join acclaimed doctor and author Sara Gottfried, MD, alongside yoga witch Schuyler Grant for a long weekend of rigor and restoration. Through both information and embodiment, we will dig into the complexity of modern womanhood. We invite you to bring whatever you've got going on under the hood… the questions and the inklings. The worries and the aspirations. We want all of you — every divine and deviant bit.

Sara will lead lectures and Q&As exploring the bridge between hormones, perimenopause, menopause and spirituality: How hormones initiate us, shifting us from householder to forest dweller.

Schuyler leads you out of your head and into your body with four 2-hour classes: morning classes will be vigorous flow style yoga, and afternoons we drop into slow flow idylls, including guided breath work and meditation. We will focus on four areas of the body that are specifically relevant to women’s strength and restoration.

Sara and Schuyler are thrilled to be collaborating for the first time, and welcome anything and everything YOU bring to the weekend.


Retreat Schedule & Details

Check In: Arrive between 10:30am and 11:30am on Friday.

Friday, March 1
10:30am: Arrive & settle in
11:30am: Brunch
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Welcome circle & lecture with Sara (Perimenopause & Menopause as Initiation)
2:30pm - 4:30pm: Free time for sauna/cold plunge therapy, general relaxation
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Slow flow yoga class with Schuyler (Remembering the Power of Our Hips)
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Starlit … who knows?

Saturday, March 2
6:30am: Light breakfast
8:30am - 10:30am: Vinyasa yoga class with Schuyler (Moving from the Deep Core & the Pelvic Floor)
11:00am: Brunch
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lecture / Q&A with Sara (Trauma, Metabolism, and Autoimmune Conditions)
2:00pm - 4:30pm: Free time for sauna/cold plunge therapy, general relaxation
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Slow flow yoga class with Schuyler (What Do We Stand For? Toning and Releasing the Feet & Legs)
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Fireside ... who knows?

Sunday, March 3
6:30am: Light breakfast
8:30am - 10:30am: Vinyasa class with Schuyler (Arms Are for Hugging… and Punching! Never Lose the Power to Push, Pull, Reach & Release)
11:00am: Brunch
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lecture Q&A with Sara (Sacred Sexuality and the Erotic Over the Lifespan) + Ask Us Anything with Sara & Schuyler
2:00pm: Pack up (or become a permanent Commune squatter)

Check Out: Depart after lecture. 
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

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a physician, researcher, educator, mother, and seeker. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed residency at UCSF, but is more likely to prescribe a CGM and personalized nutrition plan than the latest pharmaceutical. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of four New York Times bestselling books about trauma, hormones, and health. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Her focus is at the interface of mental and physical health, N-of-1 trial design, personalized molecular profiling, use of wearables, and how to leverage these tools to improve health outcomes.

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.


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 Grounds

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