Join Michaela Codding and Deacon Carpenter of Sonoma's Yoga One, in the romantic Tuscan countryside for this beautifully curated yoga retreat. During this week long journey, you will be inspired and uplifted to be your best you. A daily yoga practice will be balanced with Ayurvedic inspired cooking classes, hikes, wine and olive oil exploration, daytrips to local hamlets, and more.
Michaela was born and raised in Bremen, Germany, but has been living in Sonoma County, California for the last 30 years and has been working in the health and wellness field for about that long, and as a yoga teacher for 10 years. Michaela originally came to yoga for its physical benefits and in the process of the physical practice, she also discovered the mental benefits of spending time on her mat. Michaela strongly believes in finding a balance of strength and ease on and off the mat. Through encouraging students to listen to their own bodies, they are able to find that balance between getting out of their comfort zones toward a place of growth on one hand but feeling safe to modify to fit their needs on the other.
At the age of 16, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon Carpenter to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health and physical balance. Heeding the advice of his doctor, Deacon modified his diet, started to practice yoga and shed over 140 pounds. To Deacon, Ayurveda and yoga together just made sense. Once he was educated and empowered to understand what was causing him to be sick, the steps to reclaiming his health were clear and simple. In 2009, Deacon obtained his certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from the California College of Ayurveda. He moved from New York City in 2010 and has established his first practice in Northern California. Although specializing in gastrointestinal disorders, Deacon works with patients from every walk of life who have many unique health conditions. He believes an accessible approach to Ayurveda is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Michaela is excited to be able to combine her passion for yoga and her love for Italy by offering this Tuscan retreat, while Deacon will lead the group in Ayurvedic cooking classes and education.