What to Expect & What to Bring

What to Expect

Prior to the Retreat


We encourage you to eat mostly vegetables and fruits for three days prior to the retreat for an easier transition to live foods. Begin eliminating sugar, alcohol and caffeine up to two weeks prior to the retreat. Please leave snack food at home.

We ask that you consult with your healthcare professional regarding your ability to participate in a retreat including vegetarian and live foods, moderate exercise and saunas. You should check with your physician if you are considering changing your dosage of any prescribed medicines prior to the retreat.

Please let your loved-ones know you are going on retreat ahead of time. If you let them know in advance that you may be unplugging from technology during the retreat, this may alleviate potential temptation to use your phone and/or social media.

Travel Details

Buckner Ranch is located in Boonville, CA. It is a 2.5 hour drive north of San Francisco, CA and an hour north of Santa Rosa, CA. Exiting off 101 north at Cloverdale to the 128, you'll wind through rolling hills and pastures to the ranch.


Airport options are SFO (San Francisco, CA), OAK (Oakland, CA), or STS (Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport). The drive from SFO or OAK airports will be approximately 2.5 hours. The drive from STS airport will be approximately 1 hour.


The accommodations are made up of 6 separate houses surrounding part of the lake. When you register, you will have an opportunity to select from various accommodation options: 

*Tent Camping (6 spaces): $250 plus retreat fee

You will need to bring your own camping gear: tent + bedding; ALIVE Retreats does not provide this.

*Shared Single/Shared Bath (11 spaces): $600 plus retreat fee

You will have your own bed, in a room with 2-5 beds, with a shared bathroom. Bedding is provided.

*Private Single/Shared Bath (1 space): $800 plus retreat fee

This room has a double bed with a shared bathroom. Bedding is provided.

*Private Double/Shared Bath (6 spaces): $1000/room(not per person) plus retreat fee for each person

This option is a private room with a queen or king size bed, and a shared bathroom that you can share with a partner or friend. Bedding is provided.

*Private Master/Private Bath (1 space): $1500/room(not per person) plus retreat fee for each person

This room has a king size bed and its own bathroom that you can share with a partner or friend. Bedding is provided.

*Cottage (1 space): $2100/building(not per person) plus retreat fee for each person

This private cottage has a king size bed in the bedroom and a double size futon in the living room that you can share with a partner or friends. Bedding is provided.

Terrain & Weather


The terrain consists of green sloping lawns, dirt roads, and a few hills with stairs to climb to some of the accommodations, which may not be appropriate for people with mobility issues.

In April and early May, the weather is warm during the day with an average temperature of 85 degrees. Evenings tend to be cooler with temperatures ranging from 45-55 degrees.

Mobile Devices


There will be little to no cell reception at Leonard Lake, however all accommodations have Wi-Fi. We do not provide public computers. Many guests choose to minimize their use of electronic devices in order to support their experience of retreat. If you do bring a cellphone, ALIVE Retreats offers specific places for their use and asks that you not use them in public spaces. There are house phones at each accommodation which can be used to call between houses, or for emergencies only.

What to Bring


The proximity of the retreat makes driving in and out prohibitive. We recommend you bring the essentials you need for your daily comfort. Here is a helpful list of things to bring to the retreat:

  • Comfortable clothing for Qigong & Exercise classes and hiking

  • Older clothing you can wear when using Castor Oil packs

  • Casual summer clothing, include layers for cool evenings (Light-weight sweater, or down vest)

  • Lightweight coat, or rain coat

  • Bathing suit for swimming or sauna, water shoes and a beach towel for lakefront use

  • Robe and slippers for use in accommodations or going from the lake to the sauna

  • Slip-on shoes or low sandals for travel between buildings or workshop spaces. All buildings will be shoe-free to minimize tracking dirt.

  • Walking/Hiking shoes for outdoors and hiking trails

  • Personal toiletries (there will be none for sale)

  • Medications or prescriptions

  • Sunglasses, prescription eyewear (consider bringing an extra pair in case of breakage)

  • Refillable water bottle

  • Flashlight or head-lamp for walking at night 

  • Materials for taking notes in class

Note:  Washers and dryers will be available for guest use.

Register before January 20th, 2018 will receive a $200 discount on the retreat fee.

Receive an additional $25 off the retreat fee if you pay by check.