Jacumba, California, United States


Shivakali Yoga in the sacred mountain rocks of Jacumba, California offers a 200-hr teacher training immersed in the ancient spiritual, philosophical and meditative traditions of Yoga & tantra, while maintaining a firm ground in modern anatomical training, sequencing, and approaches to practice.


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Organic farm-to-table cuisine
Saltwater pool, jacuzzi & steam sauna
Meditation caves, secret trails & countless stars

Course description

We teach an alignment-based 'Vinyasa Flow' practice, culminating in restorative postures, meditation and pranayama. Our practice serves first to awaken the body and break-up stuck energy, and then to soften the mind and nurture our inner being. Uniting the masculine + feminine aspects of practice we find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally. Our training progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and ending with the crown. During the root segment, students will ground their intentions for teaching/practice, and learn the vast history of Yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric Lineages and contemporary Yoga Schools. In the sacral chakra we will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, and gain an overview of classical Tantra. As we progress through the navel chakra we will explore Yoga's connection with power, fire, and introduce Lakshmi practice & the business of Yoga. In the heart we encounter the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, as well as ceremony, prayer and healing. We will connect in nature, and receiving teachings on the heart of our practice. We share in men's and women's circles as a step in our process of uniting energies, where we honor identifying with a group other than your assigned-at-birth gender. (we also hold a third group for those who don't feel drawn to either circle, feel free to inquire further). Moving upwards into the throat chakra students will learn about Kashmir Shaivism and the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra & deity practices. Progressing to the third eye the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as we encounter an array of Yogic meditations, explore Yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence. Culminating in the crown, trainees will receive kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, Yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice. Each of our 18 days will also include a thorough overview in the anatomy/physiology of Yoga-Asana (postures), a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of every major and minor pose, workshops on adjustments/alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching. There will be surprise performances & classes with incredible live musicians and Dj's during the training, as well as special guest teachers & food and drink offerings from local artisans. Not to mention time for students to be alone in nature, reflect, hike, swim, stargaze, and relax in quietude.

About the place

The retreat is located in Campo, CA (next to Jacumba Hot Springs). You'll find us in a secluded patch of desert mountains, just a 3-hr drive from Los Angeles and next to the border of Mexico. Situated in the desert on 165 acres of private mountainous land, the retreat center we utilize sits on an aquifer supplying fresh well-water, and offers gorgeous natural views. In addition to the 1000 sq. foot practice space, there is a bathing deck with jacuzzi, steam sauna, outdoor showers/tub, and a 25-ft saltwater pool with sun deck. Surrounding the land are meditation huts, sacred caves, streams, endless rocks to climb and trails to hike, and dozens of quiet places to meditate and turn inward. Accommodations are rustic but vibrant and full of charm.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will consist of delicious 100% organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, fresh juices, unique deserts, and healthy snacks/teas.

Things to do

Holistic treatments

Massage and Healing sessions will be offered daily during free time, for additional cost by skilled practitioners.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included

Accommodation during the whole training, Three 100% organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, Fresh juices, Healthy snacks & teas.

What’s not included

Airfare, Airport transfers, Travel insurance, Massage and healing sessions, All services not listed above.

Additionnal information

Meeting point

The retreat venue

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included in this yoga teacher training

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Yoga Styles

  • Hatha yoga
  • Meditation
  • Nidra yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Restorative yoga
  • Vinyasa yoga


  • Ayurveda
  • Hiking
  • Swimming


  • Garden
  • Juice bar
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Vegan meals
  • Vegetarian meals

Daily Program

06:30 AM→ 08:45 AM
Morning Yoga Sadhana (Yoga, Meditation, Chanting, Arati)

08:45 AM→ 10:15 AM
Breakfast Break / Seva

10:15 AM→ 12:00 PM
Class 1 (anatomy, methodology, philosophy)

12:00 PM→ 01:45 PM
Posture Clinic

01:45 PM→ 04:30 PM
Lunch Break

04:30 PM→ 05:45 PM
Class 2 (anatomy, methodology, philsophy - discussion based)

05:45 PM→ 07:00 PM
Practice Teaching Exercises

07:00 PM→ 08:30 PM
Dinner Break

08:30 PM
Evening Program (Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Song Circle, etc.)
09:00 AM→ 10:00 PM
Walking Meditation

10:00 AM→ 12:00 AM
Heart Circle

06:00 PM→ 07:00 AM
Restorative Meditation & Pranayama

07:00 PM→ 09:00 AM
Dinner & Spiritual Movie


SERGE BERLIAWSKY: YTT Lead Trainer - Founder/Director, Shivakali Yoga - Instructor, Yogala Echo Park, The Springs LA
Serge Berliawsky has been practicing the Yogic arts of India & Tibet since his youth, and teaching Yoga for over 16 years. His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula (yogic community), engaging in lengthy daily practice before the hours of dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, Serge blends his knowledge of traditional Yogic practice & philosophy with 1000's of hours of training in Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Rudra Yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on South-Asian traditions, a certificate in Yoga Philosophy, a diploma in the study of Yoga & Ayurveda, an E-RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance, he reads/writes Sanskrit, and is currently enrolled in a Ngakpa (Tibetan Yoga) Seminary program. Serge entered residential training in a tantric yoga school as a homeless 19-year-old, completing a 1000-hour yoga teacher training program in traditional lineage-based Hatha Yoga. There he further studied, practiced, and completed intensive retreats in Kundalini Yoga, Taoist Yoga, Tibetan Yoga, and Sufism. During this time, Serge began managing the school's local yoga center, teaching countless yoga classes each week and organizing retreats. Upon completing his training and being initiated as a teacher, Serge moved on to complete over 20 retreats with Pema Khandro Rinpoche, wisdom holder & Lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He further took refuge with and continues to honor/attend teachings with Lama Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche, and spent years studying and practicing Kundalini Tantra intensively with Umaa (Uma Inder), master kundalini tantrika & dedicated practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine. While continuing to practice with his heart-teachers, Serge refined his studies in Sanskrit mantra with Vedic priest and pujari Shri Shiva Kumar. He deepened his knowledge of sacred texts studying with Srivatsa Ramaswami, longest-standing disciple of Sri T. Krisnamacharya (outside the guru's family). Serge studied Yin Yoga with it's founder, Paul Grilley, and completed residential training with Yogiraj Ganga White, founder of the original Center for Yoga in Los Angeles in 1967. He has undertaken in-depth studies with (Yogarupa) Rod Stryker, received certification in Vedic Yoga from Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda, and completed advanced residential Yoga training with friend and teacher Saul David Raye. In India, Serge was certified to teach traditional Tantric Asana practices by Shri Kali Ashram, and studied the system of Shri Vidya extensively in a remote complex of Goddess Temples. He has stayed in many Ashrams, received meditation instruction from many Swamis, learned classical Hatha Yoga directly from Nath and Kanpatha Yogis in the North, and received Puja & Homa instruction from a wide variety of priests, saddhus and tantric adepts throughout the Indian sub-continent. Academically Serge studied Samkhya, the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and many other sacred texts/philosophies under Dr. Christopher K. Chapple, founder and director of the Yoga Studies program at Loyola Marymount University. He further completed a wealth of coursework and large body of papers under the advisory of Dr. David White. Perhaps the greatest living historian of Hindu Tantra, Dr. White is known for publishing encyclopedic works such as Kiss of the Yogini, Tantra in Practice, and The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India. When not teaching, you can find Serge DJing, making music + digging for records around Los Angeles under the name Sahaja.


GLORIA BARAQUIO: YTT Lead Trainer, Shivakali YogaDirector of Yoga & Wellness, The Springs LA
Gloria Marie Baraquio is a yogi and educator from Hawaii, and is currently the Yoga & Wellness Director at The Springs in Downtown Los Angeles. She grew up the youngest of 10 children on the island of Oahu, praying and singing in the Catholic Church. Intrigued with other spiritual traditions from a young age, Gloria explored a multitude of philosophies and religions, connecting deeply with the teachings of Baha'i, Tibetan Buddhism, Kundalini Yoga, and Krishna Consciousness. She has practiced at temples, ashrams, churches, and healing centers around the world, and lived off-grid in the Hawaiian Jungle to experience simple living and high thinking. Gloria discovered yoga in 2003 after experiencing anxiety and depression, and realized that the breath, body awareness, and mindfulness could relieve so much of human suffering, disease, and disorder. After years of dedicated self-study and independent practice, she completed her formal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Hawaii with master teachers Rupali Embry and Tania Jo Ingrahm. Gloria began teaching Vinyasa Yoga in 2006 at schools, colleges, gyms, and studios. Since then she has taught thousands of classes in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Aerial Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Meditation to various populations all over the country. Gloria received her 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training certification from Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami in India, at the Govardhan Eco Village. On this sustainable farm she immersed herself in daily chanting, analyzed Vedic scriptures, and listened to the pastimes of Krishna. She further spent time on pilgrimage in Vrndavan, India, meeting other swamis, gurus, sages, and monks, and doing parikrama (a meditative walk/circumambulation) around Govardhan Hill. In this holy land said to be the birthplace of Krishna, Gloria experienced a deep inner awakening. She considers herself a bhakti yogi living a life of devotion to the Highest through song, sangha, and service. In addition to her extensive Yogic training in Hawaii & India, Gloria spent nearly a year at Naropa University, studying and learning to teach Contemporary Performance and Meditation. There in Boulder she was able to meet and learn from close disciples of the great Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Gloria has practiced Kundalini Yoga intensively in Los Angeles with Tej Kaur Khalsa and Gurmukh, where she tapped into the technology of Kriya and Naad yoga. She has also spent time studying and chanting regularly at the LA Bhakti House with Shastrakrit and Kumari Gopi, and continued her studies with Tukaram Prabhu at the Long Beach Temple. In 2014, Gloria helped to open The Springs in Downtown LA, an urban oasis with a vegan restaurant, yoga studio, and a wellness center. There she founded the Yoga Program and launched a Meditation Program as well. Gloria continues to teach at The Springs, lead Yoga Teacher Trainings with Shivakali Yoga, and travels around the country sharing Yoga and Vocal Movement classes at festivals like Lightning in a Bottle and Symbiosis.


AMBER LEE: Massage & Healing
Amber Lee's lineage is rooted in the Andes, the Hawaiian Islands, in prayer, and in service. Years of study in the healing arts has resulted in a healing practice that is woven with the teachings of Acupressure, Integrated Energy Therapy®, CranioSacral®, Esalen Massage®, & Deep Bodywork®. In addition to her therapeutic practice, Amber works with plants and essential oils as tools for healing, offering essential oil education, consultations, and aromatherapy treatments. Amber alsoleads educational and ceremonial workshops for women and co-ed groups, and produces an array of conscious and heart-centered community events through her holistic production company, Sister Valley. She has further served by assisting massage trainings & certifications with her mentors at the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur. Amber shares her teachings and healings in California, Hawaii, Bali, and beyond, seeking to return the balance of spirit and nature in all her work. Her personal treatment philosophy & teaching style is inspired by our innate intelligence and power to self-heal, which lives inherently in every being.




  • Vendy Hebikova

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    Great place few steps from beach. Kids live it, you have animals all around you all the time and beautiful sounds of nature! Yoga with fresh air and view to jungle is additional big plus. Very friendly staff preparing cool bfast and dinners vegetarian style! From Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center - KMEC Facebook Page
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  • Maria Teresa

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    Amazing stay! Great staff and vegan food, be sure to take advantage of the great yoga classes in the morning! From Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center - KMEC Facebook Page
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  • Sarah Rain

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    KMEC is an amazing escape surrounded by beautiful sights and kind, genuine people. If you want to feel rejuvenated by energizing yoga and healthy, delicious vegan meals every day, this is the place for you. It is truly a place filled with so much positivity and peace. If you're looking for a quiet, introspective get away, along with some new friends, there's nowhere better than here. From KMEC Facebook Page
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    If you want to feel connected to the jungle around you, this is the place to be. The property is beautiful, and the sound of nature will surround you at night. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, and the staff very friendly. They had great advice on things to do and places to see in the area. I agree with a previous reviewer, it is a cross between camping and international hostel. our GPS also wasn't too precise. It guided us only to the 600 blocks of properties. If that happens to you, you need to continue down the road until the 200 block. From Tripadvisor
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