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Cooking, Hiking & Yoga Retreat in Malibu!

Date(s) - Thu. Jul 27, 2017 - Sun. Jul 30, 2017
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5 Point Yoga


Experience Malibu like you’ve never experienced it before (or maybe even for the first time).

Join us, husband and wife team, Ted & Lauren McDonald, on our first annual hiking, yoga and cooking retreat in Malibu!

Malibu is not only where we live, but it’s also where we play. We will show you around our playground in the healthiest, most fun possible way, from our kitchen to our yoga studio to the trails! Every day, you will lace up your hiking shoes and hike in and around the thousands of acres that surround Malibu. When you’re not hiking, you’ll be practicing your best yoga pose as Ted leads you through a practice at our luxuriously serene and beautiful Malibu studio. You’ll step off your mat and become a master of healthy cuisine as Lauren, a former pastry chef turned healthy food junky, guides you through a daily cooking class. She will teach you everything she knows about how to nourish your body and your taste buds. Yes, healthy food can taste good, and it doesn’t have to be hard to prepare. Lauren will show you how.

If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself and/or a partner, connect with nature, jump start your way to a healthier you, or just take a break from it all, this is the retreat for you.

Space is limited so as to keep it intimate, so read on for retreat details and cost information, and sign up soon!


You will check in on Thursday July 27th. Ted will lead everyone through a relaxing yoga class, after which we will enjoy a welcome dinner. You’ll start your first full day on Friday July 28th with an hour long heart opening yoga practice led by Ted. All poses can be modified to account for your skill level, so beginners and advanced practitioners will all find something in this class.

Following your practice, you will feast on a heart-healthy, farm-to-table breakfast prepared by Lauren. From there, the group will be divided so that some will go hiking with Ted, and the others will stay in the kitchen with Lauren for a cooking lesson. Be prepared to learn how to make easy-to-prepare healthy meals for the entire family, healthy, heart-friendly desserts, and even learn some of Lauren’s insider tips from culinary school to make cooking easier and more efficient.

Following the morning activities, everyone will come back together for a deliciously nutritious lunch. The groups will switch activities for the afternoon.

The day will end with a good shower (you’re going to need it), some down time (perhaps a walk on the beach?) and a deliciously relaxing yin yoga practice. Once you’re totally blissed out and utterly spent, we will all sit down under the stars and twinkle lights, noshing on a meal of fresh ingredients that you all helped to prepare, while we discuss love, life, goals, dreams, sugar, spice and everything nice.

The day will end with a good shower. Saturday will be a repeat of Friday. Sunday will mark the end of our retreat, but not before getting in a morning yoga class and a final healthy breakfast. And ok, maybe a nice walk on the beach!


Check in: Thursday July 27 – 4pm

Check out: Sunday July 30 – 11am



  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks




  • 2-3 group led hikes




  • 6 yoga classes




  • 2 three-hour long cooking lessons




  • An apron




  • A journal




  • Shuttle service from the hotel to activities





  • Airfare




  • Accommodations




  • Transport to and from the airport




  • Child care (if you are bringing your kids along and they are too young to participate, we do not provide child care, but we can certainly help facilitate a relationship with child care specialists in and around Malibu!)




  • Massages and spa services (but we can set those up for you at an extra cost)




  • Any unforeseen expenses




The retreat does not include accommodations, though we have secured a block of rooms at the local Malibu Country Inn at a 10% discount, as well as at the newly remodeled Native Hotel. The Malibu Beach Inn is also in Malibu, though we have not secured rooms there. There are also hotels in Westlake Village, including the Hyatt, the Four Seasons, and the Westlake Village Inn. Please let us know which hotel you have booked with so that we can arrange transportation for you.


If you are a Malibu or LA local and would like to join the retreat for a day rather than the entire time, please contact us and we will can work out the details.

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