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

Join us as Amy Carolla, owner of Philadelphia based Balance Chestnut Hill teams up with Ted McDonald, owner of Malibu based 5 Point Yoga for an unforgettable weekend full of fitness, hiking, yoga, the running of the Malibu Half Marathon (or 5k), laughing, inspiration and more!

Malibu is known as one of the birthplaces of surfing. But we’re runners and we’ll be letting people surf as we run up and down trails, across the beach and finally across that finish line of the Malibu Half Marathon. Every day, you will lace up your  shoes and hike or run 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.

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 to keep our experience intimate, so read on for details and cost, and sign up soon!



You will check in on Thursday November 2nd, 2017. Amy will be leading a fitness class at an undisclosed location (it’s totally top secret!), after which we will enjoy a welcome dinner, introductions, and set the plan for the weekend. You’ll start your first full day on Friday November 3rd 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 and then head out for our morning activities.

Following that everyone will come back together for a deliciously nutritious lunch.

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, 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 is the Malibu Half Marathon and 5k. The race is not a requirement to parpicipate in the retreat, but we know many folks will be, so that is our focus for Sunday. We’ll also be 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 November 2 – 4pm

Check out: Monday November 6 – 11am


  • Most meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • 2-3 group led hikes
  • 6-7 yoga & fitness classes
  • Shuttle service from the Native hotel to activities, trailhead, yoga, etc.
  • All the laughs, smiles, and inspiration you can possibly handle!


  • 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 newly remodeled Native Hotel. Other options in Malibu include the Malibu Beach Inn. There are also hotels in Westlake Village, including the Hyatt, the Four Seasons, and the Westlake Village Inn. If you are not staying at the Native, you will need a car rental as we will be starting all activities from this location. Please let us know which hotel you have booked with so that we know when to expect you.


You are welcome to join the retreat, but this retreat will not be itemized. You will have to pay for the entire retreat regardless of how much of the weekend you choose to enjoy with us!


Regular price is $1000 (if paid in full after September 1, 2017)
Early Bird price is $850 (if paid in full on or before September 1, 2017)

Not ready to pay in full, but pretty sure you are? You can pay a $350 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. If you did pay your deposit, then you’ll pay your balance as follows:

On or before September 1, 2017: $500
After September 1, 2017: $650

No refunds will be granted after September 1, 2017. Adventure Yoga Retreats is not responsible for any costs incurred for travel arrangements or accommodations relating to this event.


After years of working in gyms and as a personal trainer, training pro Amy Carolla opened Balance Chestnut Hill in 2009 looking to create an exclusive atmosphere where people can learn, practice and adapt a healthy way of living.

Helping each client reach their fitness goals while building a strong foundation for a healthier lifestyle, Amy is also a personal trainer at Balance. Understanding that exercise is only one part of the package for a well-rounded healthy lifestyle, Amy focuses on using a combination of strength, cardio, flexibility and nutrition to aid in developing a healthy and balanced mind and body. She is the brains behind Balance’s integrated wellness approach. Growing the studio enough to accommodate bringing the blend of health and wellness professionals that operate in the studio today.

Amy is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. She is currently working with WCU Kinesiology Department as an Adjunct Professor. She has certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine for Personal Training and Nutrition. Amy has also developed Balance’s custom lifestyle program B.I.O. “Balance from the Inside Out” which led to the creation of The Balance Fit Print – 6 for Success Program.

Amy is married to Jesse and a mom to two beautiful daughters. You can feel the family atmosphere at Balance because it’s run like a family by a family. Jesse, who is an Assistant Athletic Director, Teacher and Coach by day, is also an instructor/trainer at Balance in the evenings and on weekends.


Ted is an endurance athlete, yoga teacher, blogger, entrepreneur, and modern day adventurer. He began teaching yoga (Iyengar and Ashtanga) and meditation over 15 years ago and continues to compete in marathons, triathlons, trail races, mountain bike races and ultra marathons. His is passionate about creating a life beyond his wildest dreams and helping others do the same.

He focuses his yoga sessions on strength, alignment and breathing in order to help students increase their flexibility, strength and focus. He teaches many forms of meditation and a yin or restorative yoga class specifically designed to lengthen connective tissue, prevent injuries and open energetic pathways in the body.

He is the founder of Adventure Yoga Retreats, a company that organizes premium travel adventures that enrich lives and inspire people to live life at their highest level. His versatility and knowledge allows him to successfully tailor his teaching and retreats to a diverse audience, including professional athletes, business leaders, yoga teachers, as well as beginning students. He owns 5 Point Yoga, a premiere yoga and fitness studio in Malibu, California. He co-created the 3 Week Yoga Retreat for Beachbody, the company behind such products as P90X, Insanity, Shakeology, and more. Ted co-created Tony Horton’s p90x:2 yoga DVD and is featured in p90x:3 Yoga, p90x:3 Isometrix as well as Tony’s yoga “expert” for his one-on-one video series. He is also in 3 of Tony Horton’s latest fitness DVD 22 Minute Hard Corps. He is a long time lululemon ambassador and is the designated yoga teacher for the Tour de France winning pro cycling BMC Racing Team. He is a featured teacher on, and created the yoga program at The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu which was named in Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Spas for 2012 & 2013.

He writes regularly at and on


Former pastry chef turned certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and healthy chef, Lauren is now in the throes of her most challenging work to date: motherhood. When she’s not mushing up food for her daughter, her goal is to not only create recipes for healthy food that taste good, but also to help people create a recipe for their own, unique healthy life. One that’s designed specifically to suit their needs, wants, and of course, taste buds!

You can check out her recipes for both food and for life at Delectable You. There you will also find over ninety cooking videos for your viewing pleasure.

Lauren lives in Malibu, California with her adventurer husband, Ted. Together they own a yoga studio called 5 Point Yoga, as well as an Adventure Yoga Retreats company that takes people all over the world doing yoga and, well, having adventures! Think skiing, yoga, and P90X in Jackson Hole, Mammoth, and Chamonix, surfing and yoga in Costa Rica, hiking Machu Piccu in Peru — you know, that kind of thing.

When she’s not cooking, recipe testing, and living and breathing health and wellness (and now chasing after her infant), she’s writing about it all on her blog. She’s also been published on The Good Men Project, Babble, Beyond Yoga, and The Elephant Journal, and has been regularly writing for a health and wellness PR firm for the last three years.

We can’t wait to see you!

Retreat Policy:
An advance deposit of $350 is required to reserve your space on this retreat if you do not pay in full. All deposits are non-refundable as they are used to secure lodging, facilities, equipment and/or meals. Deposits are transferable to another retreat if cancellation is received before September 1, 2017. Absolutely no refund, deposit or payment transfers will be made if cancellation is received on or after the above cancellation deadline of January 1, 2017. Balance must be paid in full before March 15, 2017. Adventure Yoga Retreats is not responsible for any and all costs incurred for travel arrangements or accommodations relating to this event.

Travel information:
Traveling to Malibu is easy! You will want to fly into Los Angeles, CA (LAX) from your home city. Then simply rent a car, grab an Uber or Lyft, or arrange your ground transportation to your hotel. Our first event is going to be a workout. We will leave the hotel at 4:30pm. If you will be late, we can give you the location and you can drive there to meet us. For flights check out www.kayak.comAdventure Yoga Retreats will book your flight for an additional 5% of your ticket fee. Call us at 310-455-6681 with questions.

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