“The Blessings Of Light And Shadows”
With Sifu Matthew Cohen And Dr. Eden Goldman
Hosted At Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort
Avila Beach, CA
September 22 – September 25, 2022

Join us to explore the blessings of Light and shadow — and your own radiance — as you restore and renew your relationship with yourself and your spiritual practice. Everything is waiting for you at Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach, CA. Saturated with sacred healing mineral springs water, intimately experience and embody Nature during an incredibly profound time of transition. As the world re-emerges from the COVID pandemic, there’s nothing you can do that’s better for you than to rejuvenate your heart, body, mind, and Spirit! Polish the mirror of your personal practice while stepping beyond your familiar world into a caring, supportive, and loving community. Dive down the rabbit hole of “East Meets West” wellness with two of LA’s most respected and skilled Yoga and human movement teachers.

Be part of Sifu Matthew Cohen and Dr. Eden Goldman’s The Blessings Of Light And Shadows: An Autumnal Equinox Retreat

On our 2022 retreat at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach, you will get to practice:

2022 Autumnal Equinox Retreat



Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach is an incredible alternative to traditional spa-resort experiences with a uniquely profound and peaceful environment to encourage an enhanced sense of well-being, healthy living, and a centered inner-self. Embrace the joy of a wellness lifestyle and leave stresses and distractions behind while opening your mind and body to pure engagement with a harmonious atmosphere and healthy delicious food. Inspired by the on-site mineral spring, all rooms include personal mineral spring tubs on private balconies or patios for the ultimate in privacy and the healing waters provide an authentic mineral spring experience with the power to transform your body and awaken your soul.

*Please note that Sycamore Mineral Springs REQUIRES all retreat participants to be VACCINATED for COVID-19 or to provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to the retreat


Standard Double – Double Occupancy: $1829

Standard Queen – Double Occupancy: $1829

Standard Queen – Single Occupancy: $2729

Queen Suite – Double Occupancy: $2159

Queen Suite – Single Occupancy: $3389

*Please note that triple occupancy is also available in the Queen Suite rooms per request and that the above prices include lodging, 3 wonderful meals/day, daily meditation, Qigong, Yoga classes, and all wellness lectures.

2022 Autumnal Equinox Retreat






Day One

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Arrival and welcome
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Circle and Practice
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Yin Nighttime Practice

Day Two

6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Sunrise Meditation
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Qi Gong
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Wellness Lifestyle Workshop
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Journaling/Free Time
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Co-Led Teaching
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Creative Community Time

Day Three

6:00 AM – 7:30 AM Sunrise Qi Gong
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Yoga
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Wellness Lifestyle Workshop
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Group Mineral Springs Pool Time
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Co-Led Teaching
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Yoga Music And Good Vibes

Day Four

6:00 AM – 7:00 AM Sunrise Meditation
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Yoga
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Co-Led Teaching
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Qi Gong
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Circle and Exit

While our daily schedule will vary, every day will include several opportunities to practice Yoga asana, QiGong, meditation, daily satsang, workshopping, and spend time in community. Moreover, all activities and spiritual practices are optional, and attendance is never required or mandatory, only suggested — as we’re not the Yoga police — but we’re going to be doing so many amazing things together that we simply hope you’ll participate in everything! Most of all, however, proper self-care and rest, when you need it, will be encouraged.



Sifu Matthew Cohen is the founder and creator of Sacred Energy Arts: a unique, integrated system of health and self development drawing from the teachings of yoga, qigong, and martial arts. Matthew developed this method after discovering that even though yoga, qigong, and the internal martial arts each stand alone as great health systems, that something powerful and transformative emerges as the practices join. Together they compliment each other to create a complete practice. Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years. He is a great believer in the life long journey of the continual growth in the Sacred Energy Arts. He currently is is based in Malibu, California and travels internationally teaching workshops, intensives, and teacher trainings.


Dr. Eden Goldman, D.C., C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP is an international Yoga, mindfulness, and wellness lifestyle expert. A Malibu sports chiropractor, celebrity Yoga therapist, LA Yoga Magazine contributor, and human movement specialist, Eden has been the Director of the Yoga and the Healing Sciences Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA for over a decade. He is co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine and author of The Secret Art of Yoga Assists. Professionally, Dr. Goldman is the owner of the leading college lifestyle brand Meditating Mascots, Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit College Yoga Day, and owner and Director of LotusEd, Inc., specializing in advanced Yoga studies trainings and continuing education credits for doctors and therapists. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and his work has been featured in many forms of media including ABC News, CBS News, Good Morning LALA Land, AM Northwest, Yoga Journal, Yoga Mind Body Spirit, Enlightened Practice Magazine, and the top-selling book, Yoga for Dummies.

Please email any questions directly to or with the Subject Line: 2022 Light And Shadows Retreat At Sycamore. Should you be interested in any additional information or want to set up a Zoom meeting, phone call, or a live meeting in the Los Angeles area, please just let us know.

We hope you can join us at Sycamore Mineral Springs on the Autumnal Equinox in 2022!!!

2022 Autumnal Equinox Retreat