The Four Desires Retreats

The Four Desires is a coaching process focused on finding a life of purpose, prosperity, happiness and freedom. In today’s world of technology, people are not communicating as well as they did in the past. Personal relationships, the most rewarding measure of success in a person’s life, are suffering. The Four Desires is a process that one can learn from again and again, continually redefining our true path in life, the one that is meant for each of us.

This year Mirella Garigen and Lisa Hafner will be partnering to co-teach The Four Desires Retreat in two locations in the spring and fall. Mirella and Lisa are Four Desires Trainers. They learned to offer this training from Rod Stryker, the creator of The Four Desires and author of the book, workbook and companion meditation cd. Mirella has been studying with Yogarupa, Rod Stryker, since 2013 and Lisa has studied with Yogarupa since 2008. Lisa and Mirella got to know each other well during their assistantship training for The Four Desires throughout 2017. They found not only did they share a love of these teachings, but also in their approach to offering the teachings. Both experienced the need for more time in nature and in reflection during their own process of this work. Now, they look for serene retreat environments for The Four Desires trainings and they do their best to also provide Ayurvedic meals to support this process. Their goal is to teach in these settings:

1. To nurture time and space away from the everyday

2. To provide more time in the process to support letting go and surrender

3. To be surrounded by beauty and inspiration each day, in a variety of ways

In the spring they will offer a 3-Day retreat at Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, Colorado. The fall offering will be held at a peaceful retreat center in the mountains of Cimarron, New Mexico.

Please join them for one of these retreats for a life changing opportunity.

    • “This was my first experience with yoga and meditation. I was drawn to this workshop because I wanted to start a children’s Art Studio. After the first week, I was creating flyers for Ki-Doodles and my classes started to unfold and fill up. The Moon, Sun & Fire workshop was not intimidating and I met all my goals. Following this workshop I did The Four Desires Training with Mirella. Months later I’m still meditating every day. I have done therapy for years, which often felt invasive.

      With yoga and meditation, I have found a much gentler approach to problem solving, goal setting and making real life changes.”

      GreggAnn Ferrin 

      Moon, Sun & Fire in the Chakras, February-March 2017
      The Four Desires Training, May 2017

    • “By attending Mirella Garigen's Four Desires workshop in 2017, I found a new sense of peace in my life. I learned about new tools to realize a freedom from negativity that I have struggled with all my life. This liberation allows me to not only shine in my own light, but enlightened by the light of those around me. At the age of 62 I am truly free to shine in my own radiance leaving behind a world filled with negativity, anger and resentment. Free at last.

      Thank you so much Mirella for this life changing gift.”

      Penny Alleman 

      The Four Desires Training, May 2017

    • “I wanted to thank you for spending one on one time with me, after class, to talk through what was unfolding for me. It has been invaluable for me as these two weeks have gone by. I appreciate your time and guidance."

      Feedback following completion of The Four Desires: "I feel like I am headed in a positive and sustainable direction. I've been really overwhelmed by life transitions the last 8 years including children and aging parents. My life hasn't been bad, but stagnant for my own energy, growth and happiness. I feel like the training gave me a great set of tools to re-energize, start healing myself, and the momentum and motivation to set and achieve goals for my own growth and happiness.”

      Casey Sievila 

      Moon, Sun & Fire in the Chakras, August-September, 2017
      The Four Desires Training, October-November 2017

    • New Mexico Title Slide
    • New Mexico Mountain Views
    • New Mexico Villa Garden
    • New Mexico Outdoor Beauty
    • New Mexico Villa History

    New Mexico Retreat

    Cimarron, NM

    Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2018

    This unique, 5-Day Retreat allows for more time in reflection with the open land at Philmont. On our first night we will begin with a tour of the beautiful, historic Villa of the Waite Phillips family. Ayurvedic meals will be prepared for your full stay to support our process. Lisa will present an opening discussion on Ayurveda to educate us on the recipes we’ve chosen and why. Located in the mountains of New Mexico, Philmont is one of the most peaceful places you will ever explore. If you are looking for a mindful escape this retreat is for you.


    Retreat Details

    You are invited to this quaint, historic getaway.

    Located in the mountains of New Mexico, Mirella Garigen and Lisa Hafner will guide you through The Four Desires teachings at this peaceful retreat center in Cimarron, NM. This 5-Day retreat has been created to give students a little more time for reflection and some historic inspiration; a half-day day guided hike is offered to create quiet time for the teachings to settle in, and Ayurvedic meals are provided to fully support the work.

    Ayurveda is the natural and perfect compliment to the intense and rewarding process of The Four Desires. The Ayurvedic inspired meals you will enjoy in this retreat will deeply support you as you delve into the work of discovering your Soul’s purpose. Ayurveda literally means The Science of Life and is the sister science to yoga, therefore complementary to all forms of yoga practice. The basic premise of Ayurveda is that we all come into the world with a predominant elemental constitution. Our particular constitution determines and affects both our physiology and psychology. Ayurveda peers into the nature of life through the wisdom of Mother Nature herself. As a philosophy of life, Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with the basic laws of nature. As a complete medical science, Ayurveda offers a holistic guide map for awakening our healing potential. The underlying prescription of Ayurveda is quite simple: recognize the power of self-healing and use food as medicine to support that healing. According to Ayurveda, health is a continuous and participatory process that embraces all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, familial, social and universal. Achieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health.

    It’s ideal to read The Four Desires, by Rod Stryker, before attending the training. This will help you get familiarized with the process and inspire your own work to begin before you arrive.


    The Four Desires New Mexico Retreat includes lecture, asana (yoga poses), breath work, meditation and written exercises. We will practice Yoga Nidra at least once during the 5 days. Basic Schedule follows:

    SUNDAY 9/30 – DAY 1 Registration 3 - 4:30pm
    (Note: housing will not be available sooner)
    • 5:00pm Villa Tour
    • Ayurvedic* Dinner 6 – 7:30pm
    • Opening Ayurvedic Lecture 7:00pm
    • Lecture will explain Ayurvedic meal preparation + how it will support The Four Desires work
    • Recommended early to bed following

    Typical Days
    • Breakfast* 6:30 – 8:00am
    • TFD 9am – 12noon
    • Lunch & break
    • TFD 2pm – 5pm
    • Dinner* 6 – 7:30pm
    • walk, rest, study
    • Recommended bed before 10pm

    THURSDAY 10/4 – DAY 5
    • Breakfast* 6:30 – 8:00am
    • CHECKOUT 8:30am
    • TFD 9:00 - 11:00am
    • Final Ayurvedic Lecture 11:00 - 12noon
    • Lunch* 12:30-1:30pm
    • Depart

    Pricing and Accomodations

    The Four Desires New Mexico retreat: $976/person

    5–Day retreat includes The Four Desires book* + notebook, Villa Tour, and Ayurvedic meals for 5 days.

    $150 Deposit required by Aug 1 (non-refundable), remaining due Sep 1

    Receive your hard cover book when you pay your deposit*

    Simple, affordable accomodations available on-site

    • Villa Guest Rooms include 2 twin beds in each room ($80/night)
    • Duplex options: 2 twins or 4 twin beds ($90/night)
    • Please contact Mirella ( | 716.536.3200) or
      Lisa ( | 214.418.7390) to coordinate
    • Space & lodging limited - 20 participants

    • Gateway Title Slide
    • Gateway Mission Bell Amphitheater
    • Gateway Breathtaking Views
    • Gateway Observation Pools
    • Gateway Outdoor Seating

    Gateway Canyons Retreat

    Gateway, CO

    Dates TBD

    Come engage in The Four Desires process at this gorgeous retreat with incredible views of Red Rock Canyons and breathtaking skies near Gateway, Colorado. This 3-Day retreat is the perfect getaway for a couple, two good friends or anyone looking to treat themselves to luxury. Gateway Canyons offers beautiful escapes outside as well as relaxing and serene indoor accomodations. The chefs are driven by their passion for food, flawless service and a commitment to memorable guest experiences. They have multiple dining options with mouth- watering, healthy dishes that will satisfy you, but not leave you feeling heavy — perfect for this experience.

    Check back later to register!

    Retreat Details

    You and your partner, good friend or family member are invited to this unique getaway.

    Mirella and Lisa will guide you through The Four Desires teachings at this breathtaking retreat center at Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, CO. This in depth, 3-Day retreat affects individuals in unique ways—which makes it an exciting experience to share with someone close. It’s wonderful to have the support of loved ones, but to also honor time for growth and reflection separately. Mirella and Lisa will place you into groups and you will get to share during your meals and other activities. It’s important to be rested when you arrive and to give each other the space and time to dive into the process.

    The Four Desires includes lecture, asana (yoga poses), breathwork, meditation and written exercises. We will practice Yoga Nidra at least once during the 3 days. We begin on Friday at 9am with a full day. On Saturday, we have a full day including a group hike in the afternoon. On Sunday we have a half day to culminate our retreat and we will end by 2pm.

    It’s ideal to begin reading The Four Desires, by Rod Stryker, before attending the training. The first third of the book will help you get familiarized with the process.

    Pricing and Accomodations

    The Four Desires Gateway Canyons retreat: $395/person

    3-Day retreat, includes The Four Desires book* + notebook, group hike

    $150 Deposit required by TBD (non-refundable)

    Receive your hard cover book when you pay your deposit*

    Resort accomodations need to be made separately.

    • Call for group rate - $229/night Kiva Lodge Deluxe. (almost 50% saving from seasonal, non-group rate)
    • Breakfast for 2 is included with each room, all other meals separate.
    • Also Signature Suite or 2-Bedroom Casitas available.




    Gateway Canyons offers an oasis of relaxing opportunities. Following are some ideas and optional activities to make this an ideal getaway:


    1. Share a gorgeous room, which includes breakfast together each morning and both participate in The Four Desires retreat.

    2. Let us know if you are coming alone and we will do our best to help you find a person to share a room.

    3. One person takes The Four Desires while the other finds some rest and relaxation time—taking advantage of the spa, outdoor reflection, time for reading, writing or photography. The breathtaking views may inspire you to draw or paint the beautiful landscapes. There are hiking and mountain biking trails. The Auto Museum is free for all guests.

    If you would like to plan for spa treatments or other activities in addition to the retreat, please plan to come a day early or stay an extra day. Call Gateway Canyons for pricing:

    • Spa Treatments at Gateway Canyons
    • Scenic Horseback Rides at The Palisade Ranch
    • Helicopter rides