Ride the Tiger Retreat

Ride the Tiger Retreat

Experience the practice of Hatha Yoga
with Earle Birney and Lisa Schrempp


Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Verse 2.77

Bonus for the first ten people who sign up!
A 45-minute private consultation with a teacher included.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika text is not an intellectual exercise. It is an instruction manual. These are not ideas to be memorized but rather deep practices that lead to the purification of the body and mind and profound states of realization.

And so simply receiving these instructions is not enough. These practices are short on instruction and long on practice, so we need feedback. We can only learn from a text so much, and to do this properly, there is nothing better than the retreat experience. This allows us to gain a personal experience of the practices and enhances our capacity to integrate them into our daily routines.

In this retreat, we will focus on the following:

  • Meditation
  • Asana
  • Shatkarmas, or cleansing practices
  • Pranayama, or breath control techniques
  • Dinacharya/Ritucharya developing a personal daily practice and seasonal routine according to Ayurvedic principles

During the retreat, students will receive daily instructions and engage in group practices in the morning and afternoon and then have the evening to experience a deep retreat in their own retreat cabin. In this way, students will have the opportunity to be guided in the practices and time to integrate them on their own.

To ensure you get the most out of your time at Diamond Mountain, we will send out a series of emails in advance of the retreat that explains how to best prepare your mind and body.

When: December 27, 2023 – January 2, 2024 (check-in: 1-4pm)
Where: Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, 3209 S Old Fort Bowie Road, Bowie, AZ
Language: English
Teachers: Earle Birney, Lisa Schremp
Group Size: max. 16 participants
What is included: Housing (including linen and towels, and we have yoga mats and cushions for you onsite) and a 45 minute private consultation with a teacher for the first ten people who sign up!
What is NOT included:

  • Meals are not provided. We understand that our attendees have specific dietary preferences and requirements for this very special retreat. To ensure everyone can adhere to their unique diets, we’ve chosen not to provide meals. Instead, each cottage is equipped with a fully-functional kitchen, allowing you to prepare meals that suit your individual needs. We will also make a grocery stop en route to Diamond Mountain for your convenience.
  • Transfer from Airport Tucson to Diamond Mountain. If you need a shuttle, please add “shuttle” during registration and plan to arrive at Tucson BEFORE 12pm on December 27, 2023 and departure NOT EARLIER than 1pm on January 2, 2024. If you need a hotel because you arrive a day earlier, we recommend La Quinta Tucson Airport. And yes, we have a shopping stop on our way to Diamond Mountain so that you can get groceries.
  • We also encourage you to carpool. You will receive a link to a CarPoolWhatsApp group after registration to connect with other participants.

If you have more questions, please click here.


Earle Birney used the Pradipika as his source for hatha yoga during his three-year retreat. He has extensive experience in the shatkarma practices and can lead students through these sometimes complicated practices safely and with grace.

Earle will be joined by his yoga teacher, Lisa Schrempp, who has spent over 30 years training in these practices. Lisa brings an extensive knowledge of Ayurveda and will integrate this wisdom in her teachings on asana, pranayama, and self-care practices.

Retreat Registration fees include housing (including linen and towels)

Private Cottage (accommodate 1 guest. Kitchen and Bathroom facilities are not shared with anyone else)

  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE Private Cottage: MODEST USD 1,119
  • Private Cottage: DELUXE USD 1,281
  • NO LONGER AVAILABLE Private Cottage: PREMIUM USD 1,381

During registration, you can add an “additional person: USD 539” to your private cottage if you want to share a queen bed in a private cottage with your spouse/friend.

Private Room ( accommodate one guest. Kitchen and Bathroom facilities are shared with your housemate(s))


During registration, you can add an “additional person: USD 539 to your private rooms if you want to share a queen bed in a private room with your spouse/friend.


  • SOLD OUT Shared Room: USD 649
  • Round trip shuttle from and to Tucson Airport: USD 200

*Shared rooms accommodate 3-4 guests (same gender). Kitchen and Bathroom facilities are shared with your housemate(s). We only house same sex in shared rooms.

If you want to apply for a scholarship, please send an email to [email protected]

Daily Schedule

Please note: no food before kriyas in the morning.
Please prepare a snack to bring if you would like.

6:30 – 7:00 kriya
7:00 – 7:30 chanting and meditation
7:30 – 7:45 snack break
7:45 – 9:00 asana
9:00 – 9:30 break and informal discussion / hang out
9:30 – 9:45 pranayama
9:45 – 10:30 meditation

Back to cabin

3:00 – 3:20 Ayurvedic talk and kriya
3:20 – 3:40 movement
3:40 – 3:45 break
3:45 – 4:30 pranayama and meditation
4:30 – 5:00 discussion and Q and A

Back to cabin

Most of our eco-friendly houses retreat include 12-volt solar electricity, composting toilets and passive solar design which allows them to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Please check out our houses here.

We have plenty of mats and meditation cushions onsite—no need to bring your own.

Registration fees are refundable:

  • 50% refundable up to 3 months  (before October 27, 2023)
  • 25% refundable from 3 months – 1 month (between October 27, 2023 and November 27, 2023)
  • 0% for the last month (after November 27, 2023)

You are welcome to request an exception to this policy.

We would like you to know the rules, the Do’s & Don’ts. Please let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to answer, and if there are any concerns from your side – maybe we find a solution! Let’s talk.

If you still have questions about the retreat or your registration please let us know by clicking here

Maybe you are sure you want to come, but you are a little bit tight on money now?
Please send us an email and let us know which housing you would like and a suggested payment plan that would work for you. Click me to send the email.