Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare Retreat with Alix Northup

Alix Northup Yoga for Scoliosis

Friday, May 12th-14th, 2023

Location: Coastal Mountain Sport Haus, Vernonia, Oregon

Unwind deep layers of held tension and discover specific modifications for your personal yoga practice.

Join others with scoliosis in a nurturing and empowering container.

Deepen your yoga practice and gain tools for self care.

Share your story with a group of people who have similar experiences and welcome healing into your life.

Retreats create a space away from the usual routine, allowing you to unwind and move deeper.

This retreat offers a unique focus of bringing together those with scoliosis to work therapeutically to help realign your spine and reset your nervous system.

You’ll learn about basic anatomy and the scoliotic curvature patterns of the spine. The yoga practice will include specific instructions for each pose for the various scoliotic curvatures.

Along with a scoliosis focus, this retreat will also cover general back care, postural imbalances, and spinal conditions.

If you don’t have scoliosis you are welcome to join so you can learn about your back and benefit from the retreat.

Alix assisting a student

“Alix has taught me so much about my scoliosis.

Learning how to adapt yoga to my specific curve enables me to do all yoga postures but with a specific ‘twist’. The mental image I now have of my back helps me move in ways beneficial to my back.

Best of all, Alix teaches with humor, knowledge, and compassion. Life is great now that I can practice yoga again!!

Scoliosis is no longer a burden; rather a gift.” –Carmen S

Discover the role yoga can play in creating awareness, relieving pain, and restoring a sense of balance to the body.

Having a few days to practice together will allow for greater continuity to receive the modifications and adjustments learned in the yoga for scoliosis and backcare practice.

The tranquil setting will allow for deeper relaxation along with nourishing food and space to simply relax, unplug, and walk around in nature.

Alix walking through daisies

The Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare Retreat with Alix Northup is a therapeutic, informative, and empowering experience of realignment and restoration in a peaceful setting.

This retreat includes:

  • Detailed and informative Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare instruction
  • Personalized yoga modifications and hands-on adjustment
  • Community support with others experiencing scoliosis
  • Active and restorative group yoga practice
  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra practice
  • Space to relax and journal
  • Time to walk in nature

This retreat is open to all levels and physical limitations.

Practices include standing poses, sitting, and movements on the floor.

Various props will be used and personalized modifications will be provided.

Alix with students and yoga props

“Alix is wonderful. She is calm, considerate, and has the perfect energy to be leading the mindful trips that she does.

I am so grateful to her for everything she taught me, and for organizing our trip to be in such a sublime locale.

Our hosts at Coastal Mountain Sports Haus were over-the-top wonderful in caring for us. They made incredible meals and gave us a lovely experience in every way.

It was a privilege to be on this trip.” –Katie M

The Location

Located only an hour from Portland, Coastal Mountain Sport Haus is nestled within the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range.

The 100-acre property has been in the family since 1938 and is also home to a herd of Italian heritage cattle.

Beyond the pasture, you’ll find a walking path that follows along the Nehalem River.

pasture gate

The cozy yoga practice space in the Main Lodge has heated floors with a lovely view of the surrounding natural environment.

Shower room and dining area (complete with espresso machine!) is adjacent to the practice space.

Bathrooms are stocked with natural lotions and bath products, including luxurious towels.

The private and shared rooms are bright and airy with high quality mattresses and linens.

Located on the second floor, the Main Lodge rooms each have a private half bath.

Also on the second floor is a community gathering space with large balcony overlooking the pasture and woodland setting.

pasture and woodlands

Located a short distance from the Main Lodge, the Bunk Room has four sturdy, wooden bunk frames with extra long twin mattresses.

The Bunk Room is on the second floor with multiple skylights and a pitched, exposed beam ceiling.

Bathroom and shower is adjacent to the Bunk Room.

“Everything was great…the accommodations. the food, the ambiance. The best part was Alix’s thoughtful, gentle practice with all of us. I would not change anything. I would go again.” –Jan M

Alix Northup, Retreat Facilitator

Alix began her path of yoga as a teenager when her mom brought her to a yoga class as an alternative treatment for her scoliosis. The practice has stayed with her for over twenty years.

She draws from her own experience of finding balance in her body and mind to assist others on their own unique path of yoga and healing.

Having taught several local weekend retreats as well as international retreats in Nepal and Costa Rica, Alix believes in the importance of retreats.

Retreats provide an opportunity to go deeper into the practice and allow for more continuity of learning the modifications specific to scoliosis as well as allowing the nervous system to unwind deeper layers of held tension.

Alix standing next to a tree

Alix is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She received her 200 hour training with Prananda Yoga in 2007, and recently completed 300 additional hours of training with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Alix is certified as a Prajna SATYA teacher (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement). SATYA is a somatic floor based practice developed by Tias Little that complements yoga.

She completed her Yoga for Scoliosis teacher certification through senior Iyengar teacher Elise Miller and continues to study yoga for backcare and scoliosis with Deborah Wolk from NYC.

Alix assisting a student


Don’t see your question below? Send Alix an email.

How can I carpool?

You’ll receive an email closer to retreat to help facilitate carpooling.

What should I pack?

Suggested items:

  • Comfortable clothing and layers
  • Bathing suit for the outdoor heated soaking pool
  • Walking shoes or boots (in case it’s muddy) for exploring the property
  • Lidded tea/coffee mug
  • Water bottle
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Yoga mat

I have a special diet. What will I eat?

When you complete registration, you’ll have an opportunity to share your dietary concerns.

Chef and co-owner of Coastal Mountain Sport Haus, Sandy, will do her best to support your needs.

The meals are prepared onsite utilizing fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

There is also limited refrigerator and food storage space if you feel you need particular items during retreat.

meals at coastal mountain sport haus

What’s included in the retreat registration price?

This retreat includes:

  • 2 nights lodging at Coastal Mountain Sport Haus
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners prepared onsite with local and seasonal ingredients
  • Unlimited Smith tea and Caffe Umbria coffee (espresso too!)
  • Special retreat gift
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Personalized adjustments and modifications
  • Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare practice and discussion
  • Free time to explore the property, relax in the outdoor heated soaking pool, or enjoy your personal practice

Transportation to/from Coastal Mountain Haus is not included.

yoga clock, blanket and meditation bowl

What is the retreat schedule?

Below is a tentative daily schedule.

Please note times may adjust to best accommodate the flow of the retreat.


3-4:30pm: Arrival

4:30-5:30pm: Welcome circle and retreat introduction

6-7pm: Dinner

7:15-8:30pm: Gentle and restorative yoga practice with Yoga Nidra


7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

9am-Noon: Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare discussion and practice

Noon-12:30pm: Break

12:30-1pm: Lunch

1-4pm: Free Time (rest, walk, soaking pool, personal practice)

4-5:45pm: Gentle and restorative yoga practice

6-7:30pm: Dinner

7:30-8pm: Yoga Nidra and meditation practice


7:30-8:30am: Breakfast

9am-Noon: Yoga for Scoliosis & Backcare practice and closing circle

Noon-12:30pm: Break (pack and prepare for departure)

12:30-2pm: Lunch

2pm: Departure

What’s the retreat refund policy?

If you wish to cancel, you must do so by emailing

$150 deposit due with registration is nonrefundable.

  • Cancel prior to Friday, November 4, 2022 any payments made will be refunded minus your $150 nonrefundable deposit.
  • Cancel after Friday, November 4, 2022 & prior Friday, January 6, 2023: 50% refund (less $150 nonrefundable deposit).
  • Cancel after Friday, January 6, 2023, 100% of the retreat price will be forfeited.

Please note: We are sorry but injury and illness do not disqualify you from any of the above cancellation policies. Cancellations due to COVID still fall within the parameters of the general refund policy.


Is there a payment plan?


When you register, you can choose either “pay full amount” or payment plan option, whichever is easiest for you.

The payment plan is activated by paying a $150 nonrefundable deposit.

If you pay via your bank account (ACH transfer) you have no additional fees. If pay via credit card, you pay 2.9% (3.9% for AMEX) PER transaction.

Payments are NOT automatically deducted from your account. Before the next payment installment, you will receive an email with a personalized payment link. This gives you full control over how payments occur.

If you would like to pay more than the monthly amount at any time, you can manage your payments and payment method in your WeTravel account under PAYMENT SETTINGS.

Payment schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, November 4, 2022
  • Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Friday, January 6, 2023

If you register after a payment date has occurred, the initial deposit includes previous payment amounts. At any time, you can pay your remaining balance in full.

Excited to book your spot but still have a few questions?
Please email

Alix teaching class