Comfort & Strength



If your heart is ready to be immersed in yoga for pregnancy in an awe-inspiring location 


and be empowered with restorative, energizing and mindful techniques to share with expectant Mamas


while earning 85 accredited training hours to become a Prenatal Yoga Teacher


then join Jennica & Lanita for a week in wonder filled Joshua Tree for this amazing experience!

A Joshua Tree 7-Day 85-Hour

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training


  • Breathing exercises and beneficial poses to direct, prepare and relax pregnant mamas.

  • Insight from experts in the prenatal field to help you inform and support choices around pregnancy and birth.


  • Practice teaching from your heart to genuinely and safely guide prenatal yoga students in your community.

  • Holistic Nourishment including delicious pescatarian food, daily prenatal yoga and a serene desert location.

  • Expand your offerings when you gain 85 Yoga Alliance® Prenatal Yoga Teacher training hours.

Explore your Intuition


Energize your Yoga Teaching Career in authentic Joshua Tree 

Imagine awakening your body by rocking to 'Your Love Keeps Lifting me Higher' during morning prenatal yoga class on your first full day in Joshua Tree to kindle the creative teacher within you.

After you enjoy a delicious breakfast and exchange playlists with your yoga teaching peers, your mind is fired up by a crash-course in childbirth education before you take a walk in nature with clean fresh air to renew & replenish.

Under clear skies your mind and body is further inspired by how to help women prepare for labor with yoga, followed by a heated hands-on 'I can do anything for a minute' as you practice in the warm desert air.

As stars illuminate the sky, your soul is uplifted as you gaze up so grateful that you made it 

I would love to come to Joshua Tree...

Graduate Empowered and Prepared to Serve 

  • Appreciate common pregnancy issues & learn ways to provide comfort.

  • Expand Knowledge of the anatomy of a pregnant women, labor progression, pre-parent bonding and meditation.

  • Be Prepared to teach Prenatal Yoga in group or private classes safely and effectively.

  • Learn best practices in prenatal and postpartum yoga sequencing from a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal School.

Registered Prenatal Yoga School

I'm ready to deepen my own experience by enrolling...

Accommodations with a Vibrant Yoga Lineage

At the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, you will relish 3 different accommodation options. Located in the awe-inspiring Mojave Desert of Southern California, you will find several sacred meditation sites and energy vortices within walking distance to your room. 


Women's Dorm

Your own twin-size bed in a spacious shared room. Great if you're traveling solo, open to sharing a room or if you bring 3 other friends.

Double Room

Share a private bedroom and bathroom with your travel partner. Perfect for if you come with a friend and want to enjoy a private space together.

Private Room

Enjoy your own private bedroom and bathroom  to recharge at night alone. Ideal if you're traveling solo or bringing a support person and want privacy and space.



Delicious Healthful Meals

You will experience Joshua Tree's natural healing vibes by savoring wholesome gourmet vegetarian and pescatarian meals ... yum.

Most of your colorful and abundant dishes will be served buffet style by local private chefs who gladly cater to most dietary preferences as long as you let me know ahead of time.

You will gather around a large table during mealtimes and be given an entire hour to enjoy each meal, recharge and relax. On your first day we will be served a tasty health-giving dinner with dessert.

To start each full day, you will be fueled with fruit, toast, and oatmeal as well as at least one nutritious hot dish. Mid-day you will be served a large meal with plenty of vegetables including soup or salad.  Your dinners are delightful and sometimes include flavorful fish but always a dessert.

Refreshing drinking water, coffee and tea are available throughout.

What's Included:

Quality Training

  • Prenatal Yoga Practice to welcome each day​

  • Heart-Centered Trainers augmented by phenomenal guest speakers including a Midwife, Physical Therapist and Social Worker

  • Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training Manual

  • 10 hours of guided self-study to prepare you for our time together 


  • Certificate of Completion of 85 Accredited Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Hours.

Accommodations with a Vibrant Yoga Lineage

  • 6 restful nights at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center known for hosting spiritual leaders.

  • Paths to explore during daily nature walks.

Delicious Healthful Meals

  • A tasty Welcome Dinner and Farewell Picnic

  • 3 gourmet vegetarian meals with fish and vegan options every full day

Mindful Excursion 

  • Mother's Blessing with spectacular views on a nature hike in Joshua Tree National Park.


What's not Included:

  • Travel to/from Retreat Center

  • Required and Recommended Books

  • Travel Insurance


Our closest airport is Palm Springs (PSP), a 45 minute drive.  The next nearest airport is Ontario (ONT), a 1 hour, 30 minute drive.

Major cities within a few hours include LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, & Phoenix.

Ride Share Service

If you're flying into PSP or ONT and want to make sure you end up in Joshua Tree at the right time and in the right place, we can help. Cost is shared among those choosing to ride.

I can't wait to expand my community by joining...

Your Guides

It is our pleasure to share the wisdom gained from our teachers and experiences with you.


Lead Trainer: Lanita Ugstad

E-RYT®, RPYT®, Mindfulness Educator, 
Reiki Master, Birth/Labor Doula

I was blessed to obtain my 200hr certification through the teachings of Cassandra Wallick/Nischala at Gilbert Yoga in 2012. Since my full immersion into teaching in 2013, I have obtained certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Senior/ Chair (Rewind program) Yoga, practiced as birth educator/doula, ordained as a Reiki Master and most recently expanded my education and certifications into the practice of Mindfulness (Jon Kabat Zinn). Life changing events in 2015 brought me to the depths of my practice and spirituality that I did not yet know existed. In this the lesson of “We can handle anything life may bring to us, if we just breathe”.. No truer words have ever been spoken and they now lead me through life, my practice and all that I teach and share.  

Trainer & Hostess: Jennica Joyce

Masters in Public Health,


I love sharing, learning and community building. I graduated with a B.A. in Human Development and Masters in Public Health to find myself as a data analyst in the healthcare industry. I wanted more meaning from my career so became a registered Yoga Teacher in 2015 under Marianne Wells. After experiencing the power of yoga during and following my first pregnancy, I started teaching prenatal baby yoga at Desert Birth & Wellness in Joshua Tree. I became certified to teach prenatal yoga under Krissy Shields, founder of Maha Mama and continue to grow my invaluable high desert yoga community. I enjoy hiking, laughing, and spending time my family. I am especially relishing in a newborn as I recently gave birth to my second son February 2019.  I am humbled to co-teach with Lanita and organize this retreat for you!

Guest Speakers
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Jaclyn Ferber

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jaclyn is passionate about working with new parents and soon to be parents to help prepare them for the journey of pregnancy and postpartum and has a certification of completion in the Maternal Mental Health course through Postpartum Support International. She is currently the Facilitator for the Birth Stories Support Group at Desert Birth & Wellness in Joshua Tree. In her free time Jaclyn enjoys rock climbing and reading books/listening to podcasts about pregnancy, parenting, health and wellness.   



Casie Danenhauer

Doctor of Physical Therapy, RYT® 

Casie is a Physical Therapist specializing in the Pelvic Floor and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She owns a private physical therapy practice in Los Angeles and has been teaching workshops on the Pelvic Floor and Yoga for Pelvic Health both nationally and abroad for several years. She believes that the pelvic floor and pelvic health should no longer live in mystery, hideout in shame, be a source of torture, or be taboo conversation!

I want to enrich my own wisdom with prenatal expertise by coming...

What Students Say

Mitzi Yue 

Blogger, Grateful Mindful Mommy

"As a pregnant woman, this experience gave me so much more than just education. It was the wealth of knowledge, the spiritual evoking, the self-discovery, and most importantly, the supportive community. I am so blessed to have met and forged such close bonds with so many amazing yoga instructors from around the country. We all met in Joshua Tree for a reason - to grow not only as individuals, but also as a community."

Michelle Little

Michelle Little Yoga

"I was incredibly nervous investing this money into a completely unknown studio and instructors.

It was the best leap of faith in my yoga journey.

Thank you! 

This training and the coordination for all the specialists was phenomenal.

The food was great.

(I liked) all of the content and living with 14 powerful women from all walks of life."

Emily Karam


"I never would have thought, a decade ago, that I would finish having my own children and then be so inspired to dedicate my time and energy again to pregnancy and childbirth! ...This prenatal training has given me a greater depth of knowledge and a wealth of resources that I look forward to sharing in Northeastern Pa. I hope to help build communities of women, by women, and for women"

I'm more than ready to embrace my intuition and connect...

All my questions have been answered. I'm so excited to come...

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