Alta designs luxury, transformational yoga retreats with an emphasis on personal development, led by respected leaders in their fields. Alta (meaning “high”) is inspired by mountaintops everywhere. We believe in helping people discover heightened levels of freedom, awareness and vitality through yoga and other healing modalities. Our carefully curated retreats are set in inspirational destinations across the globe, giving you the chance to expand your comfort zone, discover a new culture, and take in the sacred energy of each place. Each retreat is unique, but all focus on fostering integrated mind-body-spirit wellbeing and community building, as well as a spirit of adventure and discovery.

Alta was born on a chairlift in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. As the mountain air whipped against their faces, founders Kathryn Nichols and John Rhodes couldn’t help but realize how the right blend of physical activity and breathtaking scenery could combine with learning and play to pave the way for tremendous healing and revitalization.  They were inspired to create sanctuaries in which people could reach their own personal pinnacles of health and wellbeing. Thus Alta was born.

Kathryn Nichols


Kathryn is a Los Angeles based yoga instructor, lifestyle curator, and bon vivant. In 2014, she completed her 200 hour Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher training and is in the process of becoming a Baptiste-certified yoga instructor. She has traveled and worked extensively around the globe and has enjoyed living in some of the most incredible healing communities. She has witnessed the life-changing effects of traveling, especially when combined with yoga, and is committed to sharing these experiences. When not on her mat, she loves playing in nature and learning about conscious community-building, alternative wellness, and meditation. Kathryn has a BA in Media Studies from Claremont McKenna College and speaks French, Italian and German.

John Rhodes


John is currently based in Los Angeles and hails from Austin, Texas and Maui, Hawaii. He grew up in a big family with a love of nature, adventure, storytelling and personal development. John has a BA in English literature and a Master’s in Media Business Management from the University of Dallas and Universidad de Navarra respectively. His entrepreneurial endeavors include study-abroad travel management, event production, filmmaking, and e-commerce. Besides his daily yoga practice, John loves to surf, play basketball, read, make movies and travel the world.

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

– Christopher McCandless