3 Days of Gratitude: Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains

Land of Medicine Buddha

Christie Pitko
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25 reviews
Nov 5 - 7, 2021
Group size: 10 - 20
3 Days of Gratitude: Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains
Land of Medicine Buddha

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
25 reviews

Nov 5 - 7, 2021
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Are you ready to hit the reset button after a challenging year? Let's celebrate and cultivate gratitude by coming together as a community for this exciting retreat!

Our stunning venue, Land of Medicine Buddha rests within the redwoods, and is only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, making it an energetic hot spot, and the perfect place to reflect and retreat. 

Experience a weekend of harmony and bliss amongst the magical redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Soquel, California. Enjoy daily all levels yoga and meditation, feast on delicious vegetarian meals, stay in lovely accommodations, and explore the surrounding land. Land of Medicine Buddha is a sacred, tranquil place with temples, statues, and hidden gems throughout the grounds. Guests continue to return year after year to the serenity of this place.

Our special guest, Sophia Aurore is returning to provide us with the soothing and restorative meditation with sound healing. Some of you have had the privilege of experiencing her sounds before. Not to be missed!

Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach are just about 15 minutes away by car. Visit the Pacific on one of your breaks.

Classes are lead by experienced yoga and meditation teacher, Christie Pitko, E-RYT 500. Learn more about Christie here.


Schedule is subject to minor changes.


Arrival - 4:00pm (Rooms are not ready until closer to 4pm, but aim to get here early. You can enjoy tea and cookies or explore the grounds. Give yourself PLENTY of time for Friday traffic.)

Mini Yoga Session- 5:00-5:40pm

Land of Medicine Buddha Welcome - 5:45pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Welcoming and Group Meditation- 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Meditation and Therapeutic Yoga - 9:30-11:00am

Free Time - sauna, massage, hike

Lunch - 12:30pm

Free Time

Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 4:30pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Sound Healing Session - 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Optional Public Meditation led by Land of Medicine Buddha - 9:30-10:15am

Out of Room- 11:00am

Farewell Yoga Flow - 11:30am

Lunch - 12:30pm

Depart after lunch

Important Things to Know

**We have decided to add some precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Prior to attending, we will require proof of vaccination by emailing a photo of your vaccination card to christie@shiftingandinspired.com.

Remainder of balance due Friday, October 1st.

Our retreat is for students who are 18 years of age and above.

We welcome all levels of practitioners, including beginners. It is important to have some yoga experience before signing up. Please know basic yoga poses.

Alcohol and meat are not permitted at Land of Medicine Buddha to honor the Buddhists who live on the grounds.

Unless you have Verizon, cell phones will not work. There is a pay phone and WiFi available.

About Your Retreat Guide

Christie Pitko, ERYT 500 is an expert at leading retreats both in the U.S. and abroad. She guides 5-6 retreats per year, and has been hosting retreats since 2014.

Christie is a dedicated student and full-time yoga and meditation teacher in San Francisco, California. She has taught over 2600 hours of yoga classes. She is part of the faculty at Yoga Garden San Francisco for their 200 hour teacher training program. She teaches alignment-based yoga, restorative, as well as meditation. Her biggest influences are Annie Carpenter and Richard Rosen whom she studies with frequently.

Learn more about Christie Pitko here: https://www.christiepitkoyoga.com/about

What to Bring

Yoga mat

Blanket to be used for yoga

Yoga blocks and straps (if you have them)


Water bottle

Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking

Bathing suit for the pool

Eye pillow (optional)

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    2 night stay at Land of Medicine Buddha (single, shared, or triple/quad with private bathrooms)
  • Fresh vegetarian meals
    Food is incredible! 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. We can accommodate vegan and gluten-free as well.
  • Daily yoga
    All levels mix of alignment-focused vinyasa and therapeutic
  • Daily mediation
    Mindfulness and pranayama
  • Sound Healing Session
    Sophia Aurore is back! She will provide her soothing and restorative sound healing.
  • Hiking trails
    Access and map to different hiking trails throughout the venue.
  • Transportation
    Nearest airports are San Jose (about an hour) San Francisco (about 90 minutes) , and Oakland (about 2 hours). Please give yourself lots of time for traffic on a Friday!

Available Packages

Single Room, Private Bathroom
Available until October 25, 20216 left

Lovely single room with private bathroom. 

Note that if there are 2 people coming, you must book a double room.

Deposit: $300
Double Room, Private Bathroom
Available until October 25, 20217 left

Lovely shared room. Please note pricing is PER PERSON in this shared room with private bathroom. 

Deposit: $300

Who’s interested

Your Organizer

Christie Pitko
25 reviews
Christie Pitko, E RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit, ignited creativity, and encouraged her to take her time. She enjoys helping students stay curious about the inner landscape of their bodies and minds through yoga and meditation. Christie is grateful for all that she has learned from her teachers, Annie Carpenter, Richard Rosen, and Leah Gillman. Christie hosts multiple yoga retreats per year.


Accommodations were comfortable, the grounds of Land of Medicine Buddha are beautiful. The food was delicious. The yoga was not challenging and not thoughtful. It felt as though Christie was doing the retreat more as a business rather than a passion, which is fine, but I was looking for more instruction on poses and yoga philosophy.
By Rebecca A for Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains on 19 Feb, 2020
I’m so happy that you enjoyed the grounds and the meals. I’m sorry that you felt the yoga was not challenging or thoughtful. I do plan out all of my classes in advance, so there is much thought and effort put into each session. Since this was an all levels retreat, we started from the beginning and moved into deeper poses safely. We eventually worked on arm balances and inversions, which is pretty challenging for most. Hosting yoga retreats and providing a supportive community within them is my deepest passion. It wasn’t in the retreat description or on our itinerary that we’d dive into philosophy. Thank you for the suggestion, though. I may add philosophy discussions into future retreats. I was very open on the first day, encouraging guests to come to me with any concerns or issues during the course of the retreat. I wish you had come directly to speak with me about what you were feeling. I would have been honored to create a more enjoyable retreat for you.
By Christie Pitko on 20 Feb, 2020
We had a wonderful time. Food was delicious, surrounding area was perfect for a most enjoyable hike and accommodations were modest but comfortable. I truly enjoyed our yoga sessions, Christie was patient, easy to follow (as I do not practice yoga often) and her choice of yoga styles were perfect. I will definitely sign up for next years retreat! Thank you to all that involved in putting this retreat together! Maryann Walsh
By Maryann W for Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains on 18 Feb, 2020
I had a great time, wonderful group of people, delicious food and comfortable accomodation. Thank you for the fantastic expreience. The planning was awesome with lot of free time for strolling and other activities.
By Swati G for Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains on 11 Feb, 2020
This was an incredible yoga/meditation retreat. Land of Medicine Buddha is an incredible location and Christie is a special teacher who shares her love of yoga and meditation in a way that is accessible and profound. This is my second retreat with Christie and I will definitely be looking into some of her future retreats.
By Kathleen K for Yoga and Meditation Retreat Santa Cruz Mountains on 11 Feb, 2020
I had a wonderful, relaxing, centering time at this retreat. The venue, Land of the Medicine Buddha, is a gem of serenity nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Christie is an absolutely amazingly fabulous retreat host. You can tell that yoga and creating fantastic retreat experiences are her passions. Everyone was welcoming, the food was fantastic, and the yoga classes were all excellent. I truly appreciate Christie's focus on inclusivity for people at all different levels of yoga, as well as her focus on being structurally grounded in the yoga poses, ensuring a safe, injury-free practice. While I was at this retreat, I signed up for Christie's next retreat here in February and I'm so looking forward to it.
By Jess J for Yoga and Meditation Gratitude Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains on 19 Jan, 2020
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