Labor Day Weekend Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
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19 reviews
Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2018
Group size: 15 - 20
Labor Day Weekend Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
19 reviews

Aug 31 - Sep 2, 2018
Group size: 15 - 20

About this trip

"I walked into the enchanted forest, and was never the same."  -Christie Pitko, Retreat Host

Enjoy a weekend of harmony and bliss amongst the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Soquel, California. Take part in daily all levels yoga and meditation, feast on mouthwatering vegetarian meals, stay in lovely accommodations, and explore the peaceful surrounding lands. Land of Medicine Buddha is a true gem just outside of Santa Cruz.

During free times, take a dip in the pool, detox in the sauna, go on a hike, or receive a soothing massage at the Lotus Spa. Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach are just about 15 minutes away by car.

Classes are led by dedicated and experienced teacher, Christie Pitko. Christie hosts 4 yoga retreats per year in California and abroad. Find out more about her teachings here

*All levels of practitioners are encouraged to attend, including beginners, but we recommend that you have some yoga experience.

*We welcome yoga students who are 18 years of age and above.

*Please note that there are no refunds after July 1, 2018.

What to Bring

Yoga mat 

Blanket (for yoga)

Clothing layers

Water bottle

Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking

Bathing suit (for the ocean and the pool!)



Sample Schedule (subject to changes)


Arrival - 2:00-4:00pm

**Note that rooms will probably not be ready until 4pm, but you are welcome to arrive early due to holiday weekend traffic.

Yoga -   4:30pm

LMB Welcome Talk - 5:45pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Opening Meditation and Group Connection- 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Meditation and Therapeutic Yoga - 9:30am

Free Time - hike, pool, sauna, massage, beach

Lunch - 12:30pm

Free time

Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 4:30pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Yoga Nidra - 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Free Time or Activity TBD - 9:30-10:15am

Out of Room -10:30am

Farewell Vinyasa Yoga Class -11:00am

Lunch - 12:30pm

Depart after lunch

What’s included

  • 2 night stay
    Single or shared rooms with private bathrooms
  • Daily yoga
    All levels practices - mix of flow and therapeutic styles
  • Vegetarian meals
    Mouthwatering food made with fresh ingredients
  • Yoga nidra
    Therapeutic evening practice
  • Access to pool and sauna
    Free time to relax and let go at the spa
  • Daily guided meditation
    All levels guided pranayama (breath work) and meditations
  • Hiking/exploring
    There is much to explore amongst the redwood forest!
  • Transportation
    The nearest airport is San Jose (about an hour away). You can also fly into San Francisco (about 90 minutes) or Oakland (about 2 hours). We recommend you rent a car to drive to the venue.
  • Yoga mat and blanket
    Please bring your own yoga mat and blanket. Yoga blocks will be provided by the instructor.
  • Massage at the Lotus Spa
    Please book a massage a week before the retreat begins. Call 831-462-8383.
  • Cell service
    There is a pay phone at our venue.

Available Packages

Single Room
Available until Aug 30, 2018Sold Out

This is you in a room all to yourself with a private bathroom. Early bird discount code: RETREATLOVE by Monday, May 28, 2018.

Double Room
Available until Aug 30, 2018Sold Out

Share a room with one other person with a private bathroom. Early bird discount code: RETREATLOVE by Monday, May 28, 2018.

Shared (Triple or Quad)
Available until Aug 30, 2018Sold Out

Shared space with 3 or 4 people and private bathroom. Early bird discount code: RETREATLOVE by Monday, May 28, 2018.


Single Room
Past Trip

Your Organizer

Christie Pitko
19 reviews
Christie Pitko, E-RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit and ignited creativity. She teaches an alignment-based vinyasa flow, and enjoys helping students stay curious about the inner landscape of their bodies and minds. Christie is a teacher trainer, vibrant retreat host, and also passionate about the power of daily meditation.


The solitude & the Beauty of the surroundings here at Land Of Medicine Buddha was beyond breathtaking. This is a must see place for anyone traveling near the SF Bay Area. It’s worth the trip. You can stop in for the day or stay the weekend. I Highly recommend.
Christie hosts wonderful yoga retreats! This is my second "Christie" retreat and it was more of everything in every way than I expected -- great location and venue, delicious food and a wide variety of meditation and yoga practices rounded out the great weekend. I plan to attend future retreats with Christie and you should, too!
What an amazing weekend! First, Christie was super as both a yoga instructor and meditation guide. We we comfortable in our rooms, the food was delicious and healthy and the surrounding area was a perfect setting to decompress from the rat race. Highly recommended for those curious (or serious) about meditation and yoga.
The yoga/meditation combination was fantastic for this retreat. I loved Christie's gentle guidance in leading the group through the yoga poses regardless of their level making it easier to accomplish even the difficult poses with confidence. The venue was the best and most perfect I've ever been for a yoga retreat and in a addition the rooming quarters roomy and comfy. The vegetarian meals were a plus and I when I returned home I continued to make veggie meals at home even though I am not a total vegetarian - so healthy! I would definitely return to this venue for another one of Christie's yoga retreats. I left the retreat feeling restored, energized and reflective of my practice.
Christie hosted the most beautiful retreat. The location, the amenities & the food were all beyond my expectations but the true gift was having Christie thoughtfully guide us through yoga (therapeutic, vinyasa, & yoga nidra) & meditation. Her teaching style was comforting, welcoming & accessible to all levels. She was careful to make sure she spent time having genuine conversations will all attendees. I look forward to retreating with her again!
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