Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki: Retreat to Yosemite

Midpines, CA, USA

Christie Pitko
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39 reviews
Oct 10 - 13, 2024
Group size: 10 - 20
Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki: Retreat to Yosemite
Midpines, CA, USA

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
39 reviews

Oct 10 - 13, 2024
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Deepen your yoga and meditation practices. Learn about and receive hands-on reiki.  Enjoy unlimited time in the resort spa, and visit the unforgettable Yosemite Valley.  Savor delicious and hearty meals, relax in the hot tub or sauna, and experience the great outdoors. 

This 4 day retreat takes place at the Yosemite Bug, a rustic resort in Midpines, California, 27 miles from Yosemite Valley that dates back to the 1930s. Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the June Bug Cafe. Practice yoga (vinyasa and restorative), meditation, and pranayama (breath work) with a dedicated and experienced teacher. Take part in a reiki experience of hands-on healing.

Visit the Yosemite Valley taking a scenic bus ride to and from the park, or driving your car on your own. You can request a packed lunch to bring with you on your visit to the park!

The spa is part of your retreat package with unlimited access to the hot tub and sauna. Leave our retreat blissed out and inspired.

Sample Schedule

Subject to Minor Changes

Day 1 

Check in  +  Get Settled - 3:00pm

Dinner  - 6:00pm. Aim to arrive 5 minutes early if possible

Opening Circle + Welcome - 7:30pm

Day 2 

Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation - 7:45am

Breakfast - 9:15am

Free time - Visit Yosemite Valley, relax in spa, explore the Bug trails, etc.

Lunch can be packed to bring to Yosemite or eaten in the restaurant

Dinner - 6:00pm (order packed lunch for following day)

Reiki Workshop - 7:45pm

Day 3

Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation - 7:45am

Breakfast - 9:15am

Free time-  Visit Yosemite Valley, relax in spa, explore, etc.

Lunch can be packed to bring to Yosemite or eaten in the restaurant

Dinner - 6:00pm (order packed lunch for following day)

Gentle Practice (eg. Yoga Nidra or Restorative) - 7:45pm

Day 4

Farewell Yoga and Meditation - 7:45am

Breakfast- 9:15am

Check Out - 11:00am

Lunch- anytime. You can even take it to go with you!

About Christie Pitko

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 3000 hours of yoga classes. She is part of the faculty at Folk SF (formerly Yoga Garden San Francisco) for their 200 and 300 hour teacher training programs. She teaches alignment-based yoga, restorative, as well as meditation. Her biggest influences are Annie Carpenter and Richard Rosen whom she studies with frequently.

Christie is also a Reiki Master Teacher.

What to Bring

Clothing layers


Funds for transportation and entrance fee to Yosemite

Water bottle

Yoga mat

Bug spray

Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking

Bathing suit for hot tub

Tips for restaurant and housekeeping

Transportation - Please Read

The transportation and the fee to enter the park is not included in this package. The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is 27 miles from Yosemite National Park. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to get there by car.

You will need to register your vehicle ahead of time for Saturday and Sunday's visit to the park. LEARN MORE

Another way is to take the YARTS scenic bus, which picks up at the Bug and takes you directly to the park. I have personally done this, and really enjoyed it. The ride is about an hour and 20 minutes due to the stops the bus makes.

Please visit the YARTS website for the schedule and to purchase tickets.

We recommend purchasing YARTS tickets ahead of time.  Note that the walk from your room at the Bug to the bus stop is about 15 minutes. 


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included. We will do our best to accommodate special requests. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating. Coffee, tea, and water is available all day. Beer, wine, and dessert can be purchased separately.

The June Bug Cafe is the only restaurant for miles, so dinner will get busy. Please do your best to get to dinner by 6pm. If you cannot make scheduled meal times, just let us know. Meals are still included, you might just miss the evening yoga session.

Request a packed lunch to take with you to Yosemite. Orders for packed lunches must be placed at dinner the night before.

Balance and Discounts

*Balance for retreat due Friday, August 30th.

*Book by June 3rd and save $150 using code: YOSEMITEREIKI

What’s included

  • 3 nights accommodations
    Single or shared rooms in the rustic Yosemite Bug Resort. Rooms come with mini fridges.
  • Freshly made meals
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the June Bug Cafe. Packed lunches available by request when you are going to the Yosemite Valley!
  • Daily yoga
    Mix of alignment-based vinyasa flow and restorative or yoga nidra in the evenings.
  • Daily meditation
    Mindfully guided meditations
  • Reiki Workshop
    Learn a bit about reiki, and receive hands-on healing .
  • Unlimited spa access
    Enjoy the hot tub and sauna at the resort
  • Towels, linens, soap
    Your room will have towels, linens, soap, shampoo, and conditioner..
  • Community kitchen
    Separate from the dining room. Use this if you want to store snacks, or if you come early, stay late, etc.

What’s not included

  • Transportation to Bug
    Fresno airport - 2 hours drive. Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose about 3 hours drive. We recommend renting a car to drive to the resort.
  • Entrance fee for park
    If driving, you need to register vehicle ahead of time.
  • Travel Insurance
    Required. There are no refunds if you need to cancel for any reason. We like World Nomads.
  • Transport to Yosemite
    Our venue is 27 miles from the famous Yosemite Valley. You can drive (about 45 minute drive) or take the scenic YARTS shuttle.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    The Cafe sells beer and wine.
  • Additional spa treatment
    Book a massage or private salt and essential oil soak for an additional fee

Available Packages

Double Room, Private Bath For 2 People
Available until September 9, 2024only 2 left

This is a shared room for 2 people, and price is per person.

This room also has a private bathroom. 

**You must let us know when you register if you require 1 or 2 beds.

Deposit: $300
Private Queen, Private Bath For 1 Person
Available until September 9, 2024only 2 left

This room is for ONE person.This is a single queen room and private bathroom all to yourself. If you are bringing another person with you, you must book a double room. **If you are a couple sharing a bed, you must book a Double Room, with the price being per person.

Deposit: $300
Triple Room, Private Bath
Available until September 9, 2024only 3 left

Price is per person. This is a shared room for 3 people and a private bathroom. There is 1 queen bed, and 2 twin beds.

Deposit: $300

Your Organizer

Christie Pitko
39 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.


My sister and i really enjoyed this yoga retreat.. we met new and old friends. Christi accommodated all levels of experience. The weather was fantastic and the hiking awesome.
By Susie S for 4 Day Yoga, Meditation, and Nature Retreat Near Yosemite Valley on Oct 25, 2022
The yosemite bug is close to Yosemite National Park and there was plenty of time during the yoga retreat to spend time in Yosemite National Park. There is a spa and sauna and some great hiking close to the Yosemite Bug. Great location. The restaurant onsite serves amazing food. The yoga every morning was as always invigorating to prepare for the busy day in Yosemite. Meditation or relaxation yoga at night helped to wind down for the night. Great Location and Great yoga instructor.
By Pamela M for 4 Days of Nature, Yoga, and Meditation Near Yosemite Valley on Apr 28, 2022
Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the world and April was the the perfect month for it. This was our 2nd yoga retreat with Christy Pitko and we look forward to more in the future!
By John B for 4 Days of Nature, Yoga, and Meditation Near Yosemite Valley on Apr 26, 2022
I'm not sure exactly what I was looking for, but I know my expectations were met and then exceeded. The location, the people, the food, everything was just incredible. I was ready to book my next trip before I left.
By Dacia W for Yoga On and Off the Mat: A Costa Rica Retreat on Mar 10, 2022
This yoga retreat was fabulous. Christie provides excellent yoga instruction. She always gives suggestions for modifications and the use of blocks so that all participants can safely practice. We learned more about the history of yoga and had some group discussion and meditation practices. The large windows in the yoga room allowed us to enjoy the outdoors and even watch a family of monkeys during one of our practices. RipJack Inn is an excellent location for this type of retreat. The grounds are lovely and the yoga studio is spacious and comfortable. The restaurant is lovely and the food amazing! The staff at RipJack are a wonderful group of people who served our high energy group with kindness and professionalism. The beach is just a short stroll away and there are beautiful shells to check. The sunsets are amazing! RipJack provided boogie boards and beach chairs at no charge. I have already put next year’s retreat on my calendar.
By Deborah C for Yoga On and Off the Mat: A Costa Rica Retreat on Mar 09, 2022
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