Redwoods Meditation Retreat 2024

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel CA

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Megan McCarver & Katsina Bhatia
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6 reviews
Apr 3 - 7, 2024
Group size: 1 - 27
Redwoods Meditation Retreat 2024
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel CA

Megan McCarver & Katsina Bhatia
  • Email address verified
6 reviews

Apr 3 - 7, 2024
Group size: 1 - 27

About this trip

Join us for a Meditation Retreat in the Redwood forest that is remarkable and transformational, located at Land of Medicine Buddha, a working Buddhist Monastery.   


This retreat focuses on Mindfulness and the joy of the redwood forest.   Though we will be learning advanced Yoga techniques and philosophy, often not seen in studios, no matter your experience level, all are welcome here.  We will offer peaceful comfort and ease to all, even if you have never meditated or tried yoga before. All planned activities are up to your discretion.   


This retreat is approved by both IAYT and Yoga Alliance for 30 Continuing Education (APD/CE) credits. Offered as an add on option at check out for Certified Yoga Therapists and/or Teachers. This will include additional training and possible opportunities to guest teach. 


Each Day Includes The Following Optional Activities: 

  • 3x Yoga classes (all levels)
  • 3x warm vegetarian meals
  • Dharma Talks, led by resident Venerables
  • Silence from sunrise to after lunch
  • Breathing lessons
  • Meditations
  • Sound baths
  • Hikes in the sacred Redwood Forest 
  • Sauna and pool access
  • Optional studies and teaching opportunities for Yoga Professionals earning 30 CE Credits

You will receive a take-home manual to enhance your yoga experience. This guide will make use of the Patanjali Yoga Sutra: 8 Limbs of Yoga, as well as the 4-Fold Process as inspired by the Mahayana Tradition, and the 4 R’s from the Gitananda Tradition, which will be discussed throughout the retreat.


Register to reserve your entire week for self-care, self-nourishment, and self-love. Land of Medicine Buddha’s sacred energy, nestled in the majestic Redwood Forest, offers many beautiful experiences to contemplate and integrate. Meet new friends with like minds, Sangha, and together be inspired by our rich itinerary of activities and personal care. Redwood Forest Meditation Retreat promises the growth of higher states of consciousness (mindfulness).


Bring a Friend Discount:

Help us grow the community. Bring one or more person to receive a 12% discount for you and your companions.

Email us at kmretreats@bhatia.world to receive this discount code to register.


Travel Information:

Nearest airport: San Jose Airport (SJC). 

We offer an optional shuttle service to and from the airport to Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB), with an added estimated charge of $33/person.

- Pick up from SJC is at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 3rd. 

- Pick up from LMB is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 7th.


Extra Fees: 

If you choose to use the shuttle service, it is at cost, directed by the shuttle service itself (estimated is $33.00 per guest).

Optional shopping at Land of Medicine Buddha gift store.

Gratuity to the guest speakers, faculty, and kitchen will be collected as a group. 

Gratuity for the housekeeping staff. 


Scholarships offered. Please contact us to inquire about our need-based scholarships:

KMRetreats@Bhatia.World

What’s included

  • 5 days & 4 nights
    Comfortable accommodations (single, couple, shared accomodations).
  • Mindful Dining
    6 warm and sumptuous organic vegetarian meals.
  • Freedom of Choice
    All listed offerings are optional. You are not expected do any or/all of the program. The exception is for those who wish to receive YA/IAYT credits, who will be required to attend certain classes.
  • 30 Continuing Ed Credits
    Optional: 30 IAYT and/or YA Credits for Certified Yoga Teachers. Requires extra time training with us & assignments. Please add-on the “30 Credits for Yoga Professionals” option at checkout.
  • Yoga
    Daily 3 full Yoga classes offered with postures, breathwork and meditation for positive health.
  • Daily Dharma Talks
    Guest teachers and Venerables teaching life lessons., including meditation techniques, philosophy, Buddha stories, and more.
  • Morning Pranyama
    Optional 30 min breathwork practice before the morning Yoga Asana.
  • Meditation Facilities
    Opportunities to meditate at Land of Medicine Buddha's beautiful facilities, including the Gompa, the Wish-Fulfilling Temple, Prayer outdoor Prayer Wheels, 8-Verses Trail, the Redwoods, and more.
  • Walking Meditations
    Guided walking meditations in the Redwoods, utilizing Land of Medicine Buddha's sacred grounds and spiritual rituals.
  • Meditation Lessons
    Diverse daily meditation instruction.
  • Nightly Sound Baths
    Nightly gentle Yoga, Pranayama and Sound Bath.
  • Morning Silence
    All retreat-goers will engage in silence from sunrise to afternoon.
  • Take-home manual
    To learn more about Yoga philosopy and tools to enhance your Yoga life.
  • Private Conversations
    One-on-one private conversations about your personal practices.
  • Uplifting Relationships
    We arrive alone and like the forest, return with a deep knowing of unity.
  • Hiking or Strolling
    108 miles of hiking trails in the Redwood Forest.
  • Optional Silence
    Optional vow of 12 or 24 hours of silence.
  • Shopping
    A unique assortment of secular, spiritual and Buddhist LMB gifts including books, jewelry, scarves, prayer beads, incense, ceremonial gifts and more to remember your weekend and share the joy.
  • Tipping
    Demonstration of your happiness and satisfaction to staff.

What’s not included

  • Transportation
    All transportation, to and from Land of Medicine Buddha, is not included in your payment. Though we do arrange for no-host group transportation services to/from SJC (San Jose Airport).

Available Packages

Campsite: Wish-Fulfilling Temple

This package includes the full cost of the retreat, meals and access to the Wish-Fulfilling Campsite. In addition to the retreat programming, you will have access to the sauna, pool, hiking trails, and meditation rooms.  


This campsite is nestled in the Redwoods. Located at the top of the property, near the Wish-Fulfilling Temple. Enjoy a tranquil 15 minute hill trail walk to and from your tent and the main building, offering time to contemplate and integrate all that you are moving through during your retreat. Bathrooms and showers are nearby the campsite.


Please be mindful of the weather conditions and bring appropriate gear (tents are NOT provided). Average temperatures during April in Soquel are 44°-65° Farenheight, but can get into the low 30°'s. Land of Medicine Buddha is also near the coast and tree-covered.


In the interest of providing a quiet, relaxing experience while at the retreat, there is no internet access. A centrally-located payphone enables guests to use the telephone should the need arise. Wireless internet access is available in some areas at the request of group leaders. Take time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace.

 

 PAYMENT POLICY:

- Pay in full or optional interest-free payment plan includes deposit plus 3 payments; final payment is due by March 4th, 2024.

- Deposits are non-refundable.

- 50% refund offered if canceled before 03/15/2024, not including the non-refundable deposit.

$905
Deposit: $300
Shared Room: 3-4 People (per person)

*Trainees instead of a "Room," please book one of the "Yurt" or "Campsite" options for the purposes of group assignments and Sangha bonding, unless closer accommodations are needed to avoid excessive walking. 


This package includes the full cost of the retreat, meals and a comfortable shared (3-4 people) room for 1 person. In addition to the retreat programming, you will have access to the sauna, pool, hiking trails, and meditation rooms.   


This option includes a  cozy shared room, nestled in the Redwoods, and is nearby the main dining hall and Yoga center. This is a great choice for friends, or a way for cost-saving. Please let us know if you want to room with someone specifically, and we will ensure you will be together.


Each guest room is furnished with either a queen, twin beds or a bunk bed. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub. All linens are supplied and the rooms have adjustable heaters to keep you nice and cozy.


Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly. Average temperatures during April in Soquel are 44°-65° Farenheight, but can get into the low 30°'s. Land of Medicine Buddha is also near the coast and tree-covered.


In the interest of providing a quiet, relaxing experience while at the retreat, there are no telephones, internet access, or televisions in the rooms. A centrally-located payphone enables guests to use the telephone should the need arise. Wireless internet access is available in some rooms at the request of group leaders. Take time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace.

 

PAYMENT POLICY:

- Pay in full or optional interest-free payment plan includes deposit plus 3 payments; final payment is due by March 4th, 2024.

- Deposits are non-refundable.

- 50% refund offered if canceled before 03/15/2024, not including the non-refundable deposit.

$1,800
Deposit: $300
Forest Yurt Village: Single
Available until March 4, 2024Sold Out

RESERVED for Yoga Professional Trainees, for the purposes of group assignments and Sangha bonding. If you are a Trainee, please choose this option.


This is a gentle 20 minute hike to the main dining hall and Yoga room. If you are a Trainee and need closer accommodations, please choose from one of our "Shared Room" options instead.


This package includes the full cost of the retreat, meals and a comfortable double-shared yurt for 1 person. In addition to the retreat programming, you will have access to the sauna, pool, hiking trails, and meditation rooms.


This is a walk-in circle of 8 Yurts, nestled in a quiet and inspiring Redwood grove. 7 yurts offer single occupancy. Each of these yurts are furnished with 1 twin bed. The yurts have electricity and the beds come with a heated mattress cover. All linens are provided. 

There is a central building with a small kitchen and two bathrooms which include toilets, showers, and even a bathtub. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, tea/coffee-making equipment, microwave, and sink.


Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly. Average temperatures during April in Soquel are 44°-65° Farenheight, but can get into the low 30°'s. Land of Medicine Buddha is also near the coast and tree-covered. 


In the interest of providing a quiet, relaxing experience while at the retreat, there are no telephones, internet access, or televisions in the rooms. A centrally-located payphone enables guests to use the telephone should the need arise. Wireless internet access may be available at the request of group leaders. Take time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace. 

 

PAYMENT POLICY:

- Pay in full or optional interest-free payment plan includes deposit plus 3 payments; final payment is due by March 4th, 2024.

- Deposits are non-refundable.

- 50% refund offered if canceled before 03/15/2024, not including the non-refundable deposit.

$2,115
Deposit: $300
Shared Room: Double/Couples (per person)

*Trainees instead of a "Room," please book one of the "Yurt" or "Campsite" options for the purposes of group assignments and Sangha bonding, unless closer accommodations are needed to avoid excessive walking. 


This package includes the full cost of the retreat, meals and a comfortable  double-shared room for 1 person. In addition to the retreat programming, you will have access to the sauna, pool, hiking trails, and meditation rooms.  


This option includes a  cozy shared room, nestled in the Redwoods, and is nearby the main dining hall and Yoga center. This is a great choice for couples or friends, or a way for cost-saving. Please let us know if you want to room with someone specifically, and we will ensure you will be together.


Each Guest House room is furnished with either a queen, twin beds or a bunk bed. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub. All linens are supplied and the rooms have adjustable heaters to keep you nice and cozy.


Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly. Average temperatures during April in Soquel are 44°-65° Farenheight, but can get into the low 30°'s. Land of Medicine Buddha is also near the coast and tree-covered. 


In the interest of providing a quiet, relaxing experience while at the retreat, there are no telephones, internet access, or televisions in the rooms. A centrally-located payphone enables guests to use the telephone should the need arise. Wireless internet access is available in some rooms at the request of group leaders. Take time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace.

 

 PAYMENT POLICY:

- Pay in full or optional interest-free payment plan includes deposit plus 3 payments; final payment is due by March 4th, 2024.

- Deposits are non-refundable.

- 50% refund offered if canceled before 03/15/2024, not including the non-refundable deposit.

$2,173
Deposit: $300
Private Room: Single
Available until March 22, 20249 left

*Trainees instead of a "Room," please book one of the "Yurt" or "Campsite" options for the purposes of group assignments and Sangha bonding, unless closer accommodations are needed to avoid excessive walking. 


This package includes the full cost of the retreat, meals and a comfortable room for 1 person. In addition to the retreat programming, you will have access to the sauna, pool, hiking trails, and meditation rooms. 


This option includes a cozy private room, nestled in the Redwoods, and is nearby the main dining hall and Yoga center. This is a great option for those who want space to reflect in their own private quarters. Each room is furnished with either a queen or twin bed and a private bathroom with shower and/or bathtub. All linens are supplied and the rooms have adjustable heaters to keep you nice and cozy.


Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly. Average temperatures during April in Soquel are 44°-65° Farenheight, but can get into the low 30°'s. Land of Medicine Buddha is also near the coast and tree-covered. 


In the interest of providing a quiet, relaxing experience while at the retreat, there are no telephones, internet access, or televisions in the rooms. A centrally-located payphone enables guests to use the telephone should the need arise. Wireless internet access is available in some rooms at the request of group leaders. Take time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace.

 

 PAYMENT POLICY:

- Pay in full or optional interest-free payment plan includes deposit plus 3 payments; final payment is due by March 4th, 2024.

- Deposits are non-refundable.

- 50% refund offered if canceled before 03/15/2024, not including the non-refundable deposit.

$3,055
Deposit: $600

Available options



Itinerary

Day 1
Aggregate

3:30-4: CHECK-IN

4:30-6: Opening Circle

6-7: Dinner

7-8: YOGA PROFESSIONAL TRAINEES ONLY: Intro

8-9:30: Gentle Yoga, Breath & Sound Bath to prepare for peaceful rest

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MM
Megan McCarver & Katsina Bhatia
6 reviews
Megan, M.A., C-IAYT, is an expert in teaching wholesome lifestyles to reduce stress and increase mindfulness. In addition to her M. F. C. studies, she has over 1208 hours of formal yoga and meditation training. Megan also is a Co-Director, a faculty member, and Practicum Supervisor at AlcheMe Yoga Therapy School in Irvine, CA. Katsina, B.A., C-IAYT, is a Yoga Therapist, Sound Healer, and Empowered Self Defense Facilitator. Katsina is dedicated to offer tools of empowerment through mental-emotional, physical and spiritual practices.

Reviews

Magic in the Forest. This such a beautiful retreat in nature with movement, stillness, amazing food and peace. Megan is so kind and warm and wonderful. She is always at ease and that helps you feel the same. Thank you for the peace, love and quiet.
By Cristal D for Redwoods Meditation Retreat 2023 on Sep 28, 2023
Megan’s meditation and yoga retreat was an incredible experience. I valued the opportunity to learn and practice meditation and the opportunity to return to my yoga practice. The food was delicious and accommodations lovely. The Forrest is just incredible!
By Sandee D for Redwoods Meditation Retreat 2023 on Sep 26, 2023
Loved the Redwoods! It was a special time sharing Yoga & Meditation with others. Megan kept us all moving in a lovely rhythm toward Love and Kindness:)
By Alana W for Redwoods Yoga and Meditation Retreat on Sep 29, 2022
Experience was amazing. Beautiful monastery surrounded by Redwoods, great yoga, yummy food, insightful darma talks and wonderful community. I will be back next year!!
By Theresa C for Redwoods Yoga and Meditation Retreat on Sep 27, 2022
We had a great time. Wonderful food, great people and comfortable accommodations.
By karla b for Redwoods Yoga and Meditation Retreat on Sep 20, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience. It truly was my pleasure!
MM
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