RELAX - LET GO - RECONNECT A Vinyasa Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

  • Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA, United States
  • Oct 14 - 16, 2016
  • Trip Size: 14 - 16 people



A retreat is an opportunity to remove yourself from the stresses of your everyday life and immerse yourself in a reflective, soulful experience in a serene, beautiful place. It’s a chance to relax, let go, and perhaps even discover or rediscover what's most important under the guidance of experienced teachers committed to holding a powerful space. 

Leave it all behind for a brief but potent yoga and mindfulness weekend. Spending this time together with the intention of accessing our inner wisdom, we will open with centering practices that will help us let go of our stories and patterns. We will move our bodies through a specifically designed series of classes that will physically and emotionally release tension and old habits so we can make room for what’s next and invite in renewal. Let this weekend getaway return you to your life rejuvenated and ready to re-experience the world with gratitude and love. This retreat is a chance for you to re-calibrate and re-connnect to yourself. All levels practitioners are invited and welcome—including those brand new to the practice. 

Please bring your own yoga mat. There will be meditation cushions (zafus and zabutons) available, but feel free to bring your own. Please bring a journal and pen. 

Space is very limited, so please register early!

Check-in is on Friday at 5pm. Check-out is on Sunday at 2pm. 

We will be retreating at the beautiful Buddhist retreat center, Land of Medicine Buddha. LMB is just 90 minutes from San Francisco. Located on 108 acres of ancient redwood groves and sunny oak meadows, LMB is a pristine and beautiful location set in the Santa Cruz Mountains that will delight you with its exquisitely peaceful surroundings. While there, enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, treat yourself to a massage, hike the 8-Verses trail and the Enchanted Forest, spend time alone or with friends, soak in a hot tub or take a swim in a spring water filled pool. This will be your time to spend being nourished inside and out.

There are three room options available:
  • Shared Room (3-5 people)
  • Double Room
  • Single Room
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures of each of the different rooms. 
Please select room options during your registration.
Refund Policy: $210 deposit that is included in the total prices is non-refundable. 
About your Teachers
Silvie is a leading San Francisco yoga teacher specializing in well-sequenced vinyasa classes that address the needs of modern yogis. She is also a top trainer through one of the highest ranking mobile apps Workout Trainer, a regular contributor to YogaWork’s blog BALANCE and one of the most viewed writers on yoga on Quora.

David is a mindfulness meditation teacher, leadership facilitator and executive coach. He is passionate about conscious leadership and helping people be their best and brightest selves. His clients include Facebook, Airbnb, Adobe, Intuit, Fitbit, Whole Foods Market, the San Francisco Giants, Stanford University, UCSF, the US Air Force, the US Forest Service Department, as well as many tech start-ups.

A very special thank you to Vanessa Snow for helping us with logistics.

What's Included

Join us as we step out of the stress of daily life and drop into a serene and welcoming getaway that includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 7 delicious vegetarian and organic meals
  • 4 all levels Vinyasa yoga practices
  • 3-hour Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop
  • Multiple guided meditation sessions each day
  • Access to a full-sized spring water filled swimming pool, hot tub, sauna with outdoor showers, and mediation areas for quiet enjoyment
  • Carpool Coordination 
BONUS: Free week of yoga at YogaWorks in the San Francisco Bay Area for students new to YogaWorks

Not Included

  • Transport 
  • Massage
  • Please bring your own yoga mat as LMB does not have mats for us to use

Before You Go

Guidelines for Guests:
We ask that all visitors to Land of Medicine Buddha join us in observing the following precepts to make your stay
as peaceful and enjoyable as possible.
• Please avoid killing any living being, including mosquitoes.
• Please avoid deliberately lying to anyone.
• Please avoid sexual misconduct.
• Please avoid intoxicants such as alcohol and recreational drugs.
• Please avoid taking what is not freely given.

Land of Medicine Buddha is a non-smoking facility. In addition, many of our guests have sensitivities to scents.

Please refrain from wearing perfume or scented oils during your stay.

What to Pack:
* Multiple layers of clothes for warm days and cool mornings and evenings
* Swimsuit
* Raincoat and umbrella (October - April)
* Socks or indoor slippers to wear in the Gompa or meeting rooms
* Flashlight
* Walking shoes
* Water bottle
* Camera – if you plan to publish photos, please acknowledge Land of Medicine Buddha
* Notebook and pen 

Your Stay:
Check in time: 4pm
Check out time: 11:00 am (unless previously arranged through your group leader). There is a $25 late check out fee.

If you arrive after 5pm, we will leave your keys, room number and a map out for you in a clearly marked envelope. You will find these in the black mailbox marked “late arrivals”, to the left of the Reception/Bookstore door. If you
are coming with a group retreat, please check-in with your retreat leader when you arrive to get your keys. There is almost no cell phone reception on the land. If you need to make a call, there is a phone booth on the
property and phone cards for sale in the bookstore. If you need to be contacted while you are staying with us, friends or family may call the reception office at (831) 462-8383 to leave a message for you.

We provide linens and towels; there are bathrooms in every room.
Soap is provided. However, shampoo and conditioner are not provided.
Clocks (with or without alarms) are not provided, please bring your own if needed. We have a small emergency kit for minor injuries, as well as Technu for treating poison oak. However, our staff is not qualified or trained to administer any medication or medical advice. If you have an actual emergency, contact 911.

On the day of your departure, please check your room thoroughly before you leave. Due to limited room, we can only keep any lost articles for one month. If you think you left something here please call our office between
10am-5pm daily. Please turn your key back to your group coordinator or the reception office.

Our Sangha
Land of Medicine Buddha has ordained monks and nuns who live and work here, teaching classes and performing other duties. When speaking to them, it is courteous to address both monks and nuns as “Venerable”.
In respect of the monks and nuns we ask that you dress modestly at all times in all areas of the center. Please refrain from walking around the center topless or in low-cut shirts, in short shorts or short skirts. In the spirit of study and contemplation, we ask that you keep your conversations quiet and subdued throughout the Land of Medicine Buddha campus.

Our meditation room (gompa) is often available before 8:30am and after 9:30pm for individuals who want to spend time in meditation. Check with the reception office or your group leader the day before to verify availability.

Directions to Land of Medicine Buddha
On your arrival and departure, please be aware that the road leading up to the center, (Prescott Rd.) is narrow and is lined with residences. Please turn on your headlights, observe the 15 MPH recommended speed, and be
prepared to pull over to the side, should you meet oncoming traffic.

From Santa Cruz:
Enter onto Highway 1 south. Take the Porter Street/Bay Avenue exit and turn left under freeway. Turn right onto Main Street. Stay on Main Street until it merges into Glenhaven Road. Continue on Glenhaven for ½ mile. Turn
right onto Prescott Rd. Follow Prescott Road all the way to the end, cross the wooden bridge, turn left and follow the signs to Land of Medicine Buddha.

From the Bay Area:
Take Highway 1 south along the coast through Santa Cruz and continue toward Watsonville. Or take 280 south, 101 south, or 85 south to Highway 880 which turns into Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz. Merge onto Highway 1
South at the Fishhook. Take the Porter Street/Bay Avenue exit and turn left under freeway. Turn right onto Main Street. Stay on Main Street until it merges into Glenhaven Road. Continue on Glenhaven for ½ mile. Turn right
onto Prescott Rd. Follow Prescott Road all the way to the end, cross the wooden bridge, turn left and follow the signs to Land of Medicine Buddha.

From Aptos, Monterey, or South of Santa Cruz:
Take Highway 1 north. Get off at the Porter Street/Bay Avenue exit, turn right, then immediately right again onto Main Street. Stay on Main Street until it merges into Glenhaven Road. Continue on Glenhaven for ½ mile. Turn right onto Prescott Rd. Follow Prescott Road all the way to the end, cross the wooden bridge, turn left and follow the signs to Land of Medicine Buddha.

Santa Cruz Weather
Santa Cruz has a mild, Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Located on the northern edge of the Monterey bay, fog and low overcast skies are common during the night and
early morning hours, especially during the summer. High temperatures average in the low - mid sixties in the autumn, winter and spring, and the mid - seventies in the summer. Low temperatures average in the low - mid
forties in the autumn, winter, and spring, and the mid - fifties in the summer. 

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