Return to YOU | Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Soquel, CA, United States

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Jerry Givens
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Aug 6 - 8, 2021
Group size: 8 - 15
Return to YOU | Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Soquel, CA, United States

Jerry Givens
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4 reviews

Aug 6 - 8, 2021
Group size: 8 - 15

About this trip

The past year and a half has tested us all in ways that we could never have imagined. As the world slowly starts to find its new equilibrium, so shall we. Take a much-needed respite from both the mundane and the complexities of your life and attend to YOU. It's often said that you can't pour from an empty cup and many of us have been on Empty for a while. Refill your soul. Reconnect to who you are. Connect with other like-minded people in a safe and inclusive environment. Return to YOU.


The RETURN TO YOU retreat is a residential weekend excursion with Jerry Givens and includes yoga classes, meditation sessions, deep inquiry exercises, and rejuvenation at the Land of Medicine Buddha, located deep in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains. 


While here, you will be nourished by: 

- Healthy vegetarian meals 

- Guided meditations

- Yoga classes

- Yoga Nidra sessions

- Dharma talks about yoga, philosophy, wellness, and more!


You'll also have time to both rest and explore, including miles of hiking trails, shrines, and self-led meditation walks around the property and surrounding area.


Spa services are also available for optional additional self-care. Set your worries aside and connect with YOU for this deep and nourishing weekend!


What to bring:

1. Yoga Mat

2. Props that you may need (blocks, bolster, strap, sweat towel)

3. Shoes for Hiking/walking (we're in the woods, plan accordingly)

4. Water bottle

5. Journal

6. Earplugs (if you're sensitive to ambient sound)

7. Your open heart ❤️ and mind :)


General Schedule: 

Friday - 4-6pm Arrival, 6pm Dinner, 7-10pm Welcome Session & Nidra

Saturday - AM Session, Afternoon Session, Evening Session (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Sunday - AM Closing Session (Breakfast, Lunch)

Included

- Yoga Practices

- Guided Meditations

- Yoga Nidra Sessions

- Dharma talks about yoga, philosophy, wellness, and more!

- Delicious Vegetarian Meals

- Lodging (Double or Single Rooms)

- Free time to explore, relax, and renew

- Miles of hiking trails 

Not Included

- Transportation to LMB

- Spa services

About Land of Medicine Buddha

Land of Medicine Buddha is an environmentally conscious meditation and retreat center. Their campus is located on 108 acres of coastal foothills and stands adjacent to 10,000 acres of redwood forest preserved by the State of California. They are tucked away from the bustle of local beach towns, yet easy to reach. 


The most important guideline there is mindfulness – We ask all guests to be mindful of their actions of body and speech and to be aware that other people share this space, the toilets, the dining room etc. To help facilitate mindfulness we ask that people coming to Land of Medicine Buddha observe these five precepts:

1. No killing (this includes all insects)

2. No lying

3. No stealing (borrowing without asking permission)

4. No sexual misconduct (any sexual activity that will cause suffering to another being)

5. No intoxicants (includes alcohol, drugs and smoking cigarettes)

Cancelation Policy

CANCELATION POLICY.  Registrants who cancel 30+ days from the departure date will receive a 100% refund minus the non-refundable $300 deposit. Registrants who cancel between 15-30 days of the departure date will receive a 50% refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Registrants who cancel between 0-14 days of the departure date will receive no refund of any kind. 


If the event is postponed or canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all deposits and fees are subject to refunds. 


*Because the world is changing quickly, especially in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jerry will be very lenient with any cancelations or changes due to COVID-19 concerns.

COVID-19 Notice & Safety Procedures

Jerry encourages all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to attending the retreat for the continued health and safety of our community, though vaccination is not strictly required (except for those booking a "shared room"). In enclosed spaces and in close proximity, wearing a face mask will be mandatory, except during meal times. Physical distancing will also be practiced both indoors and outdoors (except for folks who have traveled together). 


Land of Medicine Buddha may have further restrictions regarding physical distancing and mask-wearing based on their organization's safety protocols and following any state and national guidelines. 


All public safety guidelines are subject to change and will be stated clearly at the start of the retreat and, if need be, adjusted during the retreat. 

Available Packages

EARLYBIRD - Shared Room (3-4 people)
Available until June 30, 2021

Shared: 3-4 people in one room with a shared bathroom (Jerry will place you with other attendees) - Save $90 by signing up by 6/30/21

*price is per person


For the safety of our community, COVID-19 vaccination is required for shared occupancy.

$585
Deposit: $300
EARLYBIRD - Double Room (2 people)
Available until June 30, 2021

Double: Two people in one room with a shared bathroom - Save $90 by signing up by 6/30/21

*price is per person


Double rooms are only for pairs traveling together. Please indicate who your roommate will be.

$615
Deposit: $300
EARLYBIRD - Single Room
Available until June 30, 2021

Single: One-person private room with private bathroom  - Save $90 by signing up by 6/30/21


$715
Deposit: $300
Single Room

Single: One-person private room with private bathroom 

$805
Deposit: $300
Double Room (2 people)

Double: Two people in one room with a shared bathroom

*price is per person


Double rooms are only for pairs traveling together. Please indicate who your roommate will be.

$705
Deposit: $300
Shared Room (3-4 people)
$675
Deposit: $300


Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival - 4-6pm | Feel free to arrive between 4-6pm to settle in and explore the land

Dinner - 6pm

Session 1 - 7-10pm | Our first session will include an opening circle, group discussion, light movement, and yoga nidra.

Your Organizer


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Jerry Givens
4 reviews
Jerry Givens is a Yoga & Meditation Educator, Life Coach, and Author who is passionate about wellness, mindfulness, and holistic healing. He has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2008 and he completed his advanced yoga teacher certification in 2014. Since then, he’s assisted numerous yoga teacher trainings and retreats, and in 2019 he completed the Internal Family Systems Therapy Level 1 training program. He is also the author of the popular book "Essential Pranayama: Breathing Techniques for Balance, Healing, and Peace" (2020).

Reviews

Jerry was an amazing leader and guide for the retreat The accommodations were comfortable and peaceful. The meals were healthy and tasty. The group had great synergy. My daughter and I plan to return next year if Jerry leads another one again. Sandy provide great insights and support to the group also. Many thanks! Namaste!
By Rachel S for Yoga & Meditation Retreat - Connecting to Self Energy on 07 May, 2019
This retreat was wonderful! Plenty to do and very relaxing. Jerry was a great facilitator and leader who was always upbeat. As a Yoga novice I was very grateful that he cued all movements. Can't wait for the next escape weekend!
By jane r for Yoga & Meditation Escape Weekend Retreat on 24 Apr, 2018
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Had a blissful weekend. We enjoyed great food, hiked, learned important information about meditation, stillness, and practiced Yoga Nidra a lot (something I was new to).
By Caitlin L for Yoga & Meditation Escape Weekend Retreat on 24 Apr, 2018
This was my first yoga retreat and I wasn't sure what to expect. I had not met Jerry before, but he came highly recommended. I had an AMAZING time, such a peaceful experience, great opportunity to center and focus on what's really important. Not to mention a beautiful venue and yummy HEALTHY food!
By Lisa P for Yoga & Meditation Escape Weekend Retreat on 24 Apr, 2018