Yoga and Meditation Gratitude Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
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33 reviews
Nov 15 - 17, 2019
Group size: 15 - 20
Yoga and Meditation Gratitude Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
33 reviews

Nov 15 - 17, 2019
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. Experience a healing sound bath on Saturday evening. Land of Medicine Buddha is a true gem just outside of Santa Cruz.

During free times, 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, E-RYT 500. Christie hosts 5 yoga retreats per year in California and abroad. 

What to Bring

Yoga mat and blanket for practice 

Toiletries (soap provided, please bring shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.)

Water bottle

Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking

Eye pillow  (optional)

Sample Schedule


Arrival - 2:00-4:00pm **Please note that rooms are not ready until closer to 4:00pm, but aim to arrive early. You can enjoy tea and cookies and explore the grounds. Give yourself PLENTY of time for traffic on a Friday.

Mini Yoga Session  - 4:45-5:40pm

LMB Welcome Talk - 5:45pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Welcome Meditation and Group Connection - 7:15-8:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Meditation and Therapeutic Yoga - 9:30-11:00am

Free Time - hike, sauna, massage

Lunch - 12:30pm

Free time

Flow Yoga - 4:30pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Sound healing with Marilee Wintz - 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Outdoor Meditation  amongst the Redwoods- 9:15am

Out of Room -10:45am

Farewell Yoga Flow Class -11:00am

Lunch - 12:30pm

Depart after lunch

Things to Know

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

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

*Please note that there are no refunds after September 2nd, 2019. We will try to get your space covered, but this is not guaranteed.

*No alcohol or meat is permitted at our venue.

*Cell phones will not work at Land of Medicine Buddha unless you have Verizon. There is a pay phone, as well as WiFi in the dining room.

What’s included

  • 2 night stay
    Beautiful single or shared rooms with private bathrooms
  • Vegetarian meals
    Food is incredible! Mouthwatering food made with fresh, organic ingredients (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Daily yoga
    All levels practices - mix of alignment-based flow and therapeutic styles
  • Daily meditations
    Mindfulness and pranayama (breathwork)
  • Evening sound immersion
    Sound healing session on Saturday evening with Marilee Wintz
  • Access to hiking trails
    Enjoy the enchanted forest, as well as different hikes amongst the beauty of the redwoods
  • Access to sauna
    There is a sauna near the pool for all to enjoy.
  • 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 for practice. Other props will be provided by instructor.
  • Massage at the Lotus Spa
    Please book a massage a week before the retreat begins at 831-462-8383.

Available Packages

Single Room
Available until Nov 06, 2019Sold Out

This is you in a room all to yourself with a private bathroom. Early bird discount code: ENCHANTEDFOREST by Monday, August 30th, 2019.

Double Room
Available until Nov 04, 2019Sold Out

Share a room with one other person with a private bathroom. Early bird discount code: ENCHANTEDFOREST by Monday, August 30th, 2019.

Shared (Triple or Quad)
Available until Nov 04, 2019Sold Out

Shared space with 3 or 4 people and private bathroom. Early bird discount code: ENCHANTEDFOREST by Monday, August 30th, 2019.


Single Room
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Christie Pitko
33 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.


Accommodations were comfortable, the grounds of Land of Medicine Buddha are beautiful. The food was delicious. The yoga was not challenging and not thoughtful. It felt as though Christie was doing the retreat more as a business rather than a passion, which is fine, but I was looking for more instruction on poses and yoga philosophy.
I’m so happy that you enjoyed the grounds and the meals. I’m sorry that you felt the yoga was not challenging or thoughtful. I do plan out all of my classes in advance, so there is much thought and effort put into each session. Since this was an all levels retreat, we started from the beginning and moved into deeper poses safely. We eventually worked on arm balances and inversions, which is pretty challenging for most. Hosting yoga retreats and providing a supportive community within them is my deepest passion. It wasn’t in the retreat description or on our itinerary that we’d dive into philosophy. Thank you for the suggestion, though. I may add philosophy discussions into future retreats. I was very open on the first day, encouraging guests to come to me with any concerns or issues during the course of the retreat. I wish you had come directly to speak with me about what you were feeling. I would have been honored to create a more enjoyable retreat for you.
By Christie Pitko on Feb 20, 2020
We had a wonderful time. Food was delicious, surrounding area was perfect for a most enjoyable hike and accommodations were modest but comfortable. I truly enjoyed our yoga sessions, Christie was patient, easy to follow (as I do not practice yoga often) and her choice of yoga styles were perfect. I will definitely sign up for next years retreat! Thank you to all that involved in putting this retreat together! Maryann Walsh
I had a great time, wonderful group of people, delicious food and comfortable accomodation. Thank you for the fantastic expreience. The planning was awesome with lot of free time for strolling and other activities.
This was an incredible yoga/meditation retreat. Land of Medicine Buddha is an incredible location and Christie is a special teacher who shares her love of yoga and meditation in a way that is accessible and profound. This is my second retreat with Christie and I will definitely be looking into some of her future retreats.
I had a wonderful, relaxing, centering time at this retreat. The venue, Land of the Medicine Buddha, is a gem of serenity nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Christie is an absolutely amazingly fabulous retreat host. You can tell that yoga and creating fantastic retreat experiences are her passions. Everyone was welcoming, the food was fantastic, and the yoga classes were all excellent. I truly appreciate Christie's focus on inclusivity for people at all different levels of yoga, as well as her focus on being structurally grounded in the yoga poses, ensuring a safe, injury-free practice. While I was at this retreat, I signed up for Christie's next retreat here in February and I'm so looking forward to it.
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