Yoga and Meditation Retreat Northern California

Earthrise Retreat Center

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Christie Pitko
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33 reviews
Feb 9 - 11, 2018
Group size: 16 - 20
Yoga and Meditation Retreat Northern California
Earthrise Retreat Center

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
33 reviews

$549
Feb 9 - 11, 2018
Group size: 16 - 20

About this trip

Take time to reflect and connect, away from the hustle of life. Nourish your mind, body, and soul with a retreat surrounded by the beauty of nature at Earthrise Retreat Center.


Feast on some of the best food, stay in lovely accommodations, and explore the surrounding lands and labyrinth. Each morning begins with meditation and mindful yoga, led by an experienced teacher. Learn to create and use a mala, during our afternoon workshop event. Malas are used for keeping count while repeating a mantra during meditation. Experience this meditation as a community. Leave our retreat feeling nourished, recharged, and blissed out.


Find out more about your instructor: Christie Pitko


What’s included

2 nights accommodations at Earthrise Retreat Center


Delicious meals - 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free request ahead of time)


Daily guided meditations


4 all levels yoga classes


Mala meditation workshop: Learn how to make and use a mala for meditation practice, and take your creation home with you. All materials included.


Use of outdoor hot tub with incredible view of Sonoma County, California


Yoga mats and props


Sample Schedule


Friday, February 9th

4:30pm Arrival

6:00pm - Dinner

7:15pm - Welcoming circle 

7:30pm - Therapeutic Yoga


Saturday, February 10th

8:00am - Breakfast

9:30am - Meditation and Yoga

*Free time to walk the laybrinth, use the hot tub, relax, etc.

12:30pm - Lunch

*Free time after lunch 

4:30pm - Mala meditation workshop (learn to create and use your own mala)

6:00pm - Dinner

7:15pm - Yoga


Sunday, February 11th

8:00am - Breakfast

9:00am - Check out of room

9:30am - Closing Yoga and Meditation

11:00am - Departure


Single rooms have queen beds, and shared rooms have twin beds.

All rooms will share bathrooms dorm-style. Each floor has two bathrooms. There is a communal kitchenette with water and tea available at all times. You may use the fridge to store personal snacks. Delicious meals are served in the dining room in a separate building.


Not included

Transportation to the venue. (The nearest airports are Sand Francisco and Oakland. It is recommended that you rent a car from the airport, and drive to the venue.)



Before You Go

What to bring:


Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking 

Bathing suit and robe (if using hot tub)

Water bottle

Flashlight

Sunscreen





Available Packages

Shared Room
Available until Feb 01, 20184 left

This room has twin beds. The bathrooms in each building are located in the hallway and shared with other guests. Bedding, linens and towels provided.

In the lodging area is a common outdoor deck area with tables and chairs. An equipped kitchen in one of the buildings is accessible to all guests for tea and coffee and includes a full-size refrigerator for guest use.

$549
Single Room
Available until Feb 09, 2018only 2 left

This room is for you to enjoy on your own! Your single room is furnished with a queen-sized bed.

The bathrooms in each building are located in the hallway and shared with other guests. Bedding, linens and towels provided.

In the lodging area is a common outdoor deck area with tables and chairs. An equipped kitchen in one of the buildings is accessible to all guests for tea and coffee and includes a full-size refrigerator for guest use.


$649

Your Organizer


CP
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.

Reviews

RA
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
CP
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.
JJ
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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