Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
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25 reviews
Feb 1 - 3, 2019
Group size: 16 - 22
Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains
Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
25 reviews

Feb 1 - 3, 2019
Group size: 16 - 22

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. 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. Christie hosts 5 yoga retreats per year in California and abroad. Find out more about her teachings here

We are pleased to welcome Tracy Peterson as our retreat assistant!

What to Bring

Yoga mat 

Blanket (for yoga) or layers to stay warm during yoga nidra

Eye pillow for yoga nidra (optional)


Water bottle

Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking

Sample Schedule


Arrival - 3:00-4:00pm

Yoga -   4:30pm

LMB Welcome Talk - 5:45pm

Dinner - 6:00pm

Welcome Meditation and Group Connection - 7:15pm


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

Yoga Nidra - 7:15pm


Breakfast - 8:00am

Meditation  - 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 December 17th, 2018.

*No alcohol 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
    Lovely single, double, or triple/quad rooms with private bathrooms
  • Vegetarian meals
    Mouthwatering food made with fresh, organic ingredients ( 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Daily yoga
    All levels practices - mix of flow and therapeutic styles
  • Daily meditations
    Mindfulness and special outdoor meditation in the enchanted forest
  • Yoga nidra
    Therapeutic evening practice
  • 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 or warm layers. Yoga blocks will be provided by the 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 Jan 30, 2019Sold Out

This is you in a room all to yourself with a private bathroom. 

Double Room
Available until Jan 21, 2019Sold Out

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Shared (Triple or Quad)
Available until Jan 21, 2019Sold Out

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This room has separate beds and a private bathroom.


Single Room
Past Trip

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Christie Pitko
25 reviews
Christie Pitko, E-RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit and ignited creativity. She teaches an alignment-based vinyasa flow, and enjoys helping students stay curious about the inner landscape of their bodies and minds. Christie is a teacher trainer, vibrant retreat host, and also passionate about the power of daily meditation.


Had an awesome time in Sayulita with Christie and the group!
This was my first yoga retreat and the bar was set high! It truly was a magical time...the hotel was superb and very clean with great friendly service. The daily vegetarian breakfast was amazing...something for everyone. Christie added a lot of nice touches. She's a highly skilled yoga teacher and was able to teach to many levels from beginner to more advanced with clear alignment based instruction. I like the combination of vinyasa/restorative styles of yoga as well as yoga nidra and meditation. I highly recommend this retreat to everyone!
I had a great time. The hotel was wonderful- I loved the city. The yoga instruction was expert and fun!
My first and hopefully not final Yoga/Meditation retreat with Christie was awesome! Of course it didn’t disappoint that the location was at one of my most favourite places on Earth! But Christie’s teaching skills were great. She was patient and respectful of her multi leveled students in attendance, and guided us all equally, consciously, & compassionately through each movement and flow, making the classes, (however challenging), a wonderful journey of personal strength and achievement. I hope I get to experience another class guided by Christie. Maybe a visit to S.F. is in order?! Namaste
Christie is an excellent teacher. She has the ability to make it challenging for advanced students, and appropriate for beginners. Sierra hot springs is rustic but comfortable. The food was great.
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