Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
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13 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
13 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 21, 2019only 2 left

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

Double Room
Available until Jan 21, 2019only 2 left

Share a room with one other person with a private bathroom. 

Shared (Triple or Quad)
Available until Jan 21, 2019only 3 left

Shared space with 3 or 4 people and private bathroom. 


Single Room

Your Organizer

Christie Pitko
13 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 received her 200-hour teaching certificate in 2011 from White Lotus Foundation, and 300-hour advanced training in 2015 at Barefoot Movement. She is also a certified Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2016. Christie has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. She enjoys hosting yoga retreats in California and abroad, and is passionate about the power of daily meditation. Christie is also a reiki master, and worked at the Las Vegas Recovery Center for over four years, helping substance abuse patients. Connect with Christie at


Thank you so much to Christie Pitko for creating such a wonderful retreat experience. Her skills as a teacher are above and beyond precise, welcoming and allow so much space as a student to be exactly where you are at yet feel challenged at the same time. The hotel was magical and the food was abundant and incredibly delicious! I left feeling regenerated and reinspired in my practice and look forward to finding more of her classes!
Such a great trip. Really cool lodge, beautiful scenery. The instructor, Christie Pitko, was fantastic. And the other members of the group were warm and personable!
It was absolutely wonderful. Will definitely book again for next year. I really enjoyed the classes, the company and especially the food. Would suggest mentioning when meeting with attendees the Friday meet/greet that they need to squeeze into the space, so when putting down their mats for the first time, to be aware of it. Such a minor critique, but it being my first yoga retreat, I ended up wedged up on the wall and wasn't 100% sure of protocol. Loved every minute and wished it was 1 day longer, to be honest! See you next year!
I had an amazing time With Christie! The location was perfect to get away and relax. My meditation and yoga practice benefited from her experience and energy. As a yoga instructor, I am always looking to gain different perspective and insights. She opened my eyes to help me see deeper into my practice.
What an awesome location at the beautiful green rolling hills at IONS in Petaluma, and the yoga and meditation retreat was a deeply, enriching experience filled with many insights and healing on many levels. I highly recommend attending, and Christie was a fabulous facilitator. I hope to attend more in the future!
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