Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Santa Cruz Mountains

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA

Christie Pitko
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19 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
19 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
19 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.


The solitude & the Beauty of the surroundings here at Land Of Medicine Buddha was beyond breathtaking. This is a must see place for anyone traveling near the SF Bay Area. It’s worth the trip. You can stop in for the day or stay the weekend. I Highly recommend.
Christie hosts wonderful yoga retreats! This is my second "Christie" retreat and it was more of everything in every way than I expected -- great location and venue, delicious food and a wide variety of meditation and yoga practices rounded out the great weekend. I plan to attend future retreats with Christie and you should, too!
What an amazing weekend! First, Christie was super as both a yoga instructor and meditation guide. We we comfortable in our rooms, the food was delicious and healthy and the surrounding area was a perfect setting to decompress from the rat race. Highly recommended for those curious (or serious) about meditation and yoga.
The yoga/meditation combination was fantastic for this retreat. I loved Christie's gentle guidance in leading the group through the yoga poses regardless of their level making it easier to accomplish even the difficult poses with confidence. The venue was the best and most perfect I've ever been for a yoga retreat and in a addition the rooming quarters roomy and comfy. The vegetarian meals were a plus and I when I returned home I continued to make veggie meals at home even though I am not a total vegetarian - so healthy! I would definitely return to this venue for another one of Christie's yoga retreats. I left the retreat feeling restored, energized and reflective of my practice.
Christie hosted the most beautiful retreat. The location, the amenities & the food were all beyond my expectations but the true gift was having Christie thoughtfully guide us through yoga (therapeutic, vinyasa, & yoga nidra) & meditation. Her teaching style was comforting, welcoming & accessible to all levels. She was careful to make sure she spent time having genuine conversations will all attendees. I look forward to retreating with her again!
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