Yosemite Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Midpines, CA, USA

Christie Pitko
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29 reviews
Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20
Yosemite Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Midpines, CA, USA

Christie Pitko
  • Email address verified
29 reviews

Deposit: $300
Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Deepen your yoga and meditation practices, enjoy unlimited time in the resort spa, and visit the infamous Yosemite Valley! Enjoy delicious meals, relax in the hot tub or sauna, and experience the amazing outdoors. 

This 4 day retreat takes place at the Yosemite Bug, a rustic resort 27 miles from Yosemite Valley that dates back to the 1930s. Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the June Bug Cafe. Practice yoga (vinyasa and restorative), meditation, and pranayama (breath work) with a dedicated and experienced teacher. 

Visit the Yosemite Valley taking a scenic bus ride to and from the park, or driving your car on your own. (You can request a packed lunch to bring with you on your visit to the park!) The spa is part of your retreat package with unlimited access to the hot tub and sauna. Book a soothing massage for an additional fee. Leave our retreat blissed, refreshed, and inspired. 

Bring a Friend/Partner and save $50 off per person using code: PALS at checkout. MUST share a Double or Triple room (not eligible for dorm room)

Sample Schedule

Subject to Minor Changes

Day 1 - Friday, October 30th

Arrival - 3:00-4:00pm

Opening Ceremony  + Yoga and Meditation -5:00pm

Dinner - 6:30pm

Day 2 - Saturday, October 31st

Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation - 7:30am

Breakfast - 9:00am

Free time - Visit Yosemite Valley, relax in spa, explore, etc.

Lunch - 12:30pm (if you are going to the Valley request a packed lunch at breakfast)

Dinner -6:30pm

Yoga Nidra - 7:30pm

Day 3- Sunday, November 1st

Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation - 7:30am

Breakfast - 9:00am

Free time-  Visit Yosemite Valley, relax in spa, explore, etc.

Lunch - 12:30pm (if you are going to the Valley request a packed lunch at breakfast)

Restorative Yoga and Meditation - 5:00pm

Dinner - 6:30pm

Day 4- Monday, November 2nd

Farewell Yoga and Meditation - 7:30am

Breakfast- 9:00am

Check Out of Dorm - 10:00am

Check Out of Other Rooms - 11:00am

Lunch- anytime. You can even take it to go with you!

About Christie Pitko

Christie Pitko, ERYT 500 is an expert at leading retreats both in the U.S. and abroad. She guides 5-6 retreats per year, and has been hosting retreats since 2014.

Christie is a dedicated student and full-time yoga and meditation teacher in San Francisco, California. She has taught over 2600 hours of yoga classes. She is part of the faculty at Yoga Garden San Francisco for their 200 hour teacher training program. She teaches alignment-based yoga, restorative, as well as meditation. Her biggest influences are Annie Carpenter and Richard Rosen whom she studies with frequently.

Learn more about Christie Pitko here: https://www.christiepitkoyoga.com/about

What to Bring

Clothing layers

Water bottle

Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking

Eye pillow (optional)

Backpack (optional)

Things to Know

We encourage all levels of practitioners, from beginners to advancing, to join our retreat. Please do have basic yoga knowledge. We recommend taking several vinyasa classes before attending.

There will be no refunds or transfers issued after Monday, August 3rd, 2020. Please check your work schedule before registering for the retreat. Note that our venue charges a payment even after you cancel. Reminder of balance is due Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

Guests 18 years of age and older are welcome.

Transportation to Yosemite

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is 27 miles from Yosemite National Park. There are a couple ways to get there.

One way is to take the YARTS scenic bus, which picks up at the Bug and takes you directly to the park. I have personally done this, and really enjoyed it. The ride is about an hour and 20 minutes due to the stops the bus makes, but the ride felt much shorter, because it is visually stunning!

Please visit the YARTS website for the schedule and to purchase tickets.

We recommend purchasing ahead of time. As it gets closer to the retreat, I will suggest a couple times that we can take the bus as a group. Price is $21 roundtrip and includes park admission. Note that the walk from your room at the Bug to the bus stop is about 15 minutes.

Another way to visit the park is to drive. You'd pay separately for park admission as well as parking.

What’s included

  • 3 nights accommodations
    Single or shared rooms in the rustic Yosemite Bug Resort
  • Freshly made meals
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the June Bug Cafe. Packed lunch for our trip to the Yosemite Valley!
  • Daily yoga
    Mix of alignment-based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga
  • Daily meditation
    Mindful guided meditations
  • Unlimited spa access
    Enjoy the hot tub and sauna at the resort
  • Coffee, tea, water
    Available all day
  • Yoga props
    Mats, blocks, straps, and blankets provided.
  • Towels and linens
    Your room will have towels and linens.
  • Hiking trails
    The Yosemite Bug has a couple trails that start on their land.
  • Community kitchen
    Separate from the dining room. Use this if you want to store snacks, or if you come early, stay late, etc.
  • Transportation to Bug
    Fresno airport - 2 hours drive. Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose about 3 hours drive. We recommend renting a car to drive to the resort.
  • Transport to Yosemite
    Our venue is 27 miles from the famous Yosemite Valley. You can drive or take the scenic shuttle for $21 round trip including admission. Note that the shuttle ride takes about an hour and 20 minutes.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional spa treatment
    Receive massage or book a private salt and essential oil soak for an additional fee

Available Packages

Female Dorm, Shared Bathroom
Available until Oct 19, 20205 left

This room has bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Price is PER PERSON.

Deposit: $300
Private Room, Private Bathroom
Available until Oct 19, 2020only 3 left

This is a single room and private bathroom all to yourself. This price is for ONE person. If you are bringing another person with you, you must book a double room.

Deposit: $300
Double Room, Private Bathroom
Available until Oct 19, 20204 left

This is a room with 2 queen beds, and a private bathroom. Price is PER PERSON. 

Note that if you are not bringing someone with you, these rooms are gender neutral.

Deposit: $300
Triple Room, Private Bathroom
Available until Oct 19, 20206 left

This room has a queen, 2 twin beds, and a private bathroom. Price is PER PERSON. 

Note that if you are not bringing someone with you, these rooms are gender neutral.

Deposit: $300
Deposit: $300

Female Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Your Organizer

Christie Pitko
29 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.


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.
Christy Pitco doesn't disappoint! The venue is perfect; beautiful, very affordable, relaxing, excellent yoga classes on many levels so you don't feel the poses are above or below your ability - she gives many options. The combo of yoga and meditation were just what I was looking for and helped to reintroduce them in my daily routine just before a hectic next couple of months. The option to go hiking in the most amazing forest is a plus, add to that, schedule a massage or do a sauna to complete/round out your relax and refresh experience. This retreat included a magnificent sound bath which left me feeling relaxed to the core! I just loved this added experience and it was perfect given the venue and natural surroundings. The vegetarian/vegan food was the absolutely scrumptious and I was simply spoiled because I wanted the same when I returned home. I wish! This retreat as well the others I've attended with Christy have always been above the mark. She teaches her classes in a gentle and well explained/attainable manner that will want you coming back for more! Great retreat and awesome experience! I'm feeling I received the reboot I was wanting and needing! Namaste
I met great people on this trip, I felt at home and welcomed The Yoga was inspiring and exactly what I needed from the trip. I loved the location and the food was amazing.
The semi-rustic airs of Sierra Hot Springs, mixed with Christie Pitko's Yoga, made for a fabulous retreat. Plus the people who attend are just lovely human beings. Get off your hamster wheel and go to Christie Pitko's Retreat in the high Sierra mountains beside one of the largest valley's in the western United States. Populated mainly by cattle and surrounded by mountains. Take a hike or soak your bones in healing waters in the forest. Have a massage or loll with a good book in a body hugging couch beside a fire. The food is wonderful and locally sourced, cooked fresh every day. (desserts are scrummy!) And the yoga and meditation are catered for any level, making you feel super awesome afterwards. Thanks so much. I'll be back!
Had an awesome time in Sayulita with Christie and the group!
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