Blissful Yoga Retreat USA

Land of Medicine Buddha rests within the redwoods, and only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, making it an energetic hot spot. It is one of our favorite places to return to again and again for retreats! Experience a weekend of harmony and bliss amongst the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Soquel, California, USA. You will enjoy daily all-level yoga and meditation, feast on mouthwatering vegetarian meals, stay in lovely accommodations, and explore the surrounding forests. All classes will be led by a dedicated and experienced teacher, Christie Pitko. During free times, enjoy a hike in the enchanted forest, the sauna, or book a massage.

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; English;
The maximum participants in the group is 20


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • A mix of Vinyasa and therapeutic styles
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Evening workshop

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • General Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Nidra Yoga
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  • 14:00 - 16:00 Arrival
  • 16:45 Mini yoga Session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Welcome and meditation


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Meditation and Therapeutic yoga followed by free time (pool, sauna, massage, beach, or hike)
  • 12:30 Lunch followed by free time
  • 16:45 Flow yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Workshop TBA


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:45 Out of room
  • 11:00 Farewell yoga class
  • 12:30 Lunch

Departure after lunch.

What is included

  • Daily all-level yoga classes (a mix of Vinyasa and Therapeutic styles)
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Evening yoga Nidra session
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners (mouthwatering vegetarian meals)
  • Access to the pool and sauna
  • Access to the Enchanted Forest and several hiking trails

What is not included

  • Transportation to the venue

Additional Details


  • Check-in Time: 16:00
  • Check-out Time: 11:00

Your main campus lodging provides clean, comfortable guest rooms. Options include single, double, and shared accommodations in single or queen-size beds. All rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Towel and linen service is provided.

Staying in a single room, this is you in a room all to yourself with a private bathroom. You can also share a room with one other person with a private bathroom or share a space with three or four people with a private bathroom.


  •  Spa
  •  Swimming pool (outdoor)

Retreat location

Land of Medicine Buddha provides classes and space for group and personal retreats on a forested piece of property at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a mile and a half from Soquel Village, California. Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach are just about 15 minutes away by car.

Nearby places

  • Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach - 15 minutes by car
  • Soquel Village, 1.5 miles

Things to Do


  • Bodywork at the Lotus Spa
  • Book a soothing massage at the Lotus Spa with one of our talented therapists a week before the retreat
  • Hiking in the enchanted redwoods forest leads to Marks State Park
  • Taking a short drive to the state beach

Land of Medicine Buddha is a Buddhist community that rents their space for yoga, meditation, and personal retreats. During your free times, take a soothing dip in the pool, relax in the sauna, or enjoy the yurt on the deck. Massage therapists are available at the Lotus Spa to enhance your healing journey.

Breathe in the fresh air of the redwoods that surround our venue. You will not want to miss the hiking trails that connect to Marks State Park. Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach are just about 15 minutes away by car.


Amazing organic vegetarian meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) are included as part of your retreat.

The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
The following drinks are included:
  • Coffee
  • Herbal Tea
  • Water

Spa Treatment

Book a massage at the Lotus Spa, which is part of our venue. Please book a massage a week before the retreat begins at 831-462-8383.

Meet The Instructors

Christie Pitko

Christie Pitko, E RYT-500 began practicing yoga in 2001, and since then, it has healed her spirit and ignited creativity. She teaches 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 continues her studies with Annie Carpenter and SmartFLOW yoga. She enjoys hosting yoga retreats in California and abroad and is passionate about the power of daily meditation.

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Location Land of Medicine Buddha, 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California 95073, USA

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), or Oakland International Airport (OAK). Transfer from and to the airport is not included.

The nearest airport is San Jose. Shifting and Inspired recommends you rent a car to drive to the venue or take a shuttle service from the airport.

Booking And Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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