What is Land of Medicine Buddha?


Land of Medicine Buddha is a supporter of the sustainable business community. We have been a green certified business since 2008. We support a healthy body, mind and environment.  We have operated as nonprofit Buddhist retreat center on this land since the spring of 1991. Read more about our history.

Our unique facilities, beautiful land and warm, compassionate staff have garnered us the honor of being voted the Best Spiritual Retreat Center in Santa Cruz County by two independent newspapers two years running. We are open year round in order to offer Dharma teachings, meditation, and group or personal retreats.

With the motivation to promote Buddhist and universal spiritual values and ethics we open our facility to others.

We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche as the spiritual head of the organization. The center is locally managed and supported with its own non-profit corporation and board of directors. See more at fpmt.org...
We Host Group Events
• Meditation retreats
• Buddhist classes and retreats
• Yoga retreats
• Health and wellness retreats
• Spiritual Retreats for a variety of faiths
• Personal/individual retreats
• Family gatherings
• Employee offsite retreats and workshops
Road Scholar educational adventures
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Location & Land

We are located in Santa Cruz County, California. The Central Coast of California enjoys mild weather year round. We are only ten minutes from the Monterey Bay, a marine sanctuary. Miles of beaches and the towns of Capitola, Aptos, and Santa Cruz are all within a fifteen-minute drive.

The hills are covered with beautiful groves of redwoods, lush ferns, seasonal flowers, the sound of gentle water trickling in the creek below and the occasional sightings of deer and other indigenous animals that call Land of Medicine Buddha home.

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Individual/personal retreats & stays
We welcome you to visit for a personal retreat or a getaway. Many people plan a getaway with family & friends, while others come as couples or alone to recharge. You are welcome to visit our website for online reservations or call our office at 831-462-8383. Go to reservation site - Reservation Nexus...
Day Visits
Our center is open every day, during daylight hours, for walking, meditating, and paying respect to the holy objects. Meals are by reservation only; contact the office. If you are bringing a group of 6 people or more, please contact us first. No walking after dark. Gate closes automatically at 8pm. Pedestrians will not be able to get out after the gate closes. Contact us for group visits.


Dogs must be on leash while on Land of Medicine Buddha Property. This includes all the trails, the meadow, the parking lot, driveways, and around the buildings. Please pick up after your dog. There is a poop station next to the electric gate as you enter the upper part of the land. There you can find bags and a bin in which to put full bags. Thank you.
Living in Harmony
In order to develop the practice of compassion and loving kindness towards our fellow sentient beings, and to preserve the pure energy of this sacred land, we ask our guests to abide by certain guidelines of conduct during your entire stay at the Land. more...