Calendar of Guest Group Events at Land of Medicine Buddha

For a listing of events organized by LMB’s Spiritual Program, please see the site for Dharma at Land of Medicine Buddha: Spiritual Program Calendar.

Coming Home: A Weekend Writing & Yoga Retreat to Help You Find Rest, Renewal and Joy in Your Busy Life
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm
Abiding Awareness: An Insight Yoga Silent Retreat
Apr 1 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm

Abiding Awareness: An Insight Yoga Silent Retreat
Insight Yoga Silent Retreat
Insight Yoga Silent Retreat

April 1-6th, 2020 at Land of the Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California.
During this Insight Yoga Silent Retreat, we will practice Yin/Yang yoga, Qigong, sitting/walking meditation, pranayama, as well as practices to connect with our deepest, truest heart. The intention will be to create the conditions for entering into our innate, abiding awareness of this life, just as it is, free from judgment. The Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness and compassion will be shared and will serve as the framework for which the retreat will be held.

*Immerse yourself into the peaceful world of ‘silence’ with supportive guidance and optional meeting with the instructors

*Practice and learn meditation, both seated and walking

* Daily Yin & Yang Yoga and Qigong sessions

*Three meals per day (vegetarian and locally-sourced)

*Miles of walking paths through gorgeous forested lands

*Sauna & massage available

*Experience Insight Yoga with retreat instructors Stephanie Nosco and Adam Stonebraker

Our time together will be supported by social silence and the towering redwoods that comprise the beautiful, natural setting of the Land of Medicine Buddha.

Stepping out of our daily routine and the busyness of our lives is a radically supportive act. When we take this step, we have the opportunity to allow the natural processes of the mind to unfold in an environment free of mundane distraction. Observing the unfolding process brings about valuable insights into the unconscious beliefs, opinions, thought patterns, and biases we hold.

Benefits of the Insight Yoga Silent Retreat
* The ideal place to unplug, slow down that fast pace, and get back in touch with nature

* A chance to get away and step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life

* Peace and quiet for the mind, refreshing energy for the body

* Rediscover yourself after too long of feeling disconnected

Insight Yoga Silent Retreat

Insight Yoga Silent Retreat Itinerary:
We will arrive at Land of Medicine Buddha Between 4:00 and 6:00 pm to check-in and settle. Silent practice and teaching will run from 7:30 pm the night of April first, to the morning of April 6th. All guests will check out at 11:00 am on April 6th.

Below is the basic schedule that we will follow throughout the retreat with the exception of arrival and departure days. Morning and afternoon sessions will consist of movement, meditation, and inquiry practice, while the evening sessions will consist of teaching and meditation. An optional suggested practice schedule will also be given for those who would like more structure during free time.

6:00 AM – Self-led Yang Yoga Practice
7:00 AM – Meditation
7:30 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Morning Session
12:00 PM – Lunch
3:00 PM – Afternoon Session
6:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Evening Session

Have additional questions about this Insight Yoga Silent Retreat? Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]

Well Within: A Women’s Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm

Well Within: A Women’s Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Gather with a group of vibrant women for a Well Within redwood retreat this Spring! Find space to draw inward, tap into your inner well, shed winter’s heaviness, and emerge ready for the season ahead.

Calling women ready to look within and feel support from sisterhood, this retreat offers space to let your guard down, show up as you are, and be guided to reconnect with the wisdom of your heart. Find your rhythm with a weekend of guided meditation, accessible yoga flow practices, sound healing, and nourishing vegetarian meals. Amplified by the setting of magical giant redwoods, these practices promote release and connection. Whatever winter holds in store for you, set yourself up for a refresh by committing to joining us this Spring. Realign with your inner wisdom, take this chance to shift from pressure and productivity to spaciousness and clarity. Nourish yourself: join us for this Spring’s women’s retreat.

End of Summer Yoga and Meditation Retreat with Christie Pitko, E RYT 500
Aug 28 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm

As we near the end of summer, we prepare for the new season with gratitude. Land of Medicine Buddha rests within the redwoods, and only minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, making it an energetic hot spot, and the perfect place to reflect and retreat.

Experience a weekend of harmony and bliss amongst the magical redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Soquel, California. Enjoy daily all levels yoga and meditation, feast on delicious vegetarian meals, stay in lovely accommodations, and explore the surrounding land.

During your free times, relax in the sauna, or book a massage at the Lotus Spa. Seacliff State Beach and Brighton State Beach are just about 15 minutes away by car. Of course, the hiking through the enchanted forest is a major highlight during our breaks.


Daily all levels yoga and meditation with an experienced teacher and guide
Comfortable accommodations with private restrooms
Fresh and delicious vegetarian meals
Evening sound healing workshop
Access to hiking trails and the beautiful enchanted forest
Access to the pool and sauna
About Your Retreat Guide:

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. She is on the faculty for the 200 hour teacher training program at Yoga Garden San Francisco. Christie believes in the power of daily meditation.

Learn more and register here:

Sep 18 @ 4:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm

Journey Into Mindfulness

September 18 – 20, 2020

A 3-day retreat designed for you to replenish & restore

Join Landra Eliopoulos for a three day Journey Into Mindfulness Retreat located at the Land of Medicine Buddha, nestled in the heart of Northern California in the Santa Cruz mountains. This retreat takes place in the Fall season, which is a significant time of year to transition into slowing down. Creating an intentional pause at the beginning of the Fall season provides the perfect opportunity to release tension, replenish energy, and restore equanimity in our lives.

The Practice

Whether you are new to the practice of mindfulness or have been practicing for a while this retreat is designed for you. No prior mindfulness experience is needed. My style is educational, practical and compassionate. It’s my hope that you leave the retreat feeling relaxed and rejuvenated + having learned mindfulness tools that you can incorporate into your daily life.

Our time together will be a mix of guided meditation (seated, reclined or walking), mindful movement (yoga asana poses practiced at an intentional pace with modifications offered). In the evening I will lead you through restorative poses designed to aid in resting, digesting and preparing the body for deep relaxation.  We will practice mindfulness through contemplation, journaling, and moments to practice mindful listening and speaking. Option (not required, though recommended) to deepen your mindfulness experience by holding periods of silence and/or unplugging from technology.


The Accommodations

Main campus lodging options include single, double, and triple rooms. All rooms include a private bathroom with shower. Towel and linens are provided.

Yurt lodging (Note: Yurts are located at a campground space ½ mile from the main campus. The road is not paved and you will need to carry your own luggage to the site). Each yurt is furnished with a full sized futon and one single bed. Each yurt has electricity and the beds come with a heated mattress cover. Towel and linens are provided. In the center of the campsite is a central building with a small kitchen and two bathrooms which include toilets and showers.

The Meals

All meals are delicious and healthy (speaking from my personal experience) vegetarian meals are made with mostly organic produce. The menus are inspired by the season. The chefs prepare thoughtful meals that offer guests a gratifying and nutritional dining experience. Friday evening includes dinner, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday. Sunday includes breakfast, with the option to stay for lunch.

The dining room is open to overnight guests 24 hours a day and includes indoor and outdoor spaces for meals. Filtered drinking water, hot water, tea, coffee and fresh fruit is always available. A refrigerator and microwave are available for guests to use.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn” ~ John Muir, The Mountains of California

Our weekend retreat includes:

❏ Three days/ Two nights accommodation

❏ Five healthy organic vegetarian meals with gluten-free and vegan options

❏ Four mindfulness, movement and meditation practices

❏ Two evening restorative yoga/ mindful movement practices

❏ Access to onsite swimming pool

❏ Hiking Trails in the redwood forest

❏ All taxes and fees

There will be an abundance of leisure time to use as you like; enjoy activities like hiking, swimming, napping, lounging, etc…

There is an option to book a massage with local therapists (extra cost).

Check in begins at 4:00pm on Friday Sept. 18th, 2020 | The retreat begins with mindfulness practice at 5:00pm, followed by dinner, time to settle in, become acquainted with the property, and concludes with an evening restorative practice.