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New Year Yoga Retreat California

Unplug, unwind, and reconnect with your spirit during this special new year yoga retreat. Join Pete Guinosso at the serene Land of Medicine Buddha and set the foundation to manifest the true desires of your heart, remembering that the profound and unending flow of grace supports all that you set your sights upon. Take a moment to yourself, and there is no better way to listen to your inner self and what it has to say. Begin this new year with the honest compassion and contentment that comes within.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily quiet morning meditation sessions
  • Reflection on 2017 and resolutions for 2018
  • Breathtaking trails accessible from lodges ground
  • 3 nights lodging at Land of Medicine Buddha
  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Land of Medicine Buddha is a Center devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values through teaching, meditation and community service, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught to them by their founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and their Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Land of Medicine Buddha is a unique facility providing Tibetan Buddhist teachings, retreats, healing, a beautiful physical environment, and much more.

Land of Medicine Buddha is home to three beautiful large prayer wheels, and many smaller ones as well. The Mani Wheel outside the main hall is packed with 64 billion om mani padme hum mantras, microfilmed from an original script written by His Holiness Dalai Lama. This is one of the most powerful prayer wheels on earth. The large prayer wheel in the Ksitigarbha garden has 11.8 billion mantras, and the Ksitigharba statue is being surrounded by thirty two smaller prayer wheels each holding over one million mantras . At the entrance to the center (near the bookstore), work is in progress to completely fill our big prayer wheel with the mantra of compassion, as well as other mantras for long life, to clear obstacles, purify negativities and develop wisdom.

Pete Guinosso Yoga Retreat in California Schedule

December 29, 2017

  • 14:00 Arrival and welcome
  • 15:00 Yoga class
  • 16:30 Opening circle and room check in
  • 18:00 Dinner and kitchen orientation

December 30 and 31, 2017

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Meditation
  • 09:00 Yoga
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Break
  • 16:00 Yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner

January 1, 2018

The retreat will end 11 a.m. after a closing circle. Brunch will be served following the closing circle


Pete Guinosso
Known for his joyful energy, skilled touch, and sense of humor, Pete creates a spiritual yet light-hearted environment for his students to uncover the deeper benefits of yoga. Pete’s ability to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous asana practice makes his classes amongst the most dynamic in the bay area. For newcomers and advanced practitioners yearning for a new adventure and challenge, let Pete be your guide!
Stephanie Guinosso
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Trained as a Forrest Yoga Teacher in 2008 under Ana Forrest, Stephanie inspires students to develop an intuitive body awareness, work intelligently at their physical edges, and use the gifts of yoga to walk through life with a little more ease and a lot less struggle.

Retreat location

Situated on 108 acres adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, this physical location provides a perfect space for guests to visit for the day to take a hike in the woods, meditate, relax, and connect to their spiritual inner being; recover from the stress of their busy lives, or just relax.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Ano Nuevo State Park Public Seal Walk

Ano Nuevo is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals. The seals come ashore to give birth and mate from mid December through March. Walks last about 2.5 hours, and consist of a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain. Be prepared for windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and hooded rain gear are recommended. Bring bottled water for drinking as there is none available during the walk. The cost is 8 USD.

Spa treatments

Massages available

What's included

  • 3 daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights lodging at Land of Medicine Buddha
  • Breathtaking trails accessible from lodges ground
  • Daily quiet morning meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Reflection on 2017 and resolutions for 2018

What's not included

  • Yoga mat and towels

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) or to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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