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5 Days Bodhi Yoga & Meditation in North California

  • Vajrapani Meditation Retreat Center, Boulder Creek, CA United States

Overview

Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Boulder Creek, California

Pete Guinosso and Sean Feit invite you to join a Bodhi silent yoga and meditation retreat designed for the experienced yogi to awaken or deepen his or her meditation and yoga practice in a quiet and secluded setting, utilizing the techniques of Vipassana meditation. Vipassana which means to see things as they really are, is one of Indias most ancient techniques of meditation. This technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities, resulting in happiness and liberation. Join this retreat and experience self-transformation through self-observation.

Highlights

  • Forrest yoga practice
  • Afternoon walking meditation
  • Explore the Santa Cruz Mountain
  • Daily meditation in the sacred Gompa room
  • Vipassana meditation techniques
  • All meals throughout the retreat
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat center located in the beautiful redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California. Built by the disciples of the late Lama Thubten Yeshe on 75 acres at the ford of two creeks, amidst tall trees and local wildlife, the extremely blessed land has been visited by generations of spiritual practitioners including such holy beings as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

This retreat offers seven types of accommodation to choose from, these are: single cabin, double cabin, private single room, private double room, dorm room good for 4 people, dorm room good for 8 people, and camping. Guest are free to choose the type of accommodation they would like to avail of.

In Buddhism, a Bodhi is one who is on the path to awakening to the nature of things, or enlightenment. The Yoga Bodhi retreat is designed for the experienced yogi to awaken or deepen his or her meditation and yoga practice in a quiet and secluded setting, utilizing the techniques of Vipassana meditation.

Vipassan, or Clear Seeing is part of the ancient Buddhist practice of embodied awareness. Through the focused attention and tranquillity cultivated in meditation, we investigate the ever-changing experiences of body and heart that bring us both joy and suffering. The practices of vipassan and mindfulness on retreat weave together all our activities as meditation, and become a powerful inquiry into the causes of distress and the path to freedom.

Each day of the Bodhi retreat will begin with meditation in the sacred Gompa room (Buddhist prayer hall), followed by a rigorous Forrest Yoga practice (Vinyasa Flow) designed to deepen physical and mental awareness and awaken the spirit. In the afternoon, a walking meditation will be offered, and we will gather again for a calming Yin and Restorative flow. Each day will end with a meditation designed to calm the mind and prepare the body for a deeply restful sleep.

In between gatherings, participants are invited to explore the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountain trails accessible from Vajrapani, or simply sit in quiet contemplation amongst the redwoods or in the Vajrapani library. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided; all meals are nutritionally balanced, vegetarian, and prepared by Vajrapanis trained chefs.

To help eradicate the mental impurities of the mind and body, we must first eliminate the many things that distract us from seeing ourselves as we really are. As such, we ask that you plan to spend the retreat in silence (with the exception of our nightly check-ins). Once the retreat begins on Wednesday night, we will turn off our cell phones and computers and put away books and journals. We will awaken, eat, move, sit, and restore our bodies, with silence.

At times, the silence may feel deeply intense and difficult. However, you will feel supported by your yoga and meditation practice, as well as by our nightly Dharma talks. By the end of the retreat, each Yoga Bodhi participant will have learned new ways in which to continue to awaken to the nature of things, and will feel more comfortable applying the essentials of Vipassana meditation to their daily life.

Retreat daily schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Forrest yoga (Vinyasa flow)
  • 11:00 Meditation
  • 11:30 Break
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Walking meditation (optional)
  • 14:45 Break
  • 15:00 Yin or Restorative yoga practice
  • 16:30 Meditation
  • 17:30 Break
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening meditation
  • 20:00 Dharma talk and questions

Pete Guinosso

After thirty years of running, cycling, and competitive sports, Pete was astonished to learn that his biggest challenge and adventure would happen on a yoga mat. Within six months of practicing yoga consistently, not only did Pete feel stronger and more flexible, but he also began to realize the deeper benefits of meditative movement.

Motivated by a desire to further explore this connection of mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath, Pete spent several years and over 600 hours training with world renowned yoga instructor Ana Forrest. It is through this experience that he learned how to compassionately guide students of all levels through a vigorous yoga practice with integrated breath work and awareness.

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. Petes 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!

Sean Feit

Sean Feit (SEP, E-RYT500) teaches Buddhism and yoga with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has practiced in Zen and Theravada Buddhist lineages, practiced as a monk in Burma, and is authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. Other primary teachers include Alice Joanou (yoga) and Steven Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing/Organic Intelligence).

Sean teaches at Yoga Tree, Yoga Garden SF, East Bay Meditation Center, and Piedmont Yoga in the SF Bay Area, and has been a guest teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, and is a member of the Community Dharma Leader program. Sean is a PhD candidate at UC Davis, writing on Buddhist contemplative practice and experimental dance, and lives in Oakland, enjoying a thriving community of yogis and artists.

Boulder Creek in located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains on Highway 9.One can either take Highway 9 from Saratoga or from Santa Cruz. The fastest way is to take Bear Creek Road from Highway 17 directly into Boulder Creek (Bear Creek Road is a mountainous curvy road - good suspension is recommended) until you reach Highway 9 (Boulder Creek) and then turn left.

Distances

  • Mineta San Jos International Airport - 42 minutes
  • San Jose, California - 43 minutes
Activities
  • Hiking trail nearby

Pete Guinosso Yoga will provide all your meals during the course of the retreat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, and all meals are nutritionally balanced, vegetarian, and prepared by Vajrapanis trained chefs.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Afternoon walking meditation
  • Calming Yin and Restorative flow sessions
  • Daily meditation in the sacred Gompa room
  • Explore the Santa Cruz Mountain
  • Nightly Dharma talks and meditation
  • Rigorous Forrest yoga practice
  • Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
For information about the booking conditions, please send Pete Guinosso Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Anna
    10 out of 10

    "If I could give the retreat an 11 points rating, I totally would (so on your scale it is a 10). Yoga classes were great, the food was beyond any expectations, and Pete has created a very warm and accepting atmosphere. It was a wonderful retreat!"

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  • Review by A traveler

    "Pete is amazing. His classes are challenging yet there is a sense of calmness through the way he teaches. Love his classes!!"

    Yelp website, edited

  • Review by A traveler

    "Pete is the real deal. He's down to earth, and also an incredible healer and spiritual teacher. I have had some of my best practices and my most profound breakthroughs in his class. It's more than just a fantastic workout (although it IS just that)."

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  • Review by Sequoiah from USA

    "Peter is a very gifted yoga teacher. He knows how to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. He knows when to be funny, when to give a student space, when help is needed, when to move into a new direction. His classes are vigorous, challenging, playful, meditative, and relaxing all at the same time. I feel energized after one of Peters classes. Peter calls us to be fully present for each breath in each pose, and how can that not ooze into the rest of our lives off the mat?"

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  • Review by Antonia M. from San Francisco, USA
    10 out of 10

    "In Pete's classes, I've learned to understand particular poses better as well as found the courage to try ones that scare me. I've grown as a yogi, and maybe best or most important of all in our difficult, stressful world, I've had so much fun! I'm very grateful to him for that."

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  • Review by A traveler from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Pete has the physical know-how to pull you in and keep you safe, the emotional delicacy to help you connect, and the spiritual intellect to guide you further. Add a little (ok, a lot) of humor to keep in real, and well, it's an intergalactic party of epic proportion. To the yogis who've been around the block, take one class and you'll understand. To the newbies who are nervous and don't know where to start, Pete is exactly the person to show you just how amazing this practice can be no matter who you are or what you want out of it."

    Pete Guinosso Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Proscriba D. from California, USA
    9 out of 10

    "Pete is a really compassionate and skillful yoga teacher. He infuses his classes with both humility and humor, making for a nice cocktail, vibe wise; not to mention the kick-your-butt sweaty workout."

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