land of medicine buddha


Peter Guinosso 
Pete G Yoga 


Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM PST
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM PST

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Land of the Medicine Buddha 
5800 Prescott Rd.
Soquel, CA, CA 95073

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New Year Yoga Retreat 2019/2020

w/ Pete and Stephanie Guinosso

Unplug, unwind and reconnect with your spirit during this special New Year Yoga Retreat. Each morning will begin with quiet meditation followed by a vigorous Vinyasa flow. In the evenings, we will enjoy the support of community as we reflect on the triumphs and challenges of 2019, and set intentions for a harmonious start in 2020. Join Pete and Stephanie 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 we set our sights upon. 

During breaks, explore the breathtaking trails accessible from the lodge’s grounds or the adjacent 10,000 acres of State forest, grab a book, or simply enjoy a catnap in your cozy bedroom.     

Location: Land of Medicine Buddha - Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

Dates: Sunday, December 29th, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 


  • $950/person for single occupancy
  • $799/person for double occupancy
  • $749/person for triple occupancy
  • $725/person for quad occupancy  
  • $585/person for Commuters - Includes 4 days of yoga and meals 
  • price inc. of $50 if you pay or register after Dec 1* 

 Information: contact Pete at 415-290-0043

  • Price includes all lodging, meals, and yoga
  • Transportation is not included - we will try to coordinate carpooling
  • Massages available
  • Note: All levels welcome. Please bring a yoga mat, towel, extra magazines and craft supplies (for VISION board if you have them) and - most importantly - an open heart. Space is limited at the Land of Medicine Buddha so please sign up soon!

Our retreat begins Sunday, December 29th at 2:00 PM.

  • Arrival and Welcome: 2:00 PM
  • Yoga Class: 4:00 PM
  • Room Check In: 5:30 PM
  • Kitchen Orientation: 6:15 PM
  • Dinner: 6:30 PM
  • Open Circle: 7:30 PM

Daily Schedule:

  • Light Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
  • Yoga and Meditation: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Break: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Yoga: 4:00 - 6:00 PM 
  • Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Fun Community Gatherings: Evenings

Our retreat will end on Tuesday January 1st at 11:00 AM after a closing circle. Brunch will be served following the closing circle.

Ano Nuevo State Park Public Seal Walk

  • Nature Tour - 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Cost $12.00 - Choose option in check out - Limited tickets are available
  • 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.

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About the Yoga Teachers:
Pete Guinosso (E-RYT 500) helps students connect with their hearts. His gentle guidance and intuitive assists allow students of all levels to step out of their comfort zones and find their own authentic path in the practice. Pete’s classes offer strong, vigorous sequencing grounded in the breath and intention, and always leave room for playfulness and fun.

Inspired by his love of travel and the outdoors, Pete offers a wide range of yoga adventures each year, around the world and close to home. His passion to guide students into their role as skilled, authentic yoga teachers and healers led him to create his signature Lighting the Path teacher training. Pete tours internationally for workshops, festivals, trainings and retreats.

Stephanie Guinosso (RYT-200) discovered yoga following a knee injury playing college basketball in 1998.  After pursuing traditional rehabilitation that did not lead to a full recovery, she tried yoga as a last resort. Yoga helped to break up the scar tissue, increase strength and flexibility, and ultimately heal the injury.  She has been practicing yoga ever since! 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.  She currently assists her husband, Pete Guinosso, on numerous local and international retreats.

About Land of Medicine Buddha:
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. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The Land Itself: Situated on 108 acres adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our 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.
Prayer Wheels: 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.