• $895.00 – Private Room for 1 guest - Shared cottage with 1 other guest
  • $1,295.00 – Private Cottage for 1 guest
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Lotus of the Heart – A yoga & meditation retreat

With Christie Pitko

May 3 - 5, 2024

We welcome our special guest teacher, Christie Pitko, to share a weekend of meditation, yoga, and reflection.

“As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars.”
– from The Upanishads

During stressful times, we can disconnect from our bodies, minds, and the beauty in our lives. It can be helpful to remember that the lotus flower begins in muddy waters and blossoms into grace. Through practices such as meditation and yoga, we can emerge out of the murky water, just like the lotus. Explore the inner landscape of your mind and body through guided meditations designed to bring you closer to your heart. Move your body with awareness during all levels vinyasa flow, and find ease with restorative yoga. We will also spend time journaling and in contemplation. Savor lovingly prepared delicious meals, and rest your spirit in stunning cottages in the forest. Immerse yourself in this sacred location. Leave our retreat feeling balanced, inspired, and in alignment with your heart.


COVID POLICY: For your safety and ours, we require proof of vaccination AND negative test result from all visitors to Ratna Ling Retreat Center. We wish to provide peace of mind for all of our residents and guests.

ABOUT CHRISTIE:

Christie Pitko began practicing yoga in 2001. Since then, she has found that yoga has healed her spirit and ignited her creativity. She teaches an alignment-based flow in both the 200-Hour and 300-Hour Yoga teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden San Francisco. She also teaches yoga and meditation at Salesforce Headquarters in San Francisco.

Christie received her 200-hour teaching certification in 2011, and 300-hour advanced training in 2015 at Barefoot Movement in Oakland. Inspired by Annie Carpenter, Christie continued her yoga education with an additional 300 hours in SmartFlow Yoga with Annie in 2021. She is also a certified Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater in 2016.

She enjoys hosting yoga retreats in California and abroad, as a way of guiding students to deepen their connections to yoga, meditation, and themselves. Christie is passionate about the power of daily meditation.

Schedule (subject to change):
 
Friday
3:00pm Check in
5:30-6:15pm Dinner
6:30pm Welcome Circle, Meditation, and Restorative Yoga
 
Saturday
7:30am Meditation
8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast
10:45am-12:00pm Vinyasa Flow
12:15pm-1:00 Lunch
1:00pm-5:30pm Downtime to hike, get massage, rest
5:30pm-6:15pm Dinner
7:00pm – Meditation, Reflection, and Restorative Yoga
 
Sunday
8:00am-9:30am Meditation and Vinyasa Yoga
10:00am Brunch
12:00pm Check Out

Facilitator

Christie Pitko
Christie Pitko began practicing yoga in 2001. Since then, she has found that yoga has healed her spirit and ignited her creativity. She teaches an alignment-based flow in both the 200-Hour and 300-Hour Yoga teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden San Francisco. She also teaches yoga and meditation at Salesforce Headquarters in San Francisco. Christie received her 200-hour teaching certification in 2011, and 300-hour advanced training in 2015 at Barefoot Movement in Oakland. Inspired by…
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