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2023 Yoga Retreat with Heather Haxo Phillips

July 27, 2023 - July 30, 2023

Welcome to the serene redwoods





July 27 – 30, 2023
Land of the Medicine Buddha


In today’s fast paced world, it is easy to lose your sense of self. Finding Focus is an in-person retreat designed to give you the opportunity to reconnect with your own true nature through asana, pranayama, chanting and the study of yoga philosophy.

Finding Focus will give you the opportunity to cleanse and tone your body and access to the mental space necessary to sink into these profoundly transformative practices.  Together we will explore the vast realm of yoga using the elements – earth, air, wind, ether and fire – as our topic of study.  Let us experience together how the ancient wisdom of these practices connect so directly to our lives in 2023.

Participants will feel nourished on all levels.  It is an opportunity for you to step away from your busy life and exhale deeply.  Give yourself this opportunity to relax, restore and find your focus.

Land of the Medicine Buddha provides the container for this healing experience. Located in the the Santa Cruz mountains near Aptos, Land of the Medicine Buddha is an easy 2- hour drive from Berkeley. You will appreciate the experience of retreat among the 108 acres of ancient redwood groves and sunny oak meadows. You will have time to explore the property’s walking trails and meditations areas.


Retreat highlights:

  • Explore this peaceful property:  4 days / 3 nights in the serenity of a Buddhist sanctuary
  • Enjoy the practice of Iyengar Yoga: Daily sessions with Heather in our private space overlooking the redwoods
  • Nourish yourself: Three delicious organic vegetarian meals each day
  • Relax deeply: Walks on the property, massage and other on-site spa services await
  • Explore your surroundings:  Ample time to soak in the incredible temples and walking trails
  • Connect:  Enjoy being with like-minded people

Experience rejuvenation

for your mind, body, and spirit



Our cozy accommodations provide the perfect place to rest and recharge after a day of yoga and exploration. You’ll stay nestled in the forest, complete with all the amenities you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay.


Options in the main campus:

$1690 Single Occupancy – All rooms booked


$1490 Double Occupancy – Available

Shared rooms with 3 – 4 people are also available: $1340 per participant – Available

These guests rooms are steps from the yoga space and dining hall. They include a private bathroom with shower, towel and linen service is provided.

Or join us in the redwood village:


$1290 Single Yurt / $1160 Double Yurt, these canvas cabins have electricity and include beds with a heated mattress cover and linens. – No Vacancy

The Yurt Village & Campground is a walk-in area of the property. It is a beautiful 20-min uphill walk from the main campus. This tranquil area is nestled in an inspiring redwood grove, and has a small kitchen plus two bathrooms.


Observe the quiet within – Gain Clarity

Discover new depth in your yoga practice – Connect with others




4 pm | Arrival and Check-in
Asana Practice
Dinner and Welcome Ceremony

Friday & Saturday

  • Pranayama
  • Chanting
  • Breakfast
  • Active Asana
  • Lunch
  • Free Time
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Dinner
  • Evening Activities

Chanting, Pranayama & Asana Practice
Breakfast and lunch

2 pm | Departure

You will have time to explore the property including its many walking trails and holy objects, or sit by the spring fed pool. Enjoy a warm mid-summer rest!

This transformative yoga retreat is the perfect opportunity to gain a new perspective and find your focus




Nestled in the heart of the stunning redwood forest, our retreat center provides the perfect setting for you to deepen your yoga practice and connect with nature. Imagine practicing yoga surrounded by majestic trees, breathing in the fresh air, and listening to the soothing sounds of nature.

“The peaceful atmosphere at Land of the Medicine Buddha created an environment conducive for reflection and yogic practice. I personally enjoyed ringing the bell and taking walks in nature. Also, my shared accommodation was comfortable and had enough space for privacy.

~Gopika Womack

Who is this retreat for?

Dedicated Iyengar Yoga practitioners.  You should be practicing regularly with a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. This retreat is best suited for people who have at least 1 year experience studying Iyengar Yoga consistently.  Ideally, your studies would have already included an introduction to Yoga Philosophy and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  This retreat is for serious students, and is an excellent opportunity for teachers and teachers in training.

A retreat is a quiet place that you go to in order to withdraw from the regular routine of daily life and rest in a private place.  So you should be excited to keep your phone and other devices away, for the most part.


What else you need to know:

Participants are requested to bring their yoga practice kit: 4 blankets, mat, two blocks and a strap. Traveling without props?  You can purchase them here, or rent the kit from us for $25.

Delicious vegetarian meals are part of this special experience:  The culinary staff can accommodate specific needs such as gluten free, wheat free, sugar free, garlic free, onion free, nut free, and vegan.  When you register, please let us know your requirements.  A guest refrigerator is also available for anyone who brings their own food items.

Mindfulness is an important aspect of your stay at the Land of Medicine Buddha: As a Buddhist retreat center, guests are invited to be mindful of their actions of body and speech and to be aware that other people share this beautiful space.  All guests are invited observe these five precepts: (1) No killing – this includes all insects. (2) No lying (3) No stealing – borrowing without asking permission. (4) No sexual misconduct – any sexual activity that will cause suffering to another being. (5) No intoxicants – includes alcohol, drugs and smoking cigarettes.

Cancellation details: Cancellations received by May 15 are entitled to a full refund minus a $50 admin fee. Cancellations received by June 15th are entitled to a full credit towards future Adeline Yoga programs, minus a $50 admin fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations after June 15th. Due to arrangements made with our hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.



Heather Haxo Phillips is a  Senior Iyengar yoga teacher and the Director of Adeline Yoga. Heather offers expertise in yoga therapy, and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (c-IAYT), Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance E-500 level instructor. Her teaching is rooted in the ancient yogic traditions, including yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and chant. Every class offers an opportunity to delve into all these aspects of Yog.

Certified at the Senior Intermediate I level (Level 3), Heather serves as a mentor to aspiring teachers and CIYT, leading teacher education programs and volunteering as an assessor.

Heather studies regularly with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and the Iyengar family in Pune.  Her yoga philosophy and Sanskrit teachers include Dr. Gitte Beschgaard and Dr. Sucheta Paranjpe.

Heather is dedicated to her volunteer work for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California and the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

Heather is known for her well-organized events and retreats which she has been offering regularly for over a decade.




July 27, 2023
July 30, 2023


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