Corralitos Wedding Venue
2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Corralitos, California 96076
The Amphitheatre of the Redwoods is part of the Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center, a name that means “Lotus Land of Clear Light.” The phrase conjures up images of a mystical mountain paradise, and it’s an apt vision: Sequestered on over 102 acres of redwood forests, open meadows and gardens, this natural haven provides a sense of tranquility that’s often missing from the frenzy surrounding a wedding. That peaceful easy feeling begins as you start the drive up Eureka Canyon into the wilds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Dense woods with mist-shrouded treetops, fern grottoes and an occasional deer prepare you for the center’s rustic yet welcoming ambiance.
With a variety of on-site accommodations ranging from large family homes to cozy cabins and campsites, you will want to take over the entire center for your own destination wedding weekend. Guests often meet up first at the Orchard House, a two-story lodge with a fireplace and a towering redwood growing right up through the front deck. Greet everyone with the center’s signature mint iced tea, hand out maps and itineraries, and let the fun begin.
The retreat center has two extraordinary locations for ceremonies. The Amphitheatre of the Redwoods is a real-life “fairy ring”—a circle of redwoods born from one “grandmother” tree that survived a storm. Underground, all the trees’ roots intertwine for added strength—just as you and your groom will support each other during your marriage. As you exchange vows, the wind whistles through the branches and the cry of blue jays and chattering squirrels makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. A soaring canopy of magnificent redwoods stretches heavenward, the boughs weaving patterns against the blue sky. What an inspired place to say “I do”! For a more spacious ceremony site, get married at the Bayview Meadow and Terrace. With guests seated on the treelined meadow, bride and groom wed on a redwood deck at the edge of a hillside. Behind them, green thickets soften the view, while the distant blue waters of Monterey Bay wink in the sunlight.
Receptions are celebrated in the Gallery Meadow, which overlooks an Asian fountain courtyard. Choose the configuration of canopies and extras you want, and the center’s event pros will make it happen. The Celebration Hall, a ranch-style A-frame that opens to a lawn and plaza, offers an indoor/outdoor option. Several more benefits are worth noting. One is the knowledgeable staff, who’ll assist you in structuring your agenda to include yoga, massage, hikes, bonfires, pool parties or whatever you can dream up. Then there’s the award-winning gourmet catering. From vegan to prime rib, the on-site culinary team will not only whip up a delicious wedding feast, but will handle brunches, rehearsal dinners and barbecues, too.
There is no curfew here so you can party as late as you like, and there’s no corkage fee so you can bring your own libations. What there is at this retreat is beautiful scenery, friendly banquet staff and a refuge of freedom and renewal to call your own.
The Pema Ling Osel Retreat Center is a nonprofit run by the Vajrayana Foundation that preserves the spiritual, cultural and artistic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Couples who choose Amphitheatre of the Redwoods or any other of the retreat center’s event venues have the added pleasure of supporting the foundation’s mission to cultivate the Buddhist ideals of peace and compassion in the world.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the Amphitheatre holds 150–160 seated, and the Bay View Meadow holds 300 seated. Indoors the site can accommodate 100–150 depending upon the space.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The center accommodates 120 or 160 seated indoors and 300 seated or standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 120 seated at tables or 160 seated theater-style indoors, and 300 seated outdoors.
A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve your date. 40% of the estimated event total is due within 2 weeks of the initial deposit, and the balance is due 90 days before the date of the event. Rental fees range $1,950–6,960 depending on the day of the event, the length of your stay and the time of year. Meals range $22–89/person including tables, chairs, linens, napkins, china, flatwear, water glasses and servers. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: some provided, CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: some provided, CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided, CBA
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: some provided, CBA
Other: event coordination, pool, fire pit
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 52 beds in various cabins and houses, camping space for 100 tents
Telephone: house phones (local only); calling
cards required for long distance
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: courtyard, landscaped grounds, fountain, garden, pond, forest, valley, canyon; panorama of hills, coastline and ocean
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: in designated areas only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily, anytime.
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