Amphitheatre of the Redwoods at Pema Osel Ling

Corralitos Wedding Venue
2013 Eureka Canyon Road
Corralitos, California 96076

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Phone: 831/761-6270
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Why We Like This Place

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 Bay View 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. 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 also offers brunch, picnic lunch, rehearsal dinner, late night snack, and s'more packages.

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.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 150
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 110
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 160
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 300

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 110

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 80 for receptions and 100 for all other dining events seated indoors and 300 or more seated or standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold 100 seated guests, and 150 seated theater-style.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve your date. 40% of the estimated event total is due within 3 weeks of the initial deposit, and the balance is due 90 days before the event date. The rental fee ranges $1,950–6,950 depending on the day and duration of the event, and the time of year. Wedding meals start at $75/person and include tables, chairs, linens, napkins, china, flatwear, water glasses, full buffet, lemonade or iced tea, appetizers, coffee & tea, setup, cleanup, trash removal and servers. Other meals range $18–51/person. Tax and a 20% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations

Services/Amenities

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: available for light cooking & snacks only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable available
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 52 beds in various cabins and houses; camping space for 25 tents
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: provided
View: courtyard, landscaped grounds, fountain, garden, pond, forest, valley, canyon; panorama of hills, coastline and ocean
Other: event coordination, pool, fire pit

Site Views

Canyon
Coastline
Creek/River
Forest/Wooded Area
Fountain/Water Feature
Garden
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Hills
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Fields
Mountains
Ocean/Bay
Panoramic
Pool Area
Valley
Other

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Conference Center
Retreat

Restrictions

Alcohol: BYO, no corkage fee
Smoking: in designated areas only
Music: amplified OK outdoors until 10pm and indoors until 2am
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required

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Some Essential Info
Price $$
Catering

Provided

Alcohol

BYO

Amplified Music

Indoors
Outdoors
w/ Restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability

Year-round, daily, anytime.



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