Big Sur Day Retreat – Celebrating New Beginnings | Jan 14, 2024

Big Sur Day Retreat – Celebrating New Beginnings | Jan 14, 2024

(3 customer reviews)

Retreat Highlights

  • Coastal Hiking ragged cliffs, panoramic ocean views, hidden coves, and towering redwood trees
  • Pfiffer Beach dramatic rock formations, purple sandy beaches, tide pools
  • McWay Waterfall plunges down from Big Sur river and into the green-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean
  • Sur House at Vantana Inn enjoy the Big Sur Coastline as your enjoy your 2024 celebration drinks and lunch


BIG SUR – “The greatest meeting of land and sea” is what many have called this magical, mystical and magnificent must-see destination. Strap on your hiking boots and come along on this journey as I lead you to one of my many frequently visited places on the coast. In between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies Big Sur, a true outdoor paradise.
Big Sur is famously known for its dramatic coastal hiking trails, towering redwoods, and purple sandy beaches (yes, purple!). The rushing waterfalls with ragged cliffs, the beauty of deep blue green water, and the sheltered coves protecting the land from crashing waves as the water emerges onto the sand is an unforgettable experience that will leave you speechless!  As we gear up on what is known to be one of the longest, most scenic and mesmerizing coastlines in the world, we will visit some of the famous highlights.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Hiking Total Distance: 4 miles
Trip Length: Full Day
Hiking Level: 2-3
*difficulty ratings based on a scale of 1-5, rating of 1 being least difficult, rating of 5 being most difficult.

What to Expect
Bluff Loop Hike: 2 miles loop
Garrapata ocean-view hike: 2 mile out and back
Guided Meditation/Setting Intentions for 2024
Post lunch: Pfeiffer Falls

● Professional Guide
● Hiking Poles

Not Included
Lunch at Outdoor Sur House at Vantana Inn & Spa
Park entrance fee ($10/vehicle)

Day Retreat is FREE!

Meeting Details
Meeting Time: 9:45am
Meeting Location Carpool to Big Sur: Starbucks
(3650 Rio Rd, Carmel (located at Crossroads Shopping Center)

**Please note, we always do our best to follow the set itinerary, however please know it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, guest ability/injury, and or natural events that can be out of our control.

3 reviews for Big Sur Day Retreat – Celebrating New Beginnings | Jan 14, 2024

  1. Jennifer Eshelman

    Sunita goes above and beyond to make this the most enjoyable experience filled with beauty, joy, laughter and fun. She is generous in spirit and experience wanting to share it with others. The groups she brings together form lasting friendships. You can’t help but walk or hike away without wanting to pass on your experience of an Epic-Adventure. I know that was true in my case. Celebrating turning 60 in Big Sur was a great way to kick off this decade. I don’t know any other outdoor adventure group where the owner is out on the trails with the group. Sunita shows up enthusiastically whether for her second time (she always scouts her trips first) or her tenth time. Big Sur never gets old for her.

    • Sunita Goldstein

      Thank you so for such a heartfelt review, Jen! I love every minute of it and love seeing the excitement and wonderment in all my guests. You are right, Big Sur never gets old:)

  2. Susie Hernandez

    The Big Sur Day Trip was amazing, it truly was epic. I am from the area, born and raised and do go hiking a lot to that area and I was impressed that I did get to learn a new trail at Garrapata State Park – Costal Bluff.

    The Ocean Front Stroll was very nice to view and take pictures. I do have to say that lunch was one of the best parts, Sur House in Ventana Inn and Spa Restaurant was beautiful, food was delicious and the view is mesmerizing. I can’t believe I live so close to that area, and I had never been. I am going back for sure. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – McWay Falls was beautiful, it was my first time going there as well and it did not disappoint. I got to see some beautiful views and take amazing pictures and videos.

    I was extremely impressed with Sunita, she had everything well organized to the location we were going to meet, and she even printed directions and instructions of each stop and was very communicative. She is very on top of everything, well prepared and extremely nice. I tend to put hikes together amongst my friends and I know that it is not an easy task. that is why I was so impressed with Sunita. I know how much work it takes.

    I recommend her hikes/events, it did not disappoint at all. Sunita is very organized; the description of the hikes is accurate. What to expect is listed and on the description and even what to take and clothes, shoes to take is also listed. I also love the surprise she had, such a cute butterfly bag with a special rock, daily affirmation reminder card essential oil. I am grateful for her generosity and more than anything also finding her group. I know that I will benefit, along with networking and finding other folks that love hiking as much as I do was great. Hiking truly has been my therapy in life, once I stated hiking a few years back, I learned on how much I enjoyed it and was beneficial to me. We live in such a beautiful place, we just need to get up, get out there and explore. Epic retreats makes it easier and enjoyable, to explore and connect. – Susie Hernandez

    • Sunita Goldstein

      Susie, Thank you sooo much:) I am so very grateful and excited to have you and friends join Big Sur!Yes please go back again. I never tire of it:)

  3. Tracy Templeton

    “The Big Sur hike led by Sunita Goldstein Epic Retreats was such a treat! We enjoyed amazing views that people come from all over the world to see. We met others on the hike that were delightful. The stop at The Sur House at Vantana Inn and Spa, where our group had a private luncheon in a spectacular location, was the perfect location set above Big Sur and packed with history in addition to incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.

    Sunita also led our group in heart-warming conversation as we set our intentions for the year ahead, along with encouragement to ensure our goals align with our actions.
    I was personally lifted to a higher level of consciousness and gratitude as this was my 2024 New Years gift to my 4 adult children I brought with me on the days adventure.. They all said it was the very best gift I could give them, “The gift of time and a truly epic family adventure”.

    Thank you for this gift YOU gave to my family and the rest of the group. I am grateful and wish you much love, good health and prosperity in the year ahead Sunita!”

    • Sunita Goldstein

      Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews:) I feel so humbled, grateful and immense joy to bring this experience to you all.
      Big Sur is my favorite place and has been for a very long time. I love to share this magical place with others…and it was a first for many in the group! I love seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter, and engaging conversations you all were so immersed in. Building community, friendship is all want and ask for and love what I can give:) So thank you for bringing this joy and happiness for me as well

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