autumn leaves

The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.
~Stanley Kunitz

In our daily life, we breathe, but we forget that we’re breathing.

We bring our attention to our in-breath and our out-breath.

Suddenly, we bring our body and our mind fully present in the here and now, and we smile.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

Your invitation to follow the breath immediately set the tone for quiet and reflection. I particularly enjoyed listening to the many natural sounds that surround Spirit Mountain and, by stopping and listening, I was able to feel myself a part of it all.
~Paul Zak

 

 

 

 

If you would have balance and order within, do one small thing at the same time each day with gratitude in your heart…
~Renée Miller

 

 

 

 

Courage and contentment are simply manifestations of the divine perfection that already exists with us all.
~Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

 

 

 

 

Try not to change the world.
You will fail.
Try to love the world.
Lo, the world is changed.
Changed forever.

~Sri Chinmoy

 

 

Men's Retreat

Men’s Retreat held at Spirit Mountain Retreat
April 28, 2012

Fu-Ding Cheng facilitator draws upon Shamanic Wisdom Teachings to bring more wholesome and awakened masculine energies into men’s lives, their relationships and into the world. A great day!

Calendar

There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. ~Wangari Maathaie

We invite you to participate in our retreats and programs. If you have questions, please contact Spirit Mountain Retreat at 951-659-2523 or by email: .

Online payment for programs and individual retreats is available.
See Online Payment.

Partial scholarships are available. Contact

Winter 2015 - Summer 2015

 

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

MAY 2015
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

May 16 - Rescheduled Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
Session 3 (Final session for this year’s series)
Seasonal Reflection Days in the Celtic Spiritual Tradition
The Awakening: Emerging into Wonder

Been There, Done That … Now Play!
Leaping into the Wonder of Your Wise Woman Years

There comes a time in a life well-lived when the writing is on the wall: ENJOY! This reflection series invites you to step outside the box of traditional retirement and roam the possibilities of Refirement ... a time of sparks not embers! Join us on a mind-body-spirit adventure into the gracious spaciousness of delight to refire your passion, energy, and creativity. This is your time to play with Divine Imagination to create the next wonder filled stage of your life. Come prepared to be surprised! This is a timely series for anyone who is retired or thinking of retiring.

Rescheduled Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523

Facilitator
Mary Byrne Hoffmann, M.Div, the founder/director of Breathing Spaces is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator. She is also a “refired” author and playwright.


Sunday, May 17, 2015
Movies and Conversation for a Sunday Afternoon
Third Sunday of each month

"A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue"
(54 minutes)

In A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O'Donohue, you have the opportunity to walk with the Irish poet and philosopher through the breathtaking landscape of western Ireland. Weaving ancient wisdom with personal history and stunning imagery, the documentary reveals the Ireland that gave rise to the spiritual wisdom of the Celts and inspired John O'Donohue throughout his remarkable life. O'Donohue invites you see the landscape of Ireland through his eyes as a living source of wisdom, beauty, and transformative spiritual power.

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No fee, Donations appreciated
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.

Popcorn provided!!


May 18, 2015
Day of Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can bring a lovely clarity of how, as we cling to the past and future, we miss the mystery of the present moment.

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Third Monday of each month, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


May 26
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

Facilitators:
Francoise Frigola, MA, is interested in addressing the cultural denial of death as a normal part of life and the pain this denial creates.

Elizabeth Miller, M.Ed., is a local Spiritual Hypnotherapist with a Master's degree in Counseling. Her practice involves past life and life between lives regression.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


 

 

JUNE 2015
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

June 5 - 7
“What do you want to do with your one wild and precious life?"*
A Woman's Writing and Contemplation Retreat
Facilitated by Katya Williamson, MFA

In a workshop that helps you “Claim Your Voice” in writing, move towards actualizing what are your life’s dreams and purpose through this easy spontaneous process that Katya has developed over twenty years. In a safe and supportive atmosphere and the beautiful nature of Spirit Mountain Retreat, take time to reflect upon and engage your “higher self” for further creativity and joy.

Katya has presented this process in the Western United States, Hawaii and England to countless women who have been surprised at the unexpected and exciting results that lead them on further quests of their life journeys. The results of her teaching appear in Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness (O-Books, UK) where a number of international women and those from Southern California and Idyllwild also had their writing published from these classes and retreats.

Join us at this inspiring and uplifting time when more and more women are finding their voices that bring positive results to their individual lives, their communities and for the global condition.

The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5th and ends at 12 noon on Sunday, June 7th. There will be time for meditation, solo writing and enjoying the beautiful nature of this idyllic spiritual setting.

Dates: June 5, 2015 through June 7, 2015
Time: Friday, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday, 9:00 to Noon
Fee - Residents: $225 - Includes program, meals, and accommodations Saturday night. Add $50 for Friday night accommodations, no meal.
Fee - Commuters: $160 - Includes program and meals
Deposit: $50 due by May 22, 2015
Registration: Please register at or call 951-659-2523
Bring: Notebook, item for altar
Note: Register early, space limited
* from the poem “The Summer’s Day” by Mary Oliver


June 13th and 14th
MAP of DESIRE
Shamanic Tools for the New Male
Men’s Retreat

Weekend Intensive • Sat. & Sun, June 13 & 14
“Never trust a warrior who doesn’t know how to write poetry,” says a Chinese proverb. In this Workshop, we will explore new images of what it means to be a “Man in Full,” especially urgent in these pivotal times. Clarity of Intent, Courage, Detachment, and Self-Mastery of Inner Demons will be cultivated. It’s a path that leads ultimately to personal freedom.

In this Workshop, you will acquire shamanic tools to:

  • Gain Clarity of Intent
  • Remain Invincible in spite of outer upheavals
  • Cultivate a Path of Heart.

Through drumming, visualizations, Dream Assignments, and other shamanic exercises, we will transcend mere intellectual understanding to experience newfound powers that come from being an example of the new male for our times.

Testimonies:
“Fu-Ding is a nagual, a master. One of the best Toltec teachers I know.”
––Don Miguel Ruiz, Author of the The Four Agreements

“Those visions I had in your class that seemed absolutely impossible… are happening to me now. How deeply you touched my life, how many doors you opened for me, how grateful I am.”
––A. da Luz, Theatre Director, Actor

Through Fu-Ding’s teachings, I’ve become aware of how the ego and mind creates inner turmoil, and how to shift my attention away from that turmoil, and see things from a more expanded, enlightened, and ultimately, loving perspective...These workshops are fun, fascinating, and life changing.
–– Grant B., musician, DJ

Date: June 13 & 14, 2015
Sat. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sun. 9:00 to Noon
Cost: $225 (Program, meals and accommodations Sat night)
(Add $50 for Fri night accommodations, no meal)
$160 for Program and meals
Registration: Call 951-659-2523
or Email
Deposit: $50 due by May 30, Register early, space limited
Note: Bring notebook, drum or percussion instrument if you have one

Fu-Ding Cheng
Since break-through experiences in 1995 as apprentice to Toltec shaman Don Miguel Ruiz (”The Four Agreements”), Fu-Ding has been leading spiritual/shamanic workshops distilled from a life-long quest involving Eastern Meditation, Chinese Kung-Fu and Meso-American wisdom traditions. His multi-faceted career includes visionary books, paintings, and prize-winning films, Zen-Tales for the Urban Explorer. His latest book, “Map of Desire” has just been published.
For more, visit www.fudingcheng.com and mapofdesirebook.com


June 15, 2015
Day of Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can bring a lovely clarity of how, as we cling to the past and future, we miss the mystery of the present moment.

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Third Monday of each month, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


June 23
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

Facilitators:
Francoise Frigola, MA, is interested in addressing the cultural denial of death as a normal part of life and the pain this denial creates.

Elizabeth Miller, M.Ed., is a local Spiritual Hypnotherapist with a Master's degree in Counseling. Her practice involves past life and life between lives regression.

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


June 27
SOUL PLAY
A JOURNEY WITHIN
An Introduction to SoulCollage®

What is SoulCollage©?
It’s a fun, creative process
Developed by Seena Frost
A collage of images glued onto 5x8 cards
You will explore different parts of yourself
It’s an intuitive process
A spiritual journey
It connects you to your essence, your soul

Workshop Agenda
Begin with a brief introduction
Time to make cards
Time to journal and “read” the cards
Time to share

Facilitated by
Peggy Barrett, MA, LMFT
I have been a SoulCollage® facilitator since 2011. I have 28 years experience working in healthcare. I have used SoulCollage® in with individual clients to help them tap into their imagination and discover their unique gifts. My professional and life experiences have allowed me to understand and nurture those gifts that lie deep within each of us.

Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $60 - Supplies included.
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
Note: Space is limited, please register by June 19.


Monday, June 29, 2015
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
Third Monday of each month

"David Whyte: Preservation of the Soul"
(57 minutes)

A two-part, Thinking Allowed video. Poetry allows us to acknowledge the fullness of our being in ways that are often denied in daily life. This denial has often proved both injurious to the soul and bad for business. Poetry unites us with the soul of the world. David White is author of several books of poetry and a book of prose and poetry, The Heart Aroused. Whyte maintains that poetry provides a treasure of wisdom that gives guidance in times of crisis. The insights of poetry can facilitate an awakening of vision and a breakthrough from the paralysis caused by confusion, doubt and humdrum routine.

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No fee, Donations appreciated
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.

Popcorn provided!!


JULY 2015
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

July 22
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

Facilitators:
Francoise Frigola, MA, is interested in addressing the cultural denial of death as a normal part of life and the pain this denial creates.

Elizabeth Miller, M.Ed., is a local Spiritual Hypnotherapist with a Master's degree in Counseling. Her practice involves past life and life between lives regression.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


July 28
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

Facilitators:
Francoise Frigola, MA, is interested in addressing the cultural denial of death as a normal part of life and the pain this denial creates.

Elizabeth Miller, M.Ed., is a local Spiritual Hypnotherapist with a Master's degree in Counseling. Her practice involves past life and life between lives regression.

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


July 24 - 26
Blessing the Space Between the Lines
A Writing Retreat for Men and Women

Description:
Beginning or experienced writers can benefit from this retreat offering inspiration and information in the calming atmosphere of Spirit Mountain. There you can find a thread into a novel or short story you feel called to write, begin a memoir or even a journal. You will be led through a series of inspirational readings and writing prompts accompanied by quiet time to explore your own writing voice. Simply show up and let yourself experience the writing prompts, readings, the bits of make-it-better advice and camaraderie with other writers.

Learn How To:
Transform dull prose into a lively experience.
Deepen your sensual expression through phenomenological techniques.
Dive into memory and find your story.

Retreat Leader:
LaDonna Harrison (MA English, MA Rhetoric, MA/ABD Depth Psychology) has a lifetime of journal writing as well as 30 years of experience teaching writing in colleges and workshops at U of MN, U of CA at Santa Barbara, Lake Superior College, MN, Carnegie Mellon U., PA and St. John’s Seminary, CA. She is president-elect of the Palm Springs Writer’s Guild and facilitates a weekly writer’s critique group. She is retired from university teaching and writing a literary memoir entitled The Prayer Diver about the effects of trauma on young adults.

Questions and Reassurance:

Dates: July 24 through July 26, 2015
Time: Friday Gathering 7:00; Saturday 9:30 – 3:00; Sunday 9:30 –12:00
Fee - Residents: $225 - if staying at retreat center. Includes workshop, one overnight, Saturday lunch & dinner and Sunday breakfast. Add $50 for Friday night accommodations, no meals.
Fee - Commuters: $160 - includes Saturday lunch & dinner
Deposit: $50 due by July 17, 2015
Registration: Please contact 951-659-2523 or email


Monday, July 27, 2015
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
Last Mondays of the month

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.
No fee - donations appreciated

"I AM"
What if the solution to the world’s problems was right in front of us all along? (78 minutes)

I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two ractical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.”  

However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No fee, Donations appreciated
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.



AUGUST 2015
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

August 8
Session 3 (Final session for this year’s series)
Seasonal Reflection Days in the Celtic Spiritual Tradition
The Awakening: Emerging into Wonder

Been There, Done That … Now Play!
Leaping into the Wonder of Your Wise Woman Years

There comes a time in a life well-lived when the writing is on the wall: ENJOY! This reflection series invites you to step outside the box of traditional retirement and roam the possibilities of Refirement ... a time of sparks not embers! Join us on a mind-body-spirit adventure into the gracious spaciousness of delight to refire your passion, energy, and creativity. This is your time to play with Divine Imagination to create the next wonder filled stage of your life. Come prepared to be surprised! This is a timely series for anyone who is retired or thinking of retiring.

Rescheduled Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523

Facilitator
Mary Byrne Hoffmann, M.Div, the founder/director of Breathing Spaces is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator. She is also a “refired” author and playwright.


Saturday, August 22, 2015
Awakening from the Dream
A Metaphysical Look at A Course in Miracles

Detour into Fear
and
The Way Out

A one day seminar based on the metaphysics of A Course in Miracles. 
This seminar offers a powerful explanation for how this world we live in came to be -- is nothing but a dream and how and why we have lost our connection with our True Selves and all our power.

In it you will learn how you, your body, and the life you live are a reflection of the deeper dynamics of your mind; why everything seems to go wrong in this world of dreams, what the central dynamic of your dreamworld is and how the singular source of all your problems caused you to detour into fear and what the singular solution is for finding the way out. 

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.

Loretta Siani, Ph.D. is a clinical hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and a student and teacher of A Course in Miracles. Formerly Adjunct Professor of communications at Pepperdine University where she wrote her Master’s Thesis on the great lay theologian C.S.Lewis, and Western Regional Sales Training Manager for a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Siani is an experienced teacher, trainer and motivational speaker. She has authored three books, The Magic of Excellence, Everyday Miracles, and The Alchemy of Prayer. She has also authored three guided visualization CD’s In the Middle of Knowhere, Waking Dream of Forgiveness, and Waking Dream of Restful Sleep. Dr. Siani holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Pepperdine University and a Doctoral degree from American Pacific University. She is a free-lance speaker and trainer and lives in Palm Desert.


Monday, August 31, 2015
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
Last Mondays of the month

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.
No fee - donations appreciated

"With One Voice" Awaken to the reality that unites us all
(78 minutes)

With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions. In this seventy-eight minute documentary, these awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world. Through their words and compelling presence, they ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply, so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice.

Date: Monday, August 31, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No fee, Donations appreciated
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.

SEPTEMBER 2015
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 28, 2015
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
Last Mondays of the month

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.
No fee - donations appreciated

"Sukhavati" A Mythic Journey
(78 minutes)

Through archival excerpts from his finest filmed lectures interwoven with exquisite images and evocative music from around the world, renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell takes us on a journey of transcendence and illumination, a trip through the mythological symbols and sagas left by our ancient forebears. What is revealed en route is "mankind's one great story," the grand drama played out by all cultures on all continents since time immemorial. This saga "projected" on the screen of the universe is the mythic adventure that became Campbell's "Sukhavati," what he passionately embraced as his life's work, his place of bliss. Created byMaxine Harris and Sheldon Rochlin, with the enthusiastic support of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, this hypnotic and mesmerizing film is a deeply personal, almost spiritual, portrait of Campbell, told in his own words, in his twilight years, at the summit of his career and the apex of his intellectual powers. Through it, this great American thinker is still "joyfully participating in the sorrows of the world."

Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
No fee, Donations appreciated
Registration: For more information, email or call 951-659-2523

 

 

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Awaken to your inner story...attune to your life energy...ground awareness and commitment...enter into quiet reflection