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

 

  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July

DECEMBER 2014
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

December 6
Create Your Essential Oil Medicine Chest
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Suzie Bennett, Certified Aromatherapist through Wisdom of the Earth


Suzie Bennett studied Aromatherapy in the 80’s with Milli Austin, Austin, TX, and was certified in 2011 with Wisdom of the Earth in Sedona, AZ/Santa Fe, NM in Aromatherapy. She is a California licensed massage therapist, energy healer, infant massage educator and facilitator for close to 30 years, having had a thirst to explore avenues of holistic health and vibrational medicine. She studied and was certified in Healing Touch with founder, Janet Mentgen. Suzie studied with Robert Jaffee, MD of Energy Mastery; Tom Schaffer, DO; Rosalyn Brueyre; Matrix Energetics; THETA Healing, and has had many other teachers over the years.

Medicinal essential oils are the medicine of our past from Mother Earth brought to us through the Trees and Plants. We now remember and desire to let this kingdom enter into our lives to bless us with harmony, peace and health. Suzie invites you to come with her on a journey, getting to know the essential oils intimately in creating your own medicine chest.

In our time together, we will explore what essences you can add to your medicine chest for colds/flu, emotions, fractures, burns, GI upset, muscle pain and more.

You will learn:
about the history of healing oils
how and when to use them
and experience how each essence can assist your body
WE WILL EXPLORE and EXPERIENCE how they relate to you on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels

Come prepared to experience the essences with all of your senses. We will conclude our time with a short meditation with your favorite essential oil.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $50
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
Note: Please register by December 1, 2014

For those interested, please stay for a channeled blessing with the GRANDMOTHERS in TIME.

Open your heart and expect the unexpected!


December 15
Day of Mindfulness
Honoring the Teaching and Spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh

Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings
with eyes of compassion.
--Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, is a teacher, scholar, and peace activist who lectures throughout the world and writes on the practices of mindfulness and peaceful living. His dedication to peace and his compassionate understanding of the human condition make him one of the world’s most admired spiritual leaders.

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

Facilitator: Kathy Halkin, MSW, is a life-long learner of cultivating Mindfulness and Meditation practice. Her dedication to deepening spirituality in both herself and others opens the door to explore various ways and techniques one can utilize in practicing presence.


December 16
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, December 16, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


December 17
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, December 17, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


December 21, 2014
Winter Solstice Celebration

Please join us Sunday, December 21, 2014
Caine Learning Center
54385 Pine Crest Ave, Idyllwild, CA
4 pm - 5 pm
with performances by Local Color
(Please bring finger food to share after the celebration.)

"Shivering--
grey clouds darken
mountain snow."
- Michael P. Garofalo, Cuttings

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.
- Mother Teresa

For more information,
email or call 951-659-2523

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

January 2, 2015
Ancient Fire, Ancient Wisdom
Farewell to the Old Year, Welcome to the New Year


While the ancient fires of winter still cast their glow on our consciousness, come join us in a unique celebration. In this participatory event, celebrate and reflect upon these first transformative moments of the New Year with music, drumming, spoken and written reflection. Bring instruments, poetry (your own or others), and other means of sharing in this shamanic evening of connection with our community and the earth and spirit.

Date: Friday, January 2, 2015
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Donation Appreciated
(No entry fee.)

Facilitators:
Facilitated by Mary Morse, Director, Spirit Mountain Retreat and
Katya Williamson, Writing Workshop leader at Spirit Mountain Retreat


January 24
Seasonal Reflection Days in the Celtic Spiritual Tradition
Crossing the Threshold into Mystery

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.

Crossing the Threshold into Mystery
In traditional Celtic spirituality, this is the “thin time” when the gradual change in season and light beckons us into the “in between” - the place of Divine Mystery. Likewise, The Wise Woman also resides in the thin time as she stands in between the seasons of her life holding all that has been, opening to all that will be and trusting that all will be well. Please join us as we enter into the spacious graciousness of Divine Mystery through storytelling, movement, music, prayer and reflection, and play in the company of wise women.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523

Reflection Days continue throughout 2015
March 14, 2015 -- The Fertile Darkness: Surrendering to Surprise
May 16, 2015 -- The Awakening: Emerging into Wonder
June 13, 2015 -- The Grace: Playing with the Art of Living
Participants are invited to join us for one or all of the reflection days.

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.


January 26
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
(except January)

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


January 27
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, January 27, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


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

February 7th & 8th (Weekend Intensive, Saturday & Sunday)
MAP of DESIRE
Shamanic Tools for the New Male

“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

Dates: February 7th & 8th
Time: 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: $160.00 - Includes program and meals
Deposit: $50 due by January 24th.
Note: Register early, space limited
Registration: Please register at or call 951-659-2523
Bring: Notebook, drum or percussion instrument if you have one

Facilitator: Fu-Ding Cheng
Fu DingSince 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 information, visit www.fudingcheng.com and mapofdesirebook.com


February 23
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
(except February)

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


February 24
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, February 24, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS



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

March 6 - 8
Cultivating the Writing of the Soul
A Woman's Writing Retreat

Facilitated by Katya Williamson, MFA
Author, Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness

In this Cave of Winter when the light is still brightest from the Inside, take advantage of this time to move further into the exploration of your hopes and dreams through writing.

By employing this user-friendly spontaneous writing process developed by Katya over many years, scan the “radiant darkness” of the psyche for a renewed sense of authenticity in your life and creativity. The ancient Sumerian myth of “Inanna” and those of other cultures will be included to enrich the process. Guest speakers will add to the intriguing mix.

These retreats are highlighted by a supportive atmosphere of joy, laughter, and revelation.

Please join us for an inspired experience of self-actualization as you “claim your own unique voice” through inquiry and writing.

The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6th and ends at 12 noon on Sunday, March 8th. There will be time for meditation, solo writing and enjoying the beautiful nature of this idyllic spiritual setting.

Dates: March 6-March 8, 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: $160.00 - Includes program and meals
Deposit: $50 due by February 20, 2015
Registration:
Please register at info@spiritmountainretreat.org or call 951-659-2523
Note: Register early, space limited
Bring: Notebook, item for altar

From the poem “The Winter of Listening” by David Whyte:
“All those years
Forgetting
How everything
Has its own voice
To make
Itself Heard.
All those years
Forgetting
How easily
You can belong
To everything
Simply by listening…
Silence and winter
Has led me to that…
So let this winter
Of listening
Be enough
For the new life
I must call my own.”


March 14
Session 2
Seasonal Reflection Days in the Celtic Spiritual Tradition
The Fertile Darkness: Surrendering to Surprise

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.

Fertile Darkness: Surrendering to Surprise
At this stage of the Wise Woman's journey, we move deeper into Mystery through the Thin Time into the Womb Time of the Fertile Darkness where the tension of our possibilities and limitations refires the energy of our creative spirit. During this reflection day, on the cusp of the Spring, we return to our hearth to till our stories with "the fertilizing power of women" and wait for the seeds of surrender to bring us to a new awakening of life in these times.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523

Reflection Days continue throughout 2015
May 16, 2015 -- The Awakening: Emerging into Wonder
Participants are invited to join us for one or all of the reflection days.

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.


March 16, 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, March 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


March 24
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, March 24, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


March 25
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, March 25, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


March 29
Spring Equinox Celebration

Join us Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm with the beautiful music
of Local Color.

We gather at the time of Equinox
as the hours of daylight equal the hours of light.
We are poised at a time of transition.

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter,
but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again,
to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light,
and the sweet air of spring.
~ Madeleine M. Kunin

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 4 pm
Donations welcome
Location: We will celebrate in the garden unless the weather says otherwise. If it does, then we will celebrate at Caine Learning Center.
Note: Please bring finger food to share after the celebration.

For more information, email or call 951-659-2523.

 

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Movies and Conversation for a Sunday Afternoon
Third Sunday of each month

"For the Next 7 Generations:
13 Indigenous Grandmothers Weaving a World that Works"

(85 minutes)

In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners of the world, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
This is their story.

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

Date: Sunday, April 19, 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!!


April 20, 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, April 20, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


April 24, 2015
Women’s Discussion Group
Led by experienced group facilitator, Wendy Hill, PhD.
Learn more about Wendy: www.wendyhill.com

Connect with other Idyllwild women. Talk about whatever is on your mind – life, relationships, spirituality, health….whatever.
Small group.

Wendy is new to the area and although Wendy has been in practice in hypnotherapy and counseling for over 30 years this is not intended to be group therapy.

She just wants to connect with you and support you in connecting with other women in Idyllwild.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
No fee!- Donations welcome...
Register: Call Wendy by Monday, April 20th, 760-994-9296
Or email Wendy at

For more information contact: 951-659-2523 or


April 24
The Spiral and the Dot
Understanding Universal Truth through Symbols and Geometry

This highly-praised, thought-provoking presentation reveals the universal truths about life and the blueprint of human existence through the use of geometry and symbolism. It attempts to explain how everything physical and non-physical shares the same energy pattern of a spiral with an infinite void occupying the center, and that ultimately everything in life is all connected. The “dot” is a powerful phenomenon of a great paradox of Nothing and yet All there is. It is seen across time, cultures and areas of discovery. It revolutionized the art world during the Renaissance period. It became one of the Arabic numbers, part of a Hebrew letter, is contained in a famous Sanskrit word, and hidden in a symbol of an Egyptian god. Spiral is explained through a famous mathematical ratio. The mystical spiral is found throughout nature in many forms, including in the DNA that is the basis of our genetic makeup. It can also be found in an ancient dance meditation, a Hollywood movie, and tattoos and clothing of indigenous people.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: $25
Registration: Please contact 951-659-2523 or .

Presenter:
Yoshiko is a certified Life Purpose Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Graphologist and Symbologist based in San Diego, California. Born in Tokyo and raised in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, Yoshiko draws upon Eastern and Western philosophies and genuinely embraces diversity and harmony in all forms. She is the founder of Unique Insight, a consulting firm with a visionary mindset, dedicated to shift thoughts and perspectives to enable personal and corporate evolution.


April 25
Introduction to Graphology and Symbolism
Exploring the Art and Science of Graphics & Handwriting Analysis

In this workshop, we will explore the art and science of Graphology and Handwriting Analysis through the theories of Psychology and Symbolism. Many fascinating handwriting samples of historical and famous people will be shown and discussed.

Some of the topics from the presentation include:

  • The meaning behind the three universal geometric shapes that transcend time and space.
  • Doodle Test – fun yet revealing!
  • The effects of alcohol on handwritings.
  • The effects of trauma on a famous American figure with before & after samples.
  • Analyzing and assessing celebrity couple’s compatibility through their handwritings.

This is a truly engaging and original workshop that will stimulate your mind and provide you with a deeper understanding of how we graphically express our inner world.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Lunch included)
Cost: $60
Registration: Please contact 951-659-2523 or .

Presenter:
Yoshiko is a certified Life Purpose Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Graphologist and Symbologist based in San Diego, California. Born in Tokyo and raised in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, Yoshiko draws upon Eastern and Western philosophies and genuinely embraces diversity and harmony in all forms. She is the founder of Unique Insight, a consulting firm with a visionary mindset, dedicated to shift thoughts and perspectives to enable personal and corporate evolution.


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


April 29
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, April 29, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS

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

May 16
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.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 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:


Sunday, June 21, 2015
Movies and Conversation for a Sunday Afternoon
Third Sunday 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: Sunday, June 21, 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!!


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


 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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