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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


"Many thanks dear friends for another wonderful weekend! My deepest gratitude and heartfelt love to you for the beautiful space you have created. Truly a treasure!"


"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!


"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 offer several programs, retreats, and gatherings to support our community in, and around Idyllwild area (and beyond). Got a question? Please contact us at 951-659-2523 or via email to or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

We are happy to offer online payments for programs and individual retreats at our Online Payment page.

Partial scholarships are available for many of our programs. Please contact Mary Morse for more information

Weekly Meetings, Groups and Meditations at Spirit Mountain Retreat


Shaolin Qi Gong with Teresa Halliburton
Mondays, 10 am - 11 am, SMR Contemplative Garden. Donations Appreciated.

Grief Support Group
Support for those who are grieving
Every Monday in Hill House
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Rev. Maureen McElligott

Overeaters Anonymous
Provides physical, emotional and spiritual recovery for those who suffer from compulsive eating.
Every Monday in Hill House
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Women's Al-Anon group.
Every Monday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Day of Mindfulness
Third Monday of the month
9:30 am - 3 pm
Sharing, practice, silence and peace ($25 donation, includes light lunch). Facilitator: Mary Morse

Net of Light Meeting
Last Monday of each month
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Our Beacons of Light serve by holding the Net of Light steady. Beacons perform selfless service for the earth and all beings. At these meetings, you will hear inspirational and empowering messages given from the Grandmothers. For more information, please visit Net of Light website.


Tai Chi in the Garden
Learn and practice Tai Chi for your health and the health of the planet
Every Tuesday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Facilitator: Cathy Mauge

Loving Kindness Meditation
Every Tuesday (in Main House)
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Send loving-kindness to the world

Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation
Every Tuesday (in Hill House)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Death Café
4th Tuesday of each month
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Drink tea, eat cake and talk about death
Facilitator: Francoise Frigola
Register by or call 951-659-2523
Seating is limited to 12


#MeToo Women's Trauma Group
Meets in Hill House the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 am. For women who need a place to be validated and heal. Peer facilitated.

12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
5 pm - 6 pm
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

CODA (Co-Dependents Anonymous)
12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CODA (Co-Dependents Anonymous) is a program of recovery from codependence, where those whose relationships are affected by addiction. This support group makes use of the 12-steps of recovery for codependency to overcome the dilemmas of the conflicts in our relationships and our childhoods. For more information about Co-Dependents Anonymous, visit:


Friday Women’s Writing Group
Every Friday in Hill House
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come laugh, share, and grow in this welcoming and supportive facilitated group for women writeres of all skill levels. Each week, writers write from prompts to help get their creative juices flowing, often creating unexpected and surprising results. 

Upcoming Programs, Workshops and Travel Retreats

Partial scholarships are often available for these retreats and workshops, although many are low cost or free. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Mary Morse via email or by phone at 951.659.2523.

Idyllwild Listening Room Songwriting Retreat at Spirit Mountain Retreat Center
June 9-14, 2019

Aspiring songwriters at all levels of development are welcome on the June 9-14, 2019, Idyllwild Listening Room Songwriting Retreat, which includes participation this year in the June 13-16 Idyllwild Songwriters Festival.

The retreat has been priced at just $595, with participants arranging their own meals and housing to allow greater budgeting flexibility.

Single or multiple day participation options also exist at $125 per day.

$100 of each full registration is being donated to Idyllwild HELP Center to support their ongoing efforts to provide services for local residents most impacted by recent road closures.

Over 1500 songwriters from more than 30 countries have participated since 2002 in the Listening Room International Songwriter Retreats, held annually in several countries.

Participants work daily with different co-writing partners and assignments designed to stimulate inspiration and help shape rough ideas into completed works - using everything that comes up along the way.

At the end of the week, the magic is in the songs which have appeared.

The retreats are facilitated by Grammy nominated songwriter and founder Brett Perkins, a former C.E.O. of the National Academy of Songwriters, who's voice and songs appear on numerous commercial releases, films, television placements, including the number one debut single by Sony Artist Mads Langer.

Further info:

Idyllwild Songwriters Festival
June 13-16, 2019 
Founded by grammy nominee Brett Perkins, this year's festival will be based at Spirit Mountain Retreat.
Admission is free. For more information, visit the festival's Facebook page.

Women Veterans with PTSD Resiliency Retreats
June 20-23, 2019 & August 8-11, 2019
Thursday 2:00 pm to Sunday 2:00 pm
Women Veterans with PTSD are invited to attend our four-day Resiliency Retreats that are offered at no cost scholarships through grant funding. Women will have a chance to grow and reconnect with themselves in a safe and supportive environment without having to relive any trauma, and learn some helpful skills in the beauty of the Southern California forest. Activities include: resiliency skills training, ceremony, journaling, meditation, equine (horse) therapy experiences, self-care, energy healing, and art-based experiences.

Facilitators: Callie Wight, MA, RN and Mary Morse, Spirit Mountain Director. No charge for participants * Carpools coordinated * Southern California transportation/carpooling provided To register please contact: 951-659-2523 or email

Summer Solstice Celebration
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4 pm - 5 pm
Welcome the new season of growth with the amazing vocals of Local Color. Bring finger food to share after the celebration. Donations appreciated.

Bringing the Soul Back Home with Katya Williamson
July 12-14, 2019
This summer's women's writing retreat, for both beginning and more advanced writers, will feature special aspects of the book and its exercises to build even more prowess and courage to speak one's truth. We will explore our abilities for self-discovery and skill in writing in the relaxed and congenial setting of Spirit Mountain Retreat nestled in the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains in Idyllwild. Growth in writing will be sustained by a supportive group of women writers where solo time for reflection will also be provided. View the flyer here or visit the event’s Facebook page..

Sat. & Sun., August 17-18, 2019
A Writer's Memoir Workshop With Rabbi Malka Drucker and DreamMaven Victoria Rabinowe
Calling upon writers and seekers! If you've longed to tell the story of your life and want to tell the best version, please join us for a writing weekend that will take you through the seasons of your life with the imagery of flowing water.
FEE: $300 for overnight accommodations on Friday & Saturday nights and tuition.
$180 meals and tuition only.

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Spirit Mountain Retreat is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your sponsorships and donations may be tax deductible in certain circumstances.



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