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 2017

 

  • December
  • January 2017
  • February
  • March

DECEMBER 2016
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.

Regular Gatherings at Spirit Mountain Retreat

Every Tuesday (in Main House)
Send loving-kindness to the world

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Facilitator: Mary Morse

Every Tuesday (in Hill House)
Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
Codependents 12 Step Group for Codependents Anonymous

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


December 2
Interfaith Service of Solace (more information to follow)

December 10
Blue Holidays and Glittering Lights

An opportunity for meditation, writing and discussion during the “happiest” time of the year, which may also be a time of transition and losses of all kinds. Men and women are welcome.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: $60 (light lunch included)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Facilitator: Katya Williamson, MFA, author


December 13
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

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

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


December 17th moved to January 7th, 2017
Final Passage
Celebrations, Ceremonies and Rituals

December 18
Winter Solstice in the Scandinavian and Germanic traditions

Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Donations appreciated.
Location: Silver Pines Lodge

Bring finger food to share after the celebration!


 

JANUARY 2017
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.


January 6
Ancient Fire, Ancient Wisdom

Thank you to the old year and welcome to the new.
We will provide dinner.

Bring your drums and other percussion instruments (or use ours – we have lots)

Date: Friday, January 6, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Donations appreciated.


January 7th
Intentionally Preparing for the Final Passage
A Series of 3 Workshops:
Oct. 22nd, Nov. 19th, and January 7th
Facilitated by Graceful Passages: Dr. Elaine Millam, Char Sieg, & Phyllis Johnson

Getting Prepared
This 3-workshop journey is facilitated by several people experienced in End of Life practices, dilemmas and trends. They will help participants identify and document the important pieces of their plans for the final passage. They bring rich materials, tools, and stories that will enliven the process by engaging you in articulating your wishes as well as your experiences.

Ready or Not?
Come prepared to explore and discover. Whether you’ve already begun to think and plan for your wishes at the end of life, or whether you haven’t even thought about it, you will receive help and guidance to think through and create a plan that you will look forward to sharing with family and loved ones.

Being at Ease
Each of the workshops is designed to help all to be at ease with the EOL process, celebrating the end with as much excitement and amazement as the life journey itself. You will experience a sense of joy and freedom in the process.

Saturday, January 7th, 9am-4pm
Celebrations, Ceremonies and Rituals

This full day workshop will focus on learning about specific rituals, practices, ceremonies, and celebrations that bring joy and completion to the end of life.
Fee: $75

Session will held at Idyllwild’s Spirit Mountain Retreat Center.
For more information call 760-512-0142.


January 13-15, 2017, Friday 7:00 pm through Sunday noon
Nourishing the New Human
with Suzie Bennett
Rescheduled - February 17-19


January 21, 2017
A Day of Healing, Solace and Wisdom

Please join us for a Day of Healing, Solace and Wisdom
A day of mindfulness, reflection and discernment

Please bring readings, poetry, music - whatever healing tools you wish- to join with us in a illuminating day of reflection around the fireplace. Bring your journals.

Coffee, tea, snacks and lunch will be served - along with a much-needed dose of community, serenity and sanity.

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Spirit Mountain Retreat Main House
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director


January 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

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

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


January 28
Trauma and Recovery: A Healing Workshop for Men and Women
Facilitated by Addiction Specialists Robyn Winks, LMFT, & Jane Gaunt, LMFT, Ph.D.

It’s no surprise that the experience of trauma and the use of alcohol or drugs are strongly related. Whether it’s an early trauma like childhood abuse, growing up in an addicted family, experiencing a natural disaster or the sudden death of a loved one, traumatic experiences can change the way our brain and nervous systems handle stress. Normal life activities can seem overwhelming, intense feelings of fear and reactivity can surface, and a desire to numb/withdraw from friends and family are just a few of the possible painful effects of traumatic stress or PTSD.

Self-medication through the use of alcohol or drugs can seem like a huge relief. Studies show that 59% of young people who report symptoms of PTSD, go on to develop a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, the “cure” of intoxication perpetuates the chaos and emotional pain. And often creates new, possibly more significant traumatic experiences around the drinking and drug use.

In this experiential workshop, we will mindfully investigate how stored traumatic events may still be influencing your perceptions of yourself and your life choices, even if you are no longer using substances or have been working a long-term program of recovery. We will introduce and begin to experiment with new promising treatments and life habits that can facilitate the integration of mind, body and spirit to heal stuck trauma. Gently beginning to reveal how hidden patterns of fear and self-protection can continue to dampen or even sabotage one’s experience of the “promises” of emotional freedom that are possible by working a sincere program of recovery from alcohol and drugs.

Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 9:00 am –4:00 pm (lunch included)
Fee: $75
Thanks to a generous grant from Idyllwild Community Fund, persons in recovery are offered a partial or full scholarship.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitators:

Robyn Winks is a practicing Marriage & Family Therapist in Idyllwild and Palm Desert. She has worked with individuals and families in the recovery field for over 16 years, including as the Director of Inpatient Services at The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. She specializes in working with couples and facilitates family/codependency workshops for the Betty Ford Center and other treatment centers in Southern California. She has been practicing Eastern meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years, and incorporates spiritual techniques and traditions with Western neuroscience and principles of family systems theory to help clients examine and reprogram painful patterns from the past for a renewed authentic connection with their life today.

Dr. Jane Gaunt is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a Ph.D. in psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She worked at the Betty Ford Center as a counselor, clinical supervisor and residential program manager for a total of 25 years. She helped develop the women’s program at the center in the 1980s, provided groups and workshops related to exploring trauma. Her clinical interests center on addiction recovery and relapse prevention. She views addiction as a complex disorder involving mind, body and spirit and relapse after long term recovery as linked to issues related to emotional triggering of earlier traumatic events that temporarily overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope. She enjoys using creative forms of expression and active imagination in her therapeutic work and is an experienced group and individual therapist. She is a painter and currently resides with her husband and three labradoodles in Yucca Valley, California.

FEBRUARY 2017
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.


February 17 - 19, 2017 Friday 7:00 pm through Sunday noon
Nourishing the New Human

with Suzie Bennett
Energy Healer, Massage Therapist, Certified Aromatherapist,
Healing Touch Therapist, 2nd degree Reiki Practitioner

I invite you to join us in a nourishing weekend of healing, expansion, and relaxation with Nature and a loving, supportive community.

We are in the throes of becoming a New Human, re-aligning with our true authentic powerful selves, letting go of the old that no longer serves us.

Friday night, we will get acquainted and align with our group energy, do some clearing exercises to open for the weekend.

On Saturday, with your conscious awareness and intention, we will experience how using vibration such as sound, color, essential oils, essences, crystals and other self-care methods can affect/shift our mind, body and soul on your journey into newness.

On Sunday, you will learn and experience basic energy healing techniques for self-healing and to assist others. We will use chairs as well as massage tables.

This is a very rich and experiential workshop open to all wishing a more healthy and soulful future as we move into the new year.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal. Having a basic understanding of the chakras is suggested.

Dates and Time:
February 17-19, 2017, Friday 7:00 pm through Sunday noon
Fee Residents: $275 - Includes program, meals, and accommodations Friday and Saturday nights
Fee Commuters: $160 - Includes program and meals
Note: Deposit $50 by February 10
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


February 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

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

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


MARCH 2017
Note: Programs will take place at Spirit Mountain Retreat unless otherwise indicated.


March 3-5, 2017
10,000 Waves of Women’s Voices
A Woman's Writing Retreat
Facilitated by Katya Williamson, MFA

Discover your authentic writing voice in this weekend retreat in the simple and easy process of “writing faster than you can think” for both beginning and advanced writers. By claiming your own unique writing style in a supportive group of women, you will be part of the “Ten Thousand Waves of Women’s Voices” where women, when they gather together both in local communities and nationally, exponentially increase their abilities for expression that also benefits the global condition.

In this technique developed by Katya Williamson, MFA, when she was a writer-in-residence at Yellowstone National Park for three summers that she has now refined for twenty-five years, you will be surprised at the unexpected and transformative results that occur in your writing. Participants have witnessed remarkable transitions and transformation in their writing in her workshops and classes in England, Hawaii and the Western United States. She has also authored a book Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness (published by “O” Books in the U.K.) that features this process, and leads women on writing retreats to sacred sites in England and the United States.

Spirit Mountain Retreat is a nurturing and contemplative setting for this retreat where participants stay in comfortable meditative rooms. Meals will be available throughout the retreat, and special guest speakers will entertain retreatants at a Saturday evening program.

The retreat begins at 7 pm Friday, March 3 and ends at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 5. There will be time for meditation, solo writing and enjoying the beautiful nature of this idyllic spiritual setting.

Dates and Times: March 3 - 5, 2017
7 pm Friday, March 3 and ending at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 5
Fee Residents: $275 - Includes program, meals, and accommodations Friday and Saturday nights
Fee Commuters: $160 - Includes program and meals (Partial scholarships may be available)
Deposit: $50 due by February 24, 2017
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Bring: Notebook, item for altar that has a special significance in your life in the present moment
Note: Register early, space is very limited.


March 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

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

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


 

 

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