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

Fall 2014 - Winter 2015

 

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

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 19
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, January 19, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

 

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


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

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:

 

 

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

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:

 

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

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:

 

 

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

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:

 

 

 

 

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