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

Summer 2014 - Fall 2014

 

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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

June 6 - 8
Illuminating the Seeds of Your Soul
A Woman's Writing Workshop For Spring

In this season of new breath and life, new flowering of creativity and growth, learn how your writing can illuminate the seeds of your desires and prospects for the future as well as help you
to discover your inner voice and soul.

Come and join us Friday night all day Saturday and Sunday morning; in a supportive group atmosphere discover your innate and unique writing talents in our beautiful mountain setting. Katya will present exercises that will stimulate your writing through the simple and easy process she has developed over the past twenty years: knowledge and techniques Katya has learned as a Writer-In-Residence at Yellowstone National Park for three summers and teaching international workshops for women in Glastonbury, England and Hawaii.

Facilitator: Katya Williamson, MFA, a frequent and much appreciated presenter at Spirit Mountain Retreat is a writer, teacher and author. Her efforts to forge empowerment for women through their writing is at the heart of Katya's work. The exercises presented in this
retreat are presented in Katya's book, Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness, published, 2009 in the UK.

Dates: Friday evening, June 6, Saturday, June 7 and
Sunday Morning, June 8
Time: Friday, 7:00 p m. - Saturday, 9:30 - 3:30 and Sunday until noon.
Fee - Residents: $225.00 Includes workshop, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast.
(For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00 (no meal)
Fee - Commuter: $160.00 - Includes workshop and lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Deposit: $50.00 by April 26, 2014
(register early - limited to 14 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


June 14 - 15 Postponed
Dream Work and Spiritual Practice

The spiritual path asks us to continually grow and raise our consciousness individually and collectively. Dreams are a wonderful way to bring us in touch with our own deep inner wisdom and sacred guidance.

In this workshop we will:

  • Uncover the universal language of dreams and discover that dreams come in the service of health and wholeness.
  • Learn that dreams have insights for our daily lives, our spiritual journey, and the larger world
  • Learn principles for working with dreams in groups, safely, responsibly, and compassionately
  • Through writing exercises using prompts and Active Imagination, explore the themes and characters that appear in our dreams.

A large portion of the workshop will be devoted to exploring the rich world of dreams through group dream work, so please bring your dreams to share.

Presenters: Janet Beach and Joan Zerrien

  • Janet Beach is a Certified Dream Work Practitioner and holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a MA in Research and Evaluation. She has facilitated a retreat on projective dream work at SMR in 2013.
  • Joan Zerrien has facilitated WriteWays retreats at Spirit Mountain with Susan Bono and collaborated with Esther Kennedy on day programs. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and meets regularly with a dream group in Los Angeles.

Dates: Friday, June 13, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15
Time: Friday, 7:00 - 8:30; Saturday, 9:00 am to Sunday noon

Fees - Residents: $225.00 - Includes workshop, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast.
(For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00)
Fees - Commuters: $160.00 - includes workshop and lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Registration: Call:951-659-2523 or Email:

Deposit: $50.00 is due by June 7 (participants limited to 12)


June 16
Day of Mindfulness: Awakening to the Energies of Self Love

"May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love"
Thich Nhat Hanh

Welcome to slowing down, practicing simple awareness and nourishing loving kindness to oneself. Loving kindness means being very honest with yourself. It does not mean always taking a break, always putting yourself first, it means seeing yourself with great honesty and love. We can say to ourselves, "Well I've seen it all, I've been courageous enough to see myself clearly and still have love and respect for myself." Paying attention to yourself without blame or rejection is a step to deepening love for yourself and others .

Give yourself the gift of mindfulness practice and soulful sharing.

Date: Monday, June 16
Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Fee: $25.00 (lunch is included and enjoyed in mindful silence)
Facilitator: Kathy Halkin, MSW
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:

Kathy Halkin, MSW, 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. She serves on the Board of Directors of Spirit Mountain Retreat and is committed to furthering the Mission and Vision of SMR -- "To create a space for you to enter into quiet reflection, awaken to your inner story and attune to your life energy."


June 22
Summer Solstice Celebration

Join with Local Color and make Summer Solstice a most special moment at Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 4 – 5 pm Spirit Mountain Retreat’s Contemplative Garden

Bring a treat to share


June 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, June 24, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


 

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

July 12 - 13 Cancelled
WriteWays to Happiness II
An Exploration of the Art and Science of Well-Being

Recent research in neuro-plasticiy indicates that mindful practices,
including writing, alter the underlying structure of the brain, giving us
the opportunity to cultivate lasting calm, confidence and contentment.
Your well-being is not only valuable to yourself; it affects everyone
around you. WriteWays to Happiness II is a weekend designed for writers and non-writers to expand your capacity for happiness through writing prompts, art materials, meditation and group sharing in a safe and nurturing environment.

Introducing new material since our Retreat in 2011, we are deeply pleased to be back at Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Facilitators: Joan Zerrien and Susan Bono

  • Joan Zerrien has facilitated WriteWays retreats at SMR with Susan Bono and collaborated with Esther Kennedy on day programs. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology.
  • Susan Bono coaches and teaches writers in the Bay Area, conducts writing workshops and has edited and published Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative in print and online since 1995.

Dates: Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13
Time: Saturday 9 am to Sunday noon
Fees - Residents: $225.00 - Includes workshop, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast
(For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00)
Fees - Commuters: $160.00 - Includes workshop and lunch and dinner on Saturday
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or

Deposit: $50.00 is due by July 5 (participants limited to 14)


July 19 - 20 Rescheduled to August 9-10
Define and Attain Lifelong Dreams

Release the past and build the relationship and professional life of your dreams. Whether employed or unemployed, married, divorced, widowed, or exploring a relationship... success rests on making wise choices. Define what you really want in life, a career, a partner, and a relationship. Write your own story—past, present and future—through a supportive group setting and journal type workbook.

Facilitator: M.P. Wylie, PhD, helps men and women understand, respect, and appreciate each other in personal and professional relationships through couples' intensive renewals, seminars, retreats, national conferences, counseling and her authored programs and workbooks: Journey to Love and Summit of Your Potential. Through her community nonprofit and federal grant funding she has had the opportunity of successfully serving over 7000 people in improving relationships and communication skills and training hundreds of pastors, therapists and educators in the field of marriage, relationship and communication skills. Dr. M.P. Wylie is very delighted to be now living full time in Idyllwild and continuing to live out her dream of transforming couples' relationships to be more loving, happy and respectful.

Dates: Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
Time: Saturday, 9:30 - 4:30 and back at 7:00 for an open discussion, Sunday 9:30 - 12:30.
Fee: Residents - $250 Includes workshop, workbook, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast. (For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00, no meal.)
Fee: Commuter - $175.00 - Includes workshop, workbook and lunch on Saturday.
Deposit: $50.00 by July 12, 2014 (register early - limited to 14 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email:


July 20
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: Sunday, July 20, 2014 ~ Time: 3:00 to 5:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


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: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


July 26
Seeds of Life Workshop
(Postponed until Fall)

This workshop will present interesting information about the development of seeds, conifers and flowering plants. It will also focus on how Native Americans and other cultures used seeds and other plant material in their daily lives.

It will include a session on sharing stories about the development of "seeds" within us; how we have taken ideas and planted, nurtured and grown them into life-changing experiences. Please be prepared to share a story about the germination and growth of a seed with in you.

Presenter: Kathy Keane, a part time resident of Idyllwild, is an ecologist with an MA degree from California State University with further study in Plant Anatomy and Plant Taxonomy. She has taught several college classes in biology and botany. For nearly 40 years she has shared her knowledge as a naturalist with the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Her fascination with seeds was nurtured by her mentor Avis Keedy, an ethnobotanist (an expert in Native American uses of plants). She presently operates Keane Biological Consulting.

Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Workshop Fee: $60.00 (includes lunch)
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


July 30
Indigenous Wisdom & Native American Practices and Ceremony

This is a rare opportunity to take part in ‘earth-based’ Spiritual traditions with two very special ceremonial leaders & healers. Will include teachings, traditional chants, drumming & ceremony.

An introduction to the "Red Road" teachings and Taku Wakan Skan Skan “Sacred Energy in Permanent Motion”

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 6 - 8pm
Suggested Donation: $20 ~ no one turned away
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:
Location: Spirit Mountain Retreat, 25661 Oakwood, Idyllwild 92549

Note: The two workshops below will take place at White Feather
21101 Highway 243, Alandale (2.5 miles past Pine Cove).

Registration will be managed through White Feather.

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August 2, 4 - 9 pm
Indigenous Wisdom & Native American Practices and Ceremony
Location:
White Feather Retreat

A deeper exploration into Indigenous wisdom to assist us in our evolution and path towards a higher consciousness. Will include Chanupa Pipe Ceremony.

White Feather Retreat
21101 Highway 243, Alandale (2.5 miles past Pine Cove)
(951) 659-5069 or (818) 854-2211
$50 includes dinner

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August 1-3
3 pm Friday, August 1 to 3 pm to Sunday, August 3
Indigenous Wisdom Weekend Retreat
Location: White Feather Retreat

White Feather Retreat
21101 Highway 243, Alandale (2.5 miles past Pine Cove)
(951) 659-5069 or (818) 854-2211
$295 includes program, lodging, and all meals
$150 for locals, includes program, lunches and dinner

Facilitators:

  • Marcelo belongs to the Mapuche Nation of Chile and was raised and trained by his grandmother, who is a well-known and revered Medicine-woman of the Mapuche tribe.

    Marcelo comes humbly to share this wisdom and their sacred ceremonies with us to help raise the vibration of the planet and heal the earth.

    He speaks from a pure heart, calling in the spirits and allowing his ancestors to offer wisdom and guidance to assist us on the Red Road Path

  • Pancha has been coming to New Mexico from Chile for the past 10 years to take part in summer ceremonies. She has been a teacher of these and other indigenous traditions and is trained by Shamans in the Amazon to perform 'frog medicine' known as Kambo. She has been walking on the 'Red Road' for more than 10 years and comes to us with a pure heart and desire to serve and help heal Pachamama and her children.

    Both Pancha and Marcelo offer Kambo Healing Ceremony and are Chanupa Pipe carriers, having completed 4 years of Vision Quest and 4 years of Sundance.

For more information on Kambo healing sessions:
email or call 818-854-2211

 


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

August 1-3, 2014 Indigenous Wisdom Weekend Retreat
3 pm Friday, August 1 to 3 pm to Sunday, August 3
Location: White Feather Retreat

This is a rare opportunity to take part in ‘earth-based’ Spiritual traditions with two very special ceremonial leaders & healers. Will include teachings, traditional chants, drumming & ceremony.

Location: White Feather Retreat
21101 Highway 243, Alandale (2.5 miles past Pine Cove)
(951) 659-5069 or (818) 854-2211
$295 includes program, lodging, and all meals
$150 for locals, includes program, lunches and dinner

Facilitators:

  • Marcelo belongs to the Mapuche Nation of Chile and was raised and trained by his grandmother, who is a well-known and revered Medicine-woman of the Mapuche tribe.

    Marcelo comes humbly to share this wisdom and their sacred ceremonies with us to help raise the vibration of the planet and heal the earth.

    He speaks from a pure heart, calling in the spirits and allowing his ancestors to offer wisdom and guidance to assist us on the Red Road Path

  • Pancha has been coming to New Mexico from Chile for the past 10 years to take part in summer ceremonies. She has been a teacher of these and other indigenous traditions and is trained by Shamans in the Amazon to perform 'frog medicine' known as Kambo. She has been walking on the 'Red Road' for more than 10 years and comes to us with a pure heart and desire to serve and help heal Pachamama and her children.

    Both Pancha and Marcelo offer Kambo Healing Ceremony and are Chanupa Pipe carriers, having completed 4 years of Vision Quest and 4 years of Sundance.

For more information on Kambo healing sessions:
email or call 818-854-2211



August 2, 4 - 9 pm
Indigenous Wisdom & Native American Practices and Ceremony
Location: White Feather Retreat

A deeper exploration into Indigenous wisdom to assist us in our evolution and path towards a higher consciousness. Will include Chanupa Pipe Ceremony.

White Feather Retreat
21101 Highway 243, Alandale (2.5 miles past Pine Cove)
(951) 659-5069 or (818) 854-2211
$50 includes dinner


August 9-10 Cancelled
Define and Attain Lifelong Dreams

Release the past and build the relationship and professional life of your dreams. Whether employed or unemployed, married, divorced, widowed, or exploring a relationship... success rests on making wise choices. Define what you really want in life, a career, a partner, and a relationship. Write your own story—past, present and future—through a supportive group setting and journal type workbook.

Dates: August 9 -10, 2014
Time:
Saturday, 9:30 - 4:30 and back at 7:00 for an open discussion
Sunday 9:30 - 12:30.
Fee: Residents - $250 Includes workshop, workbook, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast. (For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00, no meal.)
Fee: Commuter - $175.00 - Includes workshop, workbook and lunch on Saturday.
Deposit: $50.00 by August 4 (register early - limited to 14 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email:

Facilitator: M.P. Wylie, PhD
Dr. M.P. Wylie assists men and women understand, respect, and appreciate each other in personal and professional relationships, through couples' intensive renewals, seminars, retreats, national conferences, counseling and her authored programs and workbooks: Journey to Love and Summit of Your Potential. Through her community nonprofit and federal grant funding she has had the opportunity of successfully serving over 7000 people in improving relationships and communication skills and training hundreds of pastors, therapist and educators in the field of marriage, relationship and communication skills. She is very delighted to be now living full time in Idyllwild and continuing to live out her dream of transforming couples' relationships to be more loving, happy and respectful. www.Amore-Retreat.com


August 18, 2014
A Day of Mindfulness


The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
Nathaniel Branden

Mindfulness practice helps us look at life with open and receptive awareness. It can bring a lovely clarity of how, as we cling to past and future, we miss the mystery of the present moment. As we sit mindfully, our sorrows and fears often arise and with our breath we can soften these thoughts and feelings and come to understand our suffering. This brings us to acceptance which allows us to relax and open to the reality as it is. Acceptance is a courageous step in the process of transformation.
When we live in this way, our heart expands and rests in the river of compassion and loving kindness.

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
C. G. Jung

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing.

Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Date: Monday, August 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director

Mary Morse began meditating over 50 years ago and enjoys a daily practice of contemplation today. She is a lifelong spiritual seeker and loves to share her experience, strength and hope. She has offered spiritual counseling since the 80's.


August 22, 23, 24, 2014 - Cancelled
Blessing the Space Between the Lines: A Writing Retreat

In a safe and encouraging environment you will be led through a series of inspirational readings and writing prompts accompanied with quiet time to listen to the spirit and follow that voice through your own writing. This retreat is for those who have never written but feel called to explore writing as a means to healing and expression. It is also for more experienced writers who want to stimulate new ideas or deepen familiar ones.

  • Transform experience into expression.
  • Deepen sensual expression through phenomenological techniques.
  • Commune through story
  • Tend a dream for healing insights.

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 an active member 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: August 22, 23, 24, 2014
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; additional $50 if staying over Friday night (no meals on Friday)
Fee: Commuter - $150 (includes Saturday lunch & dinner).
Deposit: $50.00 by August 17th (register early - limited to 12 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email:


August 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: Sunday, August 24, 2014 ~ Time: 3:00 to 5:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


August 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, August 26, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


 

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

September 6-7
Cultivating Forgiveness

Exploring the concept and benefits of forgiveness, we will draw upon our personal experiences, traditional and modern religious thought, and current psychological/medical research. Forgiveness will be considered in the light of relationship with oneself and with others, discerning what blocks forgiveness as well as what facilitates the life-affirming release from resentment, anger, blame and sorrow. Using writing prompts, meditation, art materials and group sharing we will draw upon our collective wisdom and open ourselves to new avenues of moving beyond what burdens our hearts and minds. Namaste, Joan

Facilitator
Joan Zerrien is a former resident of Idyllwild who returns to the Hill for peace and sustenance. She has facilitated weekend retreats at Spirit Mountain on the subjects of Happiness and Love and collaborated with former director Esther Kennedy on day programs. Joan holds an MA in Counseling Psychology, enjoys writing fiction and uses writing prompts to unlock the voice of the soul.

Dates: September 6, 7
Time: Saturday 9am to Sunday noon
Fee: Residents - $225 includes program, Saturday meals, Sunday breakfast and accommodation Saturday night.
(Friday night accommodation additional $50.)
Fee: Commuter - $160 program/meals
Deposit: $50.00 by September 1 (limited to 10 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email:


Energy Exercises
September 17 and October 4

Learn Energy Exercises to reduce stress, boost your immune system, improve energy levels and bring balance and calm to the body and mind!

Introductory Class:
Wednesday, September 17th, 4:00-5:30pm
~ by donation

Workshop:
Saturday, October 4th, 9:30am-12:00noon
~ Cost is $30

In this workshop you will learn a Daily Energy Routine when done 5-10 minutes a day will:

  • Restore Energies when tired
  • Sharpen your memory and mental clarity
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve Sleep
  • Reduce inflammation, joint pain, arthritis
  • Strengthen you against the effects of pollution, toxins, chemicals, wifi, call phones
  • Improve confidence, self-image and well-being
  • Feel more balanced and joyful!

Instructor: Taught by Maryna Allan, Qigong and Energy Exercise Instructor and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner.
See more here: http://marynaallan.wordpress.com/what-is-eden-energy-medicine/

Listen to a radio interview on EEM with Maryna in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
http://www.inspire.fm/2012/11/jana-vibrance-and-vitality-with-maryna/

Maryna Allan is an International Teacher, Speaker and Healer and co-owner and founder of “Be The Change Energy Center” in Los Angeles, CA. After teaching Qigong and Energy Medicine there and at Pierce College for 4 years, Maryna moved to Idyllwild to start White Feather Wellness and Retreat. She is a Certified "Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner" teaching the work of Donna Eden-- renowned teacher and author of the book “Energy Medicine”, which is published in 20 languages. Maryna helped to found the new Hexianju Qigong Center (www.Hexju.com) in Hainan, China where she takes groups on Qigong Retreats. She has extensive training in Qigong from the National Medical Qigong Training Base in Beidaihe, China as well as in Hainan. Maryna has worked in the field of Energy Healing for 25 years and holds a BA in Physical Education and MFA in Dance. She is available for Private Sessions for those wishing energy balancing & exercises tailored to their needs.
See more here: http://marynaallan.wordpress.com/about/

*Introductory Class
Date:
Wednesday, September 17th, 4:00-5:30pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523 or 951-659-5069

*Workshop
Date:
Saturday, October 4th, 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Fee: $30
Registration: Please register at or call 951-659-2523 or 951-659-5069


September 20
Building Positive Relationships

Join Renowned Relationship Expert and Published Author Dr. M. P. Wylie in Building Positive Relationships.

Attend alone or with a partner/friend. This program provides the skills for building positive relationships. By the end of the seminar, you'll be on your way to winning people over, learning how to develop intimacy with a significant partner, and forming better communication with your boss, co-workers, family, and friends. You'll learn how to problem solve the "sticky situations" of life in such a way that both sides win.

Date: September 20, 2014, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $80 includes lunch and booklet
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
Limited to 12 participants - sign up soon!

Dr. M.P. Wylie helps men and women understand, respect, and appreciate each other in personal and professional relationships. Her approach combines specific communication skills and techniques based on 30 years of extensive education, research, training, and experience in building lasting and loving relationships to create happiness, stability, and intimacy. Her retreats, programs, published books, consulting, and seminars provide practical insights for improving relationships at all stages of life and love. Dr. Wylie is the founder of a community nonprofit organization that successfully managed healthy marriage federal funding for six years in Southern California, serving over 7000 families. She has trained over 1000 of her professional peers (pastors, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and educators) in a variety of communication, relationship, parenting, and self-development programs. She loves transforming lives and relationships.


September 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, September 23, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


September 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: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


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

October 4, 2014
Energy Exercises
September 17 and October 4

Learn Energy Exercises to reduce stress, boost your immune system, improve energy levels and bring balance and calm to the body and mind!

Introductory Class
Wednesday, September 17th, 4:00-5:30pm
~ by donation

Workshop:
Saturday, October 4th, 9:30am-12:00noon
~ Cost is $30

In this workshop you will learn a Daily Energy Routine when done 5-10 minutes a day will:

  • Restore Energies when tired
  • Sharpen your memory and mental clarity
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve Sleep
  • Reduce inflammation, joint pain, arthritis
  • Strengthen you against the effects of pollution, toxins, chemicals, wifi, call phones
  • Improve confidence, self-image and well-being
  • Feel more balanced and joyful!

Instructor: Taught by Maryna Allan, Qigong and Energy Exercise Instructor and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner.
See more here: http://marynaallan.wordpress.com/what-is-eden-energy-medicine/

Listen to a radio interview on EEM with Maryna in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:
http://www.inspire.fm/2012/11/jana-vibrance-and-vitality-with-maryna/

Maryna Allan is an International Teacher, Speaker and Healer and co-owner and founder of “Be The Change Energy Center” in Los Angeles, CA. After teaching Qigong and Energy Medicine there and at Pierce College for 4 years, Maryna moved to Idyllwild to start White Feather Wellness and Retreat. She is a Certified "Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner" teaching the work of Donna Eden-- renowned teacher and author of the book “Energy Medicine”, which is published in 20 languages. Maryna helped to found the new Hexianju Qigong Center (www.Hexju.com) in Hainan, China where she takes groups on Qigong Retreats. She has extensive training in Qigong from the National Medical Qigong Training Base in Beidaihe, China as well as in Hainan. Maryna has worked in the field of Energy Healing for 25 years and holds a BA in Physical Education and MFA in Dance. She is available for Private Sessions for those wishing energy balancing & exercises tailored to their needs.
See more here: http://marynaallan.wordpress.com/about/

*Introductory Class
Date:
Wednesday, September 17th, 4:00-5:30pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523 or 951-659-5069

*Workshop
Date:
Saturday, October 4th, 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Fee: $30
Registration: Please register at or call 951-659-2523 or 951-659-5069


October 10-12, 2014
THE WRITING I CANNOT NOT WRITE, THE JOURNEY I CANNOT NOT TAKE

During this reflective time of Autumn, when the soul reaches deeper into the landscape of creativity to understand one’s path in life, join a group of beginning and more experienced women writers to re-discover the themes of your life and writing. As the leaves change to bright yellow of the Black Oak Trees and reds of Maples, this retreat will help you become more aware of your unique individuality as it is manifested in your writing.

Come and join us Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning; in a supportive group atmosphere discover your innate and unique writing talents in our beautiful mountain setting. Katya will present exercises that will stimulate your writing through the simple and easy process she has developed over the past twenty years: knowledge and techniques Katya has learned as a Writer-In-Residence at Yellowstone National Park for three summers and teaching international workshops for women in Glastonbury, England and Hawaii.

Facilitator: Katya Williamson, MFA, a frequent and much appreciated presenter at Spirit Mountain Retreat is a writer, teacher and author. Her efforts to forge empowerment for women through their writing is at the heart of Katya's work. The exercises presented in this retreat are presented in Katya's book, Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness, published, 2009 in the UK.

Dates: Friday evening, October 10, Saturday, October 11
and Sunday Morning, October 12

Time: Friday, 7:00 p m. - Saturday, 9:30 - 3:30 and
Sunday until noon.
Fee - Residents: $225.00 Includes workshop, accommodations on Saturday night, Saturday meals, and Sunday breakfast.
For accommodations on Friday night add $50.00 (no meal)
Fee - Commuter: $160.00 - Includes workshop and lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Deposit: $50.00 by September 15, 2014
(Register early - limited to 14 participants)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:


October 18-19
Couples' Secrets to Lasting Love and Intimacy
with Dr. M.P. Wylie

Discover the secrets to lasting love and a deeper connection with your partner, and take "ordinary" relationships to "extraordinary". A fun and exciting activity-based program for couples at any stage of relationship or marriage, this will help you develop deeper intimacy, affection, acceptance, and trust with your partner. You'll learn to discuss and problem solve so that both partners are satisfied.

Date: October 18-19
Time:
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
(Saturday evening Date Night with your partner),
Sunday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Fee: Price per couple - $200 includes Saturday lunch and ($15) booklet
Deposit: $50 deposit by October 13, 2014
Couples are encouraged to create a romantic weekend and a "vacation for their relationship" by staying at a local B&B/Inn/cabin and planning a romantic date night at a restaurant.
Suggested places can be found on:
http://amore-retreat.com/MPWIdyllwildActivities.aspx

Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Dr. M.P. Wylie helps men and women understand, respect, and appreciate each other in personal and professional relationships. Her approach combines specific communication skills and techniques based on 30 years of extensive education, research, training, and experience in building lasting and loving relationships to create happiness, stability, and intimacy. Her retreats, programs, published books, consulting, and seminars provide practical insights for improving relationships at all stages of life and love. Dr. Wylie is the founder of a community nonprofit organization that successfully managed healthy marriage federal funding for six years in Southern California, serving over 7000 families. She has trained over 1000 of her professional peers (pastors, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and educators) in a variety of communication, relationship, parenting, and self-development programs. She loves transforming lives and relationships.


October 20, Day of Mindfulness
Discover Beauty

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
~John Muir, The Yosemite

Beauty... is the shadow of God on the universe.
~Gabriela Mistral, Desolacíon

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing.

Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director
Mary Morse began meditating over 50 years ago and enjoys a daily practice of contemplation today. She is a lifelong spiritual seeker and loves to share her experience, strength and hope. She has offered spiritual counseling since the 80's.


October 21
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, October 21, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


October 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, October 22, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


October 25
Been There, Done That … Now Play!
Leaping into the Wonder of Your Wise Woman Years
Seasonal Reflection Days in the Celtic Spiritual Tradition

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.

Fall Reflection Day: 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: October 25, 2014
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523

Reflection Days continue in 2015.

  • Winter: January 24, 2015
    The Fertile Darkness: Surrendering to Surprise
  • Spring: March 14, 2015
    The Awakening: Emerging into Wonder
  • Summer: May 16, 2015
    The Grace: Playing with the Art of Living

Participants are invited to join us for one or all of the reflection days.

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.

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

November 2
Dia de los Muertos Celebration At Spirit Mountain Retreat
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

In the great stone circle we will create a Day of the Dead Community Altar honoring all those whom we love and who have died. The tradition of building altars remembering the deceased, using photos, flowers, candles, skulls, marigolds, favorite foods as gifts of love and gratitude is ancient and precious. Come and bring your photos, stories, images, food and share in the joy of creating our Community Altar of Remembrance.

The Ritual Prayer will be from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The origin of the Days of the Dead reach into the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. Celebrated mainly by people of Mexican heritage and others, it is a time to honor death, the fall harvest and the New Year.
Day of the Dead occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November and is connected with All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day of the Catholic tradition – and this all occurs at the time of our Halloween –All Hallow’s Eve!

Come for as long as you can…

Date: Sunday, November 2
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
For more information contact: Call 951-659-2523


November 8
SOUL PLAY - A JOURNEY WITHIN
An Introduction to SoulCollage®
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Date: November 8
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fee: $60.00, Supplies included
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
Note: Space is limited, please register early, not later than November 3, 2014

Facilitator:
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.


November 15 - 16
Forgiveness: A Practicum

Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is the conscious choice not to suffer ongoing injury from something that happened in the past. The purpose of forgiveness is to clear one’s own heart, not to condone or forget wrongdoing. The life-affirming release from resentment, anger, blame and sorrow benefits not only oneself but ultimately all other beings. In this sequel to September’s retreat, we will focus on putting principles into practice by deconstructing long-held grievances and avoiding the creation of new ones. Attendance at the previous retreat is not a prerequisite. Suggested reading: Forgive For Good by Dr. Fred Luskin

Dates: November 15 - 16
Time: Saturday 9 am to Sunday noon
Fee - Residents: $225.00
Includes workshop, accommodation on Saturday night, Saturday meals
and Sunday breakfast. For accommodation on Friday night add $50.00
Fee - Commuters: $160.00 - Includes workshop, lunch and dinner Saturday
Deposit: $50.00 is due by Friday, Nov. 7
Note: Enrollment minimum 5/maximum 8

Facilitator
Joan Zerrien has facilitated Spirit Mountain Retreat weekends on the subjects of Forgiveness, Happiness and Love and collaborated with former director Esther Kennedy on day programs. Joan holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from the Jungian program at Pacifica Graduate School and uses writing prompts and art materials to unlock the voice of the soul.


November 18
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, November 18, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


November 19
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, November 19, 2014 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS

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 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

 

 

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