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!

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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.
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Partial scholarships are available. Contact

Winter 2014 - Spring 2014

 

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

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

January 11 and January 25 (also February 8, 22; March 8, 22)
THE NEW HUMAN – A series of 6 sessions by Francis Rothluebber

The New Human is the next development, the new life form, in evolution. The consciousness of the New Human transcends the present typical way of human thinking and living by healing the ego-centered separations and violence we have created. The New Human aligns with the Divine Consciousness, the One moving evolution forward to greater human unity, compassion, justice, peace.

You are invited to participate in a six-session experience of engaging in the most important work of our time. The sessions will begin with an introduction on the meaning and significance of becoming the New Human. Five more sessions, in two-week intervals, will focus on the process of awakening the new powers, already latent in each of us, essential for this great work.

It would be beneficial, but it is not necessary to attend all 6 sessions as each session presents a universal, independent theme.

Date: Sessions will be presented on Saturdays
Time: 1:30 – 4:30
(Register early: Limited to 15 participants)
Fee: $25.00 per session.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email

Schedule and Theme of Sessions
January 11 - Become the New Human
January 25 - Awakening Resonance

February 8 - Reverence
February 22 - Cooperation
March 8 - Compassion
March 22 - Creativity

Presenter: Francis Rothluebber, a longtime resident of Idyllwild and founder of Colombiere, later to become Spirit Mountain Retreat, is an educator and author, and an experienced facilitator with both individuals and groups. Her workshops have taken her across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Germany and South Africa. She has also made several trips to India to study the writings of Sri Aurobindo on evolutionary consciousness.

Please bring your journal, an open heart and a desire to assume your part in this venture.


January 13
Day of Mindfulness ~ Being Present in Your LifeLotus flower

A moment of mindfulness is always a moment of freedom. We can have the courage to make choices that result in a positive difference in ourselves and others.
--Sylvia Boorstein

When you slow down and pay careful attention to what is happening inside you and around you, a new world opens up. Everything comes alive. In fact, you may notice that surges of joy arise in you spontaneously, even when nothing special is happening, and even in the midst of difficult times. With Mindfulness Practice we appreciate that every moment of life, whatever our experience, is precious. When we live in this way, a certain kind of vitality comes into our lives.
-- Baraz & Alexander

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 3 pm (lunch is included)
Suggested Donation: $25.00
Facilitator: Kathy Halkin
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.


January 14
Movie Night - Shirley Valentine

Everyone is welcome to join in viewing, enjoying, and discussing the movie: Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine is a British/American romantic comedy filmed in 1989 and starring Pauline Collins who won a best actress Academy Award nomination for her role in this movie. Other starts include Tom Conti and Alison Steadman. It is the story of what happens when our life becomes so routine that it no longer is possible to open to anything new, magical, or exciting.

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Donations appreciated
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance


January 18
Spirit Mountain Book Discussion Group

You are invited to join this lively discussion group which generally meets twice each month. The book to be discussed is chosen by the members of the group.

Presently Reading: No Ordinary Time by Jan Phillips
It is the story of one woman’s journey from Catholicism to the new cosmology. It is Rumi meets Teilhard; Catherine of Sienna meets Dorothy Day; a compelling illustration of how spiritual practice leads to heightened creativity which then leads to inspired evolutionary action.

Dates: Saturdays, January 18, February 1 and February 22
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Place: Spirit Mountain Retreat Center
Facilitator: Margaret Mary Leusch


January 20
The Healing Power of Reiki

What is Reiki? How does it work? Who can do Reiki and how does it feel? These questions and others you may have will be answered by Master Reiki Teachers, Trudy Levy and David Hiemenz. Come and learn how Reiki energy, with its healing vibration, can create well-being in the physical, emotional, spiritual and etheric bodies. The workshop will provide both information and an opportunity to experience the universal life energy force of Reiki.

Facilitators: David Hiemenz has done spiritual work with The Tibetan Foundation for 10 years, has been practicing Reiki since 1985 and is a Reiki Master Teacher. Trudy Levy has been a Reiki Practitioner for 6 years and a Reiki Master Teacher for the past 4 years. Trudy has also been a Practitioner of Taiji for 23 years and Taiji Instructor for 14 years.

Date: Monday, January, 20
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Suggested Donation: $25.00
Facilitators: Trudy Levy and David Hiemenz
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email


 

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

February 1 and February 22 (also January 18)
Spirit Mountain Book Discussion Group

You are invited to join this lively discussion group which generally meets twice each month. The book to be discussed is chosen by the members of the group.

Presently Reading: No Ordinary Time by Jan Phillips
It is the story of one woman’s journey from Catholicism to the new cosmology. It is Rumi meets Teilhard; Catherine of Sienna meets Dorothy Day; a compelling illustration of how spiritual practice leads to heightened creativity which then leads to inspired evolutionary action.

Dates: Saturdays, January 18, February 1 and February 22
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Place: Spirit Mountain Retreat Center
Facilitator: Margaret Mary Leusch


February 8 and 22 (also January 11, 25; March 8, 22)
THE NEW HUMAN – A series of 6 sessions by Francis Rothluebber

The New Human is the next development, the new life form, in evolution. The consciousness of the New Human transcends the present typical way of human thinking and living by healing the ego-centered separations and violence we have created. The New Human aligns with the Divine Consciousness, the One moving evolution forward to greater human unity, compassion, justice, peace.

You are invited to participate in a six-session experience of engaging in the most important work of our time. The sessions will begin with an introduction on the meaning and significance of becoming the New Human. Five more sessions, in two-week intervals, will focus on the process of awakening the new powers, already latent in each of us, essential for this great work.

It would be beneficial, but it is not necessary to attend all 6 sessions as each session presents a universal, independent theme.

Date: Sessions will be presented on Saturdays
Time: 1:30 – 4:30
(Register early: Limited to 15 participants)
Fee: $25.00 per session.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email

Schedule and Theme of Sessions
January 11 - Become the New Human
January 25 - Awakening Resonance
February 8 - Reverence
February 22 - Cooperation

March 8 - Compassion
March 22 - Creativity

Presenter: Francis Rothluebber, a longtime resident of Idyllwild and founder of Colombiere, later to become Spirit Mountain Retreat, is an educator and author, and an experienced facilitator with both individuals and groups. Her workshops have taken her across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Germany and South Africa. She has also made several trips to India to study the writings of Sri Aurobindo on evolutionary consciousness.

Please bring your journal, an open heart and a desire to assume your part in this venture.


February 11
Movie Night - Babette's Feast

Everyone is welcome to join in viewing, enjoying and discussing the movie: Babette’s Feast

The movie Babette’s Feast was filmed in 1989 and won several awards. It is a foreign film with English subtitles that are easily read on the large screen available at Spirit Mountain. It is the story of two devout and elderly sisters who allow their cook, a French refugee, to prepare a feast in honor of their late Father’s 100th birthday. Come and see how one person, one meal can change the life of entire town.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 7:00
Donations Appreciated
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance


February 16
Embracing Wisdom: the Path of the Sage

Until the Industrial Revolution, all civilizations relied upon the longest-lived member of the community to guide and sustain them. The elders held a unique power. No one looks forward to aging in a society when all it promises is diminishment, loss, pain, dying and death.

This workshop offers a new way to understand the last third of life as the time when we do life review, consider legacy, and prepare for a good end. The workshop will include gaining information from the presenter, meditation, journal writing, group sharing and other exercises. The goal of the workshop is to have every participant leave with a positive, activist vision for the rest of their lives.

Facilitator: Rabbi Malka Drucker, a part time resident of Idyllwild for many years, is an ALEPH Sageing mentor and has taught Sageing at Rancho La Puerta, the International Women’s Forum, and in the Santa Fe community. She is rabbi to HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism. This is a community begun eleven years ago as a laboratory to balance tradition with creative religious experience.

Rabbi Malka is also a writer of twenty-two books, including the PEN award winning book, White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, and Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust. She is a frequent speaker and eager teacher.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Time: 9:30 – 3:30 (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $65.00
Facilitator: Rabbi Malka Drucker
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email
Recommended Reading: From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller


February 17, 2014
Day of Mindfulness - Experiencing the Silence of Winter

lotus flowerMindfulness is knowing what is happening in this moment and what is happening in me in response to it.
--Sylvia Foorstein

Winter invites us to a different kind of silence. Winter, with its permeating cold, sharp winds, icy rain and snow, can force us to be attentively present in each moment. In some places, being acutely aware of the unique challenges of this season can be a matter of survival. We will use these wintery elements and our past experience of winter to assist us in our Practice of Mindfulness.

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm
Suggested Donation: $25.00
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss is a companion and fellow traveler on the path to a deeper spirituality, moment by moment
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email


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

March 8, 22 (also January 11, 25; February 8, 22)
THE NEW HUMAN – A series of 6 sessions by Francis Rothluebber

The New Human is the next development, the new life form, in evolution. The consciousness of the New Human transcends the present typical way of human thinking and living by healing the ego-centered separations and violence we have created. The New Human aligns with the Divine Consciousness, the One moving evolution forward to greater human unity, compassion, justice, peace.

You are invited to participate in a six-session experience of engaging in the most important work of our time. The sessions will begin with an introduction on the meaning and significance of becoming the New Human. Five more sessions, in two-week intervals, will focus on the process of awakening the new powers, already latent in each of us, essential for this great work.

It would be beneficial, but it is not necessary to attend all 6 sessions as each session presents a universal, independent theme.

Date: Sessions will be presented on Saturdays
Time: 1:30 – 4:30
(Register early: Limited to 15 participants)
Fee: $25.00 per session.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email

Schedule and Theme of Sessions
January 11 - Become the New Human
January 25 - Awakening Resonance
February 8 - Reverence
February 22 - Cooperation
March 8 - Compassion
March 22 - Creativity

Presenter: Francis Rothluebber, a longtime resident of Idyllwild and founder of Colombiere, later to become Spirit Mountain Retreat, is an educator and author, and an experienced facilitator with both individuals and groups. Her workshops have taken her across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Germany and South Africa. She has also made several trips to India to study the writings of Sri Aurobindo on evolutionary consciousness.

Please bring your journal, an open heart and a desire to assume your part in this venture.


March 11
Movie Night

Everyone is welcome to join in viewing, enjoying and discussing the movie:
The Visitor

A lonesome widower and college economics’ professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by the U S immigration authorities.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time: 7:00
Donations Appreciated
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance


March 15
Spirit Mountain Book Discussion Group

You are invited to join this lively discussion group which generally meets twice each month. The book to be discussed is chosen by the members of the group.

Presently Reading: To Be Announced

Date: March 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Place: Spirit Mountain Retreat Center
Facilitator: Margaret Mary Leusch


March 17
Day of Mindfulness - Body Awarenesslotus flower

We will focus on how to be mindful of our body throughout our everyday life and in various circumstances we all have to deal with, such as dealing with other people’s energy, medication, visits to doctors, etc.

Share in a day of mindfulness practice, and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in silence.

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 a m – 3 p m
Fee: $25.00
Facilitator: Francoise Frigola, MA, has had life changing experiences applying what she has learned from mentors in body awareness.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email


March 29 – 30 Rescheduled to June 7 & 8
ILLUMINATING THE SEEDS OF YOUR SOUL: A WOMAN’S WRITING WORKSHOP FOR SPRING with Katya Williamson


March 30
Women and Spirit
Catholic Sisters in America

A DVD presented by The Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Discover a world few have seen, but millions have shared. “Cokie Roberts narrates the virtually untold story of women who exercised leadership at a time when few women enjoyed such possibilities. Theirs is a story of quiet courage during many dramatic moments in US history. Discover the mystery behind this small community of innovative women who helped shape the nation’s social, cultural, and spiritual landscape.”

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time: 2:00
Donations Appreciated
Facilitators: Sheila Kloss and Cathy Mauge


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

April 5
The Enneagram

Understanding and Utilizing the Enneagram
For Personal and Spiritual Growth

The Enneagram is a tool we can use in our process of developing self-awareness. Self-awareness is learning about ourselves as we really are. As we learn and accept more about the hidden, unconscious aspects of our personalities, we can begin to shift and change behaviors that are unhealthy, feel contrived or are defensive or aggressive toward others. We will become more relaxed and present to the fullness of the experience of living, and the deeper qualities of our sacred, essential self can flow naturally and unhindered into life, opening us to greater joy and fulfillment.

Facilitator: Veda Roubideaux
Veda Roubideaux has studied the Enneagram for many years and has helped others use this tool to discover their personality type and apply that information to enhance their personal, social and spiritual life. Veda continues to study the Enneagram and uses its insights in her own personal life.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 9:30 - 4:00 (limited to 15 participants)
Fee: $50.00 (includes lunch and all materials)
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 Email:

Please Note: Register early, space is limited. Please include your mailing address as all participants will receive a questionnaire to complete.


April 8
Movie Night

Everyone is welcome to join in viewing and discussing the movie:
Temple Grandin

This is a biopic of Temple Grandin, a young autistic woman who sees the world like no other, taking snapshots of the world in her mind, and recalling them without thought. Her particular communication skills and intelligence shed new light on our pre-conceived norms of autism.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Donations Appreciated
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance.


April 21
Day of Mindfulness - Awakening the Heart

"Mindfulness practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and becoming something better. It's about befriending who we really are." Pema Chodron

Mindfulness is Awareness: without blame or rejection, with acceptance, deep listening and responsiveness. Mindfulness calls me to stay awake, to feel what I feel, to know what I know, to be who I am, and all this in a non-judgmental, receptive way. By taking time to listen to my inner voice in silence, in solitude and in peace, I listen to my heart's voice as it is drawn into wisdom.

Share in a day of contemplative stillness, mindfulness practice and soulful sharing. Lunch is enjoyed in mindful silence.

Date: Monday, April 21 Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Fee: $25.00 (lunch included)
Facilitator: Terri Sena
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


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

May 3 - 4, 2014
MAP OF DESIRE:
Shamanic Tools for Stalking a New Dream

Like master hunters stalking their prey, shamans "stalk" their own demons, their wounds, their power, their dream. The Map of Desire is a blueprint for identifying, locating and overcoming inner demons that frequently sabotage our best efforts. Also, it reveals the clear paths to true happiness and personal freedom.

In this workshop you will acquire shamanic tools to:

  • Gain clarity of intent
  • Remain centered 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 mastery of intent.

Facilitator: Fu-Ding Cheng, since his break-through experiences in 1995 as apprentice to Toltec shaman Don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), 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 the prize winning film, Zen-Tales for the Urban Explorer.

Date: Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4
Time: Saturday. 9:00 - 4:30; Sunday 9:00 - 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 April 25, 2014 (Register early, space is limited)

Please bring a notebook, drum, or other percussion instrument if you have one.


May 9 - 10, 2014
Sustainable Well Being
Using the Science and Art of Nature to Nurture Our Creative Potential

This workshop will begin with a two hour presentation at Spirit Mountain Retreat and will be followed on Saturday with a full day's experiential workshop also at Spirit Mountain Retreat. Participants will learn new ways to support their well being and their creative potential. Among other activities the group will create a natural mandala and/or labyrinth.

Presenters: Sam Crowell and David Reid-Marr
Sam Crowell is professor emeritus from California State University, San Bernardino. He is the founder of the Master's Program in Holistic and Integrative Education and a founding member of the Network in Spirituality and Education. In addition, he is an affiliate faculty member of the UNESCO Chair and Center for Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

His books include: Mindshifts, The Re- Enchantment of Learning and a new book, co-authored with David Reid-Marr: Emergent Teaching: A Path of Creativity, Significance, and Transformation.

Date: May 9 - 10, 2014
Time and Place: Friday - 7:00 p m - 9:00 pm; Saturday - 10:00 a m - 4:00 at Spirit Mountain Retreat
Fee: Workshop - $125.00 (includes lunch)
Fee: Workshop and Overnight on Friday - $175 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


May 14
Movie Night

Everyone is invited to join in viewing and discussing the movie:
Crimes of the Heart

Three sisters, played by Diane Keaton, Jessica Lang, and Sissy Spacek, with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The older sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who has tried to make it in Hollywood, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions in this film about relationships.

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Donations Appreciated
Facilitator: Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance.


May 18
The Power of Story: What is "Mything" In Your Life?

Deep within the soul is a mirror of divine reality...
You are that mystery which you are seeking to know.

Joseph Campbell

Myths are deep stories that tell of the great themes in life.
Recall tales that have captured your imagination: stories of birth, death, rebirth, transformation, journey, betrayal, blunders, return, forgiveness, and ...

Working with our story, we can discover mythic elements and patterns in our lives that plunge us into mystery and into a deeper experience of being alive.

  • Do you feel the call to the transformation of consciousness stirring inside you?
  • Do you find yourself at a new threshold? Or having just crossed over?
  • Do you find yourself "lost" and wondering "What's it all about Alfie?"

This is the "stuff" of Myth Story

Through presentations, reflection, writing and song, we will come home to our sacred stories.

Presenter: Esther Kennedy, OP, MSW has a compelling belief in the power of story and myth as a portal or gateway into our depths, into the sacred. There we can be surprised by the mystery from which we have evolved and thus take our place as conscious participants in the cosmic story now unfolding. Esther Kennedy is the former Director of Spirit Mountain Retreat; she is a Dominican Sister who now lives in Adrian, Michigan.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 9:30 -4:30
Fee: $75.00 (includes lunch)
Place: Caine Learning Center (54385 Pine Crest, Idyllwild, CA)
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


May 19, 2014
Day of Mindfulness - Calm The Mind, Open The Heart

"There is only one ancient and forever work of art:
The slow fashioning of life and the gradual awakening of love."

Ann Hillman

In the ancient text, The Upanishads, it is written:

"This little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars, wind and fire and lightening are there, and all that is now and is not yet - all that is contained within."

Come and join in a day of mindfulness, a journey with the breath that helps to calm the mind and brings us home to inner peace. Lunch is taken in silence as we eat mindfully, letting each mouthful nourish us and delight us.

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitator: Terri Sena
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:

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 10
Movie Night

Everyone is welcome to join in viewing, enjoying and discussing the movie:
The Intouchables

This is an irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human
possibility. The Intouchables is based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker. The movie depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. (English subtitles)

Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 7:00
Donations Appreciated
Facilitators:
Sheila Kloss and everyone in attendance


June 14 - 15
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: Terri Sena
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


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 28
Seeds of Life Workshop

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, June 28
Time: 9:30 - 3:00
Fee: $60.00 (includes lunch)
Registration: Call: 951-659-2523 or Email:


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

July 12 - 13
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
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:

 

 

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