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 2016 - Winter 2017

 

  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January 2017
  • February
  • March

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


Regular Gatherings at Spirit Mountain Retreat

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

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

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Intentionally Preparing for the Final Passage
A Series of 3 Workshops: Oct. 1st , Oct. 22nd , and Nov. 19th

Facilitated by Graceful Passages: Dr. Elaine Millam, Char Sieg, & Phyllis Johnson

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

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

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

Saturday, October 1st, 9-12:30
Starting the Process
This half day workshop will focus not only on preparing legal documents, articulating wishes, and sharing important words with loved ones, but will also identify the path forward.
Fee: $45
RSVP: September 28th

Saturday, October 22nd , 9-12:30
Having the Conversations

This half day workshop will focus on identifying who, how, and when you will have the conversations with those who need to know and be involved. There will even be practice time for how it will be delivered.
Fee: $45
RSVP: October 19th

Saturday, November 19th, 9am-4pm
Celebrations, Ceremonies and Rituals

This full day workshop will focus on learning about specific rituals, practices, ceremonies, and celebrations that bring joy and completion to the end of life.
Fee: $75
RSVP: November 16th

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


October 7-9
Way of the Woman Warrior: Awaken to Your Authentic Self
Renew* Refresh* Remember*

Dates and Times:
Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 8, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 9, until 11:00 am
Fee Residents: $275 - Includes program and 2 nights accommodation
Fee Commuters: $160 - Includes program
Note: Deposit $50
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Judith Way


October 15-16, 2016
Mastering Extraordinary
Activating Your Enlightment Codes
with Jan Phillips

True spiritual practice springs from, not toward, enlightenment. Our practice does not lead to unity consciousness--it is unity consciousness.
-- Jiddu Krishnamurti

The mystic Meister Eckhart said, "The process of enlightenment is a process of subtraction, not addition." We do not have to learn more to become enlightened. We have to let go of our ideas about enlightenment. We have to lose our illusions. We have to abandon our notions that there is some place to get to, another state to arrive at, more information to acquire.

The only thing that keeps any of us from enlightenment is our own thoughts. Believing is seeing. In this workshp, we delve deeply into our own mental landscape and explore it like pioneers. We examine what we think, why we think it, and discern if we want to keep thinking it. We liberate ourselves from cultural and religious conditioning. We practice orignal thinking. We learn how to speak from our core.

In this work, we use poetry, video, music and story to keep our brains and hearts connected. We learn practices that keep us connected to the Infinite. We begin a journey to mastery that will change the course of our lives if we are true to our commitments.

  • discover the difference between original thinking and conditioned thinking
  • learn the skill of transcending duality
  • experience the power of being connected to your own wisdom

Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Lunch provided on Saturday)
Sunday, October 16, 9:00 to Noon
Fee Residents: $175 for the workshop (Add $90 for one overnight; add $175 for two overnights)
Fee Commuters: $175 for the workshop
Note: Deposit $50
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Scholarships available: Register ASAP or by October 1, 2016

Facilitator: Jan Phillips is a writer, musician, photographer and activist. Her life has been informed by a two year experience in a Catholic convent, a year long peace pilgrimage around the world, and a lifetime of being a misfit.

Jan has written ten award-winning books, created three CDs of original music, and develped a youtube channel of videos that connect the dots between creativity, spirituality, and social change. Her workshops provoke thought, evoke spirit and inspire action.

Visit www.janphillips.com


October 17, 2016
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, October 17, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director


October 25
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

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

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS


October 29
UNWIND Back into YourSelf: A Moving Experience Balancing the breath with fluidity-open to all

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $75 (lunch included)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Sharon Forman, RYT, Certified Dance Alive Instructor


October 30
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Gathering/building of altar

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Donations only – bring items like photos, remembrances, etc. for the altar and food to share

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

Regular Gatherings at Spirit Mountain Retreat

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

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

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


November 4-6
Technology Detox Retreat

Friday-Sunday, November 4-6 Technology Detox Retreat
Turn off to tune in – rediscover your true nature. Cellphones, tablets, laptops and YOU need a rest. Unplug.
Friday 7:00 p.m. through Sunday noon
(Cost TBD)
Facilitator: Heather Conkliin

Date: Friday-Sunday, November 4-6
Time: Friday, 7:00pm - Sunday noon
Fee: Cost TBD
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Facilitator: Heather Conkliin


November 11-13
The Return to Longing: Finding our Way Home
(For Persons In Recovery)

Explore contemplative practice in the context of 12 step spirituality.

Dates and Time: November 11-13, Friday 7:00 p.m. through Sunday noon
Fee Residents: $275 - Includes program and 2 nights accommodation
Fee Commuters: $160 - Includes program
Note: Deposit $50 by November 4th
Ask us about scholarships.
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Facilitator: Mary Byrne Hoffman


Intentionally Preparing for the Final Passage
A Series of 3 Workshops:
Oct. 1st , Oct. 22nd , and Nov. 19th
Facilitated by Graceful Passages: Dr. Elaine Millam, Char Sieg, & Phyllis Johnson

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

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

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

Saturday, November 19th, 9am-4pm
Celebrations, Ceremonies and Rituals

This full day workshop will focus on learning about specific rituals, practices, ceremonies, and celebrations that bring joy and completion to the end of life.
Fee: $75
RSVP: November 16th

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

 


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

Regular Gatherings at Spirit Mountain Retreat

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

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

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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

December 10
Blue Holidays and Glittering Lights

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

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


December 13
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

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

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


December 18
Winter Solstice in the Scandinavian and Germanic traditions

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

Bring finger food to share after the celebration!


 

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


January 6
Ancient Fire, Ancient Wisdom

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

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

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


January 21
Trauma and Recovery: A Healing Workshop for Men and Women

Date: Saturday, January 21
Time: 9:00 am –4:00 pm (lunch included)
Fee: $75
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Robyn Winks MFT


January 24
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

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

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


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

February 28
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

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

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


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

March 28
Death Café

"At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. A Death Café is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session." ~ www.deathcafe.com

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

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


 

 

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