autumn leaves

The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.
~Stanley Kunitz

In our daily life, we breathe, but we forget that we’re breathing.

We bring our attention to our in-breath and our out-breath.

Suddenly, we bring our body and our mind fully present in the here and now, and we smile.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

Your invitation to follow the breath immediately set the tone for quiet and reflection. I particularly enjoyed listening to the many natural sounds that surround Spirit Mountain and, by stopping and listening, I was able to feel myself a part of it all.
~Paul Zak

 

 

 

 

If you would have balance and order within, do one small thing at the same time each day with gratitude in your heart…
~Renée Miller

 

 

 

 

Courage and contentment are simply manifestations of the divine perfection that already exists with us all.
~Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

 

 

 

 

Try not to change the world.
You will fail.
Try to love the world.
Lo, the world is changed.
Changed forever.

~Sri Chinmoy

 

 

Men's Retreat

Men’s Retreat held at Spirit Mountain Retreat
April 28, 2012

Fu-Ding Cheng facilitator draws upon Shamanic Wisdom Teachings to bring more wholesome and awakened masculine energies into men’s lives, their relationships and into the world. A great day!

Calendar

There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. ~Wangari Maathaie

We invite you to participate in our retreats and programs. If you have questions, please contact Spirit Mountain Retreat at 951-659-2523 or by email: .

Online payment for programs and individual retreats is available.
See Online Payment.

Partial scholarships are available. Contact

Winter 2016

 

  • December
  • January 2016
  • February 2016
  • March 2016

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

December 5, 2015
Blue Holidays & Glittering Lights

“It’s like a Thunderstorm. At least we all have to go through it together”
-Garrison Keillor on the Holidays

Whether you think of the holidays as full of celebration and togetherness, like times of “Glittering Lights” or more like the “Blue Holidays” of memory, separation and loss, this is a day to bring into balance through meditation, writing in simple exercises and discussion the significance of this time of year for you.

Following the second “Interfaith Service of Solace” presented by the Mountain Communities Interfaith Alliance the night before on December 4 in Idyllwild, this day will give you opportunity to acknowledge your connection to the upcoming season. Whether we only celebrate the Winter Solstice, the days of Christmas or pay homage to other significant days because of religious affiliations, we will recognize themes in the activities shared throughout the day of healing and resolution.

Katya Williamson, MFA, facilitator, has led many writing retreats at Spirit Mountain, on the West Coast, Hawaii and England in the easy process of “writing faster than you can think” with profound and humorous results. In her book Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness (“O” Books, U.K.) many have discovered through its writing exercises how to reach into deeper levels of awareness with ease.

Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fee: $60 (includes light lunch)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email: by November 30, 2015
Note: Register early, space is limited
Bring: Notebook, item for altar


December 21, 2015
Day of Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can bring a lovely clarity of how, as we cling to the past and future, we miss the mystery of the present moment.

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

Third Monday of each month, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Date: Monday, December 21, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director


December 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

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 22, 2015 ~ Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
Donations appreciated
Registration: Please register at or 951-659-2523
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Ancient Fire, Ancient Wisdom
6 pm to 9 pm

While the ancient fires of winter still cast their glow on our consciousness, come join us in a unique celebration. In this participatory event, celebrate and reflect upon these first transformative moments of the New Year with music, drumming, ritual, spoken and written reflection.  Bring instruments, poetry (your own or others), and other means of sharing in this shamanic evening of connection with our community and the earth and spirit. 
(We will provide soup [meat and vegetarian] to warm you - body & soul)

Date: January 2, 2016
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Fee: Donation only
Registration:To RSVP or for more information, call Spirit Mountain
at 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitators
Mary Morse, Director, Spirit Mountain Retreat and
Katya Williamson, Author, Workshop Facilitator


January 18, 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, January 18, 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


Fourth Sundays, January 24, February 28, (no meeting in March)
Women’s HSP Gathering

HSP stands for Highly Sensitive Person. It is a genetic trait that 15-20% of the human and animal population is born with. The scientific name for this trait is Sensory Processing Sensitivity. It does NOT mean over emotional, shy or fearful. HSPs have a more finely tuned nervous system and can be easily overwhelmed in highly stimulating environments or by loud noises, bright lights or strong smells. We process information more slowly and more deeply. In our fast-paced society, HSPs are not always appreciated, so we may feel different and sometimes ashamed that we are not like others.

To take a short self test to indicate if you have this trait go to www.hsperson.com to answer some short questions and read more about this trait.

If you feel you are an HSP and want to join us to discuss the trait and share with others, please e-mail me or phone me so I can discuss how our group is structured and give you some background information.


951 659-0712

We will be using Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person as a study guide. I look forward to a gathering where we can share with each other and help each other understand and appreciate who we are.

Date: January 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 4:00
Fee: Donation only



Monday, January 25, 2016 (last Mondays of the month)
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon  
"SOUL SEARCHING: The Journey of Thomas Merton"
(67 minutes)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.

Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton is a DVD documentary about Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, "believing beatnik", and a 20th century author who devoted his life to the search for meaning.
This documentary examines the life of a modern American monk who was described as part Augustine, part Emerson, part Gandhi. The writings that flowed from his cell examined spirituality (of the East and West), the Cold War, the civil rights movement and the challenges for the individual in the post-modern world. In short, Merton's life embodied many of the struggles of the 20th and 21st century.

POPCORN PROVIDED!
Date: January 25, 2016
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Fee: Donations appreciated
Registration:To RSVP or for more information, call Spirit Mountain
at 951-659-2523 or Email:

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

February 6-7, 2016
No Time for Ordinary

A multi-media, multi-sensory experience in evolutionary creativity and spiritual awakening with award-winning author/artist/activist Jan Phillips

Date: February 6 - 7, 2016
Time: Saturday 9-4, Sunday 9-12
Fee Resident : $175 for workshop. Add $175 for two overnights; $95 for one overnight. (Scholarships available)
Fee Commuter: $175 for workshop
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Note: Register ASAP; Deposit due by January 29, 2016


February 22, 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, February 22, 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


Fourth Sundays, January 24, February 28, (no meeting in March)
Women’s HSP Gathering

HSP stands for Highly Sensitive Person. It is a genetic trait that 15-20% of the human and animal population is born with. The scientific name for this trait is Sensory Processing Sensitivity. It does NOT mean over emotional, shy or fearful. HSPs have a more finely tuned nervous system and can be easily overwhelmed in highly stimulating environments or by loud noises, bright lights or strong smells. We process information more slowly and more deeply. In our fast-paced society, HSPs are not always appreciated, so we may feel different and sometimes ashamed that we are not like others.

To take a short self test to indicate if you have this trait go to www.hsperson.com to answer some short questions and read more about this trait.

If you feel you are an HSP and want to join us to discuss the trait and share with others, please e-mail me or phone me so I can discuss how our group is structured and give you some background information.


951 659-0712

We will be using Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person as a study guide. I look forward to a gathering where we can share with each other and help each other understand and appreciate who we are.

Date: February 28, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 4:00
Fee: Donation only


Monday, February 29, 2016 (last Mondays of the month)
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
"SENSITIVE: The Untold Story"
(63 minutes)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.

In Sensitive: The Untold Story Dr. Elaine Aron breaks down
the four major traits of a highly sensitive individual into the acronym DOES:
depth of processing, overstimulation, empathy and emotional responsiveness, and sensitivity to subtleties. As Dr. Aron and many other researchers interviewed in the documentary have found through magnetic imaging and neurological and physiological testing, the highly sensitive do in fact physically process the world differently. Because of their higher than average depth of processing Dr. Aron says, "Labels of fearfulness and shyness are applied to sensitive people even when they don't apply." The person isn't shy or socially phobic, they are reviewing situations from a distance, absorbing and analyzing a plethora of social and other information in their own time.

POPCORN PROVIDED!
Date: February 29, 2016
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Fee: Donations appreciated
Registration:To RSVP or for more information, call Spirit Mountain
at 951-659-2523 or Email:


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

Friday, March 4, 2016 - Sunday, March 6, 2016
Welcoming the Dawn of Your Creativity
A WOMAN’S WRITING RETREAT
Facilitated by Katya Williamson, MFA

Awaken your writer’s voice and creative potential at this weekend retreat at Spirit Mountain in Idyllwild.

Claim your unique voice in a supportive group atmosphere that will be enhanced by this pristine setting of quiet and reflection, forests and mountains.

Katya Williamson, MFA, has been guiding both beginning and more advanced writers for over twenty years in this simple writing process which she developed as writer-in-residence for three summers at Yellowstone National Park, and has offered in retreats and classes in the Western United States, Hawaii and England. It is presented in Bringing the Soul Back Home: Writing in the New Consciousness (0-Books, UK) and brings about surprisingly unexpected and profound results!

Gather with others in this inspiring retreat of self-discovery as you acknowledge your special gifts and vision. This is the time and place to allow them to dawn in your life.

The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4th and ends at 12 noon on Sunday, March 6th. There will be time for meditation, solo writing and enjoying the beautiful nature of this idyllic spiritual setting.

Dates: March 4, 2016 through March 6, 2016
Fee Residents: $275 - Includes program, meals, and accommodations Friday and Saturday nights
Fee Commuters: $160 - Includes program and meals (Partial scholarships available)
Note: Deposit $50 due by February 26, 2016
Registration: Please register at Email: or call 951-659-2523
Bring: Notebook, item for altar that has a special significance in your life in the present moment


March 21, 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, March 21, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (lunch included)
Suggested Donation: $25
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:

Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director


Monday, March 28, 2016 (last Mondays of the month)
Movies and Conversation for an Idyllwild Afternoon
"PEACE IS EVERY STEP: Meditation in Action - The life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh"
(90 minutes)

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Just a special time to view movies with a heart and join in conversation with other spiritual seekers.

Author of many books (including the bestsellers Being Peace, Living Buddha/Living Christ, The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace Is Every Step), Thich Nhat Hanh has had a profound impact on contemporary thinking and, importantly, social action.

POPCORN PROVIDED!
Date: March 28, 2016
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Fee: Donations appreciated
Registration:To RSVP or for more information, call Spirit Mountain
at 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