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

 

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

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

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
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 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

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


 

 

 

 

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