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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


"Many thanks dear friends for another wonderful weekend! My deepest gratitude and heartfelt love to you for the beautiful space you have created. Truly a treasure!"


"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
Facilitator Fu-Ding Cheng 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!


"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


Sunday - Friday:  July 28, 2024 to August 2, 2024

Listening Room Idyllwild Songwriters Retreat
Writers at all levels of development, from first timers to pros, are welcome to experience ‘Community Through Co-Writing’ with Brett Perkins.
Further info: 

Saturday:  August 3, 2024

Idyllwild Songwriters Festival
11:00 am to 8:00 pm in the SMR Garden

The mission of the festival is to promote original singer songwriters. Beginner, intermediate, and professional singer/songwriters will perform.  This event is FREE,   fully outdoor, family & dog friendly.

Tuesday - Thursday: August 6-8, 2024

Revive Your Writing this Summer 
A 3-day private writing Salon with Katya Williamson
$394 for private salon guidance (Overnight Accommodations are offeredat a reduced rate of $100 per night for 3 nights)
Kitchen available.

Friday - Sunday: August 9-11, 2024

Medicine Wheel Fundraiser Music Jam Weekend
Spend the weekend making music and jamming with your friends, Idy Arts alumni, et al.  This is a fundraiser for our sacred Medicine Wheel.  If you are interested in participating or sponsoring, please  contact for particulars.

Saturday:  August 17, 2024

Unplug for the Day - a Guided Silent Retreat
10:00 am to 4:00 pm (lunch included)
Unplug yourself from Social Media, the phone, and the TV for just a day and spend it in our beautiful contemplative garden.
$100 for the day
Register by August 11 please

Friday - Sunday: August 23-25, 2024

Women’s Writing Workshop with Katya Williamson
7:00 pm Friday to 1:00 pm Sunday
Join a group of beginning, intermediate, and experienced writers in a creative and productive weekend
$325 for the workshop and $200 for 2-night overnight accommodations
Facilitator:  Katya Williamson, MFA

Thursday - Monday:  September 5-9, 2024 OR November 14-18, 2024

Return to Yourself - A Resiliency and Healing Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD 
(No cost - scholarships provided by grant funding)
Numbers are limited - please register ASAP
Thurs 4:00 pm to Mon 1:00 pm
Facilitators: Callie Wight, RN, MA and Mary Morse, SMR Director

Sunday:  September 22, 2024

Autumn Equinox Celebration
With the loving vocals of LOCAL COLOR
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the SMR Contemplative garden
Bring finger foods to share

Saturday:  October 12, 2024

And she will offer a one-day retreat for us in our lovely garden AND of course, we will DANCE!
$100 for the day
Register by October 5 please

Tuesday - Friday:  October 15-18, 2024

Sacred Meditative Journey to Joshua Tree
4 day/3 night immersion in the magic of Joshua Tree
Meditation, nature hike, drumming circle, picnic, sound bath at the Integratron
Registration needed by September 1,  please
Facilitator:  Mary Morse, SMR Director

Saturday:  October 19, 2024

Fabulous Family Fun with the Forest Fillharmonic (a Christian Chalifour & Friends Concert)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in our beautifully acoustic garden
$10 per adult/$5 under 18


Mixed Nuts - AA/Al-Anon 12 Step Group    Men & Women - Every Sunday in Hill House  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 

Day of Mindfulness        3rd Monday of the month - ZOOM only (7/29/24 this month)
Sharing, practice, silence and peace  ($25 suggested donation, includes light lunch)  
9:30 am - 3:00 pm Facilitator: Mary Morse

Net of Light Meeting    Last Monday of each month  - ZOOM only
Join the important work of the Great Council of the Grandmothers   4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Facilitators:  Beacon Mary Morse

Tai Chi for Seniors     Every Tuesday   10:00 am to 11:00 am
Meditate through Movement - in the Garden
Facilitator: Cathy Mauge

Death Café    Every second Tuesday of the month   2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
It won’t kill you to talk about death
Facilitators: Bronwyn Jones & Ari Simon

SMR Book Club    Every second & fourth Tuesday of the month   3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Facilitator:  Mary Morse

Lovingkindness  Meditation       Every Tuesday - ZOOM only   5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Send lovingkindness to the world 

Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation    Every Tuesday (in Hill House or garden)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Women Veterans with PTSD Support Group    Every other Tuesday at 6:00 pm - ZOOM only.  This is a private group and all women veterans are welcome.  Call 951-634-4048 for link information.

Shaolin Qi Gong/Chicks with Sticks    Qi Gong and Stick Exercises - in the Garden    Wednesdays 11:00 am
Facilitator: Teresa Halliburton 

Emotions Anonymous 12 Step Group    Every Thursday in Hill House   5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Al-Anon 12 Step Group    Every Thursday in Hill House   6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Women’s Writing Group with fellow writers    Every Friday (in Hill House and on Zoom)    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For all Zoom meetings, the links are located in our email blasts. 

Sign up on our website at or call 951-634-4048 for more info


Because we are working with a very limited staff, we have switched to using our newsletter via Constant Contact, as our main information source. Sign up.

With much love and many blessings,

Mary Morse
Executive Director, Spirit Mountain Retreat

Call 951-634-4048 for more information on any of our programs.

Spirit Mountain Retreat is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your sponsorships and donations may be tax deductible.  Our IRS Tax ID is 39-1199283.

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