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


"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
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!


"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 offer several programs, retreats, and gatherings to support our community in, and around Idyllwild area (and beyond). Got a question? Please contact us at 951-659-2523 or via email to or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

We are happy to offer online payments for programs and individual retreats at our Online Payment page.

Partial scholarships are available for many of our programs. Please contact Mary Morse for more information

Weekly Meetings, Groups and Meditations at Spirit Mountain Retreat

Loving Kindness Meditation
Every Tuesday (in Main House)

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Send loving-kindness to the world

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

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Day of Mindfulness
Third Monday of the month

9:30 am - 3 pm
Sharing, practice, silence and peace ($25 donation, includes light lunch). Facilitator: Mary Morse

Death Café
2nd Tuesdays of each month

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Drink tea, eat cake and talk about death
Facilitator: Francoise Frigola
Register by or call 951-659-2523
Seating is limited to 12

12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Codependents Anonymous (CODA) 
12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CODA  is a non-religious fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. 

Net of Light Meeting
Last Monday of each month

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Our Beacons of Light serve by holding the Net of Light steady. Beacons perform selfless service for the earth and all beings. At these meetings, you will hear inspirational and empowering messages given from the Grandmothers. For more information, please visit Net of Light website.

Friday Women’s Writing Group
Every Friday in Hill House

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come laugh, share, and grow in this welcoming and supportive facilitated group for women writeres of all skill levels. Each week, writers write from prompts to help get their creative juices flowing, often creating unexpected and surprising results. 

Upcoming Programs, Workshops and Travel Retreats

Partial scholarships are often available for these retreats and workshops, although many are low cost or free. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Mary Morse via email or by phone at 951.659.2523.

How Dreams Help You Understand Who You Are
Eight Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov 1, 8, 29 & Dec 6, 13
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

An eight week course beginning October 4, 2018 with a two week break over Thanksgiving. Join workshop leader Dr. Renate Caine as she guides us through an eight session series on the fascinating science and psychology of Dreams. Donations greatly appreciated. Donate here

Full Moon Drum Circle
Friday, November 23rd
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Donations greatly appreciated

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous." -Yehudi Menuhin

November's full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans (also referred to as the Full Frost Moon by other Native tribes). The Native Americans used the monthly Moons and nature's signs as a calendar to track the seasons. Why? November was the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze,  ensuring a supply of warm winter furs.

This month we'll meet inside in the cozy living room of the Spirit Mountain Main House as Tricia Pilkington and Todd Fowler lead us through an evening of drumming and soma sound medicine. Bring your drums or other percussion instruments, or if you don't have one, we will have instruments to loan. 

Interfaith Service of Solace

Friday, December 7
6:00 p.m., St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church 25525 Tahquitz Dr.
(at intersection of South Circle and Fern Valley Road), Idyllwild, CA 92549

The holidays can be a very difficult time of the year when those saddened by pain or loss in this "most wonderful time of the year".  This service is to join with others and together, move through the darkness of pain or loss. You are not alone. You don't have to be alone. Join us at this moving service for an easing of the sadness and a restoration of light. 

The Interfaith Service of Solace is being conducted by St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church, Idyllwild Community Zen,Temple Har Shalom Jewish Community, Spirit Mountain Retreat, Center for Spiritual Living, Spiritual Oneness Center, and Idyllwild Assembly of God.

Blue Holidays and Glittering Lights
Saturday, December 8
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $60 including a light lunch. 

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 of the significance of this time of year for you. Facilitated by Katya Williamson. Please bring a notebook and an item for the altar.

As Bill Sees It
Saturday, Dec 15
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Join Mary Morse in an open discussion group of "As Bill Sees It," a collection of writings by Bill Wilson, founder of AA. 
Donate here

Conscious Soulfulness: Relationships, Friendships & Community
Saturday, December 15
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 at the door, please RSVP in advance

"A soulful relationship offers two difficult challenges: one, to come to know oneself…the other to get to know the rich and often subtle richness in the other.” -- Thomas Moore

Beginning a new relationship is a challenge at any age. Beginning a new relationship in the second half of life presents its own, unique challenges. 

Drs. Millam and May will share stories of some challenges they faced and worked through in creating a soulful partnership, but most importantly their goal is to engage you in exploring your experiences of creating new or renewing relationships in your golden years. Through use of film, poetry, theater, and readings, together we will share and enrich each other and our collective awareness of what soulful partnerships in our golden years can be and mean. Therein lies the challenge!

Return to Yourself - A Resiliency and Healing Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD
Thursday - Sunday, January 24-27, 2019
Thursday - Sunday, March 7-10, 2019
Thursday - Sunday, May 2-5, 2019
These retreats run from Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

These no-cost Resiliency Retreats are specifically designed to facilitate healing in women veterans who have PTSD. Here you will heal, learn new coping techniques, and begin to feel whole again.

Therapies used include equine therapy, holistic self-image therapy, learning new coping skills and creating new relationships with fellow veterans. Funded by a generous grant through Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry Fund and Trust for the Meditation Process. Facilitated by Callie Wight, RN, MA and Mary Morse, Executive Director of Spirit Mountain Retreat.

There are limited spaces available, please register by calling 951.659.2523 or by email. View the flyer here.


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