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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
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


Shaolin Qi Gong with Teresa Halliburton
Mondays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Energy in Motion - In the Contemplative Garden.
Donations appreciated.

Women's Al-Anon 12 Step group.
For those affected by someone else's alcoholizm.
Every Monday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Donations appreciated.

Day of Mindfulness
Third Monday of the month, Sept. 16, Oct. 21
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sharing, practice, silence and peace ($25 donation, includes light lunch).
Facilitator: Mary Morse

Net of Light Meeting
Last Monday of each month, Sept. 30
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Our Beacons of Light serve by holding the Net of Light steady. Beacons Suzie Bennett & Mary Morse perform selfless service for the earth and all beings. At these meetings, you will hear inspirational and empowering messages given from The Great Council of the Grandmothers. For more information, please visit Net of Light website.
Donations appreciated.


Movement Meditation (inspired by Tai Chi Chuan)
Meditate through Movement - in the Garden.
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Cathy Mauge
Donations appreciated.

Loving Kindness Meditation
Every Tuesday (in Main House)
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Send loving-kindness to the world
Donations appreciated.

Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation
Every Tuesday (in Hill House)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Donations appreciated.

Death Café
4th Tuesday of each month, Sept. 24, Oct. 29
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Drink tea, eat cake and talk about death
Facilitator: TBD
Register by email: or call 951-659-2523
Donations appreciated.
Seating is limited to 12


Al-Anon for Men and Women
12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
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.
Donations appreciated.

#MeToo Women's Trauma Group
Every third Wednesday of the month, Sept. 18
10:00-11:30 a.m.
​For women who need a place to be validated and heal from trauma.
Donations appreciated.


Friday Women’s Writing Group with fellow writers
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.
Donations appreciated. 

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.

Ignite! Your Inner Healer
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch included)
$125 (included Energy Codes book)
Facilitator: Leda Csanka, Chopra Center Instructor and Certified Energy Codes Facilitator.

Taiji as Embodied Taoism
Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $40
Taiji Quan is a physical embodiment of Taiji and Daoist ideas
Facilitator: Peter Kindfield, PhD 13th Chair Disciple of Grand Master Zhang Yun

Day Trip to Deerpark Monastery Day of Mindfulness
Sun., Sept 8
Leaving Spirit Mountain Retreat at 6:30 a.m. - return 5 p.m.
($40 includes Monastery donation, lunch and transportation.)
Register by Sept. 2.

Return to Yourself - A Resiliency and Healing Retrate for Women Veterans with PTSD
Thurs. through Sun, Sept. 12-15, 2019, Thurs. 2 p.m. through Sun., 2 p.m.
(No cost - scholarships provided by grant funding)
Numbers are limited - please register ASAP
Facilitator: Callie Wight, RN, MA & Mary Morse, SMR Director

Mindfulness Awareness Practices (MAPS)
Mondays, Sept. 16 through Oct. 21, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
$225 (all materials included - scholarships & sliding scale available)
To register contact Val at 951-392-6507 or
Facilitator: Valerie Velez

Autumn Equinox
Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the SMR Contemplative Garden
Honoring Autumn on the Mountain
With the exquisite voices of Local Color
Bring finger food to share after the celebration. Donations appreciated

To Honor the Bees
Fri. through Sun., Oct. 11-13
A celebration of our friends, the bees
Also, Astro-Oracle readings, Crop Circle sharing
Times TBD
Facilitator: Elizabeth Heartstar Keller, Astrologer, Sacred Journeys

Sisterhood is Powerful: Speaking Our Truth
Fri. - Sun, Oct. 25-27, 2019, Fri. 7 p.m. to Sun. 12:30 p.m.
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$285 including room and board
$170 commuters including meals
$50 deposit due by Oct. 18, 2019
(This workshop will fill quickly) Facilitator: Katya Williamson

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A Creative Journey Through Inner and Outer Mandalas
Sat., Nov. 2, 2019, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$90 (includes lunch)
Facilitator: Crystal Taylor, Registered Somatic Movement and Creative Arts Therapist

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Sun., Nov. 3, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Donations only - bring ofrendas (altar offerings) like photos, remembrances, etc. for the altar and food to share)

4 day/3 night Travel Retreat to Joshua Tree
Mon. thru Thurs., Nov. 18-21
Sacred meditative retreat, includes transportation, sound bath at the Integration, a visit to Joshua Tree National Park, campfire drum circle, and more...
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Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director
$450 per person
Register ASAP with a $100 deposit

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Interfaith Service of Solace
Ease the sadness; restore the light
Fri., Dec. 6, 2019, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church, 25525 Tahquitz Dr., Idyllwild

Blue Holidays and Glittering Lights
Sat., Dec. 7, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
$60 (light lunch included)
Facilitator: Katya Williamson, MFA, author

My Life In The Flow of Time
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 8-9, 2020

A Writer's Memoir Workshop for Women & Men With Rabbi Malka Drucker and DreamMaven Victoria Rabinowe
Calling upon writers and seekers! If you've longed to tell the story of your life and want to tell the best version, please join us for a writing weekend that will take you through the seasons of your life with the imagery of flowing water.

Fee: $300 includes tuition, meals, and overnight accommodations for Friday & Saturday nights.
$180 meals and tuition only.

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Spirit Mountain Retreat is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your sponsorships and donations may be tax deductible in certain circumstances.

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