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

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

Partial scholarships are available. Contact Mary for more information

Regular Gatherings 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
4th Tuesdays

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
For those afflicted with someone else's alcoholism

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA) 
12-Step Support Group

Every Wednesday (in Hill House)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
For those who want to develop healthy 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 about Net of Light, visit Net of Light ( to learn more.

Friday Women’s Writing Group with fellow writers
Every Friday (in Hill House)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join fellow women writers in a  fun, safe and supportive environment for writers of all skill levels.

Upcoming Programs, Workshops and Travel Retreats

Venetian Glass Workshop with Gary Parton
9:00 to 11:30 am, Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17
Learn all about the history, process, techniques, and pat-terns in this relaxed but intensive workshop taught by art educator, Gary Parton, MA in Art Education. The $75 fee includes the first project. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks will be spent on creating an individual project. Students will need to purchase additional supplies for their individual projects. Click here for online payments

How Dreams Help You Understand Who You Are
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov 1, 8, 29 & Dec 6
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. Click here for online donations

Path of the Heart Women’s Writing Retreat
Fri-Sun Oct 12-14
Friday, Oct. 12, 7:00 pm, through Sunday, October 14, 12:00 pm ($285 with room for 2 nights/$170 commuter). Facilitator: Katya Williamson MFA, writer, teacher, author. Click here for online payments

Memories to Memoirs: for Beginning Writers (Men & Women)
October 20-21, 2018, Sat. 9:30 am - 3 p.m.; Sun. 9:30 am - 12 pm
Learn how to:

  • Dive into memory and find your story.
  • Collect your memories and get them organized in a meaningful manner.
  • Deepen your sensual expression through phenomenological techniques.

Fee: $235 (includes workshop, one overnight, Saturday lunch & dinner and Sunday breakfast)
Commuter: $170 (includes Saturday lunch & dinner)
Deposit: $50 reservation deposit due ASAP
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email:
Facilitator: LaDonna Harrison MA, writer, teacher
Click here for online payments

As Bill Sees It
Sundays, Oct 28 & Dec 9, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Join Mary Morse in an open discussion group of "As Bill Sees It," a collection of writings by Bill Wilson, founder of AA

Return to Yourself - A Resiliency and Healing Re-treat for Women Veterans with PTSD
Thurs - Sun, Nov 1-4
Thurs 4:00 pm to Sun 2:00 pm
(No cost - scholarships provided by grant funding)
Numbers are limited - please register ASAP
Facilitators: Callie Wight, RN, MA and Mary Morse, SMR Director

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Sun, Nov 4, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
(Donations only - bring ofrendas (altar offerings) like photos, remembrances, etc. for the altar and food to share)
Click here for online donations

Travel Retreat to Joshua Tree

Nov 12-15 (Monday-Thursday)
Four days and Three nights 

This will be a joyfully intensive connection with the sacred and powerful Southern California desert. We will stay at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in a 10 bedroom, 6 bath house, enjoy a sound bath at the Integratron in Landers, easy hike and picnic at Joshua Tree National Park, revel in a drumming circle around the campfire, maybe even participate in a sweat lodge experience, and more...

Time: Leaving Spirit Mountain Retreat at 10:00 am Monday, Nov 12, 2018 and returning about 4:00 pm Thursday, Nov 15, 2018.
Fee: $495 per person - includes transportation, all food except one lunch & one dinner, entry fee to Integratron

Deposit: $50 reservation deposit due by Nov 1, 2018
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or Email: Please register ASAP - numbers may be limited
Facilitator: Mary Morse, SMR Director
Click here for online payments

The Sacred Spiral and the Mystical Dot:
Understanding Universal Truth through Symbols and Geometry

Fri Nov 16, 6:00 - 8:30 pm $25
Click here for online payments

The Art of Handwriting: Is it Fading or Still Alive and Thriving in the Digital Age?
Sun Nov 18, 1:00 - 3:30 pm, $25
Facilitator: Yoshiko Inagaki, graphologist and symbologist. Register ASAP.
Click here for online payments

Conscious Soulfulness: Soul in Relationships, Friendships & Community Sat Nov 17, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, $25
Facilitators: Dr. Elaine Millam & Dr. Marlynn May
Click here for online payments

Day Trip to Self-Realization Fellowship - Encinitas
Sun, Dec 2
Leave Spirit Mountain at 8:30 am and return after dinner. Attend SRF services, take a tour of Yogananda’s hermitage, walk the meditation garden. Lunch and din-ner are no host. $50 per person - includes transportation from and back to SMR. Register ASAP.
Click here for online payments

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