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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

New Weekly Gathering:
Love Awakening Meditation for the San Jacinto Mountains

Every Monday, 8 pm
Join Danny Peebles in the Hill House for a one hour long “Love Awakening Meditation for the San Jacinto Mountains.” Similar to a Loving Kindness meditation, attendees will transmit loving energy to all of the San Jacinto Mountains (and all who inhabit it) to bathe it in loving energy of healing, gentleness, restoration, and prosperity.
Donations appreciated

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

#MeToo Women's Trauma Group
Every other Tuesday
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Special holiday schedule: January 8 & 15)
For women who need a place to be validated and heal, this group is facilitated by Robyn Winks, LMFT.

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.

Full Moon Drum Circle
Sunday, December 23
6:00-7:30 pm
This month, we will again meet in our Main House to celebrate the Full Cold Moon in a Soma Drum Circle led by Tricia Pilkington and Todd Fowler. Bring your drums or borrow ours. This event is kid friendly, too.

Sometimes called a Full Long Nights Moon, both references are ancient and relate to the cold weather and long, dark nights of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Another name that’s popular among Europeans is “Moon before Yule,” which was derived from the Anglo-Saxons. Yule is an old northern European winter festival that is associated with Christmas in modern times.
Donations appreciated

Ancient Fire Ancient Wisdom
Sunday, January 13
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Say thank you to the old year and welcome to the new year! We'll provide soup (vegetarian and non-vegetarian). Bring your drums and other percussion instruments (or borrow ours).
Facilitated by Katya Williamson and Mary Morse.
Donations appreciated

As Bill Sees It
Sunday, January 6
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.
Donations appreciated

Native American Drum-making Workshop and Full Moon Drum Circle
Workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drum Circle: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
More details to follow soon.

Return to Yourself - A Resiliency and Healing Retreat for Women Veterans with PTSD
Thursday - Sunday, January 24-27, 2019 (This retreat is full, and is waiting list only)
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.

My Life in the Flow of Time: A workshop for Writers and Seekers
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24
Tell the best version of the story of your life
Facilitated by Rabbi Malka Drucker and DreamMaven Victoria Rabinowe, this popular workshop will fill quickly!
Cost: $300 for room, board and workshop fee, or $180 for meals and workshop fee only.
Register here

Spring Equinox Celebration: Honoring the Rebirth of Life with the Amazing Voices of Local Color!
Sunday, March 24
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bring finger food to share in fellowship after the celebration
Donations appreciated


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