The Divine Feminine is initiating a crucial new phase in our evolution: urging us to discover a new ethic of responsibility toward the planet; bringing us a new vision of the sacredness and unity life.
~Andrew Harvey & Anne Baring


Who We Are


Spirit Mountain Retreat Board of Directors


Margaret Mary Leusch Margaret Mary Leusch, Co-Chair, brings years of experience as an educator, administrator, consultant, and currently as a spiritual care counselor at the Betty Ford Center. She was a board member of the Idyllwild Help Center serving as Secretary for five years. Margaret Mary is an Associate with the IHM Sisters in Monroe, Michigan. She lives with her husband David in Pine Cove, loves family and her two lovely granddaughters. Margaret Mary brings a deep commitment to the vision and mission of Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Carol McClinticCarol McClintic, Co-Chair, is an educational consultant with 35 years of experience from pre-school through University Extension. She is presently working with the Caine Learning Center and is co-author of two books. Carol lives in Idyllwild and serves on various boards as well as sings, gardens, reads, writes poetry and explores her personal spiritual path.

Kathy HalkinKathy Halkin, Secretary, is a resident of Idyllwild since 1986. As a professional social worker, she brings an array of skills to Spirit Mountain Retreat including administrative, needs assessment, and the desire to help others become their true selves. She is involved in several community organizations including past president of the Idyllwild HELP Center, a non-profit helping more than 500 people in need. As a reverend, she also enjoys marrying people! Kathy enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing, and being.

Bronwyn JonesBronwyn Jones, Treasurer, brings to the Board 30 years of experience in the world of publishing, during which she edited and co-authored a series of metaphysical books that focused on how to use the Viking Runes as a tool for self-counseling. An Idyllwild resident since 2001, she serves on several local boards, is a passionate gardener of native plants, enjoys singing, photography, and meditation, and is actively engaged in the development of Spirit Mountain Retreat.

Maxine SchenkMaxine Schenk is a family woman and retired teacher -aide for Hemet School District and for Morning Sky School. She is committed to her own growth and transformation and finds it a joy to serve on the Board. She appreciates Spirit Mountain Retreat and its vision of offering a place for spiritual growth and development of those who come for retreat.

Susie BennetSuzie Bennett lives in Idyllwild, CA and serves as Librarian at Spirit Mountain Retreat. She has spent her long career in healthcare administration as well as holistic health. She has a CA licensed massage therapist and energy healer for the past 30 years having studied with many of the pioneers in the field. She is a certified aromatherapist, infant massage educator and has learned many holistic healing modalities. Suzie is active in the community serving on the Idyllwild School of the Arts Associates Board of Directors, Idyllwild Garden Club and other organizations. She enjoys writing, having published her first book in 2016, reading, nature, music, spirituality and consciousness. Her family includes two children and four grandchildren.



Mary Morse - Executive Director
Mary Morse, Executive DirectorMary has served in the nonprofit arena for the past thirty years, running an administration department for a large nonprofit for seventeen years, serving as Executive Director of a homeless shelter for five years, working as a principal of a private school for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, as a child abuse prevention resource teacher for Riverside County Office of Education, as a family therapist trainee for families damaged by abuse and addiction, and sixteen years as President of the Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet and San Jacinto area, educating the community about social justice and other community issues and resources available.


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