Break free for a weekend and become more and more who you truly are. San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center knows you will find this retreat to be an opportunity to help grow the part of you that is called life, which is the fruit of inner peace and joy. The very opening and sharing of one’s hidden burdens in these carefully guided sessions will help to bring about a deep release and a quality of inward nakedness, with a sense of innocence, that will then pave the pathway to inner peace, liberation, and joy.
Offered are dorm style twin bedrooms with three twin beds in each room with one shared bathroom. Bathrooms and showers are readily available with towels, shampoo, conditioner and soap. The large bedrooms are co-ed and shared with two other guests. There may or may not be a staff or volunteer sleeping in a room next door. Same sex rooms may be available. San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center is a drug free, tobacco free and alcohol free facility.
Guests will do silent walking meditations throughout the retreat on the nature paths. Guests will connect with nature this way. The Japanese call this Shinrin Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing” and guests will partake in this. Shinrin Yoku is proven to be beneficial for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical balancing. Following these powerful “forest baths” you will feel better overall, and particularly experience a deeper relaxation response during the retreat, feeling more calm and refreshed, with better clarity and creativity as you allow the nature to feed your soul. The schedule is subject to change depending on the time of the year.
During this retreat, you will be able to enjoy hiking on ten private acres as well as on the 3,800-acre Santa Ysabel Preserve. All guests are taken on nature walks that are off-site.
This retreat is located in Wynola, California, USA. Wynola is a small subdivision in between Julian and Santa Ysabel. This place is also home to wonderful antique and farmers produce markets. A one hour drive will take you to the stunning La Jolla coast, scattered with wonderful beaches and charming towns, such as Del Mar.
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San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center prides themselves on the food they serve. During this retreat, you will eat healthy and yummy vegan cuisine from chefs who have received a minimum of six months training in vegan and raw vegan cuisine. Guests enjoy kombucha, raw sauerkraut, pickled foods and sprouts.
Enjoy pure local food grown from their own gardens and from local farmers. San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center is located exactly at the Headwaters of the San Diego River and the mountain spring water is not contaminated. San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center tries to use as many super foods, raw foods, medicinal plants, and healthy spices as possible.
The food menu includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes to provide balanced nutrition for maximum health. All meals are lovingly prepared every day in the retreat center’s kitchen by the talented chefs and loving chefs using fresh seasonal ingredients, sourced locally where possible.
Guests can be catered with special diets. Please directly contact San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center at the time of booking if you have special requirements. All guests will receive a PDF recipe booklet.
There is an orchard at the retreat center of about 85 fruit trees all for your picking pleasure, including apples, peaches, apricots, cherry, plum, goji, pear, persimmon, walnut, nectarine, pluots, quince, mulberries (black and Pakistan), pineapple guava, pomegranate, contorted jujube, olives, and almond trees. There are also blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries.
The Inaja Trail, one of four trails in San Diego County showcased as a “National Recreation Trail," which begins about one mile from the San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center. A trail leaflet, which may be available at the trail head, gives information about the typical live oak-chaparral vegetation seen here and elsewhere in the upper foothills of San Diego County.
An overlook at the midpoint in the trail gives a good view down the linear canyon of the San Diego River. Nearly everything you see in that direction was burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire, but the landscape is quickly recovering. At 3440 feet elevation, the overlook is often just above a temperature inversion that traps cooler, moist air below. On some mornings, you’ll find the canyon hidden by a cottony blanket of fog while neighboring peaks and ridges stand like islands in clear air.
San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center features the largest walking labyrinth in California. It is 110 feet in diameter. Going in and coming out, walking this labyrinth is about three quarters of a mile walk. People from all over the world have enjoyed walking this labyrinth since 2008. People have many different intentions when they walk the labyrinth. Some of the intentions people have for walking the labyrinth are to cope with stress, to help deal with grief, to calm down, to meditate or pray, to have time to themselves, to find their authentic selves beyond their ego and illusion, to unite a group with common hopes, to stimulate creativity, to gain clarity, to find peace, to release a burden in the center of the labyrinth that is too heavy for them to carry, and for personal development. As you see, people use the labyrinth for many purposes.
The surrounding area is rich with artists and crafts people, many of whom open their studios throughout all of the seasons. Specific arts events include the Blues Bash, Gold Rush Days, Julian Grape Stomp Fiesta, Apple Days, and numerous local concerts and music events, all well covered in the local press. There are also 100 of miles of trails for biking and mountain hikes.
During this retreat, massages are available by appointment only. The cost is not included in the retreat price.
Free free to join a retreat or come just for the day and picnic, soak in the jacuzzi, or walk the labyrinth. For those coming for the day, make it a personal retreat day for yourself. Towels and showers are all provided with your services of choice.
Typically, San Diego Spiritual Retreat is all booked-up one week in advance, so call and schedule your appointment as soon as possible. For retreat guests, it is recommended coming one hour early and having your massage before check-in.
The treatments below costs 80 USD each.
If you are flying in from out of the area, please inquire about the San Diego Spiritual Retreat Center's San Diego Airport (SAN) shuttle service.
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