Is everything included?
Yes! The retreat price includes all retreat activities, comfortable lodging, and six organic meals from dinner on Friday evening through lunch on Sunday.
What time does the retreat start and finish?
The retreat will start on Friday, September 9th. Registration will begin at 4:00 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm. You may arrive as early as 3:00 pm. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday, September 11th. Checkout is to be completed no later than 1:00 pm.
Can I arrive at the Retreat Center prior to September 9th?
Because of other events at the ranch, the Retreat Center will NOT be open to our group before September 9th at 3:00 pm. To search for hotels in the Apple Valley, California area (near the Retreat Center) or the Ontario Airport area, go to: www.hotels.com. Apple Valley has movie theaters and restaurants, if you find yourself in the area earlier than 3:00 pm.
Can I extend my stay at Retreat Center following the retreat?
Because of other events at the ranch, the Retreat Center cannot accommodate retreat participants after the retreat ends.
What is the nearest airport to the Retreat Center?
Ontario International Airport is the closest airport. It is a ninety minute drive to the Retreat Center. Rental cars are available. You may use Lyft and Uber to reach the ranch. as well. Orange County and Los Angeles International Airports are each 2 to 2 1/2 hours away.
Will internet be available? Can I call family/friends/work?
There is free wireless internet access in the main building and dining room, but not in the bedrooms. The retreat is an opportunity for great focus. To fully benefit from your time on retreat, we recommend not using internet or phone service once the retreat has started. For emergencies during the retreat, family can contact you if necessary by calling the retreat center at 760-247-8984.
What will the weather be like and what clothes should I bring?
The Retreat Center lies in the high Mojave desert. Temperatures in September range from the mid-50s F at night to the low-90s F during the day. Because the meeting room is air-conditioned and the nights are cool, layered clothing is recommended. There is a pool and indoor spa on-site, so you might want to bring a swimsuit. Sunscreen lotion, sturdy shoes, socks to wear in the meeting room, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
I have mobility concerns. Should I inform you of that?
The ranch property is rustic with many sloped walkways and steps. If you have mobility issues, we may be able to house you closer to our meeting room which will reduce the distance you will need to travel to our group sessions and dining. Please contact us to let us know.
Please note that due to fire danger, the entire Retreat Center property is non-smoking by order of the local fire department.
What COVID safety protocols will be in place?
In consultation with the retreat center and local health authorities, a screening procedure will be in place to protect the health of all attendees. As a registrant, you will need to certify that you are fully vaccinated or agree that you will provide the results of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the beginning of the retreat.