Everything you need to know before you go.
What is a retreat?
A retreat is an opportunity to explore, discover, and heal your mind, body and spirit. We are busy human beings, distracted by everyday life and bogged down by the details, and it’s for that reason that a “time-out” can be necessary in order to relax, look within, learn, grow, connect with like-minded people, and allow for a valuable new, energized perspective. A retreat becomes a chance to experience yourself in a different way.
In a world of separatism, a retreat is a communal life-affirming experience. People often have to schedule time off in order to attend a retreat, that’s why they’re held in beautiful locations, which allows for a wonderful vacation feel. Retreats not only offer quantum healing but they are experiences to be treasured and remembered for the rest of your life.
Is this retreat for anyone?
Yes! You do not have to know anyone associated with the retreat nor know anything about hypnosis, spirituality, meditation, or yoga.
What is the maximum number of participants?
What activities are included in the retreat?
Lodging (not included in "Commuter"), plant-based breakfast and lunch meals, snacks, group hypnotherapy, yoga classes (all levels), breathwork classes, guided nature meditations, Tibetan bowl sound bath meditation, Joshua Tree National Park guided hike, and all 47 of Cynthia's audio mp3 downloadable hypnotherapy sessions (a $100 value)!
What are the extracurricular activities?
Swimming (when weather permits), Wildlife watching, Enjoying spectacular sunrises and sunsets, Stargazing, Photography, Relaxing by the fire pit, Board games and Puzzles, Journaling, and Exploring world-renowned Joshua Tree National Park and the local town. You can also purchase a private massage or private yoga class.
What if I don’t want to participate in all of the activities?
Some activities may not appeal to you, and that’s perfectly fine. It might be fun to explore a couple of them, but you’re welcome to use that time however you please. We want this to be YOUR retreat, designed for the activities that promote your own healing and resetting--and vacation!
What is hypnotherapy?
Great question! Please check out my Frequently Asked Questions page about hypnotherapy.
Can I attend the retreat by myself?
Most people do! Retreats can be fun for couples or friends but the majority of retreat participants go solo. People who are interested in retreats tend to be respectful, thoughtful, well-centered individuals, so it’s a great way to meet new friends. But it also can be a treasured time for reconnecting with yourself and relish much-needed "alone" time.
What should I bring to the retreat?
What to bring in terms of clothing will depend on the weather. The desert can be unpredictable. Evenings tend to be chilly, regardless of daytime temperatures. For that reason, please check the forecast for appropriate clothing.
Linens, towels, washcloths, pool towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner and hairdryers are provided. Here are a few suggestions of what to bring:
- Refillable water bottle
- Reusable shopping bag or tote/backpack (handy for toting items around the retreat grounds or getting groceries from the local store)
- Ear plugs/eye mask for sleeping
- Layered, relaxed, comfortable clothing: yoga pants/tops, hiking shoes
- Swimsuit (for the pool, if the weather is suitable)
- Bathrobe (to and from bathroom and pool)
- Slippers or slide-on sandals (floors can be cool, and for those staying in the pool house, two of the bedrooms require walking across outside cement for bathroom access--a couple of steps or a couple of feet depending on the room.)
Yoga mats, yoga equipment, blankets, pillows, as well as tempurpedic memory foam pads for hypnotherapy and breathwork are provided.
What time does the retreat begin and end?
This retreat is designed to make it easy on the traveller. Check-in begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, but you can check-in anytime after 2:00 on Thursday (even late into the night) because self check-in is available. So don't stress, arrive when you can! The retreat ends at 12:00pm on Sunday, with a 2:00pm check-out time. You are welcome to enjoy the facilities until check-out.
What is the retreat schedule?
Please visit Daily Schedule for an hourly breakdown of the weekend.
Can I arrive early on the day the retreat begins or stay later after the retreat ends?
An early arrival is tricky because check-in will not be set up until 2pm, but we will do our best to accommodate your travel schedule. And YES you can stay an extra night! The charge is $100 per person. You are more than welcome to upgrade your room if there is one available, and you can invite someone who did not particpate in the retreat to join you for that night's stay, too. Whether you stay in separate rooms or share a room, it is $100 per person. You are welcome to inquire about staying extra hours if you are catching a later flight. If you would like to extend your stay in the High Desert beyond what we can provide, then Brad, our Hospitality Manager, will be happy to direct you to a beautiful Airbnb that he manages.
Do I need a car once I am at the retreat center?
A car is not necessary once you're at the retreat, as there are taxis and Uber available. However, we highly recommend that you do rent a car if you want to explore the local area. If you fly into Palm Springs, you can rent a car at the airport (or take a taxi or Uber). If you take a taxi or Uber to the retreat center, Enterprise Car Rental is also close by the retreat. If you want to visit Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown, (maybe even Palm Springs), or simply have the freedom to come and go as your please for meals, then renting a car is the way to go. The retreat center is not within walking distance of anything. The Mojave desert is a unique area, and if you're a first-time visitor we don't want you to miss some of its spectacular sights! Having said that, we do have out-of-town participants choose to spend their entire time at the retreat, as it's very relaxing. And, as mentioned, Uber is available too.
How much does the retreat cost?
Prices start at $695.00, please visit the Registration page to see prices and available rooms.
How do I register for the retreat?
Can I attend the retreat as a commuter?
Yes! Please see pricing to book the retreat without onsite accommodations.
What is a commuter?
Unlike residents who stay at the retreat overnight, commuters are not provided with overnight accommodations. They do, however, attend the full retreat, including meals and activities. Commuters will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodations offsite. The commuter cost is lower than the residential cost.
Are there any additional fees or taxes I must pay?
No, everything (including tax) is included in your price. (Please note that Commuter participant prices do not include accommodations.)
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We want to make this as easy as possible for you to attend. Please contact Cynthia directly to set up installment payments that work within your budget.
Do I need to sign anything?
Once you register for the retreat, we will email you an information document with an intake form and waiver that you will fill out and sign online prior to your arrival.
Can I get on a waitlist if the retreat is sold out?
Absolutely! If the retreat is sold out, please contact us to get on our waitlist. If a spot opens up, we’ll notify you ASAP.
What if I need to cancel?
We understand that sometimes our plans don’t work out. If you need to cancel, please notify Cynthia immediately. Because retreats are planned well in advance for participants due to having to take time off of work and book travel arrangements, it is difficult to fill spots left open by cancellations closer to the retreat date.
If you cancel more than two months in advance (before retreat), a full refund minus $25.00 will be returned. If you cancel between one and two months in advance, a full refund minus $50.00 will be refunded to you. If you cancel between two and four weeks in advance, a full refund minus $150.00 will be refunded to you. If you cancel less than two weeks in advance, 50% will be refunded.
Please allow 10 business days for your refund.
Can I transfer my enrollment to a friend?
Sure! Contact Cynthia immediately so that we can get your friend registered and ready to go.
Phones and Internet
You are welcome to use your phone and the internet (there is wifi). Please, however, do not use your phone while inside the studio space during a session. If you need to check your phone or make a call during a session, kindly step outside.
Studio Space Etiquette
We ask that participants be on time and not leave until the end of a session. (Unless of course a bathroom or water or phone break is necessary. There will be plenty of breaks for these things, as well.)
A retreat is a valuable time to turn your attention inward. To take advantage of this special time, we encourage you to bring reading material or pursue other activities like creative writing, star mapping, hiking, sketching, or photography during the retreat.
Smoking is not permitted on the property, but there is a road 200 feet in front of the property on which you can smoke. This is the desert, so please be aware that lit cigarettes pose a potentially disastrous consequence if not properly disposed of in a garbage can.
Please refrain from using heavy fragrances, perfumes and essential oils due to the potential allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities of your fellow participants.
What are the retreat property amenities?
Here are the key amenities that you will find on the property.
There are three separate structures with a minisplit heating and air conditioning unit in each room. Sitting atop a hill at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level, on most days simply opening screened windows offers very effective cross ventilation for cooling.
1. Main House
The house includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, sunroom, laundry room, and communal office. Two of the bedrooms offer queen beds and share a full bathroom off the hallway. The master bedroom offers a California king bed and is en suite with its own bathroom (with both shower and bathtub).
2. Pool House
The pool house, which is a charming converted horse stable, includes three bedrooms (one en suite) and one bathroom. The en suite bedroom has a queen bed, one bedroom has two twin beds, and one bedroom has a queen bed with a pullout queen sofa.
3. Retreat Studio
The retreat studio is a single large room (20 feet by 30 feet) that can accommodate approximately 15 yoga enthusiasts. It can also be configured to accommodate meetings with perhaps 12 participants seated comfortably.
The swimming pool offers a cooling respite on hot days. The pool is not heated so the pool temperature will depend on the outside temperature. There are loungers for relaxation.
There is ample seating and lounging furniture on the various patios and decks. There is also an outdoor picnic table that seats six for alfresco dining.
Gas Fire Pit
There is a converted a large Chinese wok into a propane fire pit. It is the perfect place to sit on cool nights under a blanket of stars.
The architectural style of the buildings might best be described as “high desert ranch”. The original portion of the house is constructed of brick with open beam sloped ceilings. Most of the floors are rustic Mexican Sautillo tiles.
All bathrooms are stocked with hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryers. Towels and wash cloths are provided for each guest.
Are there wild animals/critters?
There are plenty of other critters living on or visiting the property, including coyotes, rabbits, ground squirrels, mice, lizards, snakes, and plenty of birds, like quail and roadrunners. If you are lucky you may see a bobcat. From a safety standpoint, about the only thing that you need to keep your eyes open for are rattlesnakes (even though we have never seen one on this retreat property). Making a little noise with your feet as you wander the property will help alert them to your approach and let them retreat (they want to meet you even less than you want to meet them). Please keep doors shut at all times, and never leave any food outside. Mice have been known to dash into the structures in search of food – another reason to keep the doors shut at all times. The retreat property sits adjacent to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. This area is a major stopping spot along the Pacific flyway for migratory birds. Keep your eyes open while at the retreat, you will notice an astonishing variety of birds.
Is there indoor entertainment?
Yes! There are puzzles, games and books.
What meals are included?
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the price of the retreat, both for residents and commuters. We don't include dinner in order to give participants an opportunity to eat as they wish and explore the wonderful local restaurants and town. You can also use the kitchen in the main house to make your own plant-based dinner. (Participants have made dinner together as a whole group and chipped in for groceries. It's up to you!) There is a dining room with a community table, living room tables in the main community house, and an outdoor table and chair for dining al fresco. Light snacks (bars, fruit, nuts) are allowed in your bedroom.
What are meals like?
All meals served are plant-based. Breakfast includes fresh fruit plates, granola, cereals, bagels and cream cheese, tomatoes, yogurt, avocado toast, juices and milks. Lunches are brought in from a Palm Springs vegan chef who uses organic and local foods. When wheat or gluten products are served, alternatives are provided. There will be snacks available at all times. If you need to supplement the food offered, you may bring your own food. Communal spaces are plant-based only.
What if I want to eat meat?
You absolutely can! However, the retreat space is plant-based, so there will be no meat served or allowed to be cooked or eaten in communal spaces. You are welcome to have animal products in your bedroom (like freeze-dried jerky). You are free to opt-out of the breakfast and lunch meals and dine at the local restaurants, if you prefer. Dinner is not included for the purpose of you to enjoy a meal of your choice and craving.
Are tea, hot water, and coffee available?
Yes, they are available throughout the day.
Exact address in Yucca Valley, CA will be given after registration.
GPS Maps will give the best directions.
We encourage you to fly into Palm Springs, as that is the closest airport. Plus, Palm Springs is a wonderful vacation destination. If you have never been, we suggest spending a day exploring that city either before or after your retreat.
If you prefer not to rent a car, there are taxis (Desert City Taxi), Uber, and shuttles (AM/PM Shuttle Service) from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree. Uber services the Joshua Tree area, and there is an Enterprise Car Rental near the retreat if you decide to rent a car.
If you are flying into LAX and do not want to rent a car, we suggest you take Tesloop (Tesla's city-to-city car service). It is very reasonably priced and reliable, other LA-based Desert Reset participants have taken it to the retreat in the past.
AIRPORT TRAVEL TIME:
Palm Springs, CA (PSP) – 35 min.
Ontario, CA (ONT) – 1 hour 25 min.
Orange County, CA (JWA) – 1 hour 50 min.
Long Beach, CA (LGB) – 2 hours 10 min.
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) – 2 hours 20 min.
San Diego, CA (SAN) – 2 hours 30 min.