• Yurt ($330) & Teacher Fee ($150) – $480.00
  • Yurt ($330) & Teacher Fee ($225) – $555.00
  • Yurt ($330) & Teacher Fee ($300) – $630.00
  • Casita ($330) & Teacher Fee ($150) – $480.00
  • Casita ($330) & Teacher Fee ($225) – $555.00
  • Casita ($330) & Teacher Fee ($300) – $630.00
  • Tent Cabin ($285) & Teacher Fee ($150) – $435.00
  • Tent Cabin ($285) & Teacher Fee ($225) – $510.00
  • Tent Cabin ($285) & Teacher Fee ($300) – $585.00

Please note that outstanding balances will be automatically charged 30 days prior to your retreat. Please see our Registration Information to learn more.

Date & Time Details: Registration opens at 3:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close shortly after breakfast on the last day.

Price: The price for this retreat is between $435-$660 and includes accomodations, meals, and a teacher fee (sliding scale from $150-$300). This is not a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

Shuttle: Shuttle service is not available for this retreat.

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Applied Mindfulness: Learning how to bring the benefits of mindfulness into everyday life and the work place.

With Grove Burnett and Ann Friedman, PhD (Assistant)

October 5 - 8, 2017

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive….”

JOSEPH CAMPBELL.  American writer and lecturer in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience.

How often have you wondered what mindfulness and meditation are all about?  How exactly does it work?  Does it do any good? Do regular people do it? Isn’t it just running away from reality, escaping the world?

In the last decade mindfulness has exploded onto the American landscape and the science of meditation has skyrocketed.    Once regarded as a weird and exotic activity, mindfulness is now practiced by more than 30 million Americans and is central to the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions. The reason for this rapidly increasing popularity and application is simple: MINDFULNESS WORKS.

Mindfulness instruction is now being offered in a wide array of professional settings, including: physicians and health care professionals, professional athletes and teams, major corporations, lawyers and judges, teachers and educators, and non-profit organizations and even the military

The newest brain research proves that mindfulness reduces stress and prevents burnout, improves cognitive functions, promotes health and a general sense of well-being, improves performance and productivity and actually changes the structure and function of the brain!

This training will provide progressive instruction in the fundamentals of the practice of sitting and walking mediation. In the afternoon we will hike the majestic old growth forests of the magical La Manga wilderness—at the height of fall color– that borders the ranch.  You will reconnect with the natural world and experience the high mountains in a way you’ve never done before!


Train Your Mind. 

Change Your Brain. 

Reclaim Your Life.  

Research Proves You Can Do It.  Why Not Start Now?


If you don’t change direction, you will continue in the direction you are going. 


Grove Burnett
Grove is a nationally known meditation teacher and trainer in the practice of mindfulness. He is co-founder of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. He trained with internationally renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He has taught mindfulness trainings for the Yale Law School, lawyers and judges, and many nonprofit organizations. Grove has had a distinguished career as an environmental lawyer and is co-founder of the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit environmental law firm. He has been named six times to The Best Lawyers in America which lists…
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Ann Friedman, PhD (Assistant)
Ann Friedman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Counseling Psychology Graduate Program for over ten years.  Ann holds both a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. Since 2007, Ann has studied mindfulness intensively with various national teachers.  Over this time, she has attended annual 7-to-10 day silent retreats and worked with national teachers on a monthly basis.  In 2015, she received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine…
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