Yay! I am so excited you will be joining me for the Disconnect to Reconnect Wilderness Retreat this October 25th - 27th, 2019!
Location: Joshua Tree, CA
Temp: Historically Highs of 80 Lows of 40
Trip Length: 3 Days 2 Nights
Below you will find
Important dates & deadlines
A packing list with important information about gear and what to bring
Details about the trip including itinerary and travel information
Retreat life: communication, safety, and other considerations to help you get the most out your retreat experience
The payment process
Waiver form. This is a PDF and can be printed and given to me in person.
Questionnaire. Please allow 10-15 minuets to fill this out and make sure to send it in by Monday Sept. 23rd.
The Questionnaire is very important, it provides me with medical information, gear rental, and food preference. I incorporate a lot of your answers into my planning so please take the time to fill this out :) Thank you!
DATES & DEADLINES
Leading up to the retreat there will be important dates and deadlines to pay attention to. I will be sending out reminders through email as we go.
September 15th: 2nd Payment Due (if you are on payment plan)
September 23rd: Questionnaire Due
September 23rd: Gear Request Deadline (This is in the questionnaire)
October 15th: Final Payment Due (if you are on a payment plan)
October 20th: ZOOM Q & A Call (this is an optional call for you to ask any last minuet questions.)
Please read through carefully, all items are included to make your trip as comfortable as possible. We recommend using a layered system where varied pieces of clothing are worn to achieve optimum temperature control.
The days can get hot, with highs reaching into the 80’s F and lows in the 40’s F so please review packing guidelines and pack accordingly. This is a very low physical impact trip.
ALL request for gear must be made no later than September 23rd.
I will be sending out an email specifically about the gear and the questionnaire next week. I can provide whatever gear you need but sometimes people like to have their own sleeping pad & sleeping bag. In the email I will include links with suggestions for what to buy if you want to go that rout.
3 pairs of socks, cotton ok
1 pair of warm socks (wool or synthetic is nice) for at night
Athletic/Hiking shoes (sneakers are ok, something you can climb around on rocks with)
Camp Shoes (Comfy shoes you can walk around camp in, Uggs are nice for at night)
Shorts/Pants (jeans are okay but they should be comfortable)
Warm pants for at night (sweatpants or fleece pants that are baggy enough to put over leggings)
Leggins/yoga pants as a base layer if you get cold (also if you want to do yoga or stretch)
T-shirts/Tank-top (cotton ok)
Long sleeved shirt (cotton ok)
Thin warm top layer to put over long sleeve shirt but under a jacket (flannel, sweatshirt, fleece)
Warm jacket (down, winter or ski jacket)
Warm clothes to sleep in
Sleeping bag (can be provided)
Sleeping pad (can be provided)
Tent (can be provided)
Lip balm SPF15+
2 Liter sized water bottles FILLED (reusable water bottles)
Daypack (Small backpack)
Headlamp or flashlight with an extra set of batteries
Wrist watch (so you don’t have to look at your phone for the time)
Musical Instrument if you play one
Stargazing equipment if you have it
Anything else you think might be fun to have around camp
Feminine hygiene products
Prescription medications needed during the trip.
Towel (if you think you want to take a cold shower)
Extra glasses or contacts, if you wear them
Meeting Time: Friday October 25th at 12:30 pm
It should take between 3-4 hours to get from LA to Joshua Tree and will vary depending on where you are coming from. Please leave enough time for stops and make sure you have had lunch before you arrive.
Please plan on arriving at 12:30 pm so you have time to arrive and settle in with a cup of tea or a short walk around the property.
We will be starting the opening circle at 1:00 pm SHARP.
Meeting Place: SKY Camp
4075 Sunnyhill Rd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252 GOOGLE MAP
We will be using the app groupcarpool to coordinate ride share options. We will be driving on dirt packed roads. If you are looking for a ride or able to provide a ride please follow the link below. If you are able to provide a ride, please add your vehicle here. If you are looking for a ride you can find people who are in your area and offering open seats in their car.
Here is a link to carpool. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/k6puo5
Sometimes it can be scary to offer a ride to people you don’t know but it can also be an amazing way to connect and meet someone new! I offered a ride to 3 people on a retreat I went on over new years and made wonderful new friends. Listen to what feels right for you.
On the Oct. 20th ZOOM phone call I will answer any questions about this and go over any final details.
This retreat is an opportunity to get to know yourself better and to develop a calmer and more alert mind. Through slowing down and minimizing distractions we will spend time cultivating a sense of peace and stillness. We will also bring mindful attention into group discussions, creative activities, and free time.
By taking time to know yourself and others in a more authentic way you can develop skills to move between inner and outer worlds with flexibility and ease, free from distracting thoughts, feelings, and habits..
Due to the purpose of the trip please plan on not having your cell phone on. If you would like to take pictures please bring a camera or plan on having your phone in airplane mode.
I suggest putting an away message on your email letting people know you will be out and will respond to all emails when you return. I highly recommend setting your return date to Monday October 21st. This gives you Sunday to settle back in and decompress before fully heading back into email response mode.
If you have a job or personal life where people may be calling and expecting a response you can also leave an away message on your voicemail letting people know you are away on retreat and will return all phone calls on Monday October 28th when you return.
If you have family who might worry if they do not hear back from you, it is nice to give them a heads up that you will be away on a wilderness retreat and wont have cell service.
All food is included. We do our best to provide a simple and nutritious menu. We try and stick to vegetarian food with gluten free and dairy free options however this is not guaranteed.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when you fill out your questionnaire and we'll make sure to accommodate you in any way we can.
Camping & Hiking Information
We will be at Skycamp, a private campground outside of Joshua Tree, CA. The campground is situated high on the hills of the Bartlett Mountain Range and offers panoramic views of the desert. There is an outdoor shower with cold water and a bathroom with a flush toilet.
There is plenty of space to have your own tent (provided upon request), or if you feel afraid to sleep alone, you can bunk up with someone else. Please make sure to fill out the questionnaire by Sept. 23rd so I can make tent and sleeping arrangements.
Safety & Hazards
When we go out into the wilderness, we leave some of the comforts of the city behind as well as immediate access to medical care. This is the risk we take to go out and find solitude and connection with nature. Taking necessary precautions and paying attention to the health and the well being of the whole group helps mitigate the risk.
Although it is unlikely that an illness or injury will occur on retreat, these accidents can happen. We have trip leaders trained in Wilderness First Aid and the closest hospital is 30 minutes away. Please keep in mind that it is all of our responsibility to be mindful of ourselves and to care for the group as a whole.
Hazards include desert animals and insects, the weather, and the terrain. We will review how to stay safe, sanitary, and aware of these hazards
Payment & Cancelation Policy
If you are on a payment plan you will be sent an email to remind you to finish making payments according to the payment option you choose. The full payment will be due by October 15th.
If you cancel your trip less than 2 weeks prior to the departure date, there are no refunds. However, you may transfer your payment to a friend or family member for that specific trip.
If you cancel your trip 14 to 44 days prior to departure date, you may apply your payment towards a future trip at no additional cost and with no expiration.
If you cancel your trip 45 days or more prior to departure date, you may receive a full refund minus $100 for administration fees.