Yay! I am so excited you will be joining me for the Mindful Wonder Wilderness Retreat
Location: Pioneertown, CA
Temp: Historically Highs of 76 Lows of 40
Trip Length: 3 Days 2 Nights
Below you will find
A description of what to expect leading up to the retreat with 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 forms, and questionnaire
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 1st: Q&A Open Call
September 1st: Deposit Due
September 15th: Questionnaire Due
September 15th: Gear Request Deadline (In questionnaire)
October 15th: Final Payment Due
October 13th: Q&A Open Call
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.
ALL request for gear must be made no later than September 15th.
If you miss the deadline you can buy gear on amazon or rent most gear through Cooziegear Rentals.
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)
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
Lip balm SPF15+
2 Liter sized water bottles FILLED (reusable water bottles)
Daypack (Small backpack)
Headlamp or flashlight with an extra set of batteries
Camp Chair if you have one
Musical Instrument if you play one
Anything else you think might be fun to have around camp
Feminine hygiene products
Prescription Medications needed during the trip.
Extra glasses or contacts, if you wear them
Meeting Time: Friday October 18th at 12:00 pm
It should take between 2-3 hours to get from LA to Yucca Valley. Please leave enough time for stops and make sure you have had lunch before you arrive.
We will be leaving WalMart and caravanning to the campground at 12:30 pm SHARP.
Meeting Place: Walmart Parking Lot in Yucca Valley
58501 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
We will be in the back of the parking lot closest to the garden center side of Walmart.
I will help coordinate carpooling so we have fewer car. We will be driving on dirt roads so if you have a car that you don’t feel comfortable driving please let me know. The details of this will get figured out two weeks before the retreat. Here is a link to carpool.
Trip Itinerary: (Part of being in a wilderness setting is being adaptable.)
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.
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.
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 21st 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 a private campground in Pioneertown outside of Joshua Tree, CA. 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. Hiking will be optional and minimal.
Camp Nylen is a family owned private campground that was originally created to share the joys of the desert with cub scout and boy scout troops. The Nylen family now rents it out to the public but asks that we use the land with as much care and respect as the scouts.
Payment & Cancelation Policy
If you are on a payment plan. You will be charged according to the payment option you choose. The payment in full will be applied 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.