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Weekend Retreat at Mount Madonna


Immersing in the natural world...

Connecting with yourself...

Nourishing body, mind, heart, & soul...

Being in stillness...

Relating authentically with others


This retreat offers an opportunity to open your heart and cultivate spaciousness in your mind

by stepping outside of the routine and familiar... into a world of beauty and state of wonder.

Bringing curiosity into our relationship with nature, ourselves and each other

allows us to experience what is “underneath”

— the silence, stillness and ever-present miracle of simply being here,

in this body, in this community, in this universe.


MOUNT MADONNA CENTER, Watsonville, CALifornia


Thank you for your interest in this retreat!

The retreat is now at capacity, so we are no longer accepting additional participants.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for the “Awakening to Interbeing” retreat, February 28-March 3, 2019!




The intention of this retreat is to offer a safe container for participants to experience deep connection with ourselves, each other and the world. As we cultivate awareness in nature, we discover that curiosity and compassion naturally arise, we feel more fully alive, and we access more of the totality of our being.

Read "Nature Meditation: What's the Point?" by Marianne

This retreat is facilitated by four experienced teachers, Marianne Rowe MS, LMFT; Katie Dutcher, MA; Jennifer Edwards, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT; and Patricia Wolff, DC, MFT. We offer perspectives from wisdom traditions, shamanism, mindfulness, psychotherapy, neuroscience, and nature therapy.

Elements of this retreat will include:

  • Meditation (Guided and Silent)

  • Gentle Yoga and Qi-gong

  • Shamanic Journeying

  • “Shinrin-yoku” (Forest Bathing)

  • Relational Practices

  • Teachings

  • Mindful Inquiry and Discussion

  • Reflection and Writing

  • Periods of Silence

  • Ritual and Ceremony


Marianne Rowe and Katie Dutcher share why they love to practice mindfulness outside. Awareness of the world around us ground us and connects us to what really matters.



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Note: Dorm cost is dependent on the dorm of 4 beds being full. If the dorm is not full, the cost will be pro-rated accordingly.

Registration deadline October 23.



  • 2 nights lodging

  • Facilitation by 4 teachers

  • Locally-sourced, organic, vegetarian meals

  • Practice Guide


Mount Madonna Center is a yoga, conference, and retreat center nestled among redwood groves on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains. For nearly 40 years, the Center has been an educational, transformative setting for a wealth of universal teachings of peace, growth, and values-based living. Walking trails, natural elements, hot tub, hiking trails, and a small lake for swimming are some of the contemplative environments to be found on the grounds. (See directions.)



Delicious vegetarian meals and snacks are provided, with non-gluten and non-dairy options available at every meal.

Katie Dutcher, founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, shares a meditation to awaken the senses and connect with what is within and around you.

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  • A full refund, minus a $50 service fee, is available until October 9, 2018

  • No refunds are available after October 9, 2018

Patricia Wolff shares how nature meditation connects us with what supports us.


Jennifer Farley gives an introduction to the phases of the moon and explains how to cultivate your relationship to the moon.

Marianne Rowe, founding teacher at Monterey Bay Meditation Studio and Certified Forest Therapy Guide, gives an introduction to the practice of Forest Bathing and how it inspires her.

Katie Dutcher, founding teacher of Monterey Bay Meditation Studio, shares a gentle practice of qigong.

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