Meditation & Yoga Weekend Retreat Southern California

Meditation & Yoga Weekend Retreat Southern California

July 27th - 29th 2018

3:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Led by Beth Mulligan , Hugh O’Neill , Jamie Martin and Noelle Pederson

$375.00 - $495.00
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
United States
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Join Mindful-Way and our highly experienced teachers for a Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga Weekend Retreat in Southern California. Sit in stillness, practice yoga as the Sun rises, walk the Labyrinth, swim in the pools, hike the trails, enjoy delicious vegetarian food, bang on a drum and watch the night sky during a weekend designed to be a gentle blend of meditation, yoga, awareness practice and fun. The emphasis of this retreat is mindful awareness of each and every activity regardless of your level of experience, making it a great retreat program for people of all levels from beginner to seasoned practitioner .


For Hugh O'Neill, email or call 951-750-9020

Mindful-Way Weekend Retreat

Mindful-Way is a Mindfulness education organization, that provides mindfulness classes, retreats and professional training  for individuals and organizations across North America and around the world. Since 2007 we have been finding beautiful venues and leading our Weekend Mindfulness Retreats as a way to combine the time tested practices of Meditation and Yoga with other fun and creative ways to explore mindful awareness. And it continues to be one of our most popular programs year after year.

Retreat Location

This weekend retreat takes place at the historic Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree California: Home to Bhakti Fest and Shakti Fest. located adjacent the Joshua Tree National park, and features beautiful architecture and grounds with water features,  hiking trails, hot and cold swimming pools and a labyrinth. This custom built retreat facility is fully air conditioned and is located about 2 hours drive East of Los Angeles, 2 1/2 Hours NE of San Diego.

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Single , Group, and Dorm Style rooms available.

Single  Room: – A private Room with en suite bathroom.

Group / Shared accommodation:  – Small cottage or Apartment w/en suite for  your group of up to 6 people.  A place to include names of people in your party is available during registration.

Dorm Style Room: – Shared room or small apartment, en suite, with 2 – 5 people per room

All Rooms and Meeting spaces are Fully Climate Controlled / heated / Air Conditioned.


Evening meal served on Friday. Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday – Breakfast and Lunch. All our meals are vegetarian, prepared by an expert chef who specializes in catering to retreat groups. The food is truly excellent, plentiful and very tasty. Teas, coffee, water, and some light snacks or fruit available throughout the day. A small selection of vegan options are usually also available. Please note* There is no food storage/refrigeration facility guaranteed in any of the rooms. If you have special requirements, you may want to bring your own cooler.

Program includes

  • Daily periods of meditation practice.
  • Talks by highly trained teachers on meditation and mindfulness.
  • 3 teacher led yoga sessions including early morning yoga.
  • Optional introductory guidance sessions for students new to mindfulness and meditation.
  • 6 Delicious vegetarian meals, with tea, coffee, water, snacks available throughout the day.
  • Mindful Sound and movement workshop with drum circle – all instruments provided.
  • Large hot pool and Swimming pool on site.

The entire program is specifically designed to be suitable and relevant for people of all levels of practice.

Registration and Schedule

Registration begins on Friday afternoon, 3:30 – 5:30 PM,  followed by dinner at 6:00 PM. Our first formal session will begin at 7:15 pm. (Arrangements can be made for late registration / check in.) Saturday schedule will run from 6:30 AM with optional yoga  and will consist of periods of guided and unguided meditation, Movement, Walking, Talks by the teachers, Free time to explore the grounds, and sound and movement workshop, which concludes at 9:30 PM Our program concludes on Sunday at 12:30 pm followed by lunch in the dining room (All Times are Approximate and all programs designed to be suitable for any level of practice.)


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Participant Guidelines


All programs are optional, however, Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all practice sessions.

In addition to our main programs, a teacher led introduction to meditation session is available for people new to practice, or looking to attend a refresher class.


  • Non-judging
  • Patience
  • Beginner’s mind
  • Trust
  • Non-striving
  • Acceptance
  • Letting go


  • Self-care
  • Courtesy
  • Listening and participating
  • Non-disruptive
  • Respect for others and surroundings
  • No drugs, alcohol or intoxicants
  • No food or drink (except water) in meditation room

Refund Policy:  Cancellation on or before May 26th refund minus $100.00 admin fee. May 27th- June 26th refund minus 50%. June 27th -July 11th refund minus 65%. After July 12th no refund. No refund for week of cancellation or no shows.


Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant having graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University and has practiced medicine for over thirty years. She is a long time student of Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center where she has lived in residence. Beth is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert and is a certified yoga instructor.

Beth is the Author of The Dharma of Modern Mindfulness, New Harbinger Publications

Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill

Hugh O’Neill is co-owner of Mindful-Way and has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. He has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. and Dr. Saki Santorelli, and has completed teacher training at the highest level. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices to a wide range of populations. Hugh has taught more than 50 MBSR classes and dozens of other mindfulness programs in universities, medical centers, non-profits, and in local government and corporate settings. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi.

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin


Yoga found Jamie over a decade ago in the heart of South Carolina. In 2013, she moved to San Diego to infuse her life with more joy and enrolled in a teacher-training program. She is honored to share the teachings of yoga and aims to foster a safe, supportive environment to empower her students and rediscover their wholeness.

Noelle Pederson

Noelle Pederson

Noelle Pederson is a Board Certified Music Therapist, working with diverse populations, which include the NICU, Hospice and Palliative Care for over a decade. She is also a gifted musician, joy maker and experienced meditator and Yogi. She says; “It is my belief that we are all born beings who are creative, expressive, and in search of connection.  I dedicate my work to helping individuals realize their connection to music, themselves, their loved ones, and their own inner pools of strength and healing.”   Learn more at


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