Meditation and Yoga Retreat Weekend

Meditation and yoga retreat weekend  – southern California – Mindfulness – Creative workshops   Mindful Movement – Music and Drumming – Vegetarian Food – Labyrinth – Swimming Pools – Incredible Setting – Friday, August 11th – Sunday, 13th, 2017 – Joshua Tree, CA.

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Weekend

August 11th - 13th 2017

3:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Led by Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neill

$375.00 - $495.00
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
United States
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Our meditation, yoga retreat in southern California is designed to be a blend of formal mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga practices combined with creativity and fun. Our emphasis throughout the retreat is on deepening our mindful awareness through exploration of our experience in all areas of our lives. The weekend will include daily periods of mindfulness meditation, body awareness practices with  3 teacher-led Yoga sessions including Early Morning Yoga. Creative workshops and talks by the teachers to help deepen your experience and understanding of mindfulness.  And we have our Mindful movement and music workshop with drumming on Saturday evening. The teachers are masterful, the grounds are beautiful, the rooms are all air conditioned and the vegetarian food is exquisite. This is our 12th year for Mindful-Way offering this retreat.  We believe we have created an event that is suitable and welcoming for people of all levels practice from complete beginner to advanced. And We see a lot of people, year after year, unplugging, unwinding and re connecting with themselves. And finding some peace, fun and joy at this Retreat.



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For Retreat Manager, email or call 951-750-9020

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Retreat program overview:

Join our meditation and yoga retreat weekend in Joshua Tree, California, to relax, unwind and  explore Meditation, Mindfulness and yoga. The retreat will be led by Mindful-Way teachers Beth Mulligan, PA-C, Hugh O’Neill and their team of highly experienced guest teachers.  Set in the beautiful grounds of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, (Home to Bhakti and Shakti Fest) our program is designed to be a blend of formal practices and fun, creative exploration – suitable for people of all levels of meditation and yoga practice.  The retreat will run from Friday evening thru Sunday lunchtime and will include daily meditation, talks by the teachers, body awareness practices with  3 teacher-led Yoga sessions including Early Morning Yoga. And our very popular Mindful Sound and Movement workshop. Our emphasis throughout will be on Mindfulness of what ever we are doing and what is arising in the moment. Participation in all sessions is optional and there will be periods for walking meditation, writing exercises, and free time to hike, walk the labyrinth, explore the grounds or use the pools. Beginners to meditation, yoga and retreat practice are welcomed. And we have a separate introduction to mindfulness meditation session available for people brand new to practice or wishing for a refresher. All of our meeting spaces, dining room and accommodations are Fully Air Conditioned



The program includes 6 delicious vegetarian meals, prepared by our expert Chef and staff, beginning with an evening meal on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Teas, coffee, water and some snacks will be available between meals. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, however there are no refrigerators in the housing. If you have special dietary needs please let us know 2 weeks in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you. vegetarian food mindfulness meditation yoga retreat retreats southern California


All rooms are fully heated and Air Conditioned and we have three Rooming options: Shared: Same gender Dorm Rooms, sleeping from 3 to 5 people with shared en suite Bathroom.  Single Room: Private room with private bathroom.  Group accommodation: Book a room for family, friends or group. Rooms sleep from 2 – 6 people, and have their own private bathroom.

Program Schedule:

Times and details are approximate and are intended for travel planning purposes only. Our retreat opens with on-site registration on Friday afternoon from 3:30pm. An evening meal will be served between 5:30 and 6:30pm. Our first formal session will run from about 7:15 to 9:30pm. Saturday morning Program Begins with optional early morning Yoga 6:30am and ends around 9:30pm.  Our Retreat concludes on Sunday with lunch, which will be served from 12:30 – 1:30pm yoga pose meditation mindfulness retreat mindfulness retreats

Late Arrival:

Traffic and travel plans are normal. Please notify us in advance if you know you will be arriving after 7:00pm on Friday. late arrivals are welcome to join in with the program when you get there on Friday.


The Retreat center is situated on 440 acres of it’s own grounds and has numerous amenities available to all retreat participants. These include a Walking Labyrinth, Hiking Trails, numerous water features along with a Swimming Pool and a large  Hot Pool.

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What to Bring

This is a suggested list only: Loose comfortable layered clothing. A hat, Sunscreen, Yoga mat if you have one, (we will have some extras at Retreat Site) Blanket if you have one. Water Bottle, Flashlight, Alarm Clock, Comfortable shoes or sandals. (Closed footwear recommended if you plan to hike on the trails)  Bathing suit, Bathing Towel. Personal toiletries, etc.  A comprehensive list of what to bring and directions will be emailed to you upon registration or in advance of the event.



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, and a certified MBSR Teacher and International teacher trainer and retreat leader.  Hugh has studied and practiced meditation and yoga for more than 20 years. His many years of creative and management experience in the media industry, including significant time working in international news and documentary production, combined with his intensive training in Mindfulness Meditation programs enable him to skillfully relate the concepts and practices of mindfulness with sensitivity and compassion to a wide range of populations.  His experience working in the news business in Ireland and Northern Ireland has given him personal experience with Gun Violence; combined with his training in Trauma Informed Mindfulness makes him a key part of our work with offering MBSR to Survivors Empowered.. Hugh has taught more than 100 MBSR courses and dozens of other mindfulness programs at universities, medical centers, corporations and government agencies including the US Navy.  He is the lead instructor on a multi year- multi site NIH study on MBSR for Parents of developmentally delayed children. Hugh has also been a presenter at the International Scientific Conference on Mindfulness, is a regular event speaker, and is the lead mindfulness teacher in a number of clinical research projects. Hugh has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the originator of the MBSR program, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. He has studied and lived in residence at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Zen Master Charles Tenshin Fletcher, Roshi, and is Certified as an MBSR teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

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