54950 Pine Crest Avenue, Idyllwild, CA
December 8-12, 2016
Check-in after 4:00pm on Thursday, December 8th.
Check-out by 2:00pm on Monday, December 12th.
54950 Pine Crest Avenue
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Conveniently located 20 minutes southwest of Palm Springs and 2 hours east of Los Angeles, the retreat site was personally chosen by Swami Premodaya as the ideal expression conducive to his transmission of sacred spiritual energy.
"The spiritual path is not the accumulation of anything, it’s the letting go of everything...You become willing to let go of what’s not true, what’s not real and what’s not you. And it turns out that most of what we’re carrying is that: The untrue, the unreal—and the ‘not us’. Because we’ve been trained, we’ve been programmed, we’ve been habituated, we’ve been filled from birth (and even before birth!) with all kinds of programs and ideas and learnings—and we think this is us. We experience ourselves as our preferences, but these preferences are pre-programmed; they’re not yours, they’re not you. But they’re so deep, they’re so ingrained, they’re so taught from the very beginning—in so many ways—verbal and non-verbal and every other—culturally instilled, familially instilled—that we don’t recognize it. It feels to us, like ‘us’. It feels like, “That’s who I am”. But it’s not. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking for intelligent people to quickly get it, that that can’t be who you really are. There has to be something that’s before that, that’s more the essential you.
And it’s everybody’s dilemma. But only a rare few are willing to...say: “Okay, I don’t want to settle for the false, I don’t want to settle for what’s not real. I don’t care what you call it--Truth, God, Self-Realization—whatever it is, I want what’s real; I don’t want the fake life.” Very few people in every generation come to that point. So if that has any meaning for you...you are the select few. It doesn’t make you special in the sense that you are better than someone. But it does make you very special, in the sense that you’re a tiny minority on the entire planet who have come to a point of maturity, of spiritual awareness, that you’re able to recognize what matters. You may not have every answer, you may not be clear about it—it doesn’t matter—you’re on the tip of unspeakable possibilities. This is your great good fortune. This is Grace itself. So be glad! You have much reason to be glad, whether you’re aware of it or not. I’m just trying to get you to be more aware of it."
~ from Darshan with Bodhisattva Shree Swami Premodaya – September 20, 2007 – Los Angeles
For a detailed program schedule, click here.
Includes 4 days and 4 nights; double occupancy; rooms and roommates will be assigned based on space management needs. Personal preferences will be taken into account, but cannot be guaranteed.
Creekstone Inn is a luxury mountain lodge located in the alpine resort village of Idyllwild. Nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, of the San Jacinto mountains, the lodge is walking distance to the center of town, with its numerous shops and restaurants. It is equally central to the hiking trails, ski areas, and nature attractions that have made Idyllwild a favored destination for summer and winter vacationers alike.
I-CODA has reserved the entire lodge for our exclusive use, including all the well-appointed rooms with private bath, spacious fireside livingroom/lobby, gourmet industrial kitchen, sit-down dining room, covered patios and open decks, billiard room, and many other outstanding first class amenities to support maximum relaxation and enjoyment, as well as provide an inspiring and serene environment for the retreat.
Meals, including any type of food and/or beverages, are not included, and are the responsibility of the individual. The lodge has a gourmet kitchen with appliances, and is available for those who wish to bring their own groceries. Numerous restaurants and cafes are within easy walking distance.
Driving directions are available at www.creekstoneinn.com.
Winters in Idyllwild are cold, including snowfall and below-freezing temperatures. Remember, this village is a high altitude alpine area (think Swiss Alps). You will need adequate winter clothing, including any snow gear you feel you need.
Pre-registration (including tuition payment) is required (cash, check or credit card). Registration is quick and easy by phone [masked]). The retreat is limited to a maximum of 28 participants.
$995.00 Through October 31 - Special Earlybird price
$1,195.00 November 1 through December 7
$1,495.00 Day of space permitting
For those who prefer or request added privacy, individual private rooms are available at the off-site sleeping quarters location at a fixed rate of $1,595.00 through October 31 ($1,795.00 after October 31).
Tuition payment must be completed to guarantee your reservation.
Through October 31 — $150
November 1 through December 1 — $450
After December 1 — Full tuition
“Unbelievably...my heart is opening." ~ RG (age 54)
“I am deeply grateful." ~ TP (age 39)
“I will never be the same again." ~ TS (age 34)
“Straight up truth, with no chaser." ~ DS (age 36)
“Thank you for showing me the way…" ~ SC (age 60)
“A thousand times thank you." ~ DY (age 41)
“… can show you how to open your heart to your spiritual path, no matter your background or ‘spiritual level'…" ~ MS (age 28)
“…good times…wonderful people." ~ JF (age 63)
“I have never felt so clear, so full of grace, so full of gratitude in my entire life." ~ LW (age 28)