One of the ways that true growth and development occurs within a practice community and its membership is through the continued deepening of extended practice periods and inquiry into mindfulness teachings. Practicing together each day from early morning into the evening abruptly shifts our habitual attention and mind-spin requiring retreatants to maintain stillness and silence in the face of our other-wise well-honed mind habits.  In deepening our practice during retreat, we then return to daily life renewed, rested and having made intimate contact with our own true self, restored and transformed.  Retreat practice by its very design is time-out from our daily required responsibilities, allowing for a richer, deeper and more connected experience to self and other.

Retreat practice harnesses the collective energies of a similarly-intentioned group towards the development and cultivation of compassion and mindful awareness during our time together.   This intensified aspiration and seamless practice during retreat time, facilitates greater insight and clarity in regards to the truths of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and unreliability.    Reality is seen most clearly in retreat practice, which frees the participants from the self- preoccupations and delusions to which we cling in everyday life. This is an important experiential discovery that retreat practice inspires and invites.   The refuge of deepened stillness and silence that is then embodied, allows practitioners to return to daily life with a steady mind, open heart and deeply felt sense of interconnection to all beings. 

Retreat practice is a necessary and powerful aspiration in our practice development and evolution that we continue to grow and expand together through opportunities such as these.  If you have not attended a retreat or extended practice period, NOW is the time to set aside time, resource and personal commitment to do so.

We have gone through exceptional measures to make these opportunities as affordable and accessible to you as possible. We look forward to the opportunity to share retreat experience with you.  EMC offers a spring and autumn retreat at Questhaven Retreat Center each year. Click here to see the Questhaven Retreat Center and its sacred grounds.

2018 Retreat Opportunities


MINDFUL RELATIONSHIP:  Cultivating Intimacy, Connection and Belonging through Skillful Communication

During the retreat, we will be expanding our practice from the winter 8-week study series, inviting deeper inquiry into the aspects of our primal and more integrated sense of connection to that which seems unknown, unfamiliar and threatening.  The participants will be investigating their habitual tendencies to align, alienate, bond and separate from that which we perceive and identify as me and mine versus "not me".

We will be using two texts by Diane Musho Hamilton, Everything is Workable and The Zen of You and Me during the 8-week study group beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 AM at the Soul of Yoga, Encinitas.  The books can be easily purchased on Amazon.


Spring Retreat Dates: April 16-21, 2018

Prices:  Silent retreat pricing will not include food service.

  • Commuter - 3 days  $60/165-- includes silent retreat-$60 with no food, or the guided retreat with meals-$165.
  • Commuter - 6 days  $220--includes both 2-day silent retreat practice (no food) and 4-day guided retreat practice with meals.
  • Residential - 4 days, 3 nights  $400--Guided retreat beginning Wed., April 18-21.
  • Residential - 6 days, 5 nights  $520--3 days of silent retreat, prior to the start of the guided retreat on April 18.
  • Residential Cottages - 6 days, 5 nights from $540 to $810

Early Bird Pricing -  15% discount if paid before Monday, March 26th.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Cary Joel, EMC Board Member for more information at


Mindful All Day Retreat

All are welcome to attend from 9am – 4pm
$25 Dana for those not in a current Mindfulness course.
Please RSVP if you wish to attend any portion of the day.

 Next Retreat: Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00AM - 4:00 PM at Questhaven Retreat Center, San Marcos, CA.

Retreat Location

All retreats are held at Questhaven Retreat Center. Questhaven is nestled among chaparral-covered hills in northern San Diego County. The grounds encompass one square mile of coastal wilderness traversed by several miles of nature trails offering hilltop vistas, shaded oak sanctuaries, wayside shrines, seasonal streams, and a variety of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. Wandering these trails, we find release from the stress of outer lives, and come to the stillness and quiet necessary to awaken our inner lives.  

*We are grateful for the use of this space. There is no affiliation with Questhaven Retreat Center or Christward Ministry.