Women’s Retreat

JoAnna Harper and Mary Stancavage

Thursday, January 19 – Sunday, January 22, 2017 (three nights)

Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Yucca Valley, CA

$325 – $625 (sliding scale). Anything you pay above the lowest amount on the sliding scale will support help to support our scholarship program and is tax-deductible. This fee includes shared accommodations and all meals.

There are a very limited number of single rooms for an additional $150
Camping is available $255 -$555 (sliding scale). This includes all meals and access to shower facilities.

Scholarships are available for a minimum payment of $175

The teachers and staff (cooks and retreat manager) are offering their services on a dana basis and you will be given the opportunity to offer dana for them at the end of the retreat. Please feel free to write if you have any additional questions about this.

We currently have limited scholarship funds available and may not be able to support all who need a scholarship to attend. Please consider making payment arrangements if you need support to attend the retreat. If you are interested, please contact us. Download the forms to apply for a scholarship.

If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE and indicate it is for the Women’s Retreat at Joshua Tree. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.

The retreat is eligible for the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship for Educators. More info

It’s also eligible for the Hemera Contemplative Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals. More Info


You may now fill out the application electronically and then email back to Patty Washko at [email protected]


Our annual Women’s Retreat will be held Jan 19-22, 2017. This is also the weekend that Donald Trump is scheduled to be inaugurated and that there will be a Women’s March on Washington and marches around the country including Los Angeles and San Francisco. These are important actions to take and we support everyone who is traveling to Washington or marching locally.

We also want to let anyone know who is considering the retreat that we will hold space and awareness for what is going on in the world.  Spiritual practice is paramount in these troubling times and we know it can be relevant and this retreat will indeed be relevant. We are not retreating in order to hide, but we retreat in order to nourish ourselves for the work that lies ahead. There will be sitting and walking practice, but we will also have a chance to share with each other.

Please consider joining us for this important weekend of action and coming together as we sit in solidarity and community with the women marching.