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2019 Three Jewels Mountain Retreat

  • Yokoji Zen Mountain Center 58900 Apple Canyon Road Mountain Center, CA, 92561 United States (map)

Three Jewels Mountain Retreat

The unique setting and purpose-built grounds will ensure that participants can sink deep into the silence of the mountains, enjoying the peace and tranquility that this valley offers.

A rare opportunity to experience a focused meditation retreat under the guidance of Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell Sensei.

The foundation of the weekend will be our shared practice of presence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating, resting, falling asleep and waking up, all within a container of silence. Yokoji Zen Mountain Center provides an ideal environment for this practice.

The Three Jewels:

Buddha (awakened one), Dharma (teachings), and the Sangha (community), together make up the refuge of Buddhism. In our modern context how can we bring these ancient teachings to life with meaningful and vibrant expression? Our foundational practice of meditation cultivates the living realization of awakening. The broad range of teachings we encounter at Long Beach Meditation deepen our understanding. Our wonderful, eclectic community of meditation practitioners grows stronger together. Supported by the open space of mountains, forest and sky, we can take refuge in the three jewels of our shining practice, emerging better able to face the challenges of this precious life.

- Jokai Blackwell Sensei

The retreat includes ongoing instruction in meditation techniques as well as daily dharma talks that focus on applying meditation in daily life. You are welcome to join us regardless of your level of experience in meditation practices. We end silence Sunday morning with a talking circle followed by breakfast.


Sustaining Members: Registration is $215. Sustaining Membership denotes those who make a monthly contribute of $40 or more.

Non-Members: Registration is $275.

Additional Information

Everyone is welcome to join this silent weekend retreat. It includes sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, daily dharma talks and serves as a skillful means for personal growth.  Each day’s practice concludes with a metta chant to cultivate the practice of loving-kindness. During the retreat, ongoing meditation guidance is provided making it appropriate for all levels of experience. Our mission at LBM is to learn and practice the healing art of meditation and this is an opportunity to truly experience this support within the structure of a retreat format.

This weekend retreat will give you an opportunity to experience mindfulness and present awareness in a seamless flow from Friday afternoon until we end silence on Sunday morning. Free from the distractions of daily life, you will be able to direct your attention here, allowing the mind to settle. Discovering the mind’s intrinsic peace, we can return to our everyday life invigorated.

We will provide you with cushions and mats to sit on for meditation or you can bring your own from home.

How to Register

1. Pay online using the payment buttons below or pay via check/money order to:

Long Beach Meditation 375 Redondo Ave. #178 Long Beach CA 90814.

Pricing (includes room, food and tuition)

Regular Tuition $275 | Sustaining Members Tuition $215

Carpools Available! Click below to enter your details and be matched with a carpool.

Registration Confirmation: You will receive an automated confirmation of fee payment from Paypal. LBM will send a personal confirmation within a few days of receiving your payment and Retreat Registration form.

Cancellations: Cancellations within 24 hours of the retreat start time will be refunded in full minus a $25.00 administration fee.

Financial Assistance: We want everyone who is drawn to this experience of silence to join us. We may be able to offer partial scholarships for this retreat. If you need financial assistance, please email us at

Accommodation Details

Time & Date: Check-in starts Friday, September 20, 2018, 3:30pm. Checkout is Sunday, September 22, 2:00pm.

Location: Yokoji - Zen Mountain Center (YZMC) 58900 Apple Canyon Rd, Mountain Center, CA 92561 (map)

Phone: (951) 659-5272. Cell phone reception is very limited, be prepared to disconnect.

The main cabin has multiple rooms for retreat participants. You will have a roommate. YZMC only provides a mattress and bottom sheet. Guests are expected to bring pillows, sheets, blankets or a sleeping bag, and towels for showering. Please indicate "roommate preference" if you have one on the Retreat Registration form. If you don't have a preference, we will match gender. All meals are included.

Meals: All the food served at Yokoji is vegetarian. The staff use fresh, and often local and organic ingredients to create a simple, yet nutritious and delicious menu. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know.

Contacts & Questions

For more information, please contact the Operations Manager at (562) 448-6887 or

Earlier Event: September 15
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Later Event: September 28
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