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Retreat: 2018 Mountain Meditation Retreat

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

Awakening in Silence

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 priceless opportunity to experience a focused meditation retreat under the guidance of Dharma Teacher Jokai Blackwell.

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 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.

Awakening in Silence

Since time immemorial, meditation practitioners and spiritual seekers have sought the sanctuary of mountains and forests. Taking refuge in the natural environment, away from the busyness and complications of modern life, is a rare and valuable opportunity to experience the intrinsic freedom and peace of mind that naturally unfolds in stillness. The time-honored practices of meditation and present awareness can find expression in all our activities, supported by the natural container of mountains and sky. Taking refuge in our practice, we can realize the peace that is often obscured but never missing in our life.

- Sensei Jokai Blackwell


1. Pay online using the Paypal link on this page, pay in person or 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 $250

Early Bird pricing ends May 8, 2018. Find out how to become a Sustaining Member for only $40 a month!

2. Submit the Retreat Registration form.

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 after Monday, June 4th 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


Time & Date: Check-in starts Friday, June 8, 2018, 3:30pm. Checkout is Sunday, June 10, 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.

Main Cabin Reservation: 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.

Single Room Reservation - There are two cabins for individuals located a short walk from the main cabin that offer further seclusion. You will not 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. 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.


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


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.