2017 Summer Retreat Info & Registration Form

Please review the information before filling out the retreat registration form at the bottom.

Starting at 2pm on Thursday, July 7, 2017 through 11am Sunday, July 9, 2017 Long Beach Meditation will host it's annual 2017 Summer Retreat at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center located at 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275, (310) 377-4867, http://maryjoseph.org

Everyone is welcome to join this silent retreat taught by Dr. Victor Byrd. It includes sitting and walking meditation, gentle to moderate yoga, eating meditation, daily dharma talks and a genuine container for personal growth. Each day’s practice concludes with metta chant, the practice of loving-kindness. We break silence on Sunday with a talking circle followed by brunch. During the retreat, ongoing Vipassana meditation guidance is provided making it appropriate for all levels of experience. Our mission at LBM is to support one another’s journey from the unreal to the real, and this is an opportunity to truly experience this support within the structure of a retreat.


  • Residential Single Room: $500
  • Residential Double Room: $400
  • Friday and/or Saturday Commuter Non-Residential: $125 per day


Five meals are provided over the course of the weekend and are served buffet style in a communal dining room. All rooms have one or two beds and a bathroom. Linens and towels provided. Please note that availability of single rooms is limited and first come, first served! If you are reserving a double room for yourself please indicate any roommate preferences on the registration form. If you do not list a preference, we will match according to gender. Non-residential attendees join the retreat all day on Saturday July 8th, 6am - 8:30pm and share the three meals scheduled for those days.


Tea, coffee, water and light snacks are available in the meditation retreat space throughout the day. Meal preparation is vegetarian. If you have special requirements not supported by a vegetarian diet, please specify them in your retreat registration form below. Retreatants are notified of meal times by a bell and are asked to maintain silence throughout the meal.

  • Friday - Dinner 5:30 PM
  • Saturday - Breakfast 8:30 AM | Lunch 12:30 PM | Dinner 5:30 PM
  • Sunday - Brunch 11:00 AM


Victor Byrd, Psy.D, is the guiding teacher at Long Beach Meditation and will lead our retreat. He began his spiritual journey studying Hatha yoga in India and teaching at the Integral Institute in New York City and the United Nations. He practiced Zen until discovering Vipassana at the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Since 1987, he has attended numerous three-month retreats and studied with notable teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, U Panditta, Ruth Dennison, Vivikenanda, and Shinzen Young. In 1990, Dr. Byrd moved to California where he earned Masters and Doctorate degrees in Psychology. He recently retired from private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Long Beach, California. The interplay between Western psychological work and Eastern spiritual practice has been the core of his inner work for decades and defines his approach to meditation.


FRIDAY, July 7, 2017

  • Registration opens at 2pm
  • Orientation at 3:15pm
  • Dinner at 5:30pm
  • Last sit ends 9:00 PM

SATURDAY, July 8, 2017

  • First sit 6:00 AM
  • Breakfast 8:30 AM
  • Lunch 12:30 PM
  • Dinner 5:30 PM
  • Last sit ends 9:00 PM

SUNDAY, July 9, 2017

  • First sit 6:00 AM
  • Metta Chant and Talking Circle 10:30 AM
  • Brunch 11:00 AM
  • Check-out 2:00 PM


Registration and room availability are on a first come, first served basis. The balance of retreat fees must be paid in full by June 10th, 2017. If you need to cancel before June 10th, your payment will be returned, less a $25 administrative fee. For cancellations after June 10th, your payment will be refunded less an administrative fee of $25 unless we do not fill your room. In this case, your payment will be refunded less a $275.00 cancellation fee. A $55.00 cancellation fee applies to Commuter (non-residential) cancellation after June 10th. The availability of single rooms is limited. We ask that you arrange for a single room if you are prone to snoring. If you prefer a single room and they are already booked, we will put your name on a waiting list. Your registration will be processed at the single room rate and you will be refunded the difference if a single room does not become available and you accept double accommodation.


To finalize registration we require payment and completion of this form. If you wish to submit payment or your registration form in person or by mail, address to:

Long Beach Meditation
741 Atlantic Ave,
Long Beach, CA 90813

If paying by check, please make payable to Long Beach Meditation and include it with your registration.


  • Your preferred sitting gear and yoga mat. Chairs will be available well as sitting cushions. Please advise if you intend to bring your own gear.
  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes and socks.
  • Blanket and/or shawl for sitting.
  • Shoes which are easy to slip on and off.
  • A cherished item to place on the altar.
  • Please don’t wear scented perfumes. Be sure to turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • For residential yogis, please bring necessary clothing and personal items for a two-night stay.



The retreat center overlook s the Los Angles Basin from its location on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula at 5300 Crest Road.

From the East or South: Go north of the 405 fwy or west of the 91 to the 110 south. Exit the 110 on PCH West. Continue on PCH to Crenshaw Blvd. Make a left turn onto Crenshaw and proceed uphill approx. 4 miles to Crest Road.

From the North or LAX: Go south on the 405 fwy to Crenshaw Blvd and go right on Crenshaw.

At Crest Road: At the top of the hill. St. John Fisher Church will be seen on the far left corner. Turn left on Crest Road and right into the third driveway to enter our gate. Parking is to the left and the office is to the right. Welcome!


We ask that you sign a standard yoga waiver at the retreat. Anyone who chooses not to participate in the yoga sessions or is uncomfortable signing this waiver is welcome to sit with us at the retreat and do other forms of meditation during the yoga sessions. You may request a copy of this waiver.

Retreat Registration Form

This form is required in addition to your payment. Without it we cannot reserve a room for you.

Name *
Phone *
Address *
Emergency Contact Name *
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Phone *
Emergency Contact Phone
Applying for Scholarship? *
We prefer you pay in installments if a lump sum is not possible
Room *
How man occupants in your room?
Unless otherwise requested, you will be housed with meditators of the same gender.
Food service is vegetarian.
Will you provide your own sitting gear? Ample chairs are provided.
Please list any additional special needs, health concerns or comments.