2018 Mountain Retreat: Awakening In Silence

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

Long Beach Meditation is proud to present the 2018 Mountain Retreat at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center located at 58900 Apple Canyon Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561.

Check-in starts at 3:30pm on Friday, June 8, 2017 and checkout time is 2pm Sunday, June 10, 2018. Meditation practice and residential training are taking place year-round at Yokoji, and the community practices by serving. They will serve delicious vegetarian meals and make sure you have everything you need to enjoy this wonderful refuge.

Facilities: We enjoy exclusive use of a spacious purpose-built meditation hall stocked with cushions and mats to sit on. Please bring your own equipment if you prefer.

Hiking: There is a trailhead on site that leads up to the Pacific Crest Trail. The hike affords beautiful views of the valley, as well as Coachella valley on the other side.

Food: All the food served at Yokoji is vegetarian. Only fresh, and often local and organic ingredients create the simple, nutritious and delicious menu served here. They balance vegetables, grains and plant-based proteins and serve in a dining hall which is kept warm in the winter months with a wood-burning furnace, and picnic tables outside for the warmer months. There is a supply of coffee and hot water in the dining hall from early in the morning until supper time. The kitchen is a place of practice, where the cook mindfully prepares meals according to the ingredients available, the weather and the specific requirements of the guests. The staff does their best to ensure the food is healthy, appropriate for the needs of the group, and enjoyed by all.


Jokai Blackwell, a Zen Sensei in the White Plum Lineage. He emphasizes the direct experience of awakening, using contemporary language and time-honored methods. Come find the support, guidance and energy to do the challenging work of awakening.


  • Sustaining Members: Early Bird = $195; Regular= $250
  • Non-Members: Early Bird = $235; Regular= $275
  • Early Bird pricing ends May 8th, 2018
  • All fees are due by June 5th, 2018

We do our best not to turn anyone away for lack of funds. If you would like to attend but are not able to afford the entire amount please email us for more information.


Registration and room availability are on a first come, first served basis. The balance of retreat fees must be paid in full by June 8th, 2018. If you need to cancel before June 8th, your payment will be returned, less a $25 administrative fee. For cancellations after June 8th, your payment will be refunded minus an administrative fee of $80.

The availability of single rooms is limited. 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 and you will be asked to 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 375 Redondo Ave. #178 Long Beach, CA 90814

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


  • Your preferred sitting gear and yoga mat.
  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes and socks.
  • Blanket and/or shawl for sitting.
  • Shoes which are easy to slip on and off.
  • Bring necessary clothing and personal items for a two-night stay.
  • An alarm clock.
  • Bedding: Sheets, pillows, blankets, etc. They only provide a bottom sheet.
  • Towels and personal wash stuff.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Pack for the high-desert mountains, it is warm in the summer and can be cold in the winter.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses are useful year-round.
  • Medication, if required.


  • Hairdryers or other heat-producing electrical items, such as space heaters. If you need to use electrical equipment during your stay, please make a request through the office.
  • Scented perfumes, oils or lotions.
  • Alcohol or recreational drugs.



Directions from Los Angeles: 60 East to Hemet/San Jacinto Exit (Gilman Springs Rd.) Right on Sanderson. Left on Ramona Expressway to Florida Ave. (Hwy 74). Left onto 74 to Apple Canyon Rd. Left onto Apple Canyon Rd.

Directions from San Diego: I-15 North to 79 South. 371 East through Anza to 74. Left onto 74 to Apple Canyon Rd. Right onto Apple Canyon Road.


We ask that you sign a standard liability waiver at the retreat.


There is NO phone available for use by guests except in the case of emergencies. Cell service is nearly non-existent and there is no public Wi-fi.

Please, help us finance those who are not able to pay the full fee by contributing a generous donation.

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.