Settle into the natural world and enjoy 5 days and 4 nights at Whispertree Retreat (formerly Bell Valley Retreat) in Boonville, California in the heart of the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Gorgeous accommodations, a swimming pond, and six miles of trails on 650-acres weave through the beauty and solitude of rolling oak hills and open meadows.
June 24 - June 28, 2024
Bell Valley Retreat
Drawing on the perspectives of Buddhist practice, everyday mindfulness, and the wisdom of the natural world, our retreat includes extensive periods of silence, meditation throughout the day, mindful movement, small group practice discussions, and daily dharma talks. There will be ample time for swimming in the pond, enjoying a hot tub, taking a hike, and space for relaxation and connection.
Our practice spaces include the gorgeous light-filled yurt, the peaceful outdoor amphitheater, and the expansive indoor barn. Walking from the various lodgings to our meeting spaces requires a 10 - 15 minute walk on a well-maintained trail or a gravel road, and includes a gentle hill.
A variety of elegantly appointed accommodations are available at Whispertree Retreat. Whether staying in the Toll House, Barn, Tent Cabins or the Bell Tents, or bringing your own tent and camping, the spaces are designed with attention to aesthetic beauty and connection to the land.
Choose from private indoor single, semi-private or multi-person bedrooms, or spacious fully furnished luxury tent cabins or glamping tents set on wooden platform decks. Some rooms have private bathrooms, most offer shared bathroom facilities.
Each spacious tent has an awning covered porch, electricity, and heated twin beds. Bring a friend and share a Bell Tent. They're great for two and plenty spacious for one. Choose your lodging preference with registration.
Each day our catered vegetarian meals will be nutritious, varied and carefully designed to support contemplative retreat practice. There are kitchens in each accommodation that you're welcome to use anytime if you'd like to bring any favorite items.
Whispertree is located about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco and about 3.5 hours south of Eureka in the Anderson Valley, an area within the Navarro River Watershed – a pristine, sheltered valley surrounded by verdant rolling hills.
Everyone is welcome. The Women's Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat is suitable for both beginning and seasoned practitioners. We hope you'll join us!
FEES: $1,195 to $2,100, All-Inclusive
Monday to Friday
June 24 - 28, 2024
Arrive Sunday, 4:00pm
Retreat Ends Friday, 11:00am
$1,195 - Bring Your Own Tent & Camp, Shared Bathroom
$1,325 - Shared Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom
$1,450 - Private Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom
$1,550 - Private Tent Cabin, Shared Bathroom
$1,600 - Bunk House, Semi-Private, Shared Bathroom
$1,600 - Barn, Shared 2 or 3-Person Bedroom, Shared Bathroom
$1,750 - Barn, Private Room, Shared Bathroom
$1,900 - Toll House Private Room, Private Bathroom - Full
$2,100 - Deluxe Toll House Private King Suite w/ Private Screen Porch, Private Bathroom
Deposit to hold your spot: $250
non-refundable and non-transferable in all circumstances
Balance due April 24, 2024Cancellation Policy
12378 Boonville Road
Boonville, CA 95415
Enjoy this beautiful Retreat Guide and video to give you a sense of place.
The Teaching Team:
Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, resiliency-focused professional programs, and she teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence.
Laurie Cousins is a mindfulness teacher, integrative somatic practitioner, and trauma-informed educator based in Los Angeles. Part of her education and training include the mindfulness centers of UCLA & UCSD and she teaches their signature evidence-based programs of Mindful Awareness Practices and Mindful Self-Compassion. Laurie is mentored by Susan Kaiser Greenland and a lead teacher of the International Inner Kids Collaborative. As a certified CRM Teacher of the Trauma Resource Institute and specializing in the field of trauma and addiction recovery for over 15 years, Laurie offers a holistic approach in her private practice through somatic-centered healing, compassion training, and resiliency building. Laurie draws from her passion for the natural world, contemplative wisdom traditions, and motherhood to help guide people and families to overcome adversity, embrace their innate resiliency, and cultivate joyful connections and purpose.