A circular earthen bench space created for conversational gatherings, mindfulness talks, and hanging out.  SANCTUARY was built by over 100 community members, funded in part by a grant to the Mil-Tree Organization, whose mission is to help veterans heal through community and the arts.  


Friday, October 6
Dharma Time                                                            9:15am – 11:15am
Breath & Presence w/Cacao Ceremony    12pm – 2pm
Elixir Happy Hour                                                   5pm -7pm

Saturday, October 7
Dharma Time                                                 9:15am – 11:15am
The Sacred 7                                                  11:30am – 1pm
Wholey Huwman !                                      1:15pm – 2:45pm
Mil-Tree                                                            3pm – 4:30pm
Elixir Happy Hour                                        5pm -7pm

Sunday, October 8 
Dharma Time                                                  9:15am – 11:15am
Mythic Mojo Power Hour                        11:30am – 12:45pm
Native American Talking Circle             1pm – 2:30pm
Breath & Presence w/ Cacao                  2:45pm – 4:15pm

Catherine Svehla, Phd
Mythic Mojo Power Hour 

Mythic Mojo is story magic and the transformative power of myth. Step into the story circle. Laugh, think, stretch your mind, open your heart, and find your place in the tale.  Local mythologist and storyteller extraordinaire, Catherine will help you start a mini-revolution in consciousness.  Keep the mystery in your life alive.   

SUN 11:30am   

Zen Monk Jim Yugen & Aaron Mueller
Dharma Time 

If the bass dropped in the desert, and no one was there to hear it, did it make a sound?  We have all come here seeking something, maybe that something already lies within.  Join us at 9:30 am for open sitting meditation followed by questions and answers on basic meditative practice.  Its easier than you think!  Hosted by Aaron Mueller and zen monk Jim Yugen Lakey. 


FRI, SAT & SUN   9:15am   

Jenny Q's Grateful Desert 
Elixir Martini Happy Hour 

Join Jenny and friends for herbal tonics, intentional inspirational conversation, heaps of hugs, and miles of smiles.  We will be serving classic style and cocktail martinis infused with herbal concoctions and sweet grounding connection time dosed with powerful plant medicine.  Jenny Q's Herbals offers an exquisite line of responsibly sourced, hand-crafted herbal, aromatherapy, and natural health products. Formulated with the highest quality ingredients to support the body's strength and balance. Created in small batches with spirit and intention, in the heart of the Mojave Desert.   Visit her store, the Grateful Desert, in downtown Joshua Tree between the Health Food Store and Natural Sisters.

FRI & SAT 5pm

Andrew Ecker & Jose Munoz 
Talking Circle (SAT - 11:30am) & 7 Sacred Containers of Self Identity (SUN 1pm)

The Talking Circle is a meditative experience of prayer smudging and altar creation, creating a focal point of energy.   Seven Sacred Containers of Self Identity is an ancestral journey into this tribal technology that creates a personal foundation for the human experience.   Andrew was born to the Apache (and Irish), and has facilitated workshops in multiple disciplines for the Havasupai, Navajo, Hopi, Yaqui, Tohono nations and more.  Andrew dedicates his life to bridging cultures and sharing ancient tribal ways. 

SAT  - 11:30am  &  SUN  - 1pm

Mil-Tree Org - Cheryl Montelle
Get to know Mil-Tree

Helping veterans heals wounds of the soul through communication and art. Our mission is to bring veterans, active-duty military, and civilians helping each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art.  Mil-Tree brings diverse people in the community together to increase mutual understanding and respect, and provides safe opportunities to express, help process, and support in the healing of soul wounds, especially those of war, through the power of storytelling, speak-outs, healing retreats, art, music, movement, and nature.  Cheryl spearheaded the creation of SANCTUARY with grants and  scores of volunteers coming together  !
SAT 3pm

Asa Anunciation
Breath & Presence w/ Cacao Ceremony 

As individuals we can tend to leave or be distracted from the present moment. The breath supports the individual to stay, come and maintain presence in the moment.  You will be invited to show up for yourself, guided to breath and be present with yourself. In this intuitive class, you may experience bliss, a strong feeling of being present with yourself, joy, healing, happiness & thankfulness. Asa is a personal trainer.
FRI 2pm & SUN 2:45pm    

Seaira O'brien  
Wholey Huwman 

"Wholey Huwman - Rock ya Chakras"  A Wholistic Healing playshop celebrating all gender & skin spectrum inclusiveness through the power of the word vibration! Evolution Revolution! Being huwman!  Peaceniks United For the Webs of Life.  A heartful-minded dialogue will be lead through the experience of our bio-dynamic chakras (energy stations in the body). Simple yogic body movements & sound healing mantra chanting will be shared for personal & global healing vibration. Tools for the Times! Raising Our E.Q. (Emotional-Intelligence Quotient).

SAT 1:15pm