For several years, Bill Resnick dreamed of a retreat center in Southern California. Then, in the Summer of 2017, Bill met Valerie Cusson and Robb De Forest through the Spirit Rock ride sharing site. The three bonded deeply in the car on the way up to and back from a 10-day silent retreat taught by Joseph Goldstein and others. Upon returning to Los Angeles, the three got to work on making the dream a reality. Almost exactly a year later, the purchase of Big Bear Retreat Center was consummated.
Bill is a psychiatrist and philanthropist, as well as a mindfulness facilitator, and currently chairs the board of InsightLA. Valerie is a schoolteacher in San Bernardino working with at-risk youth, is a mindfulness facilitator, and is active with Meditation Coalition’s People of Color sangha. Robb has degrees in urban planning and business and has worked on environmental education as well as public/private real estate development.