Introducing the

Solo Hybrid Retreat

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What is a Solo Hybrid Retreat?

BACKGROUND

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant putting an extended hold on hosting traditional format residential meditation retreats. While some meditation centers have successfully transitioned to offering online retreats, the format can be challenging for many. Amidst the distractions and habituations of the home environment, it can be difficult to create the container necessary for sustaining and deepening a continuity of mindfulness.

If online or solo retreat practice is challenging because of your living situation, or you would simply prefer to practice in a private location amidst nature, there is an option to practice your online (or solo) retreat on your own at Big Bear Retreat Center.

FACILITY & ACCOMMODATIONS

Big Bear Retreat Center is located a 2.5-hour drive from Los Angeles, nestled in the ancient Juniper woodlands of the San Bernardino Mountains at a 7,000-foot elevation (four mountain seasons) near the town of Big Bear, California. With an emphasis on inclusion and accessibility, the 93-acre property provides a refuge for people of all faiths and walks of life.

Big Bear Retreat Center is offering a limited number of its 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom meditation cabins for rent, on a first-come first-served basis, for use during online and/or solo retreats. Each cabin has a living area and full kitchen. The cabin and portions of the grounds (with wifi access) would be your own private space to participate in the online retreat virtually via your computer or phone.

In addition to your private cabin, you will also have full access to the grounds, trails, meditation hall (limited capacity), and outdoor dining spaces.

The facilities, including the cabins, are regularly sanitized and are operated in accordance with public health official standards.

MEAL OPTIONS DURING YOUR STAY

Additionally, there are three options available in terms of food during your stay:

  1. Fully-Catered Plan – We provide freshly-prepared contact-free delicious vegetarian meals delivered to your cabin three times daily, and stock your cabin with coffee, tea, and snacks;
  2. Meal Prep Kit Plan – We provide a stocked pantry in your cabin, along with easy-to-follow recipes for you. This plan includes pre-washed, par-cooked, and some fully cooked ingredients that will allow for quick and easy execution);
  3. Bring Your Own Plan – You bring (and prepare) all of your own food and snacks.

ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES DURING YOUR STAY

Organized outdoor socially-distanced activities are also offered daily. Examples include mindful hiking, walking meditations, mindful movement, star gazing, work meditations (optional), and more… (Specific organized offerings vary).

POLICY ON SHARING YOUR CABIN WITH OTHERS DURING COVID-19

Big Bear Retreat Center’s default is to allow one person per cabin.

However, you have the option of bringing a limited number of additional guests (no more than six people per cabin). All occupants of the same cabin must be part of the same “quaran-team” — a small number of people who have committed to exclusively gathering with one another during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to rigorously observing the guidance of public health officials concerning COVID-19 safety and social distancing protocols.

Big Bear Retreat Center treats the safety of all of its guests with utmost importance. If bringing additional guests, each guest will be required to sign a document confirming understanding of, and accepting responsibility for, strict adherence to these protocols).

There may be other people practicing similar solo retreats at the Center but all people will be required to wear masks on the property and to maintain social distance when in proximity to others.

WINTER TRAVEL

Please see our Getting to BBRC page.

For additional questions, please contact our Retreat Manager.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please see our FAQ page.

For additional questions, please contact our Retreat Manager.

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Pricing Options

Meditation Cabin +

Bring Your Own Food Plan

$85 / Night*

  • Meditation Cabin Rental
  • Full Kitchen
  • Living Area
  • Internet Access
  • Full access to the grounds, trails, and outdoor eating areas
  • Scheduled / Limited Access to the Meditation Hall
  • Organized daily outdoor socially-distanced activities

*$100 refundable cleaning and damage deposit required upon reservation.
Minimum stay of 5-days required.
$5/night charge for each additional “quaran-team” guest.
Room only, all food is responsibility of retreatant, and online retreat registration sold separately.

Meditation Cabin +

Meal Prep Kit Plan

$110 / Night**

  • Meditation Cabin Rental
  • Full Kitchen
  • Living Area
  • Internet Access
  • Full access to the grounds, trails, and outdoor eating areas
  • Scheduled / Limited Access to the Meditation Hall
  • Organized daily outdoor socially-distanced activities
  • Snacks, coffee, tea, and DIY (prepare yourself) vegetarian meal kits provided

**$100 refundable cleaning and damage deposit required upon reservation.
Minimum stay of 5-days required.
$5/night charge for each additional “quaran-team” guest.
$25/night Meal Prep Kit fee for each additional “quaran-team” guest.
Room & board only, online retreat registration sold separately.

Meditation Cabin +

Fully-Catered Meals Plan

$130 / Night***

  • Meditation Cabin Rental
  • Full Kitchen
  • Living Area
  • Internet Access
  • Full access to the grounds, trails, and outdoor eating areas
  • Scheduled / Limited Access to the Meditation Hall
  • Organized daily outdoor socially-distanced activities
  • Snacks, coffee, & tea provided in your cabin
  • Three (3) Fully-catered vegetarian meals delivered to your cabin daily (contact free)

***$100 refundable cleaning and damage deposit required upon reservation.
Minimum stay of 5-days required.
$5/night charge for each additional “quaran-team” guest.
$45/night Catered Meal fee for each additional “quaran-team” guest.
Room & board only, online retreat registration sold separately.

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more than just an online retreat

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be outside

Enjoy and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Benefit from the wisdom and insights gained by absorbing oneself in the natural world. With organized outdoor activities, and over 93 acres of property to explore (excluding thousands of acres of adjacent National Forest and conserved land) Big Bear Retreat Center offers you the ability to experience just the right balance of solitude and community to nourish you.

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Stay Physically distant & Socially connected

Surround yourself with the energy and camaraderie of being amidst other practitioners (even if socially-distanced). Give yourself the gift of creating the conditions that are conducive to–and supportive for–deepening your meditation practice. Free yourself from the distractions and routines of your daily life, and immerse yourself in the benefits and insights that result from a sustained continuity of mindfulness, in community.

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