Nature Workshop


Connecting to Nature: Building Community,  Building Leaders


Chery Owens, BSED, CST, MT, E-RYT

Dr. Joel Ying, MD


Dates: Saturday, September 3rd to Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.

            (Note: Monday, September 5th is Labor Day.)



Create an experience of connection to nature and community

Stepping into your personal power and leadership

Explore the four elements of nature: air, earth, water, fire

Course Description:

Relax and unwind as you explore your Lakota Tipi Lodges, the Common House with shower, toilets, laundry, kitchenette, art studio and therapy room, the YogaYurt with beautiful hardwood floor for yoga, dance, and indoor group activities, organic gardens and greenhouse, lawn area with croquet, AquaYurt with heated aquatic therapy saltwater pool, deck with hot tub, relaxing private grounds with hammocks in the oaks, patio area with fire-pit, fountain and bird feeders, dining tables, hiking trails within 1 mile (including the Pacific Crest Trail and Anza Borrego State Park), star gazing, 5-star vegetarian menu, contained on our 2-acre privacy-gated retreat.

Begin each day with conscious movement exercise. Explore the four elements of nature in your inner and outer world: air, earth, fire, water. Experience the power of community building, healing touch, aquatic therapy, creativity, and your own personal sense of mission. Connect deeply to your sense of Self and your personal power as you learn to step into leadership. This is an experiential workshop for transformational growth through connection to nature, community, and Self.

Reconnect to Nature in this four-day residential workshop at Mountain Valley Retreat in the beautiful mountains of the back country of Ranchita, California. (2 hours north/east of San Diego.) 

About the Facilitators:

Chery Owens is a manual therapist, advanced craniosacral therapist, and yoga teacher. She has facilitated and co-facilitated multiple workshops and retreats over the years at locations like Big Sur, CA, and Sedona, AZ, before envisioning Mountain Valley Retreat. Her workshops create deeply connected community and always contain her trademark of fun! (

Joel Ying, MD, is a medical doctor trained in Western medicine that now integrates holistic healing into his practice. His personal mission is to create community and deeper connection to Self. He teaches tai chi, yoga, and meditation. He integrates acupuncture and craniosacral therapy into his practice. (

Together, Chery and Joel co-create a workshop that balances experiential and informative, fun and challenging, beautiful and awe-inspiring. They create the safe space to hold deep community and facilitate healing. Their teachings are clear and empowering.

Join them for a workshop experience that will expand your mind, open your heart, and awaken your soul.


Total cost: $795  (Room & Board $400 + Workshop $395)

Starts with 12pm lunch on day 1 and ends with lunch on day 4.

Limited to 8 participants.

Includes 30 minute phone consultation with one of the facilitators prior to the workshop.



Mountain Valley Retreat

35690 Montezuma Valley Road

Ranchita, CA 92066




Nearest Airports:

San Diego (2 hours by car)

Palm Springs (2 hours)

Los Angeles (LAX) (3-4 hours)


What to bring?

Exercise or loose-fitting clothes (for movement exercise)

Layered hiking apparel and hiking shoes

Temperature range: average 80 high and 50 low, precipitation: rare.

Optional: painting shirt

Hat & Sunscreen

Swimwear (Aquatic therapy pool and hot tub)


Towels provided. (Please bring all other personal grooming items)


Sleeping accommodations:

Tipi – Children’s Lodge - 2 Queens: sleeps 2

Tipi– Women’s Lodge- Bunks:  sleeps 4

Teepee – Men’s Lodge - Twins:  sleeps 2