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Event Highlights

  • We'll learn skills in mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to aid us in:
  • Building a regular "Happiness practice" to bring joy to your life
  • Trusting our inner senses to tell us what we really need
  • Understand how we to better manage our emotions, starting with embodiment
  • Bring focus to what matters and learn how to let that other stuff fall away
  • Explore ways to manage difficult relationships with ease
  • Learn techniques to get deeper in meditation-without a struggle
  • 1 hour coaching call pre-retreat
  • Private one-on-one during the retreat
  • 1 hour follow-up coaching session after the retreat


Arrive in the afternoon and take a hike through the forest, or simply settle into your cabin.
Locate your cabin and get settled in
Afternoon activities are geared to opening our hearts and minds, creating a safe space for self-exploration
Opening welcome, introduction to the program
Dinner 6:30 PM
Sound healing meditation with Tibetan singing bowls

Breakfast 8-9
Morning meditation, learning circle
Lunch at noon
Afternoon mindfulness exercises and activities
Dinner 6:30 PM
Evening Drum circle! (drums provided)

Breakfast 8-9
Morning meditation, learning circle
Lunch at noon
Closing session at 2 PM

About This Event

The transition from season to season generates inspiration to re-connect with ourselves and reflect on the year so far and any changes we want to make. Join Mindfulness and emotional intelligence teacher Janet Fouts to bring mindful attention to self-care, get grounded and turn your focus inward to revive and refresh body and mind.

Come away with us to the beauty and grandeur of the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Give yourself permission to let your mind fall into reflection and open your heart to your truest dreams.

Come together with like-minded souls and use this time of transition to fuel your inner wisdom You’ll share insights and create friendships in a safe and caring environment, devoid of judgment and criticism.

Find the inner knowledge of yourself you’ve had all along and re-kindle the joy in your heart.

Janet masterfully blends the academic and applicable steps to welcoming mindful awareness in our day-to-day moments. If you're seeking some calm for the storms and stress of life, I highly recommend Nearly Mindful.

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodations in a private cabin on the property, 3 delicious meals per day, Snacks, water, tea and coffee throughout the day.
  • Interactive mindfulness and meditation sessions.
  • Mindful movement and yoga.
  • Sound healing and drum circle class.
  • Time for reflection, hiking, retreating into the solitude of the redwoods.

What's Not Included

Airfare or transportation to and from the retreat center.

Venue Highlights

Beautiful location in the heart of the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains, just minutes from Santa Cruz and an easy drive from San Francisco or San Jose. The location is secluded and serene. The majority of activities take place in the Los Alas lodge. (Free Wi-fi available in the lodge)


Accommodations are individual cabins, equipped with linens and private bath. Shared rooms are available at a lower rate for groups (contact Janet to arrange)


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea


The Sequoia Retreat Center is easy to find.

We are located in Ben Lomond (California State Highway 9), about ten miles north of Santa Cruz.

Coming from the north, Hwy 880 becomes Hwy 17 in San Jose (at Hwy 280 intersection). Take Hwy 17 South (toward Santa Cruz).

Take the Mt. Hermon Road exit. At the stoplight turn right on Mt. Hermon Road. Stay on Mt. Hermon Road for 2 miles through Scotts Valley.

Turn right on Graham Hill Road. Take a quick right again at the next signal onto Hwy 9. Drive 4.5 miles through Ben Lomond, past the Ben Lomond Market and Fire Station.

Turn left on Alba Road (just after the Quaker Center sign). Proceed 1.5 miles up the hill, turning left into Retreat at the entrance sign.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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