JOSHUA TREE: YOGA + HIKING ADVENTURE


Trip Overview

  • Dates: Fall 2016 | Dates TBD
  • Pricing: From $1150/pp
  • Activity Level: 3/5

INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in Southern California. Join MSA's Founder and Chief Adventure Officer, Michael Bennett, Ed.D., in this majestic destination as we immerse ourselves in 4 days and 3 nights of yoga, hiking, rock-climbing, and personal exploration. On this program, you will enjoy:

If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music.
— Anne Lamott
  • Inspirational group discussions led by Michael
  • Yoga Classes w/ Mary Wiggins of Yoga with Mary
  • A 'Sound Bath' at the world-famous Integratron
  • An Introduction to Rock-Climbing Class
  • Optional Guiding Hiking Adventures
  • Time to disconnect from the stresses and busyness of life

Throughout the weekend, you will join Michael on a journey of personal exploration, discovery, and transformation. He will use the many experiences as catalysts for lively and inspired discussions Daily workshops and group conversations will help you reflect on what you are learning from your adventures. Time for personal reflection will leave you feeling rejuvenated and re-energized. And working one-on-one with your Michael will help you craft the perfect plan to kick-start the next chapter of your life! February is the perfect time to visit Joshua Tree: The tourists are gone, the temperatures are cooler, and the sunsets are simply breathtaking. Explore for yourself this Spring! 

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MEET YOUR PROGRAM LEADERS

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D. | Founder & Chief Adventure Officer

Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, accidental entrepreneur, and life/career coach who has dedicated his life to helping others change their lives through his coaching and travel programs. Inspired by his own transformational travel experiences and a personal struggle to find meaningful work, Michael launched MSA in 2011 as way to support others in bringing more passion, purpose, and meaning to their lives. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and both his Global MBA and his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.


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MARY WIGGINS | Registered Yoga Teacher & Licensed Masseuse

Mary has been teaching yoga (and loving it!) since April of 2012. Although her lust for “Madonna arms” is what initially drew her to yoga, the mind/body connection is what has made her a lifelong fan. In addition to her yoga teaching, Mary is also a licensed massage therapist. Originally hailing from the coast of Charleston, SC, Mary now calls SoCal "home" and is loving every moment of it. She is self-proclaimed full-blown yoga nerd and Established California's newest Health Contributor! We know you'll fall in love with her just like we have!


THE ITINERARY

Day 1: Joshua Tree Adventure

  • Eat: Dinner
  • Sleep: The Desert Lily

Arrive in Joshua Tree + Optional Afternoon Hike and/or Yoga

Welcome to Joshua Tree! Arrive by 3PM and then join the group for a late-afternoon yoga session or hike. Before dinner, meet-and-greet with you fellow travelers. A delicious dinner is followed by an evening of stargazing and S'mores.


Day 2: Joshua Tree Adventure

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: The Desert Lily

Sound Bath + Exploring the National Park

Greet the day with a yoga class before enjoying breakfast with the group. A morning MSA session will be followed by a trip to the Integratron, where you'll be treated to a sound bath! After lunch, we'll head to the National Park for an afternoon of hiking and exploration before returning to the hotel. Free time to explore the town or meet with your program leader. Dinner in the evening will be followed by a special event! 


Day 3: Joshua Tree Adventure

  • Eat: B, L, D
  • Sleep: The Desert Lily

Intro to Rock Climbing Class + Program Ends

Yoga and breakfast will precede a morning MSA session. After lunch, we'll head back into the Park for an Intro to Rock Climbing class — a classic Joshua Tree experience! Return to the Desert Lily to relax, enjoy the sunset, or meet with your Program Leader before dinner and an evening of fun with your fellow travelers. 


Day 4: Joshua Tree Adventure

  • Eat: B, L
  • Sleep: N/A

Morning Yoga Class + Program Ends

Enjoy one last yoga class before our final MSA gathering. We'll close the program after lunch. Say goodbye to your new friends and depart for home around 3PM. 

 

Note: It is possible to extend your stay before or after this adventure. Contact MSA for more info!


ACCOMMODATIONS

With its spectacular panoramic views, The Desert Lily is a peaceful and delight-filled place to experience all that the high desert has to offer. Surrounded by desert foliage and creatures of all kinds, be sure to listen for the music of coyotes and to observe the quail families, lizards, jackrabbits, tortoises, and other creatures that call this desert home.

In the stillness of dawn, greet the day by watching the rising sun softly color everything, from mountain to sky, in a pink and orange glowing light. Invisibly, the desert wind picks up. It interacts and magically brings the sculpture garden to life ... each sculpture's distinctive movement mirrors the shifting nature of the wind and environment. Admire hummingbirds flitting and swooping about in their desert garden that is surprisingly lush and fragrant when full of springtime blossoms. Spend your evening gazing at the brilliant starry sky or bathe in the intense desert moonlight that turns night to day. A beautiful wall of adobe and bottles surround a cozy fire-pit where you can snuggle up around a fire on cool evenings. You may want to curl up in the hammock and dream of other worlds, or sip a glass of win beside a fire in the great room. The spring season is glorious with the desert abloom. And the sun is almost always shining.


INCLUSIONS

What's Included

The following items are included in your Adventure:

  • 1 pre-adventure coaching call with Michael
  • Daily yoga classes with Mary Wiggins
  • 3 Nights accommodation @ The Desert Lily
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • An evening of stargazing with an astronomer
  • A 'sound bath' at the Integratron
  • Introduction to rock-climbing class
  • Guided explorations of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Tips for services (hotels, food, non-MSA guides, etc.)
  • 1 post-adventure coaching calls with your Michael

What's NOT Included

The following items are NOT included in your Adventure:

  • Transportation to/from Joshua Tree
  • Snacks or beverages outside of planned MSA meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs or personal gifts
  • Items of a personal nature (medicines, toiletries, etc.)
  • Tips for MSA program leaders (optional)

PRICING

Pricing for this Joshua Tree Weekend Adventure varies slightly depending on the number of people who go on the trip with us! (Hint: Get some friends to sign up, too ... It makes it cheaper for everyone!) Rates based on double occupancy. 

4 People: $1,350/pp

6 People: $1,250/pp

8 People: $1,150/pp

Single supplement may be available upon request. We are happy to offer different payment options for you. We always strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Occasionally we offer scholarships and work/trade opportunities for those that are interested. Please contact us for more information.

Note: Pricing may be subject to change as we are finalizing some details of this Getaway.


I AM READY FOR MY JOSHUA TREE GETAWAY!

Register for this Joshua Tree Getaway Now!

Ready for a rejuvenating and life-changing weekend in the SoCal desert? We encourage you to register for this retreat now, as programs tend to fill quickly (in some cases months in advance) so the sooner you reserve your spot, the better!

Create Your Own Joshua Tree Adventure

Would you love to attend a Joshua Tree Yoga & Hiking Adventure with MSA but can't make these dates work? Not to worry — We are happy to create a personalized Adventure for you and your friends. Click the button below to get started!



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below you will find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this Adventure. Have more questions? Contact us!

Is this program for me?

This program is for you if you ...

  1. Love traveling, exploring new places, making new friends, and trying new things like sound baths and rock-climbing
  2. Are ready to create something new in your life—a job/career, or relationship, or even a new way of looking at things

 

Do I need to be a yogi and/or in greta shape to participate?

NO! You do not need to be a world-class athlete to participate in this program. You should, however, be fit enough to participate in activities like yoga and light hiking. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to complete this program, please contact MSA at (424) 216—8339.

 

How does the Your Hero's Journey process work?

All of our Adventures follow a three-part process of exploration, discovery, and transformation that we call Your Hero's Journey. Like the Hero's Journey itself, YHJ consists of 3 stages:

  1. The Call to Adventure — A series of pre-departure calls help us get to know each other and prepare for our Journey
  2. The Adventure — We explore the world, have fun, engage in meaningful discussions, and learn from our experiences
  3. The Return of the Hero — A series of post-trip calls that help us keep each other accountable for the actions we commit to

The goal? To create an exciting, powerful, and life-changing experience for you and your fellow travelers!

 

What does a typical day on this Adventure look like?

The days will be exhilarating and in some cases physically challenging as we explore Joshua Tree National Park. In the evenings, over a delicious meal and a beer or a glass of wine, we'll dive into casual yet inspirational conversations about what you are learning from your experiences (and one another) and how you can apply those lessons to transform your life. 

 

How many people will be going with me on this Adventure?

We limit the group size for all of our Adventures to a max of 8 participants. (We also require a minimum of 4 people for this trip.) Most participants for this program are between the ages of 25—45, but we've had adventurers as young as 65 on our programs. Generally speaking, we see a few more women than men on our programs.

 

How do I sign up for this Adventure?

 

How much is the deposit for this trip? What is the payment schedule like?

MSA requires a $500 deposit for this program. Your remaining balance will be due 90 days before the program starts. We'll send you en electronic invoice a few days before your final payment is due. You can pay by credit card or by check, although a 3% fee will be added to all credit card payments. 

 

What is the cancellation policy for this Adventure?

If you need to cancel your booking prior to departure, money will be returned less the cancellation fees based on the following schedule:  

Days Prior to Departure: Fee Per Person

  • 91 or more days: Initial deposit
  • 31—90 days: 50% of program cost
  • 30 or fewer days: 100% of program cost

Check out our Terms & Conditions for more info. 

 

What's the weather like in Joshua Tree in the Fall?

PERFECT!! Temperatures are typically in the low- to mid-70s during the day, and can drop into the 40s (or below) at night. 

 

What do I need to bring or pack?

The best approach is to bring layers of clothing: Everything from shorts and t-shirts to jackets, sweaters, and gloves. A detailed packing list will be sent out via email about 30 days prior to the program date. 

 

What should I do if I have questions that are not addressed here?

Simple — CONTACT US! We're happy to talk to you about any questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.

 

Joshua Tree Photos