Everything you need to know before you go.
What is a retreat?
A retreat is an opportunity to explore, discover, and heal your mind, body and spirit. We are busy human beings, distracted by everyday life and bogged down by the details, and it’s for that reason that a “time-out” can be necessary in order to relax, look within, learn, grow, connect with like-minded people, and allow for a valuable new, energized perspective. A retreat becomes a chance to experience yourself in a different way.
In a world of separatism, a retreat is a communal life-affirming experience. People often have to schedule time off in order to attend a retreat, that’s why they’re held in beautiful locations, which allows for a wonderful vacation feel. Retreats not only offer quantum healing but they are experiences to be treasured and remembered for the rest of your life.
Desert Reset is a Joshua Tree wellness retreat, featuring exploration physically, emotionally and spiritually in a safe and luxurious setting.
Is this retreat for anyone?
Yes! You do not have to know anyone associated with the retreat nor know anything about hypnosis, spirituality, meditation, yoga or the likes.
Please note that we do reserve the right to refuse service to anyone we deem unfit for this retreat experience.
Is Desert Reset available for private company retreats?
Yes! We are available for small companies and accommodate up to 15 team members. Desert Reset company retreats are customizable and can be all-inclusive. Please visit the Company Retreats page for more information.
What is the maximum number of participants?
What is included in the retreat?
Lodging (unless registered as a “Commuter”), plant-based breakfast and lunch meals, snacks, gift bag, group hypnotherapy, yoga classes (all levels), breathwork class, soul’s vision board class, guided nature meditations, Tibetan bowl sound bath meditation, Joshua Tree National Park guided hike, any other activities and classes at retreat, and all 47 of Cynthia's audio mp3 downloadable hypnotherapy sessions (a $100 value)!
What are the extracurricular activities?
Swimming (when weather permits), wildlife watching, enjoying spectacular sunrises and sunsets, stargazing, photography, relaxing by the fire pit, board games and puzzles, journaling, and exploring world-renowned Joshua Tree National Park and the local towns. You can also purchase a private massage or private yoga class.
What if I don’t want to participate in all of the activities?
Some activities may not appeal to you, and that’s perfectly fine. It might be fun to explore a couple of them, but you’re welcome to use that time however you please. We want this to be YOUR retreat, designed for the activities that promote your own healing and resetting--and vacation!
What is hypnotherapy?
Great question! Please visit the Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the Hypnotherapy page.
Will Cynthia do private hypnotherapy sessions during the retreat?
The group hypnotherapy sessions are a thoughtfully designed process by Cynthia to promote optimal healing and the highest outcome for you. The goal is that all of your hypnotherapy needs are taken care of in group sessions throughout the retreat. Unfortunately, due to the demands of holding a retreat, Cynthia will not be available to give private sessions.
Can I attend the retreat by myself?
Most people do! Retreats can be fun for couples or friends but the majority of retreat participants go solo. People who are interested in retreats tend to be respectful, thoughtful, well-centered individuals, so it’s a great way to meet new friends. But it also can be a treasured time for reconnecting with yourself and relish much-needed "alone" time.
What should I bring to the retreat?
What to bring in terms of clothing will depend on the weather. The desert can be unpredictable, for that reason, please check the forecast for appropriate clothing. Summer can be hot and winter is mild.
Linens, towels, washcloths, pool towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner and hairdryers are provided. Here are a few suggestions of what to bring:
Refillable water bottle
Reusable shopping bag or tote/backpack (handy for toting items around the retreat grounds or getting groceries from the local store)
Ear plugs/eye mask for sleeping
Layered, relaxed, comfortable clothing: yoga pants/tops, and loungewear. Hiking shoes, and perhaps something to wear to dinner if you choose to dine at a local restaurant. (Though this is a very casual town.)
Swimsuit (for the pool, if the weather is suitable)
Bathrobe (to and from bathroom and pool)
Slippers or slide-on sandals (floors can be cool, and for those staying in the pool house, two of the bedrooms require walking across outside cement for bathroom access. It's only a few steps or a few feet, depending on the room, but it could be chilly!)
NOTE: Yoga mats, yoga equipment, blankets, pillows, as well as tempurpedic memory foam pads for hypnotherapy and breathwork are provided.
What time does the retreat begin and end?
This retreat is designed to make it easy on the traveller. Check-in begins at 2:00pm on Thursday, but you can check-in anytime after 2:00 on Thursday (even late into the night) because self check-in is available. So don't stress, arrive when you can! The retreat ends at 12:00pm on Sunday, with a 2:00pm check-out time. You are welcome to enjoy the facilities until check-out.
What is the retreat schedule?
Please visit Daily Schedule for an hourly breakdown of the weekend.
Can I arrive early on the day the retreat begins or stay later after the retreat ends?
An early arrival is tricky because check-in will not be set up until 2pm, but we will do our best to accommodate your travel schedule. And YES you can stay an extra night! The charge is $100 per person. You are more than welcome to upgrade your room if there is one available, and you can invite someone who did not particpate in the retreat to join you for that night's stay, too. Whether you stay in separate rooms or share a room, it is $100 per person. You are welcome to inquire about staying extra hours if you are catching a later flight. If you would like to extend your stay in the High Desert beyond what we can provide, then Brad, our Hospitality Manager, will be happy to direct you to a beautiful Airbnb that he manages.
Do I need a car once I am at the retreat center?
A car is not necessary once you're at the retreat, as there are taxis and Uber available. However, we highly recommend that you do rent a car if you want to explore the local area. If you fly into Palm Springs, you can rent a car at the airport (or take a taxi or Uber). If you take a taxi or Uber to the retreat center, Enterprise Car Rental is also close by the retreat. (Please see the DIRECTIONS section below for more information on renting a car.) If you want to visit Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown, or Palm Springs, or simply have the freedom to come and go as your please for meals, then renting a car is the way to go. The retreat center is not within walking distance of anything. The Mojave desert is a unique area, and if you're a first-time visitor we don't want you to miss some of its spectacular sights! Having said that, we do have out-of-town participants choose to spend their entire time at the retreat, as it's very relaxing. And, as mentioned, Uber is available too.
How far is the retreat center from Joshua Tree National Park?
The retreat is nine miles to the visitor’s center, just before the entrance to the Park.
How much does the retreat cost?
Prices start at $695.00 and vary depending upon whether you are staying at the retreat or commuting, as well as if you are alone or sharing a room. Please visit the Registration page to see prices and available rooms.
How do I register for the retreat?
Can I attend the retreat as a commuter?
Yes! Please see pricing to book the retreat without onsite accommodations.
What is a commuter?
Unlike residents who stay at the retreat overnight, commuters are not provided with overnight accommodations. They do, however, attend the full retreat, including meals and activities. Commuters will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodations offsite. The commuter cost is lower than the residential cost.
Are there any additional fees or taxes I must pay?
No, everything (including tax) is included in your price. (Please note that Commuter participant prices do not include accommodations.)
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We want to make this as easy as possible for you to attend. Please Contact us directly to set up installment payments that work within your budget.
Do I need to sign anything?
Once you register for the retreat, we will email you an information document with an intake form and waiver that you will fill out and sign online prior to your arrival.
Can I get on a waitlist if the retreat is sold out?
Absolutely! If the retreat is sold out, please Contact us to get on our waitlist. If a spot opens up, we’ll notify you ASAP.
What if I need to cancel?
We understand that sometimes our plans don’t work out. If you need to cancel, please notify Cynthia immediately. Because retreats are planned well in advance for participants due to having to take time off of work and book travel arrangements, it is difficult to fill spots left open by cancellations closer to the retreat date.
If you cancel more than 60 days in advance (before retreat), a full refund minus $100.00 will be returned. If you cancel between 30 and 59 days in advance, 50% will be refunded to you. If you cancel between 14 and 29 days, 25% will be refunded to you. If you cancel less than 13 days in advance, you will not be refunded.
Please allow 10 business days for your refund to process.
Can I transfer my enrollment to a friend?
Sure! Contact us immediately so that we can get your friend registered and ready to go.
Phones and Internet
You are welcome to use your phone and the internet (there is wifi). Please, however, do not use your phone while inside the studio space during a session. If you need to check your phone or make a call during a session, kindly step outside.
Studio Space Etiquette
We ask that participants be on time and not leave until the end of a session. (Unless of course a bathroom or water or phone break is necessary. There will be plenty of breaks for these things, as well.)
A retreat is a valuable time to turn your attention inward. To take advantage of this special time, we encourage you to bring reading material or pursue other activities like creative writing, star mapping, hiking, sketching, or photography during the retreat.
Smoking is not permitted on the property, but there is a road 200 feet in front of the property on which you can smoke. This is the desert, so please be aware that lit cigarettes pose a potentially disastrous consequence if not properly disposed of in a garbage can.
Please refrain from using heavy fragrances, perfumes and essential oils due to the potential allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivities of your fellow participants.
What are the retreat property amenities?
For details, please visit the Facilities page.
Are there wild animals/critters?
There are plenty of other critters living on or visiting the property, including coyotes, rabbits, ground squirrels, mice, lizards, snakes, and plenty of birds, like quail and roadrunners. If you are lucky you may see a bobcat. From a safety standpoint, about the only thing that you need to keep your eyes open for are rattlesnakes (even though we have never seen one on this retreat property). Making a little noise with your feet as you wander the property will help alert them to your approach and let them retreat (they want to meet you even less than you want to meet them). Please keep doors shut at all times, and never leave any food outside. Mice have been known to dash into the structures in search of food – another reason to keep the doors shut at all times. The retreat property sits adjacent to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. This area is a major stopping spot along the Pacific flyway for migratory birds. Keep your eyes open while at the retreat, you will notice an astonishing variety of birds.
Is there indoor entertainment?
Yes! There are puzzles, games and books.
What meals are included?
All meals and snacks are included in the price of the retreat, both for residents and commuters. If you prefer, you can opt-out of any meal and eat as you wish off-site, exploring the wonderful local restaurants and town. You can also use the kitchen in the main house to make your own plant-based dinner. There is a dining room with a community table, living room tables in the main community house, and an outdoor table and chair for dining al fresco. Light snacks (bars, fruit, nuts) are allowed in your bedroom.
What are meals like?
All meals served are plant-based. Breakfast includes fresh fruit plates, granola, cereals, bagels and cream cheese, tomatoes, yogurt, avocado toast, juices and milks. Lunches and dinners are made by a renowned Palm Springs vegan chef, Chef Tanya, who uses only organic and locally sourced foods. (See Cuisine.) Cynthia has partnered with Chef Tanya to create these delicious meals. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know. There will be snacks available at all times. If you need to supplement the food offered, you may bring your own food. Communal spaces are plant-based only.
What if I want to eat animal products?
You absolutely can! However, the retreat is plant-based, so there will be no meat served or allowed to be cooked or eaten in communal spaces. You are welcome to have animal products in your bedroom (like freeze-dried jerky or a meal you bring in). You are free to opt-out of the meals and dine at the local restaurants, if you prefer.
Are tea, hot water, and coffee available?
Yes, they are available throughout the day.
We are located about 35 miles north of Palm Springs International Airport in the Joshua Tree National Park area.
Getting to Joshua Tree (Remote, but easy to get to. We promise.)
We encourage you to fly into Palm Springs, as that is the closest airport and it's a stress-free airport. (Named one of the Top 10 U.S. "Most Stress Free Airports" by SmartTravel.com.)
As soon as you set foot in Palm Springs, you'll relax into a retro-cool midcentury laid-back vibe that is unique to this cosmopolitan desert oasis. (If you've never been, we suggest spending a day exploring Palm Springs either before or after your retreat.) From Palm Springs, the retreat center is 35 miles north. The exact address will be given after your registation.
If you prefer not to rent a car, there are taxis (Desert City Cab), Uber, and shuttles (AM/PM Shuttle Service) from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree. Uber services the Joshua Tree area, and there is an Enterprise Car Rental near the retreat if you decide to rent a car. If you give us your flight information, we may even be able to hook you up iwth a fellow traveller heading up to Desert Reset.
Airport Travel Time
Palm Springs, CA (PSP) – 35 min.
Ontario, CA (ONT) – 1 hour 25 min.
Orange County, CA (JWA) – 1 hour 50 min.
Long Beach, CA (LGB) – 2 hours 10 min.
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) – 2 hours 20 min.
San Diego, CA (SAN) – 2 hours 30 min.