Pine Manor is . . .
. . . a gathering place for psychological and spiritual exploration and healing.
Pine Manor is a learning center that hosts a variety of teachers and facilitators. We are located in the Cleveland National Forest between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore, California. In our busy and pressure-filled lives we need time away to connect with what is essential and to be renewed. What is needed for our soul is different at different times. It might be that we need laughter, understanding, empowerment, compassion, or strength. Or maybe we need quiet time or connection with others.
. . . an inspirational canvas.
In addition to the main house, Pine Manor features a unique cluster of small earthen buildings that have been built by many loving hands to demonstrate the use of various natural earthen building materials and possibilities. The first small building, Cob, Sr. is made of “cob,” a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water that is rolled into “cob” and used as building bricks. It is a delightful earth-building style that encourages builders to dance in the mud. In addition to the three cob structures on the property, we also have a straw bale round house and a writer’s den made with standard framed construction filled with light clay. Every building at Pine Manor exists to be enjoyed, whether they’re used for teaching purposes, gathering for relaxation, or meditation.
. . . a facility.
Our facility is available for use by teachers and trainers. We have the capacity to host 10 to 25 people. The main house has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and includes the “tree house,” which is a separate apartment with its own kitchen and bath that can accommodate 4 or 5 people. We host a variety of groups, including training groups, 12-step groups, Yoga groups, t’ai chi groups, and spiritual groups. We also host planning retreats for businesses and churches.
Pine Manor is dedicated to an open-minded emotional and spiritual discovery and unfolding. It is a Guest House (as in Rumi’s poem) to hold people’s experiences with curiosity and compassion. The staff wants to serve in a helpful and respectful way. Pine Manor encourages quiet spaces, listening, and time for nature, laughter, and creativity.
Pine Manor offers a unique space for smaller retreats. It is a safe and sacred container for various kinds of spiritual and psychological work. Pine Manor is a perfect place to do extended trainings for a week or more in length.
We can house 20 people comfortably and more if the group is flexible.
The grounds are full of inspiration and personal touches. The main building is cozy and “home-like.” People can let down and focus on the particular journey that is in front of them. Facilitators are supported with the knowledge that their needs will be attended to and that the needs of participants will be supported.