Madre Grande Monastery
A Sacred site for healing, teaching, ceremony, and celebration
The winter solstice is symbolically celebrated as the birth of mystic individuality. We open ourselves to the renewal of creative energy and let the divinity within take over our personality.
At the spring equinox, anchored in our greatness metaphorically, we journey in search of our shadow and regain the power that is trapped within.
At the summer solstice our contemplative, individual experiences symbolically find a way of expression as love and service for all beings.
The autumnal equinox signifies the transcendence of the ego, and the cycles will repeat themselves all over again at deeper and deeper levels throughout eternity.
For information on the next Seasonal Gathering click here.
Retreats And Programs
Listening To Our Mother
An Experimental Experiential Expedition On
Madre Grande Mountain
For over forty years Madre Grande Monastery has been a sacred site for teaching, healing, ceremony, and celebration. Thousands of people following many positive spiritual paths have visited the land and felt the deep joy and wonder of our shared human experience on Earth. Most activities have taken place in the valley near the Monastery facilities, and only a few adventurous and hearty souls have ventured to climb the Mother Mountain, to listen to her profound and inspiring wisdom and power. Find out more here.
Sweat LodgeMen's and Women's Sweat Lodge - Inipi Ceremony
The Medicine Shield Strong Heart Society Invites all interested Men & Women to our Monthly Sweat Lodge and Medicine Wheel Teaching.
Every third Saturday of the month from 10am to 5pm
Experience a sweat lodge in a healing circle of people. Learn the wise Medicine Wheel Teachings to release past pain and replace with joy, confidence and bravery.
The four turning points of the year, the solstices and the equinoxes, have been part of the sacred celebrations at Madre Grande since the beginning in 1975. We continue this tradition by hosting a Meditation Retreat for each change of season.
The significance for the monks, friars, guests and supporters of the monastery is subtle and varied. We participate in a changing variety of practices and ceremonies during our Meditation Retreats. From individual reverence, to theosophical readings from the Temple of Peace in Point Loma, to setting intention activities, to Labyrinth journeys, to nature walks, and more.
Besides the meaning of passing from one season to another we observe these times of the year as portals to self-discovery and knowledge.
Heal In Nature Day
In all spiritual endeavors connection with God/ Nature/ The Source is the main idea. Everybody wants to take a break from being human. The Earth can be an excellent healer when we find a place to reconnect with her.Click here for details.