A Sacred site for healing, teaching, ceremony, and celebration

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.

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.

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. 

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                Solstice and equinox Gatherings

      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.

Desert Solo Fasting Experience

                A Vision Quest

Life At Madre Grande Monastery 101

The Beginning Course

Have you ever wondered what is like to live in a Monastery? Whether you’ve been to Madre Grande for one of our festivals or sweat lodges or you never heard of us, here is your chance to experience life at Madre Grande for a weekend. Join the monks and participate in our meals, work, prayer and meditation.

Madre Grande Monastery

Weekend "Appetizer" Classes

        A delicious menu of various one to three hour classes offered free of charge for guests staying in the Monk house during personal weekend retreats.    A great way to sample our teaching and healing philosophies and methods.   Schedule a personal retreat and choose your selection of complimentary "appetizers"

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        This special opportunity comes subject to availability at a suggested minimum donation of $100/person, and includes all meals Participants will be hosted in the Monk house, and will gain a personal perspective and experience of the daily rhythm of Monastery life.

       The program starts on Friday afternoon with brief tour before dinner, followed by an introductory talk in the evening on the history and purpose of Madre Grande Monastery and the Paracelsian Order. Saturday will include Yoga/Reiki/Meditation 7-8, breakfast 8-9, two hours of karma yoga service work, lunch, and then a study group from 2-3. There will also be time before and after dinner for wandering the trails, exploring the hills, utilizing our extensive library, or more in-depth personal discussions. Sunday includes Yoga/Reiki/Meditation 7-8, breakfast 8-9, karma yoga service, lunch, and further wanderings, explorations, and discussions.

       After experiencing Life At Madre Grande 101, participants may choose to schedule a longer stay or additional retreats.

Retreats And Programs

Listening To Our Mother

An Experimental Experiential Expedition On
Madre Grande Mountain

  • Have you ever been drawn to totally disconnect from the busy-ness of daily life for a few days; no distractions, nothing to do, simply be with you in the raw and unpredictable world of Nature?
  • Are you facing one of life’s transition moments, a challenge or crisis?
  • Is something new being asked of you? Do you need some insight to find your way?
  • Are you willing to face some of your fears or demons?
  • Are you willing to listen deeply, to become vulnerable, to be humbled in order to connect to the real source of strength in you that you can always count on and rest in?
  • Are you open to surprises, to find unexpected treasures arising from your very being?

  Joseph Rubano is offering to guide you (with the help of Kate Feeley as medical staff and base camp coordinator and CJ Hill as fire keeper and support person) in this Vision Fast Experience. You will sit alone with a jug of water, a sleeping bag, and enough to keep you warm and dry for 3  days and nights. You will look in, pray, open yourself to receive insight and guidance, and listen carefully. You will probably go through something. You will be glad you did.    

Where:  Madre Grande Monastery in Dulzura

When: Sunday evening October 1 to Thursday October 5, 2017

Cost:  For 3 days: $480 donation. Donations cover preparatory and follow up meetings as well as the actual 5-6 day process (including meals) and donations to Madre Grande for camping and wood.  If money is an issue, talk to me, we will make it work.

About me:  I have had a meditation practice for over 43 years and have been doing Sweat Lodge ceremonies since 1979. I have gone out and sat on the earth for days 6 times; twice for 2 days, thrice for 3 days and once for 4 days. I have a Counseling practice (individuals and couples) in Oceanside where I live with my wife of 41 years, my daughter, her partner and 3 grandsons (age 14, 12 and 11). I often teach Spacial Dynamic movement, inner work and meditation classes and offer the True Heart/True Mind Enlightenment Intensive Retreat several times a year. I can be reached at 760-754-1148 or josrubano@hotmail.com. I hope to meet you soon.