Getting Here

By Car

From Los Angeles or Orange County: Take the 405 to the 5 South to the 805 South. Get onto the 94 East and follow the directions below.

 From San Diego: Madre Grande is located about 36 miles from downtown San Diego.  Take Highway 94 East through Spring Valley, past the point where the Freeway ends and turns into a surface road.   Watch for the right turn at the traffic light about a quarter mile past Jamacha Rd.  Continue on Highway 94 through Jamul and Dulzura.  Travel 2.7 miles past Dulzura Cafe and turn left onto  Lucky Six Truck Trail, a a slightly tricky turn onto dirt road.  Look for our address sign "Madre Grande 2260" (as well as a sign for "Mottola Ranch").  Mindfully drive 2.2 miles up the rocky rough road and through the gate that marks Mottola Ranch. Respect our neighbors and drive slowly, and leave gates as you find them (open if they were open, close them if they were closed.)  You will soon arrive at two closed gates.  Madre Grande is on the left, and the gate is not locked.  Speed limit on all roads after Mottola gate is less than 10 miles an hour.  Children, live stock, and wildlife are using the roads, so please drive carefully and respectfully.

 Public Transit

    Public transit is also an option.  San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates Route 894 three times a day during the week (not on weekends or holidays)  from the El Cajon Transit Center to points along Highway 94.   You can ask the driver to drop you off at the intersection of Highway 94  and Lucky Six Truck Trail, and then enjoy an invigorating walk up the road  for 2.2 miles.   You can also arrange to have someone from the Monastery pick you up at the bottom of the hill and give you a ride.  

      We suggest using the Madre Grande Facebook Page for ride share to the retreats..

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

The first test of any quest is to begin the journey.


        The rocky, winding dirt road leading up to Madre Grande from Highway 94 can be challenging.  Improvements to the two-mile long road are being planned, and until then it presents an opportunity to practice mindfulness and loving kindness for yourself, others, your car, and the environment.  Don't let the difficulty of the task stop you from visiting us.   With care and attention the road is passable to any vehicle, but if you are unwilling to make the attempt you can park near the highway and we will shuttle you up to the Monastery.

The long and  winding (and rocky) road

Madre Grande Monastery

The Mottola Ranch Gate:  Proceed Slowly.:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  On this map Lucky Six Truck Trail is called Madre Grande Trail.

Lucky Six Truck Trail at Highway 94