BHAKTI FEST SAYS IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, BRINGS 3,000 TO JOSHUA TREE

Anyone who’s driven along Highway 62 west of downtown Joshua Tree in the past week has probably noticed the commotion. Reporter David Haldane tells us what it’s about… They say it’s a vibration. It starts in the cosmos, winds its way to earth and somehow – through music or dance

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THOUSANDS COMING TO JOSHUA TREE FOR 6-DAY BHAKTI FEST STARTING TODAY

Bhakti Fest, with its thousands of participants, opens at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua tree today. The six-day event, from September 6 through the 11th, is the premier yoga, kirtan, and personal growth festival in the United States. Many of attendees will be staying on the grounds of

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER PREPARES TO TRANSFORM

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center announced plans to transform the facility at an invitation-only event last night. Interim Executive Director Terry Taylor-Castillo and four associates stood beaming like expectant parents before the crowd of about 50 invitees in one of the Center’s iconic stone and timber meeting halls. Retreat Center

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“DESERT DAZE” TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT WEEK

An eclectic mix of music, culture, art, and nature will return to Joshua Tree with the 6th annual Desert Daze Music and Art Festival at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center October 13-15. The event will feature a who’s who of live music—including desert-rooted Eagles of Death Metal—and food, film screenings,

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DESERT DAZE GETS A DO OVER PERMIT FOR JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER SHOW

In April, the County of San Bernardino denied a permit for the return of a controversial major music festival, “Desert Daze” at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Late night noise, traffic, and the clearing of three acres for parking had many residents upset. Now, it appears the county has decided

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

We continue our occasional series about the Joshua Tree Retreat Center today. Spread across 420 acres at the Joshua Tree/Yucca Valley border is the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Begun in 1941, it was known as the Institute for Mentalphysics until just a few years ago. And while weekly breath and

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PART ONE IN A SERIES LOOKING AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Meditation and yoga retreats are staples—the bread and butter—at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. They normally attract groups of as few as 15 to as many as 250 participants. A number of these groups return annually, some come multiple times throughout the year. Some are held in absolute silence, though

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COUNTY DENIES PERMIT FOR MAJOR CONCERT AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Many will remember the sensation surrounding last October’s Desert Daze “outsider” rock music fest at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. From the estimated 2,000 mostly non-local concert-goers the three-day event received two thumbs up. But from sleep-deprived neighbors and others angered by the unpermitted clearing of desert for parking at

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THE WONDERS OF ASTROLOGY AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

Astrology is defined as the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Astrologist Jeff Harman says we are linked to the universe in ways most people can’t fathom. Reporter Mike Lipsitz looks to the heavens

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THEATER 29 HONORS THEIR 2016 VOLUNTEERS AFTER A RECORD-BREAKING SEASON

Over 120 volunteers from the Theatre 29 2016 season were honored at the non-profit community theater’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner Saturday night in Joshua Tree. A delicious dinner, family, fun, recognition and stunning performances were all part of the event held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Memories from the

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER PLANS AT LEAST TWO ROCK CONCERTS A YEAR

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center—also known as the Institute for Mentalphysics—hosted its first two rock concerts earlier this year, eliciting criticism from some who considered them too loud and inappropriate. But there’s a larger social purpose, the center says, and so the events will continue. Reporter David Haldane has the

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DESERT DAZE BRINGS SOCIAL MEDIA ANGER, BUT ONLY 14 COMPLAINTS

This weekend’s three-day, “outsider” rock music festival, Desert Daze, has come and gone. And like a classic deal with the devil, festival host Joshua Tree Retreat Center emerges from the ephemera with a new abundance that has come at a cost. In this story, reporter Mike Lipsitz helps clear up

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DESERT DAZE MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER THIS WEEKEND

The Psychedelic Music Festival, Desert Daze, with attendance estimated at 10,000, is coming to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center this weekend, October 14-16. The festival announcement caused some controversy with local residents objecting to its size and effect on local resources. The fifth annual festival, with passes offering camping and

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCE 2017 SEASON AT THREE-CHAMBER EVENT TODAY

Theatre 29 will join with three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce tonight to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation… You’re invited to a special tri-chamber mixer this evening, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at which the seven productions for Theatre 29’s

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAM PART OF BHAKTI FEST AT JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER

A group of 60 at-risk children from Los Angeles will be bussed to Joshua Tree to take part in Bhakti Fest at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center this weekend. The children are part of the After School All-Stars LA program, founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992. At Bhakti Fest, the

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CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE CONCERT RESULTS IN ONLY TWO ARRESTS

The three-day concert at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center last weekend was relatively quiet and peaceful. The Sheriff’s Department reports that only two arrests were made during the event. Daniel Cruz, 22, of Anaheim, allegedly approached security guards about 9:30 p.m. Sunday and asked if they had any drugs for

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER CLEARING AND CONCERT PERMITS, PART 2

Yesterday we reported on the Joshua Tree Retreat Center’s lawful clearing of several acres on the property’s west side adjacent to Highway 62. The area will be used to organize and consolidate parking for upcoming and future events. And while the clearing was within the facility’s legal rights, it generated

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THEATRE 29 TO ANNOUNCES 2017 SEASON AT TRI-CHAMBER MIXER

Theatre 29 will join with the three Morongo Basin Chambers of Commerce to unveil their highly anticipated 2017 performance season. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the details… A special tri-Chamber mixer is planned for Thursday, September 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., at which the seven productions for Theatre 29’s 2017

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER SAYS LAND CLEARING IS NECESSARY AND FAIR

Every day, thousands of motorists pass by the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, and only a fraction of them are likely to notice the subtle physical changes that take place on the 400 acres it has occupied for 80 years. But earlier this week, when the facility cleared three acres at

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CONTACT IN THE DESERT UFO CONVENTION STARTS FRIDAY IN JOSHUA TREE

Thousands of UFO enthusiasts from around the globe are expected to congregate this weekend at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for Contact in the Desert. The fourth annual UFO convention kicks off Friday and runs through Monday, June 6. The convention will feature guest speakers including Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, star

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