Agape's Annual New Year Meditation Retreat 2020


Now Is the Time to Take Back Your Mind!   

“Many think that the experience of ‘waking up,’ ‘becoming conscious,’ or being ‘enlightened’ is a lengthy process. Such advice ignores the only way anyone ever becomes enlightened, which is to realize that enlightenment is available to us this very moment. How do we discover this? Through meditation.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

When we begin to see how extensively we have been programmed by external forces, it’s often spoken of as “becoming conscious,” “becoming enlightened,” or “waking up.”

But what exactly are we waking up from?

All of us, to a greater or lesser degree, have been under the aegis of parental, societal, cultural, and even religious fantasies, each of which can very easily shrink our vision, narrow our horizon, and limit our awareness of our potential. Trapped in such fantasies, our thoughts are governed by these perceptions and opinions, which our ego then believes in and fights for whether it’s our relationships, finances, health and well-being, career, etc.

Meditation creates the inner spaciousness required to have a greater capacity to discern between the constrictive thoughts of the ego and the expansive thoughts of Spirit. It allows us to get out of the way of our own success.

As we awaken and take back our minds, we begin to transmute our previously held thought-forms into a higher order of thinking and step out of mediocrity into the frequency of excellence. The result? A continuous flow of the insight we know as wisdom. Through our stillness in meditation and sacred communion, we work with this energy to bring about something exquisitely beautiful.

So, join Rev. Michael and the Beloved Community and Take Back Your Mind at Agape’s Annual New Year Silent Meditation Retreat as we: 

  • Access the Divine Mind that has always been present deep within us
  • Free ourselves from a mind hijacked by the prescriptions of others and align with our soul’s agenda
  • Release the filters that cloud our perception and prevent us from aligning with life-affirming universal laws
  • Experience ourselves having the dynamic realization of our oneness with the Presence in every area of our existence so that we can be of services to the Divine paradigm as we embark on the next stage of evolution.

Open to both new and seasoned meditators alike, our journey includes daily meditation sessions, affirmative prayer, healing music and devotional chants, yoga, tai chi, delicious plant-based meals, and a sacred healing and intention-setting ceremony on New Year’s Eve designed to reflect and reveal the Divine in all its majesty, glory, and limitless intelligence!

The Retreat begins Sunday, December 29, 2019 and ends Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and takes place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, California. See retreat information below for more details! 


(Registration ends December 8th)


When: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 1:30pm – Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 2:00pm

Where: Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree, CA

Special Early Registration Rates (until October 15th):

Overnight Double Occupancy - $738 per person (two people per room; includes overnight accommodations, all meals and program)

Overnight General Occupancy - $639 per person (three to four people per room; includes overnight accommodations, all meals and program)

Commuter - $558 (includes all meals and program)

Regular Registration Rates:

Overnight Double Occupancy - $763

Overnight General Occupancy - $664

Commuter - $583

Please note that registration ends December 8th.

Meals: All meals are plant-based (no meat or dairy products). Nut- and gluten-free options are available when possible. 


For questions concerning payment, including our special Retreat payment plan, or to register by phone, please call 310-348-1260, x1611.

Licensed Ministers and Practitioners please email [email protected] or call 310-348-1260, x1611 for special rates.

For additional assistance, please email [email protected].

For further information please visit the Registration table on Sundays after service.


Joshua Tree Retreat Center (JTRC) is the oldest and largest retreat center in the western United States; a unique architectural landmark on a sacred site. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), their mission is to support the education and nourishment of the infinite human potential.

This land, though desert, rests upon an aquifer, a running river, producing an intriguing magnetic effect on those who enter this ancient and sacred space. Renowned spiritual teacher and yogi master Paramahamsa Yogananda had walked this land in earlier times. It truly is a magical place. Most of the unique buildings at our site were built by world-renowned architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd.

JTRC offers open spaces, sacred meditation locations and serene vistas filled with native plants and plenty of wonderful spots to explore, including meditation paths, a labyrinth, medicine wheel and Tai Chi circles, a warm pool and a wellness center offering massage services and a bookstore/gift shop.