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DEN Meditation Retreat: Malibu, CA

Savouring Silence: A Silent Meditation Retreat

Please join us for a Silent Retreat in beautiful Malibu, California: Jan 3-6, 2019

– This retreat is all levels –

True silence is not oppressive, it is not lonely, it is not disconnected from our world. True silence is THE internal CONDITION NECESSARY FOR CONNECTION TO OURSELVES, OTHERS AND OUR WORLD. It is rich, and it clears the path to insight and the qualities of joy, compassion, and equanimity that are available to us all.

Learn the value of a silent retreat with Senior Mindfulness and Compassion teacher Heather Prete as she guides us to experience our inner and outer world with bare awareness, the mind of true knowing and loving kindness. There will also be silent yoga taught daily by Thalia Ayres to explore what it feels like to meditate in motion.

“True silence is not a contraction, like the tightening and holding we associate with being told to behave in school. It is a process of gently unfolding into non-doing, of letting go of the habits that rob us of being truly here for ourselves and our lives. It is coming home…” – Heather Prete

We will be:

  • Finding a place of peace and resiliency within ourselves, not dependent on outside conditions
  • Learning to find the beauty inherent in each moment
  • Cultivating equanimity and joy so we may be the love we wish for the world
  • Savoring our inner goodness and the goodness of others
  • Savoring our connection with the planet
  • This retreat is all levels


Space is extremely limited and this retreat will sell out, so be sure to reserve your space ASAP.

Email [email protected] to register


Heather Prete: DEN Meditation Instructor


Heather Prete is a UCLA certified Mindfulness facilitator, Self-Compassion teacher, and Mindfulness in Recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan Compassion practices in 1998 and has received instruction in the U.S. and Asia. Heather spent time training PhDs at the Tarzana Treatment center and working as a guiding teacher for Mindful School’s online adult courses (which were featured in Time magazine’s cover story, “The Mindful Revolution”). She also worked with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center, Westside Treatment, and BLVD Centers. Heather also spent 20 years in the theater. She is published in the book Remembering Arthur Miller and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, and Times of India. Since mindfulness transformed her own creative process, she’s worked with actors through the Khan Institute to teach her program, “Mindfulness for the Actor.” Since 2000, Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from seven to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings. She also sells her paintings to the lovely residents of Los Angeles.

DEN TEAM: Thalia Randolph


Thalia Ayres (E-RYT 200, ORDM) was introduced to Shamanism, Yoga and A Course In Miracles from the time she was born by her grandmother, mother and godmother. These practices are at the core of her spiritual foundation, which started the groundwork for her own journey in to the healing arts. In 2012, she embarked on a journey to Self in South Africa, dedicating the months spent there to meditation and self-practice under the guidance of her Reiki Master, Tara Antler. It was on this trip that she realized her purpose: to inspire and teach others how to uncover and magnify their own light. When she returned home to Canada, she decided to move to Arizona for her yoga certification, which then led her to dive deeper and continue her studies at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, graduating from the Spiritual Studies Program and ultimately becoming an ordained inter-faith minister. Thalia is able to help people connect to their higher self through meditation, yoga, reiki (Usui), aromatherapy, crystal and tibetan bowl sound healing and spiritual coaching. She believes that in order to transform our community at large, we must first start from within.


Retreat Malibu is 3.5-acres of balinese themed paradise nestled atop the serene Santa Monica mountains be-tween aromatic Malibu wine country and the blissful beaches below.

  • This retreat begins at 7 PM on November 8th, but you can arrive as early as 4 PM. The retreat ends at 4 PM on November 11th.
  • Retreat Malibu is located at 1775 Encinal Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 about a 1-hr drive from Los Angeles. There is parking, but we recommend carpooling.


Please contact us for room availability.



King Single/Double Room #1

  • Shared bed
  • Private bath

King Bed (single occupancy): $2200/pp
King Bed (double occupancy): $1750/pp


King Double/Triple Room #2

  • Shared Bed
  • Private bath

King Bed (double occupancy): $1750/pp
King Bed (triple occupancy): $1200/pp


Quad Room Single Bed #3

  • Shared bath

Single Bed: $850/pp



King Single/Double Room #4

  • Shared bed
  • Shared bath

King Bed (single occupancy): $2000/pp
King Bed (double occupancy): $1500/pp


Queen Double Room #6

  • Shared bath

Queen Bed (double occupancy): $1500/pp
Twin Bed: $1000


Quad Room Single Bed #6

  • Shared bath

Single Bed: $850/pp



Airstream Single/Double #7

  • Shared bed
  • Private bath
  • Kitchenette

Single: $1500/pp ROOM PRICE DROP!
Double: $1200/pp


Airstream Single/Double #8

  • Shared bed
  • Private bath
  • Kitchenette

Single: $1500/pp ROOM PRICE DROP!
Double: $1200/pp




  • Must bring your own tent and bedding
  • Shared bath
  • Shared kitchenette

Price: $600/pp

*A $750 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Tents and Quad rooms are paid in full. Final payment is due December 1st.



  • Accommodations
  • All Classes
  • Vegetarian Meals (3 per day)
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub


Day 1:

  • Introduction meeting and dinner (silence will begin at 10:00pm)

Day 2-4:

  • Breakfast
  • Sitting
  • Dharma talk
  • Walking meditation
  • Lunch
  • Hour free time
  • Sitting
  • Yoga
  • Sitting
  • Dharma talk
  • Walking meditation
  • Dinner
  • Half hour free time
  • Dharma talk
  • Sitting
  • Continued sitting or bedtime



Deposit is non-refundable. Deposit is transferable to another attendee. Full balance is due 60 days before start date of retreat. If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to the retreat start date, any payments made will be refunded, minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to the retreat start date, 50% of the trip price will be forfeited. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to the retreat start date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited. Exceptions cannot be made for any reason, including weather, injury/illness, or personal emergencies. There are no refunds or credits for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat, or for arriving late or leaving early. We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest, in which case all money paid to The DEN Meditation will be refunded. Under such circumstances, notification of cancellation will occur at least 1 month prior to retreat start date. Alta cannot be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or retreat cancellations.


Since unexpected events do occur, we HIGHLY recommend you purchase travel insurance. Most companies will cover retreat payments, flights and other expenses, should you have to cancel at the last minute. Trip insurance should also be purchased to cover medical expenses while abroad. One company we recommend and trust is World Nomads. You can purchase travel insurance with them up until the retreat start date.


The DEN Meditation LLC. and all persons involved in retreats (herein after referred to as “AGENTS”) act only in capacity as AGENTS for the participant in all matters connected with travel, sight-seeing journeys and transportation, and as AGENTS hold themselves free of responsibility for any damage occasioned by any cause. AGENTS will not be responsible for any damages or expenses or inconveniences caused by late departures or change of schedule, strikes or to their conditions, nor will be responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any of the participant’s belongings. All prices quoted are correct at time of printing, include the cost of operation of the journeys, and are subject to currency changes. AGENTS shall not be responsible for personal injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage, irregularity or property damage as a result of force majeure or for any other losses or damages incurred by any person or journey participants caused by any delay or change of itinerary or arising out of any act, including, but not limited to, any act of negligence, any person acting for or on behalf of AGENTS for transportation, accommodation or sight-seeing provider or any other person or entity rendering any of these services or accommodations being offered in connection with this journey. This agreement supersedes all previous oral or written communications, representations, or agreements between the parties. Participants assume the risk involved when participating in yoga, foreign travel, and any and all activities and/or pursuits voluntarily undertaken while participating in the retreat. Participants agree that any and all disputes between Participants and The DEN Meditation LLC. shall be governed by California law. Participants agree to mediate any and all disputes prior to the institution of any litigation. In the event of any litigation between the Parties to this agreement involving their respective rights or obligations, such litigation shall take place in Los Angeles County, California and the prevailing party shall be entitled to recovery of reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs of litigation. With regards to the stay during the yoga retreat, AGENTS will provide safe, careful instruction and safe premises, but ask that each participant take personal responsibility for their own self-care and (in the unlikely case) for any injuries incurred during retreat. Modifications are given to students with specific needs. If participants are unsure of their physical ability due to previous injuries, they should seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner beforehand.

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