The basics you need to plan and budget for your 5 Day Retreat lodging and travel, plus food details are right here on this page:

After you register IN FULL, you'll get access to the complete info through the 5 Day Retreaters link (found in the site footer.) In addition to what this page gives, you'll get:
  • Roster, to coordinate flights, ride shares, and rooms with other participants
  • Packing list, what to bring
  • Lodging Booking forms for Germany retreat location.
  • Your online Pre-Retreat Preparation Course
  • Your three free online 1st Aid Courses: Depression/Anxiety and Over-Analytical Mind and Freedom from Addiction.

Some details are different for each location.
Europe/Germany is below

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ONLY if you have a question not covered here (it's all covered here!) Read all this first!

Lola Jones retreats California

California Retreats Only

  • New California retreat location is Alpine, CA!
  • Meet at Lola's idyllic new retreat home in the pines on a running creek!
  • You'll fly into San Diego, and shuttle or share a car rental with others.
  • Some stay extra nights at the beach or in the mountains and make a longer vacation of it!

MEETING TIMES: See main retreat page for dates and times.

The retreat includes all your meals during retreat time. There will be a selection of vegetarian and meat and fish. There will be gluten free choices, although the field of resonance is so strong at the retreat no one EVER has ANY food sensitivities or food issues at these retreats! It's a great opportunity to free yourself of overly austere dietary practices.

You will reserve your own lodging, and you won't pay till you arrive! Yay!

We arranged an amazing group rate and you ONLY get it when you call this number: 619-445-5800. Other agents listed on Google charge more and may mess up your reservation. Call ONLY this DIRECT number: Ayres Lodge, 619-445-5800, and use the rate code DOR319 or reference the group Divine Openings Retreat rate. All rooms are freshly remodeled!

  • You must reserve by Feb 3 to insure your room and rate. There are no other hotels near here!
  • Weekday rate is $101.96 and weekend rate is $121.96.
  • Deluxe rooms (Single King or Double Queens)  weekday rate is $109.96 and weekend rate is $129.96
  • Hot breakfast is included (skip the coffee and black tea!)
  • Get room with microwave and frig if you want to make your own breakfast or late night snacks. Baron's Market with organics, and drug stores with toiletries are within one block.

The Ayres Lodge is at 1251 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA, only 35 miles from San Diego airport.

Lola's home is at 2368 Palo Danzante, Alpine, CA 91901.  It is 7 minutes (3.3 miles) from the lodge. The Tavern Rd to South Grade Rd route is calmer and prettier--all country road. The other route is fine but has businesses and traffic lights.

Coming from the preferred Tavern Rd/South Grade route, you enter the SECOND entrance that says Palo Verde Ranch, and it has no gate.  (It’s NOT the first Palo Verde Ranch entrance with the gate and guard.)
Go slow because then you'll take the first right turn on Palo Danzante  after the low water crossing.

You'll only be in your room to sleep and shower, as we meet 9 to 9 or later. At the lodge you can sit out under the pines, or use the pool or hot tub. The hotel is quiet, small, and low key. People really like it.

While you're still talking, plan logistics with your roommate, if you have one. Then stop all talking, TV, phone, email, or eye contact during the retreat so you can go deep and get blissed out!

People who have done both actually liked the retreats at Lola's home better than the retreat centers--it's LolaWorld all the way. But the retreat always works no matter where.

Someone asked whether it's disruptive to ride from the retreat to the hotel daily. No one's ever complained about that. And having to ask for extra towels, etc. is the same at a retreat center. Such minor things will not disrupt your retreat.
Keep this in mind: in Lola's 21 days of silence everyone ate in giant, noisy halls with chattering workers everywhere. Some of Lola's 16 dorm roommates chattered at times, and it didn't matter. At the retreat centers sometimes loud groups dined with us, and they’d try to talk to us. In the breakfast room, stay within—don’t make eye contact. If someone wants to talk, smile and say “I’m in silence," or take your plate back to your room.
If other retreaters try to talk to you, say, "I am committed to silence. Write me a note if this is important."
You find learn that silence is found within, and that the outer silence matters way less than your inner quiet. Don’t get hung up on outer world details you can't control! Your own mind and your cell phone will be your main challenges!  And when you ace that you're free.

You'll plan and pay for your own travel. The earlier you register, the lower the airfares usually are. The later you wait, the higher they may go. We always find the best airfares from either JetBlue (which has lots of nonstop flights) or Travelocity.

Book your flight to allow for cancelled flights, missed connections, or bad weather. Weather problems are rare in San Diego, and there's very little traffic from the airport to the retreat.

You could reserve a shuttle to and from the airport to the lodge and we will arrange a shuttle from the lodge to the retreat and back each day for you. One is Supershuttle. (Roadrunner Shuttle is not good in this area.) Coordinate your group and the airport shuttle cost is dramatically less for a group!

Some prefer to rent a shared car for the week if they want to shop, sightsee, or extend their vacation before or after the retreat. It's up to you.

Some share lodge-to-retreat car rides with Californians who are driving here. If so, please contribute to gas! Have fun planning your rides and meeting participants.

Arrive ON TIME every day. You may not leave the retreat early or skip any days. Every minute is important, even the last half day.

MEET AND GREET before the retreat!
You could all meet for early dinner that first afternoon around 4:30 at Mediterraneo, a nicer place around the block. Or Manana's Mexican food or the Greek food place (inexpensive and casual) next to the lodge.

Once your tuition is paid in full you can access the roster to contact and coordinate with your group.

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Europe/Germany Info Starts Here:
Retreats are now held at our new retreat location, The Sonnestrahl seminar center. 

spirituelle Schweigeretreats mit Lola Jones in Deutschland, Divine Openings

See main retreat page for dates and times for your retreat. 

Note the NEW agenda:
Check in Day 1 by 4pm.
Day 1: Dinner and orientation at 5pm. Meet 6-9pm.
Day 2, 3, 4,and 5: Meet 9am to 9pm
Last day: Meet 9am to 3pm, no early departures please. Every moment is important.

LODGING:  The venue is Sonnestrahl.

For Germany retreats lodging is paid separately, directly to the German retreat center, Sonnestrahl, at the time of your stay. You will contact them directly to book your stay. 
If you are travelling from a farther distance, you may ask them to add extra nights onto the beginning or end of your stay. 

At the Sonnestrahl center, rooms are quite reasonably priced. The room costs vary from 63 Euros (Dormitory style up to 5 people) up to 98 Euros (single room) per day including full board, teas, water and fruit.

Arrive early enough on the first day of your retreat to check in and relax.
Check in by 4 PM at the latest. 

See this idyllic venue!

See your pre-retreat informational page in the 5 Day Retreaters section.



The retreat center provides us with breakfast, a warm lunch and dinner buffet and is experienced in silent retreats so that you can enjoy your meals in complete silence. Fresh fruit is available around the clock, as well as teas, juices and water.

Meals are freshly prepared in the house, are largely vegetarian (vegetarian options are also available on the two days meat and fish are served) and the ingredients are sourced as far as possible from regional organic farming - in short, the food is not only healthy but also super delicious.
At the retreats, we do not tend to special dietary needs. We have found that eating problems resolve right at the beginning of the retreat.

Interestingly, participants find that their intolerances do not exist during their retreat period (and when they're ready to let them go, they're gone forever) and that strict, dietary regulations are not as necessary as they used to be. That's because we are in an enormously powerful state of grace, and most people leave these restrictions behind them permanently (as well as many of the other limitations they leave behind in retreats), even as they rebuild their eating problems can create, if they decide to.


TRAVEL:  The venue is Sonnestrahl.
Fly in early enough to allow for cancelled flights and delays.

Please see the Sonnestrahl website for directions and travel help information. 

You may coordinate Air, Car, and Hotel with a few other participants if you like. You'll plan all that yourself. Returning Retreaters can share taxi rides, rooms, and carpools too!
If you are looking for other retreaters to contact for possible travel sharing, you may use your retreat roster that is listed in your pre-retreat section. 

Retreaters coming from other countries: Use the roster to see who is coming from somewhere near you and plan a taxi share to the retreat center. 


Email for help in English, for German support and for questions not covered here.