The Whole Being Weekend begins this Friday in Idyllwild

A stream of cars — from vintage VW buses to shiny Mercedes sedans and everything in between — will begin arriving on the Hill this Friday for the annual Whole Being Weekend (WBW).

This three-day Southern California tradition, first held in the mid-‘80s, brings together people from all walks of life, people who look forward each year to a spiritual retreat, punctuated with entertainment, workshops and recreation.

Held at the Buckhorn Camp on Highway 243 since the late 1990s, it attracts professionals, “hippies.” metaphysical practitioners and Southern California residents looking for a change of pace for a weekend.

Among the featured events are workshops on health and healing, personal psychology, metaphysics, yoga and tai chi, “laughter is the best medicine,” kids’ programs, “making a difference,” environmental awareness, intestinal cleansing and more. Workshops are presented by attendees, who volunteer their skills at one of the many venues on the Buckhorn grounds.

Admission to the retreat covers all events and vegetarian meals. “Whole beings” can tent camp, bunk in small dormitories, stay in local inns or, for locals, commute from home. There are daily admission fees and a three-day package, plus an optional $20 admission to attend only the Saturday evening performances.

Entertainment this year will include upbeat devotional singing featuring the musical inspiration of Prem “in Concert” followed by a dance-jam. Also, the Bistro Cabaret has entertainment throughout the weekend.

After-dinner Saturday evening entertainment begins with “The Comic Shrink” at 7:30 p.m., followed by A. Star with the band Epiphany at 8 p.m. and dynamic singer Karl Anthony at 9 p.m. After the concert, there will be snacks and meals created by natural chef Sorrel Weiss and performances at the Bistro Cabaret and Café.

Following Sunday’s workshops, the weekend concludes with the traditional “Angel Wash,” outdoor experiences and reception for all whole beings.

Many retreat visitors will depart the grounds for an afternoon of exploring Idyllwild, having lunch and browsing in local shops, still excited about the previous three days.

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