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Your Own Personal One-On-One Guided Spiritual Retreat with Author/Teacher Ronda LaRue at her Private Artisan Home in Ojai, California

"If you're seeking to know yourself and to live your life fully and soulfully, this is the place... and the teacher!"

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This is the retreat that earned Ojai Soul Arts Retreat & Spa in Ojai California US the rating as: one of the 10 top spiritual retreats in world (Asia Spa Magazine, 2007)

Please See to discover more about her SoulArts Process of AwakeningTM and unique apprenticeship teaching style; her background; many free articles; videos; reading suggestions; health and healing aids; and much more! When the time is right, please inquire. (More detail below)

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The Ojai SoulArts 3 1/2 Day Private Vision Quest Mentoring Retreats are stunningly life-transforming, healing, inspiring and restorative. The work we do is exceptionally powerful in that we work one-on-one... no group diversions (you are the one honored guest enjoying this sacred home environment and personalized mentoring).

This personalized individual retreat and spa for the soul is completely geared toward your current waiting potential and unique path of spiritual self-realization. It is a retreat for real life breakthrough.

You come to work with me one-on-one as my special guest. No other clients will be here when we are in retreat together, so you have my full attention and your inner awakening experience wholly to yourself. You may also come as a private couple to this retreat process (See more details about coming to retreat process as a couple here...)

In essence you are given the opportunity to see and to directly live and experience a whole new way of living - one that naturally arises from an artful inner attentiveness. And by so experiencing this living artfulness here, you discover within yourself how to tap into your own soulful lifestyle and full creative power. You will return home not only rejuvenated and inspired by your own creative path in life, but with the tools needed to turn every day life circumstances into your soulful self mastery and spiritual realization. Life itself becomes your natural waking meditation and artistry!

This private retreat process is unlike any other that I know of. It is sort of like combining the best of a meditation silent retreat with private spiritual life counsel and sacred psychology; creative expressive arts; shamanist healing arts; unity conscious realization; sacred ritual; satsang dialogue; and personal vision quest... only instead of being plopped in a group auditorium - OR into the wilderness with only a tent and bottle of water, this process is nurtured in a much (MUCH) more civilized, comfy, and artfully supported environment that effects the same powerful life breakthrough (speaking as one who just recently returned and survived a 3-day fast and prayer vigil in Death Valley and hundreds of miles from the nearest human comfort).

What you will find here - IS YOU! I do not apply a dogma, a belief system, a technique or a discipline. Rather, we enter together into a profound and soulfully-awake inner listening and honoring dialogue process to hear and to open to your own self-healing wisdom and unique path of Truth.

Types of clients range from those with no to those with extensive experience with inner spiritual selfhood, and from all spiritual paths including deeply mystical pastors, psychologists, healers, artists, and those who feel bereft, lost to themselves, overtaken by the mind-noise of daily living... and sensing/daring to seek more... The key common is a feeling of resonance toward what my words try to express, and a desire/willingness to step into a personally-responsible relationship with one's own life meaning and path.


We normally meet twice a day, morning and early evening. These sessions can run as long as 2 hours each at times, and combine many vast modalities and wellness arts, depending on what is called forth.

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Come find out for yourself...that there is no greater journey than your own


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An altogether rare and truly life-transforming experience in today's mass marketed culture:

The opportunity to be invited into the natural artisan home spa of one of today's spiritual authors and teachers... and there to find and celebrate your own inner path and wisdom way...

This radical approach gained OjaiSoulArts the reputation and rating as one of the top spiritual retreats in the world by Asia Spa magazine, 2007.

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Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation I feel as a result of my three days here with Ronda. This has been the most profound, important, enlightening experience of my entire life and I am completely awe-struck.

I came here feeling like I should be here, but not knowing exactly why. I am walking away with a whole new outlook in life and my unique soul." - Doris TT

"I've never done anything like this. I just had the sense that, for some reason, I was supposed to come here. I didn't know anything like this existed... in ME! I am a new woman, ready for the first time in my life to show the real me to the world." - Shannon Eary

"'Transformational' doesn't do what happened here, and inside me, justice. Your work has true inspiration, magic, and genius to it." - Edwin Halloway, IT Computer Specialist.

As a result of each "inSight session" there are things that come up for you to delve into and reflect upon in between sessions: This could be a silent hike/meditation to the sea, a nap on the dreaming bed, creating what you have seen inwardly into an outer art form of expression in the art studio, a journaling dialogue, experiencing the body's intelligence through one of the soul spa technologies, etc. Our work is very organic and so no two private retreats are alike. We follow what is called forth from your inner (perhaps now seemingly

masked) wisdom and with my "seeing/sensing" guidance. It is all very fluid, natural, deeply rejuvenating and insightful.

You, by staying in this energetic state and with my personalized help, become attuned to your own sacred voice... and directly experience and come to know how to attune to your Essence and follow its guiding wisdom, both for the immediate concern that brought you to retreat, and as a visionary course for your lifetime!


We honor and accelerate each deepening insight along the 3 1/2 day process through creative and conscious action given on your part. This could be in the form of a midnight "let go" ceremony, a predawn declaration plunge in the ocean, creating a symbol of your insight, writing a prayer, performing a song... anything's possible, as each journey is unique.

The power of this work is in staying saturated in your essence the entire time, with my nourishing energetic help, guiding facilitation.. .and the Grace that naturally occurs in this kind of seated sacredness of relationship.

All "doing" while you are here is brought forth from a place of sensing what emerges from within your inner Being, so there is much quiet "meandering" time that is actually a fundamental key to first discovering, then attuning to... and then honoring/following the "wisdom language" of your Soul.


People usually arrive on the morning of the first day, unless we make special arrangements for you to arrive an extra night in advance, which I generally offer free to those traveling from a long distance... making it a possible four nights in total for those traveling from a distance.

When you arrive you are ushered into a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating timelessness that I call a state of "self-pampering and soulful meandering." The mind is let go and you are gifted with a true "spa for the body and soul."


While you are here you will stay in your own little private "cocoon," affectionately called "the hula hut" or "the realization vehicle” by many guests.

I know most retreats are notorious for pretty sparse, bare bones accommodations. This is absolutely not the case at Ojai SoulArts. For one thing I only work with one retreat client and honored guest on this property at a time (Exclusive Private Retreat), or no more than four (SoulArts Salon Retreats). In the Exclusive Private Retreat you are completely "at home" here with your own privacy and space.

What I've discovered in offering these unique privately-guided retreats, is that they provide sacred space that takes you out of your normal home-like feel and yet still offers the soothing creature comfort amenities of a healing spa.

As an artist in all things, believe me, beauty is paramount to my world and it is a BIG part of the Ojai SoulArts lifestyle! So, I took the idea and the power behind the vision quest and their use of the womb-like tent out in an isolated wilderness ("lions and tigers and bears, Oh my"), and considered how I could re-create the small cocoon-like power of the vision quest into something I feel should accompany one on the journey quest of living an artful and soulful life.

What I created is a luxuriously simple and elegantly soothing private space using a new RV trailer (hey this is a journey and we will be traveling!) that has been beautifully transformed into an adorable hand-painted and thatched private cocoon to facilitate you "going inward."

This special space for your private retreat has the feel of entering into an inner sanctum. Perfect, I find -- and am told by those who take up this adventurous self realization journey! So instead of sparse, like so many spiritual meditation retreats and vision quests (that's OUT!), I gave your space a cozy beauty and an elegant simplicity, equipping it with spa-like creature comfort amenities including a wonderful high-piled feather bed stacked with fluffy down pillows, a candle-lit table-top mini-waterfall, a full kitchen and bath.

Your private cocoon also includes an artful private sitting deck surrounded by copper torches and overlooking the woods and old creak bed near the outdoor spa and fire pit. It is about 20 feet from the main house where you have additional full and private access to a large health room/library, large private bath, and some fabulous healing technologies like the vibro-acoustic sound mat and chi machine. (See retreat experiences and photo gallery for a good sense of your enchanted and private experience while here).

All meals are included ("gourmet healthy decadence") so it is very nurturing and nourishing. You'll see several "ooh's and ah's" regarding the artful culinary experiences by former retreat clients, which I've taken from their guest book entries and added to the Testimonials section. As with everything we do during your personalized retreat, the food itself is part of the shared experience of soulful artistry.

Massage or other special healing treatments are extra and by advance schedule. Most find that the array of work here is so profoundly restorative that a massage is not only unnecessary but takes up time they prefer to use in other ways. But that's, of course, up to you.


The private retreat intensives are more than a 3 1/2 day getaway experience; they are designed to offer you the deepest realization of your life-long path. Each private vision quest retreat includes home preparation suggestions and personalized connection with Ronda in advance of the retreat that begin to "stir the inner processes of Soul." Each retreat also offers several supportive options for "keeping the insights alive and growing" upon returning home.

For many (I really dare say all so far), this enchanted personal retreat experience provides a rather stunning "aha breakthrough realization" of one's deepest life essence and calling... one that becomes "the journey of a lifetime" to fully embody and live to its fullest creative celebration of YOU! You will go home knowing that your spiritual life isn't separate from your daily life.. something more "to find the time to do"... but that your daily life offers the ingredients for spiritual self-realization and artful engaging.

For this reason, I always point out that this retreat is really just the beginning. When you leave this private vision quest experience, the adventure of living your "aha" begins in earnest! I am available to help support the adventure of living your inSight in a number of flexible (and utterly customized) ways upon completion of your retreat and if/as desired. An initial 30-day post retreat follow up is offered as part of this retreat.

Those who come are always meant to be here... it just happens that way. I serve as both spiritual guide and artisan host. This retreat is for those who really want to find, know - and then live - their Truth in the world.

Please see testimonials for some examples of people who, perhaps like you, felt inclined, didn't know why or what to expect, and came to this work and its unique transformational offering. You may also ask to connect with a past retreat person if you feel that is important and once you have made an introductory contact with me.

I also offer e-Apprenticeship programs by phone and email for those who are not able/ready to attend a privately guided spiritual retreat intensive with me... or for those who have, and now want to deepen the work of integrating and embodying their retreat realizations. More about e-Apprenticeships with Ronda... (NOTE: This link will take you to Ronda's main Web site:


$ 2,400 ALL INCLUSIVE one-on-one (except your travel to/from)

To experience this retreat as a couple, please see pricing and details here.

Dates: Normally Tuesday-Friday (by application and deposit to schedule). (Free Monday night early arrival is offered to those who travel and would like to settle in the night before). Please inquire to check on currently available dates or to schedule alternative weekdays to meet your schedule and mine.

Occasionally I will have an immediate opening but normally please plan 2+ months in advance. We will begin with some home processes as soon as your retreat is scheduled - so a process begins with "yes"!

Here's What You Will Receive...
...Only Much MORE, Because it Will Be All About YOU!

  • completely private one-on-one apprenticeship retreat with Ronda LaRue in her lovely, private, artisan home sanctuary. You invited as a special guest.
  • approx. 12+ private session hours with Ronda (including 2 each day during the retreat with pre-retreat prep and 30-day post retreat follow up included)
  • private retreat accommodations with gourmet "healthy decadent" meals served  
  • unlimited use of spa, art studio, meditation hut, health library, healing technologies  
  • special life declaring ceremony and spontaneous 24/7 dedicated soultending
  • both weekend and midweek with extended stay or early arrival options
  • totally private mentoring retreat dedicated to your self-realization... and then to living it! (30-day follow up integration by email included with each retreat.)
  • Prices subject to change. Inquire about Small Group In-Residence Retreats and home forum course work. (Travel to/from retreat not included nor reimbursed if retreat is cancelled)


I encourage you to read my many free contemplative articles and listen to an audio meditation and/or watch a video. In particular, it'd be great to read the article series on working with a spiritual mentor. Notice your body and listen to your heart as you READ WATCH LISTEN.

If you feel that "still small voice" nudging you (maybe even surprising you) to even consider gifting yourself with an act of Self-Discovery by way of an individualized retreat with me, please do STEP BOLDLY (or even timidly) FORTH!!... and INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

Once you have introduced yourself and we've personally connected by email (see Inquiry form below) and the decision is made to apply for your own private transformational retreat or small group retreat, we will settle on a date and begin with some home preparation.

A very important self-awakening, soul-stirring process has already begun the moment you make even that one step of Inquiry and Self-Introduction. It is a way of honoring the voice of soul that so often gets overrun by the tactics and fears of the mind. That one act starts a process of coming Home to yourself.

Too, your Self-Introduction will help you and I to already be acquainted and much will already have begun even prior to your arriving! This gives your actual arrival a fun kind of "reunion" feeling, and provides an instant comfortable "at home" feeling to your arrival. This private mentoring and special offering is much deeper than "just signing up for a retreat or a spa."

SPECIAL NOTE: For those who are drawn to this depth mentoring and self-realization - but who (for whatever reasons) -- need other options, please please see my small private group retreats and other offerings. In many cases the small groups (normally only 8-14 people!) is AS -- and in some cases MORE -- powerful than the totally private one-on-one. The chief difference is that the group retreats sometimes include more prep connection and the benefit of deeply sacred synergy and lifetime friendships offered by way of shared experiences of true life transformations. Please see my Calendar and sign up for my ADVANCE NOTICE to keep abreast of new options as they become available! To experience this retreat as a couple, please see pricing and more couples retreat and counseling details here.


Because I provide this personalized in-residence work from my private artisan home, and because of the depth of work that we do together, I limit the number of private retreat clients I see each year. This means that the work we will do and the relationship we create together is very sacred to me.

I give those who are drawn here my full depth of spiritual apprenticeship and creative attention, and so I have come to request a short self-introduction from you as an initial application of interest on your part, and from which I will be able to respond more deeply to your questions and interests.

Your Self-Introduction will help give you a deeper sense of what this process is about, while helping me gain a better sense of if/how I may serve your life's calling and readiness.

Simply submit your Retreat Inquiry (below), and you will immediately be routed to a Self Introduction Form that you can either complete and submit right now, or save and fax or mail later. You will also receive a copy by email in case you want to read, reflect and respond at your leisure by email. (Check your spam box if you don't see my email and unblock or "white list" emails from, and

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PLEASE NOTE: I will only know that you have inquired and therefore be able to respond to you directly, if you take the next step and send me your Self-Introduction Form, or if you contact me again by direct email. If you prefer to email me directly instead that is fine too, though my response time will be slowed and possibly lost in email box :)

I look forward to hearing from you and serving that which is ready to be more fully lived in your life at this time

Please Introduce Yourself! I look forward to hearing from you.

Ronda LaRue



Submitting your name above merely allows me to send you a free questionnaire for you to reflect upon and submit to me if you are interested. I will never share your name and submitting does not obligate you in anyway. It is a courtesy toward me and your interest in working together. Ojai Soularts Private Retreat.

"I don't know of any other place where you can go for a few days to be alone and feel so completely safe and at home while being fed nourishing food for the body, mind and creative spirit... all the while being gently and artfully guided in the craft of living from one's deepest truth!

This place and Ronda's amazingly powerful abilities in the applied spiritual living arts is a true miracle for those seeking to know and live from their highest authenticity" - Nikki Nickerson, Multi-Business Entrepreneur

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