Summer Retreat at Pinecrest Lake, California




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  • Beschreibung


    SEPT 4 - 11, 2020
    Our mission, "Making Health Fun!"

    We are a non-profit organization offering plant-based holistic retreats for continuing education in the world of natural health.

    We are hosting our next Summer Retreat September 4-11 2020 at Camp Sylvester, Pinecrest Lake, California.

    This will be the 5th annual Summer Retreat, taking place at beautiful Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest Lake in the mountains of Central California. Continuing the tradition of the French Meadows Summer Camp for the 51st year in a row.

    Nestled between Pinecrest Lake and the slopes of Dodge Ridge ski resort, Camp Sylvester is an ideal setting for family vacations. With updated cabins and recreation halls sprawling over nearly ten acres of the Stanislaus National Forest. Camp Sylvester provides the fresh air, green pines and excitement of an outdoor adventure with all of the comforts of a rustic resort.

    The picturesque, natural surroundings are an ideal setting to go "on retreat" and provide a unique environment in which to relax, study, and play.

    This is a non-profit dedicated to educating people on the benefits of a plant based diet. Any proceeds from our events directly support our scholarship program. Making camp possible for individuals or families in need of financial aide with registration fees to attend the event.

    Our Summer Retreat features vacation plans with a healthy plant-based menu that is 100% vegan, gluten free and offers oil free, nut free and no salt options. Enjoy and get empowered with natural health classes, activities and entertainment, key ingredients for a happy life.

    For many campers, the unforgettable meals are what keep them coming back - delicious and naturally healthy in quality. Organic, 100% plant based, vegan, seasonal whole foods prepared fresh daily - from scratch - meals, snacks, desserts and beverages. Prepared in our fully equipped commercial kitchen, a teaching environment for a hands-on experience in vegan, seasonal cooking.

    Our Executive Chef is Patrick Grosset, based in San Diego a Culinary Medicine Specialist for UCSD and the Center for Integrative Health. Patrick is a professionally trained French Chef with a strong background in macrobiotics, plant-based cooking, a certified natural health care practitioner and more. He will be educating staff in our retreat kitchen, sharing his extensive knowledge of truly healthy food.

    The major emphasis of our Summer Retreat is education for better health and longevity through the natural practices. The daily schedule includes lectures, cooking classes, workshops, movement sessions and meditation groups. All sessions encourage participation, dialogue and questions.

    Not in the mood for educational classes, there are activities and opportunities to just chill too. Come spend time at the lake, we host space on the beach with all kinds of water toys, paddle boards, kayak, water float, life preservers and more. We have staff on duty to help you get set up. Relax and renew on the beach, take a hike, go for a swim, breath in the fresh air and enjoy.

    Wishing all a fabulous summer!

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Sonstige Arbeiten

  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Our camp offers many classes and activities - you are welcome to attend whatever you like. Or go for a hike, visit the lake, there is lots to do and campers/teachers from all over the world to meet and hang out with.

    Check out our class schedule to see what we are up to...

  • Arbeit


    We have two types of positions available for helping out...

    One is in the main kitchen helping with cleaning and dishwashing. We could use a few people to help out with this to expedite the process, and if you finish early, great, less hours to work a day. We have a commercial dishwasher, it is easy to operate and there will be guidance for learning its simple operations. Our kitchen is a teaching environment so there is a lot of interesting things happening. This job entails two 2 - 2.5 hr shifts twice a day for four days of the event. Please be aware that there will be heavy lifting so we advise only applying if you are in good physical condition and are comfortable with carrying heavy weight around.

    The other position is a beach assistant, we need someone to hang out down at the beach with our kayak, paddle boards, life preservers, water toys and save our "spot" at the public beach. Campers from our event come and go, the responsibility is to keep track of the gear in use and properly store things on site. One needs to be confident in the water and a good swimmer, the kayak and paddle boards get stored overnight on the lake attached to a floating buoy, so there will be a bit of getting wet too, bring your swimsuit.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    English: Fließend
    French: Fließend
    Japanese: Fließend
    Spanish: Gute Kenntnisse

  • Unterkunft


    Camping & Housing
    There are eighteen sleeping cabins available. Each private cabin sleeps 8 to 13 guests in twin-size bunk beds. Each unit includes access to bathroom, dining, and recreation facilities. The cabins have full power and lighting and are gas heated if the weather turns unusually cold.

    No linens are provided. You need to provide all bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag and/or pillow), hygiene products, and bathing towel.

    Participants are required to keep their assigned space in cabins clean.

    Private Tent Space: Bring Your Own
    There is room for about fifty tents between the cabins and other buildings. Most of these spots have ample afternoon shade with a reasonable amount of open space.

    Notify us if you prefer to tent and we will save a place near your cabin. There is no change in fees for choosing to stay in a tent. Every registration includes bunk space.

    Bathrooms & Showers
    Camp Sylvester features running water with flush toilets, sinks, and showers with hot and cold running water conveniently located near all cabins and tent spaces.

    Filtered Water
    We use filtered water for all of our kitchen needs and is available to all campers. Feel free to bring your own water bottle to fill.

    Phone Service
    Verizon and Sprint phones have the best reception at this camp location. Cell phones are not to be seen or heard; you can have them and use them privately but we ask that you do not disturb any other campers when using your devices.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Organic, 100% plant-based, seasonal, whole foods. Featuring a menu with two choices - "simple" and "seasoned". The simple side has no oil, low salt, no nuts. All our food is gluten free and vegan. We balancing food according to the seasons and natural healing practices.

    For those coming in from out of state we have a transportation coordinator that can help you make your travel plans.

    Pinecrest Lake is a great place to go hiking or enjoy the day at the lake. A small town just above Yosemite National Park, fresh air, beautiful sights and more.

    This is a holistic retreat for all ages. People coming together to learn more about living happy, healthy lives for one peaceful world.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    mehr als zwei

  • ...


    4-5 hours a day (Sat-Thurs), less if we have more volunteers...

Pinecrest Lake, California
Macrobiotic Cooking Classes
Paddle Board & Kayak
Hands-on Naturally Healthy Cooking Classes
Organic - Seasonal - 100% Vegan Menu
Work/Study Program
Gong immersions
Kids Camp Cooking Classes
Natural Health Cooking Classes
Daily Morning Qi Gong Classes
Archery Range & Instruction
Nightly Campfires
Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 786271329329