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Pax Connex Spiritual Retreats

Pax is the latin root for “peace,” while “connex,” embodies connections. The most important connection we can have is the one we have with ourselves. Our true self, is known as Spirit. Without a deep connection with Spirit, there is no way to evolve beyond the surface. If you’ve ever felt stuck, on a never-ending loop, alone in this world, or asked – “is this it?” We want you to know, there is more. Self-exploration is the final frontier. You don’t have to go any further than within.

Our retreat center is cradled by Mother Nature. The Santa Cruz Mountains, the Redwood forest, fresh air and California sun, work together to create an environment that will insulate you from the chaos of today’s hectic lifestyles. We provide the container and the support you need to facilitate the experience your Spirit longs for.

Our specially designed retreats include nature immersion activities, like guided hikes with our resident naturalist, mushroom foraging, or day trips to learn about plants, flora and local wild life. Depending on the retreat you choose, other activities may include adventure excursions like skydiving, zip lining in the Redwood tree tops, mountain biking in amazing nature trails or classes in creativity (like pottery, making clay creatures, painting, drawing, sketching, printing, writing) or somatic movement (such as dance, yoga, tai-chi.). All retreats include some sort of musical integration (no musical background needed!). We greatly encourage journaling, sharing and community. We will introduce you to new ways to establish these practices in your daily life. Join us to begin or continue your Spirit’s journey.

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JOIN US, for... Sheng Zhen & Qigong Heart Opening Couple's Workshop Shen Zhen meditation is a method of self-healing, movement meditation, often referred to as "practices of Unconditional Love." It is a state of being when a busy mind comes to rest peacefully in the space of an open and loving heart. When

August Yoga Flow with Tom Machado

August 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

JOIN US, for... Join us for YOGA FLOW with Tom Machado: A dynamic practice of postures, breath, and concentration with an emphasis on Functional Anatomy, Bio-Mechanics, and Alignment Principles. Bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps are used to ensure comfort and alignment. This class is designed to develop a strong foundation of flexibility, strength,

JOIN US, for... Sheng Zhen & Qigong Heart Opening Couples Workshop Shen Zhen meditation is a method of self-healing, movement meditation, often referred to as "practices of Unconditional Love." It is a state of being when a busy mind comes to rest peacefully in the space of an open and loving heart. When

JOIN US, for... KNOT LOVE: Shibari Couple's Erotic Rope Playshop In Japanese, “Shibari” simply means “to tie”. The contemporary meaning of Shibari describes an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage. This immersive workshop isn’t just about rope tying techniques. It’s about learning how to stay connected to your lover, read their desires

JOIN US, for... Poetry Night in the Tipi! Join us for a night of sharing the love of poetry! Pick you favorite poetry passages to share, read, or perform as you see fit. The poetry can be an original that you wrote, or something you love. Our focus for this poetry share are

Connect to Nature: 3 Day Retreat – November 2022

November 11 @ 9:00 am - November 13 @ 1:30 pm

JOIN US, for a... …specially designed 3-day nature immersion retreat, located in our home base on 5 beautiful acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.  Surrounded by the majestic Redwood forest, this magical oasis will re-introduce you to Mother Earth while re-connecting you to Spirit. Guided hikes in the forest, stretching, meditation,

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Daisy Nguyễn

I’ve been on a Spiritual Journey of self-discovery my entire life, but never knew it. When I turned 40, things started to change – I began to become more aware of my Spirit. READ MORE

Daisy Nguyễn

Tom Machado

As a young boy growing up on the beach there was always plenty of time to run on the sand, to swim in the ocean, and to sit on the shore and watch the sets of waves. Time stood still … READ MORE

Tom Machado

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Activating the Spirit: Foodie Tour Night

Sometimes when I meditate, I can have conversations with my Spirit. I have this voice inside my head, that's me, but so much better. There is a me, inside of me, that is so uncomplicated, it's almost maddening. She's wiser, has buckets of courage, funnier, laughs like a child that sees your boogers but won't tell you, patient, direct, mysterious - all this and yet, humble.

Conversations With Spirit: I have the best job EVER

Sometimes when I meditate, I can have conversations with my Spirit. I have this voice inside my head, that's me, but so much better. There is a me, inside of me, that is so uncomplicated, it's almost maddening. She's wiser, has buckets of courage, funnier, laughs like a child that sees your boogers but won't tell you, patient, direct, mysterious - all this and yet, humble.

The “Flow” State

In the past few years, I have learned how to surf, snowboard, and float on a OneWheel. With all three of these sports, people often say things like, "catch a wave," or "shredding the mountain," or "keep the stoke," which are various ways of saying something we all say, get in "the flow state," or in "the zone." What is this "flow state" or "zone?" Isn't this just colloquial ways of saying "connecting with Spirit?" How do we get there? What prevents us from getting there?

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