Private Intensives


in Santa Cruz, California, on the beautiful Monterey Bay ... 1 hour from San Jose and 1.5 hours from San Francisco, along the coastline

“I liked this kind of counseling because it was not about blaming anyone, but about how we can all do better. I liked doing this in a little house, because it felt good, and more like a home. I liked the dog too!”

–13-year-old boy, with family at family retreat.

“The words that come up when I reflect on what happened [with Ami] are: Depth, Truth, Freedom, Compassion and Honesty … The sessions were a beautiful dance between the deepest, formless, indescribable Truth of Life, and the day-to day practical issues that Life presents to us … Ami helped me to discover on a deeper level who I am. There is a sense of expansion and mystery and freedom in this discovery. Ami’s kindness helped me also to be more kind to myself, and trust more in the ‘spark inside me,’ and inside you. Thank you, Ami, lots of love.”

–Client, Karolina Gladych

Individuals, Couples, Families

Ami Chen offers personal, family and group retreats two lovely office spaces (depending on size of group and availability): the tranquil and beautiful Mahalo Cottage set in a tropical garden; or a lovely and more modern office within walking distance of restaurants, cafes, the beach and ocean.

These retreats are ideal for individuals, couples and families experiencing stress, upset and/or dysfunction in their lives and relationships … or for those who simply feel called to take time to dive more deeply into their spiritual nature, and the spiritual nature of life. All are welcomed, and such retreats can be the truest, most pivotal, turning points in our lives–when we begin to touch something within that is true fulfillment, happiness and wisdom.

Principles Immersion

“Immersion Retreats” are for those who simply would like to learn more about, and immerse themselves in the principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought over a period of two to four days, whether they wish to become practitioners themselves, or just seek a deeper understanding of life and themselves.

Agencies and Groups

Small groups (up to 10) of staff or volunteers from agencies and corporations, or groups of interested friends, can also be accommodated for customized retreats and immersion learning in the 3 Principles.


“I realized that I was making a lot of stuff up in my head about my situation at work. I’m so glad I got to bring my team here and spend this time together. It’s a such a treat to slow down and reflect.”

Group Retreat, Driscoll’s Berries

Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay region make up a beautiful, historical, semi-rural coastline along a protected marine sanctuary. This area is home to charming, upscale Carmel and Pebble Beach, the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium and Laguna Seca, as well as laid-back Santa Cruz … along with miles and miles of ever-changing beaches and shoreline. Beautiful hikes lead every direction into the Santa Cruz Mountains, with its gorgeous oak meadows, redwood forests, rivers and streams.

You will have time on your own, in addition to sessions, with nearby sustainable grocery stores, beaches, hikes and farmer’s markets. It’s a five-minute drive to the beach from either office, and a beautiful hour-and-twenty minute drive up the coast to San Francisco (or down the coast to Big Sur.) Two guest passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium are included and whale watching, sunset boat rides, surfing, fishing or ocean kayaking are all available in the area.

To contact Ami Chen about a customized retreat for you, your family or your organization, and to request lodging recommendations, please go to Contact. For a list of nearby lodging recommendations, please visit Lodging for Retreats.

See here to purchase a two-day or four-day intensive.