Joshua Tree



January 22-27, 2018, Joshua Tree Retreat Center.



January 22-27, 2018, Joshua Tree Retreat Center.

Join Tommy Rosen & Kia Miller for a five day journey into the magic of the American Southwest.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is the doorway to this legendary intersection of two deserts.
This extraordinary setting will provide the backdrop for an unforgettable experience together.


“My recovery has been marked by periods of rapid growth because of my regular attendance at intensive workshops, retreats, trainings, conferences, and festivals related to recovery, spirituality, and personal growth.  It’s important to break out of daily routines to assess how you have been doing and make adjustments accordingly. Retreats allow us to go deeply into a topic and have the support of a community along the way.

– Tommy Rosen, Recovery 2.0 –




This retreat will focus on yoga, meditation, and other practices that bring us into balance and harmony with ourselves.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on our personal missions in life and give us tools to move forward in our recoveries from any and all addictions.

Each day offers a sunrise Kundalini Yoga set and meditation, 12-Step meetings, Morning Vinyasa (Flow) yoga class, afternoon yoga and recovery workshops and plenty of time to relax and explore the surroundings. The amazing desert simply must be experienced. For the explorers among us, there are ample opportunities to hike.


Teachers and Musicians


Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 25 years of recovery from acute drug addiction.
Tommy is the founder of Recovery 2.0, the host of the Recovery 2.0 Online Conference Series and author of the book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Hay House 2014). He presents workshops annually at Esalen, Kripalu and Blue Spirit and teaches regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including Wanderlust, Hanuman and The International Festival of Yoga in Rishikesh, India. Tommy and his wife, yoga instructor Kia Miller, live in Venice, California, where they teach yoga and grow a lot of organic vegetables in their backyard.


Kia’s study of yoga began when she was 15. She has advanced to become one of the most well known Yoga teachers in the West. Kia is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and has an ability to translate this powerful combination of teachings in a highly accessible way.
She teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings throughout the world, including her signature, Radiant Body Yoga Teacher Training. Kia’s passion is to share the Kundalini tradition infused with Vinyasa and the devotional practice of Bhakti Yoga. Kia’s classes are a powerful mix of asana, breath, meditation and chanting that will leave you uplifted and empowered.


Akahdahmah is a 5th generation plant and spirit medicine man, inheriting this legacy from his Great, Great Aunt Mamie, a Pinewoods Plant and Spirit Medicine-Woman from Alabama.
‘Akah’ presently serves as a Spiritual Counselor at Passages in Malibu, a holistic addiction care center and has a private practice as a Whole-listic Health Advisor/Coach; teaching Qigong, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and life processing skills. He is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and is studying for his certification as a Medical Qigong Practitioner. Co-founder of the medicine music collective AYKANNA( he has been sharing the experience of the healing power of music internationally.
Previously, Akah was ordained as a Harmonic Healing Minister in 2000 after completing his six year training in herbal formulation and spiritual counseling and ran the Herbal Ministry which served the community from 1997 to 2011.
Akahdahmah specializes in creating customized rejuvenation programs focused on developing wellbeing and longevity in body, mind and Spirit. The focus is on creating a daily practice which cultivates healthy living habits and reveals the ability to honor one’s purpose, giving one the experience of powerfully co-creating one’s life. Akahdahmah lives in Topanga with his wife and daughter.


“I grew up in New York City with Tom Freund who was always talented musically even as a kid, like scary talented.
Starting with the stand-up bass, Tom is also a gifted guitarist, pianist, mandolinist and Ukulele player.
I have rarely found an artist who conveys the complexities of life with such clarity and mastery.” —Tommy Rosen

Tom Freund’s latest disc “Two Moons” on Surf Road Records draws roots sources for an urbane Americana sound, melding nostalgia with a raw and sharp-eyed views of life today.
“If Two Moons, with its underlying message of hope in this messy world of ours, serves as an inspiring, encouraging soundtrack for listeners, then I can say to myself, ‘ok, you’re doing something right for the people out there”, Freund says.
More recently, you can spot Freund playing with Parker in the Judd Apatow film, “This Is 40” and featured on the hit TV shows “Parenthood”, “American Gothic” and the recently premiered Pamela Adlon show “Better Things”.
He continues to tour North America, Europe and Japan playing with his band or doing solo shows.


Sukhdev is a certified Kundalini Yoga & meditation teacher who brings passion, laughter, and live music to her powerful classes and workshops. Having been through a decade of addiction and subsequent recovery, Sukhdev Jackson touches the hearts of people, especially those in recovery, with an authentic and compelling voice. She is adept at helping students students to go deep and face the whole tapestry of their being.
Sukhdev is also an acclaimed musician and part of the musical medicine tribe known as Aykanna. She brings healing through the use of yoga, chanting, and uplifting music as she travels internationally, teaching and giving concerts with husband, Akahdahmah. Aykanna’s mission is to inspire people to reconnect with their true identity– their Soul.
Through her “Power of a Woman,” workshops, Sukhdev works with women to reignite the pathway of the Divine Feminine. These workshops provide an avenue to share her gift and passion and serve her family’s legacy.
Through Sukhdev’s personal healing journey, she discovered the power to change the course of her own life was within. Now, she is devoted to helping others to “tap in” through her music and the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. She offers weekly classes at her studio in Topanga, as well as at the renowned Golden Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica, CA. and is a major presence in the yoga community of Los Angeles, CA.


Jaya Lakshmi is a dedicated yogi and devotional musician known for her authentic and deep devotional spirit She created 4 solo chant albums on Sequoia Records and then joined forces with Ananda Yogiji. Together they released 11 mantra albums on Sounds True, Spirit Voyage and independently and have toured extensively throughout the world.


Q: What does it mean to be in recovery?
A: The journey to Joshua Tree is intended for people who identify as being in recovery from addictive substances or behaviors with at least 30 days of continuous sobriety at the time of application. All participants commit to avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other addictive substances during the program.

Q: What is the cost to attend?
A: $1,750 ($1,550 for Founding Lifetime Members and Coaching program participants) covers everything you will need once you arrive at the retreat center – including three beautiful meals a day prepared by Shivanter, the incredible vegetarian chef.

Q: Can I smoke cigarettes and/or vape on this retreat.
A: No. There is no nicotine in any form allowed on this trip. On this journey, there’s no need for nicotine.

Q: Is yoga experience necessary?
A: Yes, you will want to have at least begun a practice of yoga. However, the yoga we teach, while challenging to each individual according to their level, will be accessible to all levels of yoga practitioner.

Q: Can I bring a partner or friend?
A: Absolutely! If you have a partner or friend who is also in recovery or who has supported you in your recovery, please ask them to apply and include your name in their application. Sharing this transformational week with someone close to you is such a gift.

Q: What is included in the price?
A: Your accommodations, all of your meals, all lectures, yoga, and retreat activities are included. You should not need to spend more than a few dollars in addition to this cost.

Q: What is not included in this price?
A: Your transportation to and from The Joshua Tree Retreat Center (air and ground), equipment rentals, additional snacks, book store purchases and incidentals.

Q: What is the weather like?
A: January at Joshua Tree is mild, with very cool evenings and modest daytime high temperatures. It’s spectacular for excursions into the natural landscape.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Layered clothing, yoga clothing, hiking boots, slip on shoes and your camera! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: We are staying in family-style apartments and cottages at the retreat center. Bathrooms are located inside each unit, and towels are provided. You are guaranteed your own bed, and will be placed in a single-gender lodging option. If you are coming with friends you would like to lodge with (regardless of gender) please connect with the Director of Journeys.

Q: Is camping an option?
A: Yes! Primitive campsites are available if you would like to bring a tent and bedding. The temperatures are likely to stay above the freezing mark, but it is important to note that it may be chilly and that you will need appropriate camping gear. Please connect with our Director of Journeys to learn more about this option.

Q: Are there places to stay before and after?
A: It may be possible to stay at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center for personal retreat before or after this trip. Please contact the property directly to inquire.

Q: Where do I fly into? What is the best way to get to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center?
A: The Los Angeles International Airport is about 2.5 hours from the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. If you prefer to fly into the Ontario, CA airport, Orange County, or Palm Springs, they are all a little closer. You are welcome to rent a car and carpool, or we will arrange a shuttle service at a few different times for arrivals from the Los Angeles International airport (additional cost).


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