You need to pre-register for the retreat. You can choose to stay in a triple room, double room or single room. It is best to arrange your room as early as possible because the more desirable rooms at Mount Madonna will sell out early. It is possible to arrange a single or double room with private bath for a reasonable cost if you register EARLY.

If you are flying in for the retreat, fly into San Jose International Airport (SJC). Book your flights as follows:

  • Arrive at SJC on Thursday, August 1st by 3 PM Pacific time
  • Fly home on Tuesday evening, August 6th, anytime after 7 PM. If you cannot arrange a flight after that time, you can stay an extra night at Mount Madonna for a reasonable cost, and catch a shuttle the next morning.

A shuttle bus will be arranged to take you to Mount Madonna from SJC. It will leave shortly after 4 PM on August  1st. The shuttle will also come to Mount Madonna on Tuesday afternoon August 6th to take you back to SJC, and will leave about 5 PM. Cost: about $45 each way.

See details on getting to and from Mount Madonna at:

You may want to rent your own car if you will be doing any vacationing before or after the retreat

People driving in should arrive at Mount Madonna on Thursday evening August 1st so you will be settled and ready to start 9 AM Friday morning.

Please read through all the information about lodging carefully. You will find those choices listed on the shopping cart page.  If you are unsure about what room type to select, please contact us at . If you wish to share a  room with a specific person or people please also notify us via same email address.

Mount Madonna Center will do its best to accommodate food sensitivities and special requirements, but please note that they cannot cater for individual tastes. Gluten and dairy-free options will be available at every meal, as well as ample supplies of protein in the form of tofu, yogurt, cottage cheese, nuts, vegetables. All meals are vegetarian and no processed foods are used. If you need any supplementary foods you can bring those for yourself.

You will need to bring your own towels. There are also inexpensive towels to purchase at the center if you need to. All bedding is provided.

You will receive a series of emails in early July with weather, details on what to bring, clothing needed, and other logistical information. Make sure you look for and read those!

Case Presentations: Participants are encouraged to prepare an educational patient case to present to the group.


I thought it was terrific. I was so impressed and inspired by the high level of everyone there. You have really gathered an impressive group of students. The information was clear and powerfully delivered. Great flow of curriculum and plenty of time to practice. I will be using the chakra balancing method I learned there and the Merkaba meditation. Conde Freeman, Acupuncturist

My personal growth was exponential! I’ll be transforming the way I work. It was an experiential retreat with plenty of practice time to give and receive. The group became a cohesive unit on the first day! Caryn Carroll, Acupuncturist

The level of skills and knowledge that were taught are at a Master level. I can use these techniques and Dr. Starwynn’s knowledge to improve my practice. I would encourage any acupuncturist, massage therapist or Shiatsu therapist to look into this man’s great knowledge and skills. Larry Fujimoto, Acupuncturist

Dr. Starwynn uses a full mind-body-spirit approach to educate his students and empower them to achieve success as practitioners and as human beings. Joan-Angela Hess, Acupuncturist

The structure, flow and balance of this retreat was extremely well done. It was a lovely balance of applicable tools, practical applications exercises and creativity with an infusion of fun. Shannon Morse, nutrition and lifestyle coach, owner of Diet Docs SF

Both the Bridge to Mastery home learning program and retreat provided me with concrete experience of how to increase my healing abilities through a deeper understanding of the quantum field and what a valuable part it plays in both the abilities of the healer to facilitate a healing experience and the ability of the patient to receive the healing frequencies. From setting up the quantum field to building your business with detailed knowledge of marketing and business packaging examples, Dr. Starwynn covered the subjects in an easy to understand manner and sometimes with great humor. It was worth the price of admission! With every client I now have a greater understanding of what needs to be done before I begin treatment (without fail!). Judith Hazelett, healer