May 1, 2013 "I came with 2 donkeys to find a place to rest and in this hollow nest, I think I found a key, give time its needed pace and let go of the race. Here at the retreat, the people, the place, and the spirit allow for each of us a space to be complete. Thank you Chery and George"
Pascal H. Landa, Paris, France PCT Thru-Hiker 2013 "Long Ears 2 Chile"
11/21/14 Chery dear, I was astounded at the quality of your yoga, simply because I've taken lots of yoga classes, including from Indra Devi, and never had such excellent and valuable teaching. It helped me a lot, at all levels, from crown to cellular. Aminah Raheem
11/22/14 Thank you dear Chery. My sit bones are now a very important part of my daily attention. I didn't realize there could be such a life changing event. Another step into health. Thank you so much for that instruction, the turned in foot and being aware of the parts of my foot I press when I walk as in my yoga positions this afternoon is invaluable. Your lovely body and expertise were especially impressive and I could feel such a wish in my spirit to become healthier and stronger with you as an example of such grace and abilities. Barbara Matson
5/26/14 The simple joy of just being is easy to access on these sacred grounds. Thank you for "this." Colleen Godfrey - "The One Step Path" Satsang Retreat
5/26/14 I cannot thank you enough for this amazing, inspiring experience. This has done so much for me and my spiritual path. I am so grateful and excited for all that is now and also what is to come. I will see you soon. XOXO Kelly
2015 PCT Hikers
Dear Chery & George, 5/18-5/20/15 Thank you for sharing your special place with us. We're so grateful for the yummy food, cool tipi, and the wonderful conversations. We'll try to do the stretches you shared with us; they definitely made us feel better! Charlotte What a treat! I'd have walked 1000 miles to rest at your lovely oasis! Thanks for the amazing food, hospitality, and conversation. This has been the highlight of our trip. I'm fully recharged, stretched, and nourished. I should definitely make it another 10 miles! ;) Stay in touch! Matt
5/6/15 Thank you so much! This was definitely a little oasis from the trail and a great way to recharge. I'm feeling energized and refreshed...and very stoked about my smoothie! This stop gave me a chance to look at how far I've come and I'm ready to carry on! Scorpia, the Scorpian Queen akaTara, Rossland B.C. 5/5/15 Thanks so much! Not sure how we'll have the strength to leave this idyll but we'll definitely be back. Tom "Lomax" UK Thank you for a stay that was nothing short of magical. The food, the company, and the peaceful atmosphere were all amazing. Looking forward to sharing this place with my family in the future. Katie Steere, RI 5/2/15 Everything was perfect. Thank you so much! Ted
5/2-5/3 Two wonderful days here with the most wonderful host and accommodations! Loved dreaming inside the tipi and rejuvenating yoga and tasty delights! Thank you for the invitation and sharing of local kindness, love and music! Sure couldn't have asked for a better time with you and your friends! Much love! Todd "Ciney" 4/30/15 Best meal on the trail so far! I think it will be hard to beat with such great surroundings. Hammock+Beer+HotTub=Very Happy Hiker! Thank you for giving me an extra boost to conquer the PCT. Salt Lick Amazing. Wonderful. Restful 5-Stars. This is exactly what I needed to continue my journey. Chery and George were put in this place at this time for a reason. THANK YOU! Pandora
4/22/15 Thank you for not only opening your home to a weary hiker but making it feel like my home as well for two days! You are two shining lights in a universe of people we meet; I came here looking for a shower and a bed and leave here feeling I've made two new friends! I can only hope that there will be other folks along the PCT as open and genuine as you all. My deepest thanks, Erin "Longshot"
4/19/15 Chery it's been amazing catching up with you. Your massage was magical. I feel very relaxed and at ease. Thank you so much for having us. I'm ready to take on more of the trail! Lani
What a joy to give these blistery feet a rest in such a lovely place! Thank you so much for your hospitality. Erin
This has been a terrific first zero day on the Pacific Crest Trail! I'm looking forward to a soak in the hot tub later! Thank you for all that you do! Clayton
4/17/15 What a great stop! Just what we needed. Thanks so much. Ed Jones
You have a beautiful home! Thank you for hosting us thru hikers, we truly appreciate it! ;) All the best, Ashley Jones
4/15/15 What a wonderful spot! Thanks so much for great trail break! Marie "Ladybugs" Garrett
I had a wonderful zero day here with Chery and George. Great food and a fantastic CranioSacral session with Chery. This is a gem of a spot. Magic Mike
Thank you for being a wonderful host and making us feel at home. Your 5 Star treatment is one of a kind on the trail. David Roessler "Mongo" Ohio
4/11/15 I had a great time and the beds, food and drinks were amazing. This is a great relaxing break from hiking and we plan on coming back when we do the full hike! Mason Stevens (12 years old)
What a great treat. My 12 year old son and I are only doing section A and this was a refreshing "almost" end to our trip. The beds were so soft, the meals so good and great hosts. Gary Stevens
4/7/15 Thank you for being here! A home cooked meal, green grass for the tent, comfy chairs, a cold beer (and coke!), cuddly kitties, kindness and warmth all hit the spot! Hiking the PCT is not a quest to get somewhere...its a quest to NOT get somewhere! Kristin and Michael Seattle
4/5/15 Thank you so much for the wonderful time here! The food, shower, laundry and all was amazing! Such a relaxing place :) Had a great time! Take Care "Flying Fish" aka Tom Troutner
MVR is such an amazing oasis you have created! Thank you so much for your outstanding care. I feel completely refreshed and ready to hit the trail again. Best Wishes Derek Rowley
4/1/15 Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality (especially with no notice!) We really enjoyed the tranquil setting of the retreat, the pets, the food was delicious and you were both so welcoming and a pleasure to talk to. We look forward to our next visit! Rudy & Katie
3/25/15 So grateful for these wonderful people and this place to take our first zero! The accommodations are awesome and Chery is the most wonderful host and cook too! George is an awesome Patriot and great conversationalist. The energy between the two of them is humbling, stimulating and refreshing. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to return for another visit with some of my yogi friends. Thank You, Love, J. Miles Jackson "Knight Shift."
3/25/15 Dearest Chery and George, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for what you have provided. You are both blessed by the Universe. Thank you for nourishing me while on my path. Your warm hearts, meaningful conversations, and hospitality have made this endeavor even more insightful. The tipi is awesome. Yoga in the Yurt was relaxing. So nice and peaceful here. I look forward to visiting you again when I stop back in Vista. Thank you again, I love you. Namaste' All the best, Landon "Little Spoon" Rosenthal 3/25/15 Chery and George, You told me I'd be back and here I am! And it's just how I left it- Amazing Hospitality, Even better people and my Favorite Zero on the Trail! I mean that, too! Town days are always relaxing, but the replenishment I feel here goes unmatched. C'Mon; Yoga, Massage, Great Meals, A Glider-Flight...Heaven for this Hiker! You both do an amazing job of making us feel welcome and at home. I can only hope we do some of the same for you guys (and that other hikers are fortunate enough to stop thru!) Getting that feeling I'll be back again too...here's hoping it's just as soon. All the Best - Love, Connor "Par 3"
blissful, peaceful rest the mountain valley retreat will stay in my heart
I had an amazing stay at the Mountain Valley Retreat! Cool people, good food, awesome tipis - what more could a hiker ask for? Oh, yeah...yoga and a massage, too! Three nights here and I'm finding it hard to pull myself away. My only consolation is that this means I'll have to plan a return trip when I'm done with my hike. Thanks for a peaceful stay and for being so welcoming. Thank, Chery and George. Chris Selmer "Haiku"
2/8/15 What an amazing surprise! Mountain Valley Retreat is Fantastic! Almost wish I'd hiked farther today, so I could appreciate the accommodations even more! Thanks for everything. Dave "Sunbiker"
2014 PCT HIkers
11/29/14 Peacefulness I could only dream about. 2,000 miles of meditation coming to fruition within such a. calm, loving community. We came straight off the trail into an intentional dance class, I can't stop smiling! Bless this retreat home and may it continue to bring blissful memories for all who step on its grounds. Peace and much love. Circle
11/29/14 As I passed Chery walking down the PCT I knew a good conversation was about to arise. What I didn't know was that she lived ten miles down-trail and is a Trail Angel! Time could not have been better. Arriving at the retreat during a calming dance class was perfect! Everyone around was glowing with positive energy. As I begin my final 100 miles of the PCT I will have a hop in my step and a smile on my face, to the border and beyond. Let your love light shine! Pearl
5/29/14 What kindness and hospitality! The San Felipe Hills were no joke, and staying here has been just the respite I needed. From the meals fit for a king to the warm shower to the plush bed to the beautiful live oaks and soothing sound of running water, I couldn't imagine a more relaxing or refreshing place to stay for a night. But of all the things one misses most on a solo hike, none is more important than human warmth and connection, which you've shared with me from the moment I reached you on the phone last night. Many Thanks! Aaron Miles Kurman
5/28/14 After 100 miles this was an amazing oasis in the "desert." I could not think of a better way to end my PCT experience than here. I hope everything in your future goes well and would love to come out here again if I can find the time. Thanks for everything! Taylor Patch
5/28/14 This has truly been an amazing experience staying with you guys...even if it was only for the night! Both my mind and body feel completely refreshed. I really wish you all the best and hope to see you here again. (Or at Esalen perhaps!) Connor Homan
5/14/14 Some of the finest trail angels I've come across in my adventures. Thank you for the finest meal I'll have on the trail, great company, and most likely my only tipi stay...certainly the first! I feel relaxed and happy to continue with this crazy walk. No doubt, George and Chery have contributed to that truth with their love and life-walk. RichThorpe
5/2/14 Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality and healthy food! I'm sure it will help propel me down the trail. Good Karma and energy here! I've enjoyed it! Renee' Wrest
April 7. 2014 Thanks so much for wonderful, relaxing time. The food, massages and foot bath were great! ;) It's been so nice to find so many neat things about So Cali! Thanks again. Nancy Reader, "Twisted Hair." & Lonnie Busch
April 27, 2014 When I first read about Mountain Valley Retreat I knew I had to get there- a little gift to myself for the first 100 miles! I was SO right. MVR couldn't have been a better oasis - personal, loving and relaxing. You made my "O's" absolutely blissful. Cheers to my new friends, Chery, George and Melinda! XO Susan Robb- www.wildtimesproject.com/susanrobb.com
April 25, 2014 Thank you for receiving me at your home. Thank you for the delicious food and for the amazing company. This was the perfect stop to rest the body and mind and I wish you much success and happiness in the future. Mateusz Gola, Montreal, Canada
April 15, 2014 Thank you for welcoming me into your home. You have created the perfect oasis and it was exactly what I needed at this time. My stay here will be a highlight of my journey. I hope to come back in the next few years. Terra Johnson
April 10-11, 2014 "Heaven came down & glory filled my soul." I so walked into heaven. Thanks to everyone who gave & gave & gave...Chery, Melinda, George, Steve, Hugh, Oscar and the Kitties. Dirty Girl of the 2Bubbies- Caroline Peck
So much healing & love here! I am taking with me: "resistance is my friend" and a family of new friends. Healing hands and open hearts and fabulous food...it is hard to leave. Many thanks to Chery, Melinda, George and bonus friends Steve and Hugh. The yoga and Eagle Rock and sunset...so many wonderful memories. Love, Diane Russell (Tidy Camper of the 2Bubbies, PCT Thru-Hikers.)
April 11-12, 2014 You have created a wonderful place for PCT hikers to stop and recover after 100 miles of hiking and eating "unfresh" food. This day and a half feels like so much more rest on our feet than it actually has been! Thanks for opening your home to us. The massages and yoga class were just what we needed and the food was awesome! PCT Thru-Hikers Tim Mack & Gerri Kail
April 19, 2014 What a wonderful place to relax! We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Wonderful, delicious food, great company and a beautiful relaxing setting! Thank you for everything and best of luck in the transformation of this dream for yourselves! Love Coyote/ Landy Figueroa, PCT Thru-Hiker
April 19, 2014 WOW! What a special place--special people! Thank you so much. You are very REAL people. God Bless you and your retreat. PCT Thru-Hiker Grasshopper / Sarah Crunelle
Friends and Family
11/29/14 I was lost when coming here. Lost in the edges of wilderness and the other forms of life here in a newly known piece of earth. It is now hospitality and the friendly life in the house and the yurt I have found. Thank you for finding me and bringing me into your great center of forgiveness and gratitude. James Nichols New York June 16-22, 2014 Mountain
Valley Retreat was as cozy as home. I loved the home cooked meals that
CC made. There were so many activites! From the hiking and yoga to
flying a sailplane with G to silk scarf painting! I loved it all and I
want to come back every summer.
April 6-12, 2014 How wonderful to finally be here after hearing the story unfold over the last five years. A privilege to be a part of the inauguration. Tipi is a wonderful way to go! Mad love to Chery, G and Melinda! Hugh Pavitt and Star Dancer
July 24, 2014 Chery & George, Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. The peacefulness of your sanctuary (retreat) was awesome, way different from my home in Washington! I will pass word along to anyone I know heading to Warner Springs about your retreat. Best Wishes, Nick Long - Pilot June 2,2014 Thank you for inviting me into this wonderful oasis! Before coming here, I've had only glimmers of the meeting point between my love of aviation and my need for a holistic, natural lifestyle--I've found both in this weekend at MVR and am refreshed and inspired as ever! Total, absolutely thoughtful hospitality and true Wellness lives here. I wish all Blessings on this place and all who get to enjoy it! Thank You! Margaret Viola- Pilot Oct 15, 2013 "After ten days of traveling and sleeping in hotels it was very nice to sleep in a peaceful and friendly environment in such a peaceful retreat. Thank you for your warm welcome and new friendship. Many returns." Jean Egan French Canadian Glider Pilot
November-December 2013 "Wow to the sunsets, the hikes, Chery's amazing blender drinks, hot tub conversations, the CranioSacral treatment, yoga session, three glider flights with George...... I LOVED EVERY MINUTE!"