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Our Vision

At the heart of Spirit Mountain Retreat is this vision: As we awaken to the power of who we are, we come to see that we are connected to something greater than ourselves.

Our Story

Founded in 1974, the Colombiere Retreat Center (renamed Spirit Mountain Retreat in 1975) was conceived by William Murphy of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to help members of the clergy have a special place away from the daily demands and distractions where they could find solitude and pursue an inner unfolding process. In 1975, The Colombiere Retreat Center opened its doors with that exact purpose and vision in mind: to assist individuals and groups in the process of transforming consciousness, always an experiential approach to understanding.

Meet the Team

Our board and staff are a group of dedicated, like-minded individuals who share the passion and vision upon which Spirit Mountain Retreat was founded.


Margaret Mary Leusch

Margaret Mary Leusch, Co-Chair, brings years of experience as an educator, administrator, consultant, and currently as a spiritual care counselor at the Betty Ford Center. She was a board member of the Idyllwild Help Center serving as Secretary for five years. Margaret Mary is an Associate with the IHM Sisters in Monroe, Michigan. She lives with her husband David in Pine Cove, loves family and her two lovely granddaughters. Margaret Mary brings a deep commitment to the vision and mission of Spirit Mountain Retreat.


Carol McClintic

Carol McClintic, Co-Chair, is an educational consultant with 35 years of experience from pre-school through University Extension. She is presently working with the Caine Learning Center and is co-author of two books. Carol lives in Idyllwild and serves on various boards as well as sings, gardens, reads, writes poetry and explores her personal spiritual path.


Cathy Halkin

Kathy Halkin, Secretary, is a resident of Idyllwild since 1986. As a professional social worker, she brings an array of skills to Spirit Mountain Retreat including administrative, needs assessment, and the desire to help others become their true selves. She is involved in several community organizations including past president of the Idyllwild HELP Center, a non-profit helping more than 500 people in need. As a reverend, she also enjoys marrying people! Kathy enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing, and being.

Next Steps…

Curious about Spirit Mountain Retreat’s programs and gatherings?  Check out this video of our recent program, “Express Yourself with Color” facilitated by Cindy Berry, MSFT

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