What is the daily schedule like?
Wake up time is individual. You can use your house kitchen to prepare your warm morning beverage (we suggest herbal tea or lemon water) and choose from the options of breakfast for your child. You’ll be made a fresh green juice or power smoothie to have after yoga.
09:00 Childcare Providers arrive at the main house and Mamas from all 3 houses bring kids here to be handed over. The children spend the morning with the Caregivers outside in the play-area or inside the indoor play space. Babies are kept in a special soft-play area. There is a quiet sleeping area inside for babies. The children have a specially designed programs with a range of activities including circle time, painting, crafts, playing, dressing up and dance. The children have a light, healthy snack of fruit, nuts and crackers around 10:30.
09:15 - 10:45 Yoga class on the outside patio at House #2.
11.00 - 12:30/13:00 Free Mama time for massages, treatments, consults, reading, resting, showering, chatting with others, just 'being'.
12:20 - 13:00 Moms pick up kids at main house and eat lunch.
13:30 - 18:00 Free time for Mama and Child bonding, national park excursions, relaxing, walking, and village visits with playground combo. We provide a light mid-afternoon superfood snack to take with you.
18:15 Dinner (that can be saved for those who are still out venturing).
Bedtime for babies and wind-down time for mums.
19:30-21:00 Friday or Saturday: evening dance or other workshop for Moms. Babysitters are included for (sleeping) kids.
We can organize extra babysitters for those who want to go to our local saloon for a drink. Downtown is a 5 minute drive away. Great atmosphere.
Which meals are included and what are they like?
You have all the meals included. Kids have breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus snacks in between, such as fruit etc). Moms have their morning juice (self-serve light breakfast before yoga for those who need to eat), lunch and dinner. There is fruit, organic bread, spreads and other snacks Moms can help themselves to throughout the day, as well as a mid-afternoon superfood snack you can take on excursions. All meals are flexitarian (vegetarian and some fish) and you can tell us if you have any allergies or intolerances so that we cater to your needs. We use only the best fresh and local ingredients.
We provide finger food and puree for infants and will ask you upon arrival what your specific needs and likes are. We do recommend bringing an 'emergency packet' or two of food your baby likes because sometimes children like to eat what they're used to. We have emergency pasta as a back-up.
We don't buy or serve any processed foods or sugary snacks/breakfast cereals. Retreat participants can use the fridges for any personal items you want to store and there is extra cupboard space in the kitchen.
Each house has a dishwasher where you can wash baby bottles. We provide fresh cow's milk and vegetable milks like almond but we don't have any formula.
How old should my baby be?
All babies and children are welcome. You can bring your baby-to-be, newborn or six year-old. Most Mamas come with kids aged from about 6 months to 4 years.
What will the weather be like?
The average temperatures in Joshua Tree in April/May are around 77-86 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for yoga and perfect for babies. There is an average of 13 hours of sunshine per day. Nights can be cooler so bring sweaters, wraps and a warm pajama or sleeping bag if you have a baby. The rooms in the houses stay nice and cool in the day but can be fresh at night. Bring some socks or slippers/flip flops for walking around inside.
Can I share a room?
We don’t recommend sharing a room unless you are used to sharing with this person. Sharing a room works best if it’s two adults (good friends, sisters, Mom and grandmother) with one child. It can also work with two children who are siblings. However, two Moms sharing a room with two babies or toddlers on different schedules can be stressful, even if you are really close friends. Some rooms work better for sharing so do ask which ones we'd recommend.