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Workshops Certification in Soul-Work NLP; a streamlined version of Neurolinguistics and trance-work, the most brilliantly effective communication and integrated personal transformation skills. Learn the core skills that will allow you to be massively effective with your clients, as well as to create exponential growth in your business and personal life.

A two week group program that includes revolutionary personal-change tools for clarity, direction, and for being and expressing your vision for what’s possible in your life and for the world

NLP Coaching and Training, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Hypnotherapy, Certified NLP Coaching and Practitioner training program in California 760.782.9223

You are at the cutting edge, highly creative, and motivated – a visionary, an artist, a healer, an evolutionary leader. Your passion is to make your vision real. The world we all long for also includes your thriving life and business. Win-win is the only option.

Do you believe in the magic of a bigger vision for what is possible? Is it is time for you to commit to a new level of success and influence .. with full-on energy and creativity? Then this is where our conversation can begin.

We each work with a small number of individual clients. We customize the program to best address your needs. Please contact us for details.

Manzanita Village Retreat  .  Morning Meditation  .  Apprenticeship  .  Support Us

For the freedom you deserve ..   for the world we long for

Distant view of Manzanita Village against the mountain.


Upcoming Retreats and workshops


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I have been utterly and subtly and profoundly and irrevocably transformed by my time at Five Changes and Manzanita Village. Thank you both. Darya Norvet

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Family Constellation

Family Constellation is a mirror, a microcosm, a reflection of your life as it is, and as it might be. Benefits are immediate and long-term. It may be therapeutic, but it is in many ways the opposite of therapy. It does not depend on engaging the normal channels of understanding. It goes deeper, like trance or plant-medicine. It shows you very directly, through a collaborative process, what you may have been unable to see or accept previously. By the testimony of many of our clients it compliments other modalities of change, and often achieves what months or years of therapy did not address. To quote one of our mentors, “It shows you what you may already know, but don’t yet know that you know.”

Before experiencing Constellation work, people often think that it’s all about resolving current issues within their family, or changing personal programming established during their upbringing. But the heritage of our family of origin goes far beyond the conditioning of our early life. We have carried buried loyalties that go back, in many instances, for generations ‒ deeper buried memories. So, a question: What if the expectations, disappointments, experiences that we imagine are our own, are determined by generational traumas and unresolved misunderstandings –‒ hidden out of fear, guilt, or simply not knowing that no one has an obligation to accept their present state if it no longer serves them. It’s always astonishing when people take agency over their inner state, and recognize their natural capacity to transform old traumas.



2024 Retreat TBA

Half-day workshops 
Upcoming Dates:
June 30, 1:00-4:00 PM  (Los Angeles – Silverlake)

$30 to participate/rep .  $250 for personal constellation
Call tfor directions or to arrange a personal constellation

Pre-register as a participant please. Venmo to @Caitriona-Reed (1660)
or pay on the day
please contact us 310-339-1660 

Private Constellations, in person at Manzanita Village or via Zoom are available.

Through the constellation I suddenly have access to a reality that I cannot perceive through thought. Something that had been hidden comes to light. Once in sight I can begin to find a solution. Bert Hellinger  

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The Wild: A Healing Retreat

for all LGBTQ+ and allies  

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Fall Date TBA
at Manzanita Village
with Ben Page and Caitriona Reed 
Sliding Scale 
includes food and accommodation

Join us for this journey, a uniquely crafted retreat that invites individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds, and orientations to embrace the healing power of nature. Nestled in the heart of this pristine canyon at Manzanita Village, this immersive experience offers a safe and inclusive space for self-discovery, connection, and rejuvenation.

Guided by the spirit of unity and diversity, “The Queer Wild” brings together LGBTQ+ individuals and allies for an exploration of the outdoors, fostering a sense of community and understanding. Engage in enriching practices that celebrate the vibrant spectrum of identities while drawing nourishment from the serene beauty of the natural world.  
Whether you’re seeking solitude for personal reflection or eager to forge connections with like-minded souls, this retreat offers a harmonious blend of mindfulness practices, group activities, and shared moments under the vast canopy of stars. “Queer Wild” is more than a retreat; it’s a celebration of the myriad colors that make each one of us unique, fostering bonds that resonate long after the journey’s end. Join us in the wilderness to reconnect, recharge, and rediscover the beauty of your own rainbow spirit. 

Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, council carrier, DJ, creator of Story Weaving and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing, The Wild Garden and The World In My Pocket. His work focuses on the philosophical ethic of non-striving and self-love as a gateway to inner peace and compassionate action. Ben holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.

Caitriona Queer Wild

Caitriona Reed is co-founder of Five Changes and Manzanita Village Retreat. She is an activist and writer, and has been facilitating Meditation Retreats, The Work that Reconnects workshops, NLP and Hypnotherapy trainings, and Family Constellation workshops and trainings since the early 1980s.  She has trained extensively with several esteemed teachers. For full bio: Click here

Retreat begins 1:00 PM on Friday March 15 (to allow you to avoid rush-hour traffic).

We are two-and-a-half hours from Los Angeles,
one-and-a-half from San Diego.
Retreat ends approximately 3:00 PM on Sunday March 17

Podcast with Ben CLICK HERE

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Creativity and the Sacred

a retreat  with Kiké Pinto 

November 5 – 10, 2024 
at Manzanita Village

pictures of Kike Pinto

We are excited to host Maestro Kike Pinto once again this year.

We welcomed in the New Year last December (2023) with a retreat, led by Kike, that has left a lasting impact and an ever deepening understanding that the song, the medicine, the Dharma, the source (however you choose to name it) is inside you. Please join us for a week of music and ceremony on the magical land at Manzanita Village. 

Kike combines his dedication to teaching the musical, cultural, and ceremonial traditions of his native Peru with deep humility, and an ongoing commitment to continue learning and absorbing the wisdom of all traditions of all times and places. He is a teacher, musician, musicologist, and perhaps above all a holder of the sacred ceremonial traditions of the Andes. He has held ceremonies and taught widely in Latin America, Europe, and now the U.S.

This year he will be accompanied by his wife and longtime collaborator and partner, wise-woman Lourdes Monrroy Quinteros.

The retreat will start Tuesday 5th November (arrive Monday), and finish the afternoon of Sunday 10th November.

Please contact us if you have questions or if you would like to attend. Unless you have already worked with Kike we would like to have a brief introductory conversation by phone or Zoom. 

Please note: you do not need to have any musical experience to attend this retreat, only an openness and willingness to learn. Nor do you need to have any prior experience with Amazonian or Andean ceremonial practices. We can discuss the details when we have our intake conversation. Contact 

Registration by Zelle, Venmo, Credit Card or Paypal.

Cost of the full five days, including food and accommodation: $1200

excerpt from the song   El Misterio  (The Mystery) by Kike Pinto
Yo vengo de la sonrisa
de las espumas del mar
Con la magia del misterio
y las ciencias del azar
                                                            I come from the smile
                                                            of the foam of the sea
                                                            With the magic of mystery
                                                            and the sciences of fate
Pero cuál será ese sueño
que te tengo que cantar
Pero cuál será ese sueño
que tú tienes que soñar
                                                            But what might be that dream
                                                            that I have to sing to you
                                                            But what might be that dream
                                                            that you have to dream
Note: Charango teacher and ceremonial musician
Monique Mizrahi, will be accompanying Kike
on this and other dates in the U.S.

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Caitriona, Michele and Manzanita Village 


Retreats and Workshops at Manzanita Village. Retreats at Manzanita Village are an integration of silence, deep inner work, and learning skills that you can bring into your life to help transform yourself, your relationship with those you care for, and the world. 

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Unless otherwise noted retreats and workshops are open to everyone,

Manzanita Village is a no-joke place!! This is a bring-all-your-wisdom, bring-all-your-honesty, and bring-all-your-bullshit place. Because we live in a time that’s filled with chaos and confusion. But things get a whole lot clearer here. — Jamie Grace Davis

I had no idea how profound the training was going to be. Looking back now, I can’t imagine my life if I hadn’t done this.   Emily Steinberg

 Caitriona and Michele create a transformation that’s so deep and  penetrating and powerful, because it’s not preconceived. They allow each person to go through their process and make it their own. In so many other trainings and retreats they manufacture a ‘peak experience’ and then attempt to ‘integrate’ it, which is then followed by inevitable disappointment.
Peak experience and integration happen together here, and real integration and transformation then flood into your life as you bring your learning into the world. — Meredith Smith


We are calling together a community, a wisdom-council of people who are ready to support each other in learning and growing, to dive into the sacred work of personal and spiritual transformation. To serve others and the world and to realize your deepest calling.

Everyone’s journey, everyone’s life, is unique. You participation in this program is designed for you to meet your own personal and professional goals and to the develop skills that let you be the creator of your own life.

What are the qualities you most desire to embody?

Program includes, as we move forward in 2022, then 2023, retreats on the sacred land that we call our home, personal coaching, family and systemic constellation work, coaching and mentorship with both Caitriona and Michele. You will dive deeply into the how-to’s of psyche-magic, key elements of Buddhist practice, NLP, Family Systems Constellation work, Divination, and indigenous practices.. All of which are part of the seamless whole of the program we will co-create with you.  For Information Click Here

“Manzanita Village together with the work of Five Changes is an incredible fertile field of magic …”
— Lawrence Ellis

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