A note from Ari Kalfayan, lead organizer:
After a year filled with endless political drama & a general sense of helplessness, it seems as though people are asking, how can I help make a difference?  I too have felt the heavy weight of political turmoil, but instead of sitting by, I want us to take action and come together. While most people are still thinking about what to do next, I believe that it’s time to gather as a  community to focus on creating connection and inspiration. In doing so, we can align with our shared energy and shift humanity’s path. And that why I’m inviting you to a retreat experience like no other --  the first ever New Moon Yosemite. This retreat is focused on creating a special kind of connection to self and tribe that fills up your soul, leaves you inspired and empowers change. Read on to hear more about why I felt the pull to create this unique experience.

With Gratitude,


Is this it?  

That’s what I felt following my 4th Burning Man experience, after helping to create and lead one of the largest camps and art pieces on the playa.

Let me be clear: I love my camp mates! I love what we created together! I love the Cuddle Puddle! I loved the intensity and harsh beauty of the Black Rock Desert, and the majesty of the Burner-created city & art.

And yet….  I felt like something was missing.  I came home to the realities of San Francisco life wondering if there was something more...

At a festival in  Sweden last year, I discovered what was missing. There, nature was not just a backdrop or stage; it was integrated into our experiences and was the sacred ground that fueled our connection to each other. While there, I created friendships that felt incredibly deep, despite the short time that we spent together.

And I felt like this was something new, something different from what I know is going on in the States right now - and yet, as I talked to others about this, I also realized that this insight that nature is the most powerful ground of connection to life and to each other was as old as humanity. So I was inspired to create a container for this kind of sacred connection with and for my community.

That’s why I have staked my reputation on creating a unique experience in Yosemite National Park for you and everyone else who yearns for deep, soul-filling connection.

Because I need it.

And I have a feeling that you need it too, whether you have been able to explain that need to yourself or just felt it as an ache at the bottom of your soul.  We have this moment to gather our tribe under Yosemite’s granite altars and align our energies. I believe our community needs this. Join with me to make it happen!

There’s an old African proverb: if you want to travel quickly, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together. I invite you to create the inspired and connected community of which we all dream with me.