Frequently Asked Questions

What is the policy on drugs and intoxicants?
Mandala Springs is a drug and alcohol free campus. All intoxicants in general are thought to cloud the mind and it is important that the retreat center is maintained to support the mutually shared space. While onsite you’ll be asked to take the following four precepts which serve as guidelines for living in community. These are: 

  • refrain from killing/harming any living creature

  • refrain from taking what is not offered

  • refrain from false and harmful speech

  • refrain from intoxicants including recreational drugs and alcohol


Vegetarian & Substance Free

Mandala is a vegetarian and substance-free facility. It is our desire to create a peaceful and sacred atmosphere for all guests and visitors. We do not allow the cooking of any animal products on our property, which includes meat, fish and eggs. Smoking is not allowed in or around any of our buildings. All pets including dogs & cats are not welcome on the property, except for trained service animals.

Check in

Check in is between 2-6pm. Please call our reservation desk 707-371-5022, if you cannot arrive by this time. Any cancelation within 48 hours of arrival date will not be refunded.

Loss or Damage

Mandala Springs cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage of personal possessions or valuables of our guests, and we shall not be liable for any failures beyond its control, like natural disasters, fires, excessive smoke, accidents, or any unforeseen acts of God.

Mandala Springs reserves the right at its sole discretion to terminate use of the property or any of its facilities by the customer in an event of any breach of these terms and conditions. The customer will be required to vacate the property and Mandala Springs shall not refund payment or accept any consequential liability, damages or loss.

Matter Out Of Place (MOP) Policy

Mandala Springs follows a Matter Out Of Place (MOP) policy, which requires the Licensee to return Mandala Springs to the same condition, or better, that it was in before the event. Matter may include trash, sticks, rocks, forts, instillations, decorations etc. Matter also includes items that have been moved or borrowed from a location and need to be returned to the original location.

Property Boundaries

All guests while onsite are required to stay within the boundaries of Mandala Springs.

Water Use

Mandala Springs is committed to water conservation and all guests are encouraged to conserve water. In order to conserve water the allocated shower time is less than five minutes. Retreat leaders are encouraged to educate their guests in the best practices of water conservancy.


The use of open fires and campfires is not guaranteed as drought or other conditions may cause the Lake County Fire Marshal to prohibit them. Mandala Springs complies with the directives of the Lake County Fire Marshal.

Mandala Springs allows one fire on the premises at a time in the Pavilion Fire Pit area, additional locations may be approved by Mandala Springs.

Firewood is provided byMandala Springs or by a pre-approved local vendor only. Fire wood is not to be harvested from the forest. Fires are not to be left unattended at any time.


The Licensee is expected to bring all tools, power cords, ladders and programming supplies needed to set up and operate the event.

*A small assortment of supplies is available for loan to pre-approved events. If lost or damaged the cost of replacing the items will be deducted out of their Security Deposit.


It is the responsibility of the guests to comply with state and local law, and industry safety standards.

No amplified sound is allowed from Monday - Sunday 10:00PM to 10:00AM unless agreed on by Mandala Springs in Advance. Strict adherence to these sound policies is required; a breach in these policies will result in a $1,000 fine per incident with the licensee being given 5 minuets to correct the issue before additional fees are assessed.