Wednesday, September 23, 2015

KCET's Art Bound on Noah Purifoy

Noah Purifoy's Desert Art Museum

The Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture, open to the public, illustrates the artist's vision during the last 15 years of his life.

A little slice of what's happening along the North border to Joshua Tree National Park... 

On a sauna-hot afternoon in Yucca Valley, a town 12 miles west of Joshua Tree National Park, Ryan Schneider, a painter from Brooklyn and a recent transplant to the area, was standing in the backyard of his rental house, showing me his work. His colorful, primitivist, abstract paintings (currently on view at Santa Monica’s Richard Heller Gallery) were affixed to the wood siding on the back of the house, which had that weathered, faded patina you find everywhere in the desert. In the early mornings and late afternoons, when the light falls just so, Schneider has been using the spot as a makeshift, open-air studio. Enticed by such easy living, he and his partner, Dana Balicki, a life coach, came to Joshua Tree in February to escape the harsh New York winter and by May had decided to move for good, soon finding a bigger place (and getting married). “I just needed to get out, go to the desert, and plug in to that energy that is so palpable here,” said Schneider, who is as warm and friendly as he is bearded and tattooed. “With the quiet and the calm out here,” he added, “the imagery that comes out of me is so much more bizarre.” As he spoke, I became aware of the loud silence, punctuated only by the sound of distant wind chimes. 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

News from the Intregratron

Dear Friends of the Integratron,

We trust that this note finds you well, enjoying Springs' rebirth, wherever you may be.

Our mild winter and MOBY'S fundraiser made possible a big restoration in the Integratron - the interior downstairs walls have been replaced "George Van Tassel" style by our super human and super skilled crew.  Thank you Moby, Mindy Jones, Julie Mintz and all who participated in that fantastic effort!

BEFORE - water damaged walls removed
  AFTER - glowing, new wood

This is our biggest enthusiasm - stewarding and restoring the Integratron.   Your visits here make all this possible.  Please feel our gratitude.

No Reservations Public Sound Baths DISCONTINUED

To everything there is a season, and for the No Reservations Public Sound Baths they have been discontinued.  Recently the number of people attending has caused big challenges that include cars blocking the road waiting to enter, people running ahead and pushing past people that were in line an hour before them, and too many vehicles in our parking lot at one time.  This is definitely not the experience we intend for our visitors. We regretfully have to choose a safer option for people to visit.

So, from now on all Sound Baths at the Integratron will be by appointment only.
There are now TWO options for experiencing the Sound Bath:  

"Pop Up" Sound Bath - a group appointment where we combine your request to join others in a group Sound Bath limited to 25 people.  You will have a reservation, the fee is $25 per person on weekdays, and $35 per person on weekends & holidays. 
We provide mats/blankets.  

All Pop Up Sound Baths can be booked directly from our website using our new online reservation system.  You'll be able to see our schedule and availability.  Please visit and follow the green "Book Now" prompt to make and pay for your Pop Up Sound Bath. 

"Private Sound Bath" - The private sound bath is booked by phone or emaildirectly with our office.  This session allows you and your group to receive a sound bath in the sound chamber having the experience to yourselves.  Private sound baths book about 10-12 weeks in advance, with greater availability on weekdays (Mon and Wed-Fri) than weekends.  Prices vary depending on your group size and are listed at

We are so very fortunate to have so many people wanting to come to the Integratron!  

Have a beautiful Spring,
The Integratron Crew 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Joshua Tree Rabbit Run Vacation Rental

Welcome to the Joshua Tree Rabbit Run Retreat Vacation Rental

Located at the foot of a mountain in the fork of a wash, the Rabbit Run Retreat is a very cozy and secluded home with an amazing view. It is bordered on two sides by hundreds of acres of open public lands. You can hike right out the back door, scramble up the boulders in the wash, and be in a whole other world in the Bartlett Mountains.

The house decor is colorful and eclectic. Things may change from time to time depending on new thrift, yard sale, and collectible shop finds. 

The location is secluded yet for access to shops and restaurants, its just 8 minutes to the Joshua Tree Village downtown and 16 minutes to the Joshua Tree National Park entrance. This location is very convenient for a weekend getaway or a longer stay for creatives wanting to finish a project.
The house is a cozy 800 sq. ft., two bedroom, one bathroom on 2.5 private acres- the last house on the road. Sit and look at the mountain or look at the stars at night. BBQ on the side patio. Light a fire in the fireplace and have a cozy evening after a day in the National Park. Two queen size beds. Also a big comfy sofa in the living room.

The house is cooled with a swamp cooler - evaporative cooling adds moisture to the air as it cools it down.
Kitchen is fully equipped with cooking gear, electric stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and other small appliances.
Around the house you'll see loads of small birds, quail, and sometimes jack rabbits, bunnies, antelope squirrels, the elusive coyotes, chuckwalla, horned lizard and possibly the two roadrunners that make their rounds by the house from time to time. No guarantee that you'll see them but they are out there. Also very elusive are the coyote who come by at night and sometimes early in the mornings.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Joshua Tree is the perfect place for stargazing

Especially when staying in the comfort and style of a great vacation rental home!

"Make a resolution in 2015 to head outside and check out some of the amazing celestial events that will be happening in the night sky. Whether you’re an experienced astronomer or just taking a look at the night sky for the first time, you’ll want to check out these events. Nearly all of these events can be seen with the naked eye, but can be better enjoyed with a telescope or a decent set of binoculars."

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Route 62 Vintage Marketplace in Yucca Valley

For me, this is THE top vintage marketplace in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. That's saying a lot since there are many top quality vintage shops in Yucca Valley. Stop by and say hi to the owners - Dawn and Dennis - I love these two, they're like family! I have probably purchased half of my vacation rental furnishings from this shop. You never know what you'll find. The prices are great, the selection is constantly fresh and changing, it's always an adventure just looking around. Seriously, this is my favorite vintage shop of all time.

Owners: Dawn & Dennis Blevins

Location: Rt 62 Vintage Marketplace
               55635 29 Palms HWY
               Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Phone: 760-365-4330

Hours: Mon - Fri: 10AM - 5PM
                  Sat: 10AM - 5PM
                  Sun: 10AM - 4PM

ArtFX & Furnishing in Yucca Valley

ArtFx & Furnishings - Fine Collectibles & Consignment - Something for every room in your home. Jewelry & MORE!

55836 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA.
(619) 990-5683
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

ArtFx & Furnishings

ArtFx & Furnishings Yucca Valley