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Sanctuary for the Soul


Asarum Retreats hosts events upon the sacred grounds known as Elysium Hill, an enchanted and inspiring 18-acre private mountain estate in Santa Barbara, California. 


We customize your private and small group retreats, workshops, and gatherings.


Healthy organic meals are included with most group retreats and workshops.


Local lodging is available with flexible rates to meet your financial needs and desires. 


Our retreat and workshop guests must be able to hike moderate trails.


Enjoy the natural beauty of this sacred land!


We have much to appreciate and explore:

  • a beautiful creek

  • a lovely meadow

  • ancient caves

  • an amphitheater

  • a maze

  • a sports court

  • gardens

  • meditation spaces

  • hiking trails



Upcoming Retreats & Workshops

Private Retreats Only:

Send us an email if you wish to book a private retreat.

Memoir & More

Writing Retreats On-line and On-premises at Asarum.

Come write with Dr Ginger Swanson

Send us an email if you wish to create a personal retreat in paradise, or if you would like to be on our mailing list for on-line and off-line retreats.

From Hookline to Stage:

A Songwriter's Playshop

with Lois Mahalia, Ruben Lee Dalton
and Dr. Ginger Swanson
Date to be determined. Send us a note and we'll keep you posted!
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It is my pleasure to meet you.


If you are seeking a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment to work and play in, you've found it!


Enhance your retreat and expand your horizons with private or group Hypnotherapy or Dream Tending sessions.  I'll be honored and happy to work with you.


May your time at Asarum Retreats bring you satisfaction, joy and a deepened sense of peace.


I look forward to seeing you soon!



Delicious Organic Meals


​Healthy organic meals are included with most Group Retreats and Workshops.
Includes coffee, tea, juice, fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels, and cream cheese.
Is made of soups, sandwiches, and organic salads (e.g., fresh garden lettuces, quinoa, beets, and fruit), with cakes or cookies for dessert.
Includes seasonal selections from our very own gardens and our local farmer's market. A vegetarian main dish is served alongside chicken, fish, or bison burgers--or whatever the chef fancies! We top it off with a light dessert. Be ready for scrumptious surprises! Wine is served with dinner.
Tea Bar:
A tea bar with fruit and cookies is ready for you to enjoy any time you wish. Purified flat and sparkling water is served with all meals.
Detox and Cleanse:
If you wish to do a cleanse, we will do what we can to accommodate you with fresh juices. Please specify in advance, extra charges apply.
Special Dietary Needs:
We try to plan meals with dishes that meet a variety of needs. Refrigeration space is available for those with special dietary considerations. Please bring prepared foods as cooking is not an option during group retreats and workshops.

Private Retreat Guest Meals
Retreat guests receive a complimentary welcoming treat of fruit, yogurt, granola, sparkling water, coffee and tea.
Private retreat guests are on their own for meals unless special arrangements are made.
Guests are welcome to dine out or in. Feel free to bring your own food and prepare your own meals. You are responsible for clean-up after yourselves, which keeps us all happy!

Asarum means Wild Ginger.

It is an attractive perennial ground cover with heart-shaped leaves in patterns and shades of green. It is native to forest floors of Europe and North America.

Asarum Trivia!

Be Enchanted. . .

Book a Hypnotherapy Session and a Massage

Book your mind and body care sessions in advance. Call 805.886.4716 or email

  • Book your hypnotherapy sessions with Dr Ginger Swanson, Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist & Depth Psychologist.

  • Book your massage sessions through us with Jose Maria Carpizo, CMT, or with your favorite local massage therapist.

  • Let us know your preferences and we'll put you on our calendar!



Local lodging is available.

We partnership with local hotels and can provide wonderful lodging options.


Let us know your needs and budget and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Call Dr Ginger at 805.886.4716, or email for information.

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Asarum Retreat Photos

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Website photo credits:  Svetlana Meritt, Rachel S. Thurston, Ginger Swanson, Nina Mahaffey, Sheila Wilke-Crow, and Tracey Morris

© 2018 Ginger Swanson

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