About Wood Dragon Inn

Residential Mental Health Treatment in Idyllwild, CA

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Our Mission

The focus at The Wood Dragon Inn is on self-cultivation and transformation. The central metaphor employed on this website and in person draws from nature and agriculture. Similar to how a horticulturalist meticulously tends to their garden, we, too, must concentrate on eliminating what we do not wish to cultivate. Ceasing to plant undesired seeds, we should actively create conditions for a new type of garden to rise from the remnants of the old.

We are here to help you orient yourself toward the importance of self-cultivation. And where better to embark on this journey than the mysterious and picturesque Idyllwild, CA? Surrounded by pine and cedar trees, with mountains that seem to kiss the clouds, a journey of a lifetime is waiting to unfurl itself before you and roll with ecstasy at your feet. Take a moment to catch your breath with us.

our mission


Alchemy is an ancient spiritual discipline and natural philosophy practiced in various forms worldwide for centuries. Alchemy’s main concern is the process of transformation, overcoming entropy, and upgrading material and psychic substances to form systems of ever-increasing complexity and value.

The alchemical mystery at the heart of it all is the healing transformation of ordinary life experiences – the lead weight of suffering, illness, loss, and humiliation – into the golden light of wisdom, compassion, and insight. The key lies in learning how to work with everyday life just as it is. The place to start is right where you stand.

Our Services

Psychological Assessment

This initial step allows us to understand each individual's unique challenges, strengths, and needs. Our team of experienced team of professionals employs a range of diagnostic tools to create a personalized treatment plan.

Residential Treatment

Our multidisciplinary team works closely with each resident, offering a blend of traditional and innovative therapies tailored to their unique path to recovery. From individual counseling and group therapy to holistic wellness practices, our program is designed to promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.


By offering resources, guidance, and a supportive community, we aim to empower our alumni to maintain their mental health gains and continue their path to recovery with confidence. The Wood Dragon Inn remains a steadfast ally, offering a continuum of care that supports lasting change.

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

Franz Kafka
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Why Choose US

The emphasis at The Wood Dragon Inn is on self-cultivation and transformation. We ground ourselves with this central metaphor in nature and agriculture.

Just as a horticulturalist must attentively tend their garden, we must focus on removing that which we do not want to grow, stop planting that which we do not want to grow, and start planting and creating the conditions for a new kind of garden to emerge from the ashes and soot of the old.

Nature is our best teacher. That is why we decided to start The Wood Dragon Inn in Idyllwild, California. This is a magical place.

We Accept Most Major Insurance Providers

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