Founded in 2015 in the San Diego neighborhood of Lemon Grove, California, by Wendy Kane, a registered addiction specialist, Peaceful Winds is a unique co-ed sober living community for men and women. Peaceful Winds employs the Wellbriety approach to recovery, which utilizes Native American traditions and principles. At Peaceful Winds, their mission is to help clients find a sense of purpose and meaning, as they transition back into life.
Accommodations and Amenities
Peaceful Winds is nestled on more than an acre of land, and has panoramic mountain views. The facility includes a large yellow ranch-style house, and two separate studios in the back. Accommodations are gender-specific, and there is a nine-bed capacity. Typically, the men live in the main house, and women are accommodated in the studios. The rooms include two or three twin beds, dark wood dressers, Native American artwork, a closet and large windows.
Healthy food is included in the cost, and clients take turns preparing dinner. The huge garden provides ample fresh fruits and vegetables including cucumbers, artichokes and zucchini. There are four different kinds of grapevines. Free-range chickens on-site provide eggs. The kitchen is open at all hours and coffee and different flavored creamers are readily available. Clients that are home usually eat family-style, and residents who are off to work, often pack a lunch. On Sundays, there is a special dinner, where all residents gather and break bread.
While Kane does not live on the property, she is only ten minutes away and is often the premises. House manager Harris Lovato, who is from the Jicarilla Apache Nation and who has been sober for a decade, is on hand to provide wisdom and recovery coaching tips to clients. Niki, the resident pooch, provides canine companionship. Amenities include a large fenced in swimming pool, meditation areas, cable TV, Wi-Fi, utilities, a fire pit in the garden area, a large fenced yard, washer and dryer.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must have a minimum of 30 days of sobriety. Those with less time are admitted on a case-by-case basis. The average length of stay is 13 months. Requirements include attending a minimum of three recovery support meetings, including 12 step or SMART Recovery, and being at the weekly house meeting. A speaker meeting is held on the premises once a week. Speakers include members from recovery support groups and licensed social workers.
Clients are encouraged to work, go to school, participate in vocational training or perform local community service. Clients are also welcome to participate in gardening, journaling and quiet reflective time. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Peaceful Winds, a zero tolerance policy is enforced. Relapsed clients must leave the premises to ensure the safety of the household. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Other services besides housing include yoga, financial planning and Wellbriety meditation groups. Peaceful Winds is a member of the San Diego Sober Living Coalition, which stresses high standards from its affiliates.
A strong sense of family is stressed here, and clients receive ample support from Kane and Lovato. This is a unique sober living home, which offers clients a chance to really focus on their recovery, find a protocol that works, while being exposed to the beauty and spirituality of the Native American culture.
2009 69th St
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Peaceful Winds Cost: $900 (30 days). Reach Peaceful Winds by phone at (619) 315-1288 or by email at [email protected].
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