Spring 2013 Retreats
Retreats offer fresh insights and spiritual refreshment in a gentle, meditative atmosphere. Residential costs for retreats include either a shared or private room. Both residential and non-residential retreats include meals. A private tour of retreat facilities available by appointment. See our photo albums on Facebook for a virtual tour.
New retreats are offered all year long, call or email for retreat dates and details. Scroll down for a "typical retreat schedule".
NPR406 Medicine Buddha Retreat, March 22-23
Tibetan healing mantras and visualizations that evoke the blessings of the Medicine Buddha have been used for centuries to cure illness and increase well-being. This retreat offers instructions in traditional Medicine Buddha practices along with meditations to bring peace of mind.
Cost: $100 (non-residential); $130 residential. Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-4:45 PM. Instructor: Rosalyn White.
NPR501 Preparation for the Time of Death Retreat, April 1-6
Meditation practices in this retreat help to prepare for the time of death. Rather than waiting for an unknown destiny, students learn to turn inward and learn the nature of their minds. What they discover heightens appreciation for the value of every moment and every type of experience.
Cost: $390 (nonresidential); $650 (residential), includes “The Wheel of Life” workshop.
Primary Instructor: Sylvia Gretchen.
KNR421 Power of the Natural World, April 19-20
In the presence of beauty or majesty, lonely or depressed thoughts depart, and anxiety and pressure relent. The emotions that restrain our heart and the thoughts that pattern our mind are transformed when we are surrounded by nature. Tarthang Tulku, Mandala Gardens.
In this spring retreat the natural world—sky, earth, water, trees, and flowers—becomes our meditation. Tibetan Yoga practices open our senses so that we can receive natural beauty more freely, seeing the interconnectedness of all existence. Sessions will be conducted in the Institute’s meditation gardens and terraces weather permitting.
Cost: $100 (nonresidential); $130 (residential). Friday, 7-9 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. Instructors: Donna Morton and Santosh Philip. Based on “The Power of the Natural World” and “The Mandala of Beauty” in Tarthang Tulku’s Mandala Gardens.
NPR503 Enlightenment Retreat, May 24-26
It is said that the way to enlightenment can be traveled with a fraction of the effort required to survive the endless suffering of samsara. Students bring the goal of enlightenment to mind in this retreat through meditation, mantra, and prayer that focus on the capacity to transcend suffering.
Cost: $175 (nonresidential) $250 (residential). Instructors: Buddhist studies faculty. Retreat begins Friday at 2 PM and concludes Sunday at 10 AM.
Typical Retreat Schedule, Retreat schedules may vary, or be modified to accomodate personal needs.
7 AM Morning meditation
8 AM Breakfast and breakfast clean up
9:30 AM Instruction session
10:30 AM Tea Break
11 AM Instruction session
12:30 PM Vegetarian Lunch
2 - 3:30 PM Work Practice and individual practice/study.
5:30 PM Vegetarian Dinner
6:15 PM Instruction session