Two Month and Four Month Retreats

There are three long retreats at Nyingma Institute in 2019:  Inner Freedom Two Month Retreat (August 26 – October 19); Integrating Practice and Life Two Month Retreat (October 21 – December 14); Full Four Month Retreat (August 26 –  December 14).

Inner Freedom Two Month Retreat

Monday, August 26 – Saturday, October 19 (Eight weeks)

This two-month retreat is based on the sequencing and progression of our classic Four Month Retreat. It is perfect for anyone who’d like to deeply transform, discover anew, and activate the healing energy of mind and body. Our approach is humanistic, gentle, and direct. It does not rely on a belief system, although spiritual practitioners of all faiths are welcome.

We start with practices designed for deep relaxation, followed by experiential inquiry into the ways that sensation, feeling, and thinking operate. Based on this exploration, we gently investigate our habits, patterns, and self-images before emerging with new knowledge and insight into the fundamentals of our being.

When steam rises off the water of a lake, the steam and the lake aren’t separate. In the same way, the subject arises and takes on the form that it does through the encounter with the object. . . . Each shapes the other, and each depends on the other.

From Dimensions of Mind, by Tarthang Tulku.

Integrating Practice and Life Two Month Retreat

Monday, October 21 – Saturday, December 14 (Eight weeks) 

This two-month retreat opens up our vision of the path of the Bodhisattva and explores how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world.

It focuses on Rinpoche’s distinctive approach to Skillful Means, exploring how to integrate practice with daily life and work. The retreat’s curriculum is rooted in traditional Dharma teachings on how to manifest skillful ways of practice in daily life, highlighting how to activate the six paramitas. It also draws from his new books Caring, Dimensions of Mind, and Lotus Trilogy.

The wider our concept of mind becomes, the more experience we can accept without making judgments. This acceptance itself becomes meditation. 

From Hidden Mind of Freedom, by Tarthang Tulku.

Full Four Month Retreat

Monday, August 26 – Saturday, December 14 (Sixteen weeks) 

This approach includes both two-month retreats to create a substantive four-month retreat, which is the full length of the long retreat we traditionally offer. When these two segments are taken together, the first half offers a profound unfolding of the elements of one’s experience, while the second half helps to integrate, stabilize, and further deepen your practice. Meditation and Kum Nye yoga practices will continue to develop and build through all four months. 

This is an unparalleled opportunity to delve deeply into your being, as well as to bring back what you have learned into daily life. Experience the carefully sequenced and time-tested practices of the Inner Freedom Retreat, and explore how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world in the Integrating Practice and Life Retreat. These retreats, each powerfully transformative, are even more impactful when taken together.


If you have significant financial constraints, please contact us to apply for a scholarship.


Our Front Desk is open 10 AM – 6 PM, PST. We look forward to hearing from you.

Phone:  (510) 809-1000 

Please contact us for an application. Payment plans are available. 


The Nyingma Institute, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers of learning in the U.S. It was groundbreaking in its early introduction of Tibetan Buddhism to Westerners, and it continues to be singular due to the unique and multi-faceted quality of Rinpoche’s teachings, which have been developed for the Western mind by a lama who has devoted fifty years of his life to teaching, observing, and working closely with his students here in the U.S.