Located a block away from UC Berkeley at the foothills of Highland and Hearst, we offer a quiet and reserved environment ideal for reflection and introspection. Rooms offer beautiful views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, or our peaceful meditation garden.

Furnished private and shared rooms are available for individuals, with shared kitchen, bathrooms, and showers.

Established in 1972, the Nyingma Institute is a respected Tibetan Buddhist learning center which offers classes and retreats to the general public, in addition to housing staff and dedicated community members.


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Please note that we are a vegetarian, substance-free environment. While you are free to partake off premises, we require that no meat or alcohol be consumed or stored here. No smoking is allowed on site.

For retreats, vegetarian meals are prepared onsite, and served buffet-style for lunch and dinner. We select organic produce, fruits and staples whenever possible. For breakfast, toast, eggs, cheese, fruit, yogurt, milk, soymilk, almond milk, fruit, coffee and a selection of teas are available to you in the kitchen.

This is a supportive, contemplative space for those who wish to take a workshop or to engage in a personal retreat.

If you simply wish to stay here for a few nights while visiting Berkeley, you need not be Buddhist, but should be respectful of our spiritual focus and the quietude that is sought by our retreatants and students.

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A Peaceful Environment

Retreat Rooms

Shared Spaces