Upcoming Workshops & Day-Long Events

Workshops & group retreats provide refuge from everyday life, immersing participants in a healing process of insight and tranquility. 

Saturday workshops begin at 10 AM and conclude at 4:45 PM unless otherwise noted, and include a vegetarian buffet lunch.  Workshops and group retreats are open to all levels of students unless a prerequisite is specified. 

Workshop participants may arrange to stay overnight in one of the Institute’s comfortable guest rooms at a discounted rate of $125 per night. Overnight guests are offered complimentary Sunday morning meditation and Tibetan Yoga class. Learn about our rooms and rates.

 Summer Quarter: June 10th – August 18th, 2019


June 15 / Turning the Mind to the Dharma (DHS403)

Saturday 10 AM – 4:45 PM
We study the “four thoughts” that turn the mind to the Dharma: freedom and good fortune, impermanence, suffering, and karma. Our workshop will be based on practices and readings from Path of Heroes by Zhechen Gyaltsab. Part of the Path of Liberation series but open to all with a sincere interest in the Dharma. 
Cost: $80. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson 

June 22 / Saga Dawa Event

Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM
Saga Dawa is the holy month of the Tibetan calendar that includes days celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away into parinirvana. Join us for this free half-day Saga Dawa event of chanting and prayers in honor of the Buddha. This event is followed by vegetarian lunch at 1 pm. If you’d like to join for lunch, please RSVP in advance! 
Learn more: https://nyingmainstitute.com/saga-dawa-2019/
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-the-buddhas-birth-enlightenment-parinirvana-tickets-62536907574
Cost: Free. Instructor(s): Lama Palzang, Pema Gellek.

June 23 / Carolyn Pasternak Memorial

Sunday 10 AM – Noon
Learn more: https://nyingmainstitute.com/carolyn-memorial/

June 29 & 30 / Buddhist International Conference UC Berkeley

Come say hi to us at the Nyingma Mandala tent in front of Zellerbach Hall at UCB! Here is our promo code for a 10% discount: NIGCB.

Learn more: https://nyingmainstitute.com/global-conference-on-buddhism/

July 20 / Stress Reduction through Tibetan Yoga (KNR415)

Saturday 10 AM – 4:45 PM
Keys to coping with stressful times come to us from the Tibetan tradition. They include meditation, movement, and awareness exercises that can melt tension in the body and mind. This workshop presents a series of easy exercises to help you relax and be ready to respond vibrantly to life’s challenges.
Cost: $80. Instructor(s): Santosh Philip. All are welcome to this daylong workshop.

July 27 / Kum Nye Self-Massage and Movement: Focus on Feet, Hands and Face (KNR419)

Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM
Our feelings and bodies are like water flowing into water. Students will be led through selected Kum Nye self-massage routines and movement practices for the feet, hands and face that promote relaxation and healing, and deepen the sense of physical presence.
Cost: $40. Instructor(s): Donna Morton. For all levels of students.

August 3 / Training for Freedom (DHS404)

Saturday 10 AM – ­4:45 PM
Classic Buddhist education uses three trainings—shila (ethics), samadhi (meditation), and prajna (wisdom)—to develop wholesome knowledge and power. This workshop introduces these traditional tools for clearing away confusion and karmic patterns. Part of the Path of Liberation series, but open to all with a sincere interest in the Dharma.
Cost: $80. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick and Mark Henderson

August 10 / Silent Day Retreat (MED501)

Saturday 10 AM – ­4:45 PM
Put aside that cell phone. Turn off your devices. Spend a day of silence with your mind. Focused practices, quiet contemplation, gentle movement will relax and rejuvenate your spirit. Join us for a day of silent meditation. $30 includes a full day of sitting and vegetarian lunch.
Cost: $30. Instructor(s): Hugh Joswick.

August 31 / Art of Sitting Comfortably (KNR420)

Saturday 10 AM–­1 PM
This workshop is for you if you’re new to meditation, have posture problems, or are simply not sure how to sit comfortably for meditation. Donna will lead participants through a motion assessment of back, hips, knees, and ankles, shoulders and neck. She will then introduce a variety of sitting strategies and will tailor a personal home program of Kum Nye exercises for each student to address specific motion limitations.

This workshop offers a half day of guided self-exploration, supportive practices, and practical problem solving. Personalized instruction in how to sit comfortably is given by Nyingma instructor and physiotherapist Donna Morton. Includes vegetarian lunch at 1 pm.
Cost: $40. Instructor(s): Donna Morton.

Sample Schedule

  • 10:00 AM Instruction Session
  • 11:30 AM Tea Break
  • 12:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 1:00 PM Vegetarian Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 3:30 PM Tea Break
  • 4:00 PM Instruction Session
  • 4:45 PM Workshop Concludes