Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

About us

Welcome to Ligmincha International at Serenity Ridge! Ligmincha was founded in 1992 in order to preserve the ancient teachings, transmissions and practices of the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. As the indigenous religion of Tibet and one of the world's most ancient unbroken spiritual traditions, the Bön  tradition has a rich and unique heritage. Toward achieving this goal, Ligmincha aims to introduce these traditions in an authentic manner to the Western world, in such a way that they remain beneficial when integrated into modern Western culture.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Ligmincha International is governed by a Board of Directors responsible for creating the organization's vision and goals. The Board, in turn, appoints Ligmincha Council members to help facilitate its vision and accomplish Ligmincha's mission. A small paid staff oversees the day-to-day operations of our year-round retreat center and informs the activities of Ligmincha's worldwide centers and sanghas.

Significance of the Ligmincha Seal

Ligmincha International is named for the Ligmincha dynasty of kings of the ancient country of Zhang Zhung, which is said to have been located in what is now northwestern Tibet. The inscription in Zhang Zhung language on the outermost circle of the Ligmincha seal is from the official seal of the last king of Zhang Zhung. It means “The king of existence who has power over the Three Worlds (Tib.: KhamTshan pa shang lig zhi ra rtsa). Just within that circle appear the five petals of a lotus flower, symbolizing the five sciences (rig-gnas-Inga) whose knowledge is necessary for an educated human to live fully in the world. Within that circle is an eight-pointed star signifying the first eight ways toward enlightenment among the causal and fruitional vehicles of the Nine Ways of Bön . At the center of the seal is the Tibetan letter A, which represents the Ninth Way, the Ultimate Path of Self-Liberation, known as dzogchen, the Great Perfection.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free

Tags: meditation tibetan buddhism

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Tony Spatarella   October 25, 2018

      Powa retreat at Serenity Ridge October/2018

    Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a blessing in so many ways. His teaching are clear, and wise, and he shares high level practices with his students that are truly precious. Serenity Ridge is a beautiful retreat center in the Virginia mountains, and the accommodations are excellent overall. I have one suggestion that could improve the overall experience at Serenity Ridge. The staff could be friendlier and more welcoming, especially to newcomers. The majority of staff members at the retreat were unfriendly and did not make any effort to make newcomers feel welcome. When registering for the retreat, (picking up the keys, materials, etc.) at the site the first day of the retreat, 2 of the 4 ladies that facilitated the registration process did not make eye contact, were cold and distant, and made no effort to make new participants, my girlfriend and I in this instance, feel welcome. The rest of the retreat followed the same pattern.When passing by staff members, many of them would look away, and very few said hello or good morning. Not one introduced themselves or said welcome to Serenity Ridge, and that included a male teacher of a yoga practice on the staff that sat in front of me, and had a room next to my girlfriend and I. He basically ignored us. As I already said, Rinpoche is a blessing and a great teacher, and I found it strange that most of the staff behaved in a cold, and unwelcoming manner. The staff's demeanor didn't match the wonderful, clear energy that flows from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche so naturally. A very good retreat overall, but the chill in the air (from many staff members) made it less than great.

  • Linda Childs   October 24, 2018

      Powerful practice

    And beautiful setting/facility. The only negative was the ear-splitting noise in the new dining room! Until the noise-abatement panels are installed, SILENCE at mealtime would be a blessed relief! Same is true at night in Garuda House, where conversation and doors 🚪 opening and closing interrupt sleep. For those of us commuting, the option of bringing our own food would make all retreats more affordable. I hope it will be considered. Thank you 🙏

You are the sky. Everything else -- it's just the weather. Pema Chodron

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Am opportunity to deepen my practice..thank you Lilliane

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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