View Vast as Sky, Conduct Fine as Barley Flour: Mount Madonna, CA

  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche Retreat Center Tsoknyi Rinpoche Retreat Center
  • Watsonville, CA
  • Apr 5 - 11, 2019 (7 days)

About This Event

Please note:  We have reserved several private rooms and rooms with private baths for those with medical conditions requiring a private room or a private bath. Please e-mail the Registrar if you have a medical need for a private room or a room with a private bath.

This teaching will focus on how to establish a living and vital connection between the view of Dzogchen and natural expression in our daily lives.

There will be two teachings by Tsoknyi Rinpoche daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon; one small group audience that you will sign up for at on site check-in and group meditations.

Rinpoche asks that students attend all the teachings. There will be three periods of group meditation practice each day. Though attendance at the group practices is up to you, meditation practices are very beneficial for grounding the teachings through personal practice and developing a strong container for the retreat.

This is an open retreat, and no prerequisites are necessary for registration.

If you are enrolled in the Membership Program, you are guaranteed a space in this Pundarika Foundation sponsored U.S. retreat only if you register within the first three months that registration for this retreat has been open. You will also need to know your Membership Program discount code when you register.

Registration will open for this retreat at noon, Mountain Time on November 1, 2018, and close on March 22, 2019.

Rinpoche requests that students attend all teaching sessions. No partial attendance is allowed.

This is a silent retreat.

Translator: Adam Kane

LOCATION:  Mount Madonna is located in the Santa Cruz mountains midway between Watsonville and Gilroy, atop Mount Madonna with a spectacular view of all Monterey Bay. It includes 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests.*

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:  Mount Madonna is approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast.**

SCHEDULE:  You may arrive at Mount Madonna after 4:00 p.m. on April 5th. Mount Madonna does not allow early arrivals.

On-site check-in will begin at 4:00 p.m. April 5th, followed by dinner and the first teaching by Rinpoche. A complete schedule will be sent before the retreat begins.

The final teaching is on April 10th.

The last day of the retreat is April 11th. Room checkout time is at 9:30 a.m. with final departure by 1:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included on this last day.

COMMUTERS AND OVERNIGHT GUESTS: The cost of the program includes three meals and tuition for day commuters; three meals, tuition and lodging or camping for those staying overnight. There are very few single rooms or rooms with private baths. Most rooms are shared with access to nearby shared (but private while in use) bathrooms and showers.

Please be very careful in choosing your accommodations! Cottages and camping sites require a 10-minute moderately difficult walk to reach the Conference Center where the teachings will be held.

All rooms on the second floor of the Conference Center must be accessed by stairs.

Choices in accommodations are final two weeks before the retreat begins. On-site changes in your housing assignment generally cannot be accommodated.

CAMPING:  Mount Madonna has developed campsites for personal tents with good drainage and access to showers and privies. There are sites for vehicle camping, as well.

TICK-BORNE LYME DISEASE:  Mount Madonna has had several confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the last year. This link has more information about how to prevent tick bites:  (contact info blocked)

MEALS:  Mount Madonna provides vegetarian meals, with non-dairy and non-gluten alternatives. They strive to meet other special dietary needs, such as need for high protein or need to avoid certain things that spark allergies, but cannot guarantee to meet all special needs.

If you have other dietary concerns, please contact the Registrar ((contact info blocked)). The meal plan begins with April 5th (dinner only) and ends April 11th, (breakfast and lunch). Mount Madonna does not allow any food to be brought on campus.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:  The Scholarship application period for this retreat is now closed.

Scholarship applications will be accepted now through February 15, 2019. Late applications cannot be accepted. For more information, please visit: (contact info blocked)

*To see the Mount Madonna campus, go to this link:  (contact info blocked)

**For detailed directions to Mount Madonna and for transportation information about airport shuttles, please go to this link: (contact info blocked)

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan, (contact info blocked)



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