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Tasting Relaxation Retreat: Week-long Kum Nye Yoga Retreat (sold out)

Event Highlights

  • Experienced guidance in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga
  • Tranquil, sacred environment in the Berkeley hills
  • Vegetarian meals included
  • 5-night stay
  • Release tension, tune into relaxation over a week


Daily group yoga sessions
Day of rest on Sunday

About This Event

Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye) practice opens the senses to feeling. This flow of feeling can loosen even chronic tension. In this retreat we learn to relax so deeply that we can “taste” the healing nectar of relaxation as it flows through body and mind. Gentle movement, breathing, and awareness practices help us to discover this relaxation.

Instructors: Santosh Philip as primary instructor, with Donna Morton. Retreat begins Thursday at 10 AM and concludes on Tuesday at 4:45 PM. Includes the “Renewing and Refreshing the Senses” workshop on December 29. Suitable for all levels of students. 

Cost: $475 (nonresidential, includes instruction and lunch); $965 (residential, includes 5 night stay, lunch, dinner, and self-serve breakfast).

Please call to register for the residential option, so that we can book a room for you. At this time, online registration is available for nonresidential participation only.

The Nyingma Institute, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers of learning in the U.S. 

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The grace, flow, deep awareness, and gentleness involved in Kum Nye really caught me off guard . . . I was surprised to discover such an elegant, powerful, and transformative practice. -Brian W.

Venue Highlights

One of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers in the U.S.
Volunteer-run, with a focus on work as practice
Contains many electric prayer wheels


Private retreat rooms with beautiful views
Shared bathroom and showers
Towels and linens are provided


  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


Vegetarian, buffet meals for lunch and dinner.
Self-serve breakfast.


The nearest airports are Oakland or SF International, both of which have BART stations connected.
We would recommend taking the BART to Downtown Berkeley and then taking a taxi or rideshare service from there. We are 7 minutes by car or 20 minutes by foot from the Downtown Berkeley BART station.
You can also arrange for AirPorter, a shuttle service, in advance.

Tags: berkeley buddhism kum nye meditation relaxation retreat tibet wellness yoga

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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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