Power of Presence: Deepening Your Inner Peace, Joy, and Freedom


Sample daily schedule, not final
practice (individual or group)
Session 1: Morning teaching and group practice
Tea break
Session 2: Qi Gong, Morning teaching and group practice
Free time
Session 3: individual practice / study
Tea break
Session 4: Afternoon teaching and group practice
Session 5: Evening teaching and Q&A with Dawa

About This Event

Five Powerful Days

Experience a deeply personal exploration of awakened presence through mindfulness and meditation practice during this 5-day retreat led by one of America’s leading voices in modern day awakening. You will discover many personal access points to greater freedom, meaning and wellbeing in your life, and gateways to experience the transformative power of presence in all areas of your life and work. Through periods of silent meditation, personal inquiry, liberating wisdom teachings, interactive transformational exercises and masterful Q&A, you will be guided to naturally take your practice and purpose to the next level.

"...I leave each retreat on a cloud of bliss and serenity, feeling refreshed and renewed. The most interesting part, though, is returning home and finding how much I have been transformed, and how much my life improves for the better as I integrate the inner changes I have experienced. What is also beautiful for me has been how much my family and friends have benefited from my experiences on retreat." --Sky C. Retreat Participant ​ "I'm feeling a sense of calm that I've not felt in a long time. Dawa's teachings were so profound on the Power of Presence. The dialogue that he had with each person, as they were processing through their personal experiences, added to the teachings and were amazingly powerful. I feel a transformation has taken place within me and I look forward to participating in Dawa's teachings in the future.." --Meg S. Retreat Participant Throughout the retreat Dawa guided us through a series of questions and exercises that teased out new perspectives and understanding on our own behaviors and habits: insight into our starting point for further progress along the path. In private study and group meditation we then had space to reflect and integrate this new understanding, which led me to deeper familiarity and comfort with my mind as it is. --Joe K. Retreat Participant With a combination of lightheartedness and deep existential wisdom, I sense we all felt safe and open to really address the deeper yearnings of a higher life. I feel the power of presence has positively infiltrated every part of my life in a way that would not have occurred without this retreat. --Adam P. Retreat Participant My intention going into the Power of Presence retreat was to become aware that there is no separate self. Over the five days, I felt I was shedding the heaviness of erroneously held beliefs. There was less and less resistance to each moment, a sense of ease and wakefulness. --Laurie D. Retreat Participant

Venue Highlights

The Zimmer Retreat & Conference Center at Camp Ramah is nestled in the lovely hills of Ojai, California. The facility offers fresh mountain air and natural vistas in a peaceful wooded setting. The site is only minutes away from downtown Ojai, golf courses, shopping and art galleries. The retreat offers double occupancy hotel style rooms (private baths, linens, air conditioning and heating)


The retreat offers double occupancy hotel style rooms (private baths, linens, air conditioning and heating)


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian

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Why Retreat?

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

Having our beautiful baby boy 3 months ago gave me a new perspective and outlook moving forward. Liana

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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