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  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center Ratna Ling Retreat Center
  • 35755 Hauser Bridge Rd. Cazadero, CA 95421 United States
  • Jun 27 - 30, 2019 (4 days)
  • $425.00 - Includes 3 night program, all meals, and a private bedroom in a shared cottage. We choose your roommate.

About This Event

Ratna Ling wishes to thank everyone who signed up for this program and generously offer your services to our community.

Experience different ways to serve at Ratna Ling while learning how to use work as a means for mindfulness, compassion, and generosity.  In this weekend, we incorporate 4 hours of work a day, amidst classes in meditation, yoga, and discussion around the spirit of service and the offering of one’s self.  How do we approach all of our actions and work? How do we cultivate harmonious and meaningful relations with humans, plants, animals, and other energies in our lives?  How can work and action transform our inner being?  We will explore how all of life can be opportunities to practice meditation, patience, love, and kindness.

*This program is specially priced in appreciation for your work practice contribution to our community and does not qualify for promotional pricing or discount codes. 


SCHEDULE (Subject to change):


3:00-4:00      Check-in

4:45-6:00       Yoga – Gloria

6:00-7:00       Dinner & Cleanup

7:00-8:00       Opening Circle – Gloria & Tara



7:00-7:45       Meditation – George

8:00-8:10       Stupa Circle

8:30-9:30      Breakfast & Cleanup

10:00-12:00   Silent Work Practice

12:15-1:00       Lunch & Cleanup

1:30-3:30        Work Practice

5:00-6:00       Yoga – Gloria

6:00-7:00       Dinner & Cleanup

7:00-8:15        Movie: The Great Transmission



7:00-7:45       Meditation – George

8:00-8:10       Stupa Circle

8:30-9:30      Breakfast & Cleanup

10:00-12:00   Silent Work Practice

12:15-1:00       Lunch & Cleanup

1:30-3:30        Work Practice

5:00-6:00       Yoga – Gloria

6:00-7:00       Dinner & Cleanup

7:00-8:30       Reflections on Seva and Skillful Means – Gloria & Tara



8:00-9:00        Yoga & Meditation- Gloria

9:00-10:00      Closing Circle – Gloria & Tara

10:00-11:00     Brunch

12:00                Checkout



This all-levels practice is designed to open, strengthen, and relax the body.  Through breathing, stretching, and focusing one’s energy, each practitioner can find meditation through movement.


Get a short lesson on sitting meditation in the Temple and start your day with mindfulness.


Join our resident volunteers at their daily morning meeting at the Stupa, a Buddhist shrine. This short gathering includes mantra chanting, circumambulation, a morning reading, and community announcements.


Each participant will offer 4 hours of work per day, which could include tasks of landscaping, weeding, gardening, mowing, ironing, window washing, cooking, cleaning, and dishwashing.  This is a time to enjoy each task, apply mindfulness, connect with self and others, and practice essential speech.


A film documentary about preservation efforts of sacred Tibetan Buddhist texts and the mission of refugee Lama Tarthang Tulku, the founder of Ratna Ling Retreat Center.


In this session, we will explore different writings and thoughts on selfless service, skillful means, karma yoga, and cultivating generosity.  This is a time for each participant to share and reflect on how work and action are ways to enlightenment.



Comfortable work shoes/boots with strong arch support. You may be standing for several hours.

Work pants/jeans

Work gloves: please bring a pair for outdoor leather gloves to work on the land

Work shirts: t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts

Sun protection: hat, sun block, sunglasses, breathable long-sleeved shirts.  Most work practices will be outside.

Water bottle

Loose comfortable clothing for evening relaxation, yoga, and meditation classes.

Slip-on shoes or slippers for indoors.  It is customary to remove shoes indoors in classrooms and dining areas.


“A beautiful and serene retreat center. The setting is breath-taking. The food is delicious and the accommodations are clean, comfortable and exquisitely designed. A wonderful getaway to truly relax and escape from it all.” – Beth Berlin-Stephens, a Google review

Venue Highlights

Three miles from the beautiful Sonoma coast. Organic, vegetarian meals. 120 acres of redwoods, canyons, reservoirs, and wildlife. Sacred architecture timber cottages and communal spaces. Featured stupas, gardens, and temple empowered by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.


14 guest cottages on 120 acres of property. Each spacious, quiet cottage has 2 private rooms, with high ceilings and a deck with a view. Cottages include jet tubs (or ADA shower), towels, deluxe linens, refrigerator, tea kettle, coffee/tea, kitchen sink/counter, diningware, dining table, and living room with a stove fireplace. Free wifi available and a landline telephone.

Guests can choose to have an exclusive cottage for ONE person; a private room for ONE person in a SHARED cottage; or a cottage for TWO people. Any additional guest after TWO is $100 per person per night. Meals and classes included.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


All of our meals are organic and vegetarian, made with love and care.

We provide homemade yogurt and granola for breakfast. Lunches and dinners always include salads or salad bar. Each meal is self-served on a buffet table.


San Francisco International and Oakland International airports are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car. Alaska Airlines flies to and from Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling by car. Unfortunately, there are no shuttles that bring you directly to Ratna Ling, so it is best to rent a car or email us to support in coordinating a carpool with fellow retreatants.

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