Four Month Retreat: Healing Mind & Living Dharma

Event Highlights

  • Led by an experienced team of Nyingma Institute faculty members who have been immersed in Tarthang Tulku’s teachings for many years.
  • A full schedule with multiple sessions of guided group practice each day
  • A mix of slow movement Kum Nye yoga and sitting practices
  • Daily work-practice to help integrate what you’re learning with ‘regular’ tasks
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Individual mentor check-ins
  • A supportive and tranquil environment


7:00 – 8:15 AM / Kum Nye Yoga morning practice
8:15 AM / Breakfast and clean-up
9:15 – 10:45 AM / Guided group session
11:00 – 11:30 AM / Morning job
11:30 – 12:30 AM / Individual study and practice time
12:30 PM / Vegetarian buffet lunch and clean up
12:30 PM / Lunch and clean up
2:00–3:30 / Work Practice
3:30-4:00 PM / Tea break
4 – 5:15 pm / Guided group session
5:30 / Vegetarian buffet dinner and clean up
7:00 – 8:30 PM / Optional evening class

About This Event

Give yourself an invaluable gift:  the self-discovery that comes from an intensive period of practice and study.

You will be guided through a progression of meditative techniques, in a curriculum designed for lasting impact. Emerge with an expanded understanding of the nature of awareness, a multitude of methods for working with mind, body, senses, and emotions, and fresh insight into the richness and possibilities of being.

The first two-month segment, Inner Freedom, is perfect for anyone who’d like to deeply transform, discover anew, and activate the healing energy of mind and body. Our approach is humanistic, gentle, and direct. It does not rely on a belief system, although spiritual practitioners of all faiths are welcome.

This retreat starts with practices designed for deep relaxation, followed by experiential inquiry into the ways that sensation, feeling, and thinking operate. Based on this exploration, we gently investigate our habits, patterns, and self-images before emerging with new knowledge and insight into the fundamentals of our being.

The second two-month segment, Integrating Practice and Life, opens up our vision of the path of the Bodhisattva and explores how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world. It focuses on Rinpoche’s distinctive approach to Skillful Means, exploring how to integrate practice with daily life and work.

This retreat’s curriculum is rooted in traditional Dharma teachings on how to manifest skillful ways of practice in daily life, highlighting how to activate the six paramitas. We will explore the Buddhist paramitas as applied practices, with the support of classics such as the Bodhicaryavataraand excellent commentaries like Path of Heroes, Atisa’s Lojong, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas, and Words of My Perfect Teacher.

Venue Highlights

We are a volunteer run Buddhist center
Located in Berkeley, CA
One of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers in the US
Our founder focuses on practical, tangible results


Private retreat rooms
Shared bathrooms
Towels and sheets provided
Beautiful views


  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian




The closest airports are Oakland International and San Francisco International airports, both of which connect directly to BART (at Coliseum and San Francisco International Airport stops, respectively.)

If you are arriving by plane, we encourage you to either arrange a shuttle from the airport (we recommend Bay Porter) or take BART to Downtown Berkeley and a taxi or rideshare service from there to the Nyingma Institute.

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Why Retreat?

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Balance my life to be mentally and physically healthy. Dianna

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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