Healing Mind Two Month Retreat

Event Highlights

  • This retreat blends meditation, movement exercises, and awareness practices with discussion in an environment that encourages the integration of all these into daily life through work-practice.
  • It requires no belief system and is appropriate for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
  • It serves as a container for focused development and practice over an intensive period of time set aside from ‘normal’ life.
  • It 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 program offers a comprehensive education in how to develop and expand the capacity to know, to be aware through all the senses, and to find new, more positive, ways of being in the world.

Schedule

The retreat schedule includes gentle morning Kum Nye, morning instruction and practice, work practice (a mix of tasks ideal for developing mindfulness as well as unique sacred art projects), an afternoon practice session, and optional evening classes. It starts at 7:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm or later. Saturdays usually involve participating in a scheduled workshop. Sundays are free, but retreatants can attend the usual activities that take place.

About This Event

Discover a deeper, richer way of experiencing mind. This retreat provides methods and tools for opening up and transforming the layers of identification, negative patterning, and conditioning that limit potential and restrict our inner freedom. Through techniques drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we examine and go below thought and emotional conditioning to discover awareness, making contact with an innate sense of the sacred.

Our feelings and our bodies are like water flowing into water. We learn to swim in the energies of the senses. — Tarthang Tulku

What's Included

  • Instruction sessions
  • A carefully designed progression of practices
  • Morning Tibetan Yoga sessions
  • A personal mentor
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Private room in a beautiful, tranquil setting
  • Access to evening classes
  • Access to Saturday workshops

What's Not Included

Airfare

Venue Highlights

The Nyingma Institute, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centers of learning in the U.S. It was groundbreaking in its early introduction of Tibetan Buddhism to Westerners, and it continues to be singular due to the unique and multi-faceted quality of Rinpoche’s teachings, which have been developed for the Western mind by a lama who has devoted fifty years of his life to teaching, observing, and working closely with his students here in the U.S.

Accommodations

Located a block away from UC Berkeley at the foothills of Highland and Hearst, we offer a quiet and reserved environment ideal for reflection and introspection. Rooms offer beautiful views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, or our peaceful meditation garden.

Furnished private and shared rooms are available for individuals, with shared kitchen, bathrooms, and showers.

This is a supportive, contemplative space for those who wish to take a workshop or to engage in a personal retreat.

Menu/Cuisine

Vegetarian meals are prepared onsite, and served buffet-style for lunch and dinner. We select organic produce, fruits and staples whenever possible.

For breakfast, toast, eggs, cheese, fruit, yogurt, milk, soymilk, almond milk, fruit, coffee and a selection of teas are available to you in the kitchen.

Directions

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?

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

To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature... Alison
 

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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