Cultivating a Personal Practice | Only 1 Cottage Left!

About This Event

Start the new year off with clear intentions for your personal practice.  If you are looking for ways to cultivate peace, mindfulness, and joy, or seeking support in maintaining a consistent and sustainable practice, this retreat is for you.  We will share various tools for finding balance, help you create a sadhana (daily spiritual exercise), and discuss obstacles along the way.  You will learn that commitment to daily practice is what will support you throughout all the ups and downs of life. 



3:00-4:00       Check-in

4:30-5:30        Yoga - Gloria

5:30-6:15         Dinner

6:30-7:30        Opening Circle - Gloria & Staff



7:30-8:00       Meditation - Gloria

8:00-8:45       Breakfast

9:00-10:00     Creating a Sadhana - Gloria 

11:00-12:15      Yoga - Chris

12:15-1:00       Lunch

1:00-4:30        Quiet time, hiking, bodywork and massage by appointment

4:30-5:30        Tibetan Mantra Meditation - Ros

5:30-6:15         Dinner

7:00-8:15         Kirtan - Gloria & Chris



7:30-8:00       Meditation - Gloria

8:00-9:00       Yoga - Gloria

9:00-10:00     Closing Circle - Gloria & Staff

10:00-11:00    Brunch

12:00                Checkout



These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements.  The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, harmonized, and energized from this yoga practice.



Explore what arises in the mind when you sit in silence and stillness.  Notice what changes and what remains the same. This practice over time will help you develop awareness and equanimity.



Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice that will help us become our best and truest self.  We will discuss the importance of reviewing our patterns and committing to healthy habits and share our challenges along the way.



Learn through sacred art about Buddhist deities and their mantras for meditation.  This session will offer practices of visualization and sound vibration to call on spiritual qualities we would like to cultivate in our life.



Enjoy the vocal and physical bliss of chanting and singing sacred mantras in community.  Kirtan is the congregational singing of holy names. It is usually in a call-and-response format and a great way to train the mind, body, and speech.


All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE. Should you wish to cancel your stay with us, Ratna Ling Retreat Center requires 30 days notice for your full credit to be TRANSFERRED to a future retreat within 1 year of original booking.  

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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Recenter, Rebalance, Renew..... I cannot provide nurture and wisdom to the people I love without the opportunity to fill up my own cup. Diane

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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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