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Yoga for Meditation | Only 4 Cottages Left!

About This Event

While many of us approach yoga as a physical exercise that can improve our health and strength, we don’t always get the chance to reap the benefits of yoga as a form and means to meditation.  If you want to deepen your yoga practice, study the mind, and inquire more into the Self, this retreat is for you. We will use Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as a basis for how and why we practice yoga.  We will learn how to practice our yoga asana (postures) with more breath and presence, which trains the mind for stillness, reflection, concentration, observation, and transcendence.



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

9:00-10:30     Intro to the Yoga Sutras - Gloria 

11:00-12:00    Kum Nye Meditation - Ros

12:15-1:00       Lunch

1:00-1:30        Temple Tour & Meditation with senior community member Rosalyn White

1:30-4:30        Quiet time, hiking, bodywork and wellness treatments by appointment

4:30-5:30        Yoga - Gloria

5:30-6:15        Dinner

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



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                Check out

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. 


This all-levels yoga class incorporates stretching, breathing, conditioning, and balance postures to cultivate flexibility and strength in the body and mind.


These sessions will include guidance and instruction in various styles of meditation. They may incorporate movements/walking and breath to ease the mind and body into silence.


Learn about the foundational yoga text by the sage Patanjali, written around 200 CE.  The Yoga Sutras explore the basic problems of the mind and human suffering and presents an 8-fold path of liberation, which is referred to as Yoga, both the means and the goal.


Learn the Tibetan style of yoga as a way to practice mindful movements. This class will also include mantras and sitting meditation, as taught by a senior student of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.


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.

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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