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Higher Awareness: Integrating Body, Breath, and Mind - ONLINE

About This Event

Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm

Get a fresh, new perspective on meditation.  These three Tuesday classes explore human embodiment as it is explained in Tarthang Tulku's book, Gesture of Balance.  The trio of body, breath, and mind encompasses much more than our usual notions and are studied and worked with in Tibetan Buddhist traditions - meditative, yogic, and medical. "These practices and exercises are useful for integrating ourselves and developing higher awareness. They help to release a flow of energy through our bodies; this energy enriches our senses, calms our restless minds, and brings us peace and balance" (Gesture of Balance, 59).


Tuesdays, August 4th, 11th, and 18th, from 5:00-6:00pm PST

We are honored to have Guest Teacher Abbe Blum, Ph.D., who teaches at our sister organizations, Nyingma Institute and Dharma College, in Berkeley, CA.


Notes for Online Classes:

Your Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registration.

Please download Zoom 5.0.

Please have a strong internet connection.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before start time.

You will need a quiet, uninterrupted space.

You can use a meditation cushion or chair for the meditation.

The session will be recorded and shared with each person who registers.

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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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.