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The Eight-fold Path to Inner Strength

About This Event

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm

As we continue to navigate the unpredictable events of the COVID pandemic and global change, we need as many tools as possible to cope with our fear, sadness, frustration, stress, and anger.  The Buddha offered fundamental teachings on how we can work with suffering, whether it be small, big, temporary, or chronic.  He called it the Eightfold Path, which helps us overcome obstacles and brings a deep sense of satisfaction in our lives.  The Buddha taught that when we develop the proper vision, attitude, speech, action, livelihood, effort, awareness and concentration, it brings us a greater sense of strength and courage. Each week, we will focus on one of the eight topics, with discussions, practices, and meditations.

September 2 - Right Vision-helps counteract misconceptions about the nature of our reality

September 9 - Right Attitude-protects from harmful thoughts towards others

September 16 - Right Speech-counters harsh and untrue words

September 23 - Right Action-keeps us from harming others

September 30 - Right Livelihood-protects from poor choices such as unethical behavior

October 7 - Right Effort-redirects our energy towards positive results

October 14 - Right Awareness-dispels wrong views about our body, speech and mind

October 21 - Right Concentration-transforms our lack of clarity

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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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.