Give yourself an invaluable gift: the self-discovery that comes from an intensive period of practice and study. The two parts of this retreat can be attended separately as Two Month Retreats. 

You will be guided through a progression of meditative techniques, in a curriculum designed for lasting impact. Emerge with an expanded understanding of the nature of awareness, a multitude of methods for working with mind, body, senses, and emotions, and fresh insight into the richness and possibilities of being.

Retreat A (Inner Freedom) is perfect for anyone who’d like to deeply transform, discover anew, and activate the healing energy of mind and body. Our approach is humanistic, gentle, and direct. It does not rely on a belief system, although spiritual practitioners of all faiths are welcome.

We start 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.

Retreat B (Integrating Practice and Life) opens up our vision of the path of the Bodhisattva and explores how we can come to embody the teachings through work, relationships, and our interactions in the world. It focuses on Rinpoche’s distinctive approach to Skillful Means, exploring how to integrate practice with daily life and work.



  • 7:00 – 8:15 AM / Kum Nye Yoga morning practice
  • 8:15 AM / Breakfast and clean-up
  • 9:15 – 10:45 AM / Guided group session
  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM / Morning job
  • 11:30 – 12:30 AM / Individual study and practice time
  • 12:30 PM / Vegetarian buffet lunch and clean up
  • 12:30 PM / Lunch and clean up
  • 2:00–3:30 / Work Practice
  • 3:30-4:00 PM / Tea break
  • 4 – 5:15 pm / Guided group session
  • 5:30 / Vegetarian buffet dinner and clean up
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM / Optional evening class

Saturdays include morning practice and a regular workshop schedule from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sundays are a day of rest. 

What to Expect 

  • A full schedule with multiple sessions of guided group practice each day
  • A mix of slow movement Kum Nye yoga and sitting practices
  • Daily work-practice to help integrate what you’re learning with ‘regular’ tasks
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Individual mentor check-ins
  • A supportive and tranquil environment

The curriculum of this retreat deals with the grounded, human experience of growth and change on a level that does not require a set belief system. Buddhists and non-Buddhists are both welcome.

This is a life-long investment. Give yourself space and time to uncover your full potential.

Living Conditions.


  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Getting here.

Our address is: 1815 Highland Place, Berkeley, CA 94709

We have a small private parking lot for use by students and retreatants. GPS will direct you to this parking lot if you search for 2727 Hearst Avenue. Stay on Hearst Avenue until you pass Highland Place, then turn left into the lot.

The closest BART station is Downtown Berkeley, which is a 30 minute walk and partially uphill. If you are visiting for a retreat and have bags with you, we recommend taking a taxi or bus. Please check Google Maps for the buses that stop nearby.

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 from there to the Nyingma Institute.


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