Discover a deeper, richer way of experiencing mind. This retreat provides methods and tools for opening up and transforming the layers of identification, negative patterning, and conditioning that limit potential and restrict our inner freedom. Through techniques drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we examine and go below thought and emotional conditioning to discover awareness, making contact with an innate sense of the sacred.

The teachings and practices engaged in this carefully structured retreat are given in a beautiful, protected environment that allows space for your own discovery to unfold. Methods and tools are curated by Nyingma master Tarthang Tulku, who has carefully selected and sequenced Tibetan Buddhist practices to foster healing, transformation, and insight.

Learn more: https://nyingmainstitute.com/2-month-oct-2019/


The retreat schedule includes gentle morning Kum Nye, morning instruction and practice, work practice (a mix of tasks ideal for developing mindfulness as well as unique sacred art projects), an afternoon practice session, and optional evening classes. It starts at 7:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm or later. Saturdays usually involve participating in a scheduled workshop. Sundays are free, but retreatants can attend the usual activities that take place.


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


  • Calm mind and restore inner balance
  • Explore a potent array of meditative practices and contemplations
  • Observe and investigate your own experience, including self-images and habitual patterns
  • Stabilize stillness and insight

Living Conditions.


  • private room
  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
  • meditation

Getting here.

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 or rideshare from there to the Nyingma Institute.


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