4-Day Soul Awakening and Nature Retreat in Sonoma County, California

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3 daily meals
Skygazing
Daily teachings
Hike
We are honoured to have Gretchen Donovan as a guest teacher at Ratna Ling!

In Mahayana Buddhism, the Buddha taught six important mental states called Paramitas that we need to develop if we aspire to reach a state of liberation in our lives. They’re usually translated as “perfections,” since by perfecting them fully, we too can attain enlightenment.

Generosity
Ethical Self-Discipline
Patience
Perseverance
Mental Stability (Concentration)
Discriminating Awareness (Wisdom)

An important factor is that we don’t just keep these six paramitas or mental states as a “to-do list”.  Rather, they are attitudes that we develop through practice.  Unpacking these beautiful and poignant teachings through yoga and meditation offers a deeper understanding of the undeniable interconnectedness of all things. They allow us to turn towards and resolve problems.  They help us to rid ourselves of disturbing emotions and mental states.  They empower us to be of service to others.
29th September to 2nd October 2022
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Program

*Subject to change 
Day 1
4pm
Check-in
5.30pm
Dinner
7pm
Welcome & Introduction to the 6 paramitas. Meditation
Day 2
7am
Skygazing and noble silence
8am
Breakfast
9.30am
Teaching on Generosity. Break
10.45am
Dynamic Asana
12.15pm
Lunch. Break
2.30pm
Teaching on Discipline
3.30pm
Movement. Break
4.30pm
Teaching on Patience & Diligence
5.30pm
Dinner
7pm
Meditation
Day 3
7am
Skygazing and Noble Silence
8am
Breakfast
9.30am
Teaching on Wisdom
10.45am
Dynamic Asana. Break. Field Trip: Easy Hike along coast @ Stump Beach
12.15pm
Pick up Box Lunch and Field trip to Stump Beach. Meditation by Ocean. Integration with Elements: Wisdom of interconnectedness
4.30pm
Feeding Your Demons
5.30pm
Dinner
7.30pm
Somatic Movement & Evening Council
Day 4
7am
Cultivating all 6 Paramitas: Meditation
8am
Dynamic Asana and Closing Circle
10am
Brunch
12pm
Check-out

Accommodation

Surrounding countryside
Elegant private cottages
Ratna Ling Retreat Center is guided by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and we are open to all people looking to find inner strength and spiritual peace. we are located in the coastal redwoods of Sonoma County, a spectacular 90-mile drive north of San Francisco. Our retreats offer you the opportunity to experience beauty and quiet, in elegant private cottages, each with an expansive view of the surrounding countryside, complete with deer, wild turkeys, rabbits and quail.

Each cottage has two beds, which are located in separate bedrooms. The cottages are large and have high ceilings, with a living room, kitchen and full bathroom. 
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Private Cottage
Private room | Private bathroom | $1,300
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Private Room (Shared Cottage)
Private room | Private bathroom | $995

Location

Nearby Towns

Guerneville
29 km
Cloverdale
33 km
Healdsburg
38 km
Nearest airports
STS Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport
44 km
SFO San Francisco International Airport
136 km
Nearest train stations
Cloverdale Depot
33km
Sonoma County Airport
46km

Instructor

Gretchen Donovan
Gretchen
Gretchen has been teaching yoga for 20 years. After extensive experimentation and study in the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Prajna Yoga, her teaching cultivates a broad range of techniques. She carefully weaves the subtle energies and precision of these disciplines into her teaching, creating a unique style. Her enthusiasm and commitment to helping others access growth and self-awareness (beyond asana) are both accessible and infectious.  She is a Certified Feeding Your Demons Facilitator and a  Vajrayana Buddhist Practitioner learning and discovering the gifts of dharma with each passing day.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

No refund if you cancel in advance.

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
29th September to 2nd October 2022
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