ARTICLES AND NEWS:

Ratna Ling ~ The Place To Be, Dr. Kathy Murphy’s Blog
Religious conversions: Renovated monastery resorts and more, CNN Traveler
Seeking peace at retreat centers, Pressdemocrat.com
Finding Serenity, South Bay Accent (.pdf, please be patient)
• “Dinner Social” Season 2, Episode 12 of Avec Eric W/ Chef Eric Ripert (see below)

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

From 44 reviews
Laney Fichera

This is such a serene & bucolic place with a wonderful community of people making a difference in the world.

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Kathy Gray Abraham

The cabins are beautiful and situated in such a peaceful setting; nature at it's best. Enjoyed my stay very much.

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Archana N.

Ratna Ling is probably one of the best places to relax!

Pros:

Healthy, delicious food

Gates for security

Clean buildings and restrooms!

Cute Cottages with all supplies

Amazing classes that help a lot

Pleasant and helpful staff

Best manager …

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Kim C.

This is the second time going to Ratna Ling because I loved it so much first time!

You can get great deals on LivingSocial for weekday visits. Gorgeous light and spacious cottages all with views. Totally outfitted including little kitchen. …

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Denice B.

Beautiful location, grounds and cottages. Cottage 1 and 2 felt very private. Excellent vegetarian food. Friendly staff, I believe most were volunteers to the retreat. Wonderful comfy bed, soft sheets, fluffy feather pillows and comforter. …

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Hi Denice,

Thank you for the excellent review, we LOVED having you and your group here!! We just wanted to clarify for prospective visitors: the busing a washing dishes was an experience for your group only, organized by your retreat leaders. That is not a regular practice for us, but thank you for your helpfulness and positivity on your 'free steam facial'! See you soon!

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Caz Verde

It's nice here.

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Vicky Rummel

Ratna Ling is a truly sacred place with warm, caring staff and wonderful yoga and meditation instructors. The grounds are beautiful as well as the cabins. The wildlife enjoy the very special energy that surrounds everything. Such a peaceful…

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Vicky R.

Ratna Ling is a truly sacred place with warm, caring staff and wonderful yoga and meditation instructors. The grounds are beautiful as well as the cabins. The wildlife enjoy the very special energy that surrounds everything. Such a peaceful…

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Rennie L.

The grounds are really beautiful. There are fields and redwoods and small ponds. It's very quiet and misty. You hear a lot of birds and turkeys roam the land. The "cabins" are enormous. Very new and modern two-bedroom homes and Jacuzzi tubs…

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Kathy B.

Absolutely loved our time at Ratna Ling. Started with a fantastic massage from Shari which is not to be missed. Cottages are spaceous and clean and full of light, fireplace was toasty, view off the back deck serene, beds fluffy and warm. …

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Preethi G.

The cottages are beautiful. Very well maintained and comfortable. The place is silent and gets really dark at night. Mornings are peaceful, and the meditation/yoga classes are very relaxing/refreshing. The food is amazing. The vegetarian …

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Jimmie S.

Sure, buddhism is in part about not having expectations; nonetheless I had them, and they were wildly exceeded during my stay at Ratna Ling.

Food: holy smokes. These folks know how to cook. I'm not a vegetarian, but they made me feel like I…

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Mariangela Buchalla

A special place where one can relax while in contact with pure nature!

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Chinnamasta Stiles

Just returned from this fabulous Ratna Ling retreat Center. Such loving people, amazing environment and breath taking silence to retreat deeply.

It was not only nourishing for the students receiving the teachings , but as well for me, …

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Jean K.

I have not been to this retreat but I'm writing this review for the potable water tap and bike racks they've placed outside at the top of a long climb along a popular road between Cazadero and Salt Point SP. What a nice thing to do! And a …

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Rick R.

Our weekend at Ratna Ling was everything we hoped for, and more. The grounds are beautiful and serene, the cabin was huge, clean and had everything we could want. Jeremy Kochan, Rae Rowland and the other chefs prepared vegetarian meals that…

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Mary F.

Excellent Retreat Center-beautiful staff, gorgeous cottages, delicious food, spiritual grounds, and great classes! I loved everything about our stay and cannot wait to go back. Chelsea is a sweetheart and will help you with anything you …

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KellinDave S.

We were blessed with another stay by a gracious gift from my father in law! The accommodations and staff are so inviting with their warmth and peaceful presence. The dishes are divine and we were nourished by the abundance they offer. I am …

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Kristina G.

Amazing views, food, yoga, community and wildlife. I can't wait to return!

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Morgan B.

I just got back from a blissful Thanksgiving weekend at Ratna Ling. The facility is gorgeous, the cabins are spotless and first class. We were surprised, as we were expecting more humble accommodations at a meditation retreat.

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Lien P.

Just came back from a personal retreat at this amazing place.

The environment was so beautiful and serene with old huge redwood trees that made me feel like is was walking on sacred ground. Deers and wild turkeys roamed around and the …

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J. P.

Another wonderful retreat at Ratna Ling with Danae aka Bella Yogini (my 3rd!). For four gorgeous days and three blissful nights, our entire group enjoyed our stay at Ratna Ling. Really, why would anyone attend a retreat anywhere else?

For …

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Beth M.

I just spent a week in paradise. The "cabin" was as big as a house, with a fully furnished kitchen. Not that I needed it. The food served at meal times was outstanding. I like vegetables as much as the next person, but I am definitely no …

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Keven K.

My wife and I were provided a weekend at Ratna Ling as a gift from a family member. The whole experience was fantastic. The staff is friendly, helpful and so pleasant to deal with. The grounds are amazing; with wildlife of all sorts roaming…

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Ratna Ling R.

My name is Amy Sabel and my business is Marin Body Awareness. I have been leading Yoga Retreats around the world for over 28 yrs. A friend told me about Ratna Ling and we went together for The Spring Get Away Weekend this past April. The …

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Douglas Wagner

I want to commend the people at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center for installing a Public drinking fountain and rest stop for the cyclists and walkers who venture out into this rather isolated locale. The water is clear, cool, refreshing and …

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Jamie P.

Absolutely amazing! Spend two nights in paradise here. The cabins are new, simple, clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The food was delicious and healthy. The grounds were serene. We saw countless deer throughout our stay! We will…

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Chase L.

Ratna Ling is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Chelsea and the whole staff took great care of us. The food was amazing. The yoga was great. I want to live there!

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Roland S.

We just returned from a wonderful 3-day visit at Ratna Ling. A few weeks ago, I bought a LivingSocial coupon on a whim. The description of the facility sounded ideal and the sort of place I like to visit. I liked the narrative about the …

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suma n.

A wonderful place! Chelsea, Kristin, George and Eric were dedicated to making our stay amazing. We had a very relaxing stay and enjoyed every minute. We highly recommend Ratna Ling for conferences and groups.

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Carolyn N.

This place is hard to describe. It's a lux 5-star resort-like stay with a common eating area with no room service. I believe there is about 16 brand new cottages. It's definitely worth taking a trip up if you have the time. The vegetarian …

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dream p.

The experience here is beyond describable. It's so peaceful and relaxing. The cottages were very spacious. There were only 2 of us in the large cottage; there was actually an extra room with a pull-down bed. Definitely could fit up to 4 …

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Laci J.

Just got back from a weekend retreat at Ratna Ling. Let me start by saying this place is absolutely breath taking.

1. The cabins are HUGE! They are really two bedroom homes (seriously 2 beds!), with a cozy fire place, fridge and microwave…

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Michele F.

I completed my retreat a week ago. It literally changed my life! I am a yoga instructor in Central Cali., the drive was very long, but once you get there, you feel as though you are in another world! The staff was wonderful, the lodging was…

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Shawn L.

Awesome weekend vacation. Absolutely spectacular scenery and surroundings. Our room was especially comfortable, and we hardly saw anyone else there the whole time, very secluded. Food was better than I expected, though I am not a vegetarian…

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judie o.

Nestled in the rolling oak studded hills is a bit of paradise called the Ratna Ling Retreat Center. The cottage I stayed in was so lovely, well equipped with comfy furniture and bed, nice linens, a small kitchen and a jacuzzi tub. …

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Veronica F.

Ratna Ling is a little piece of paradise in the hills above the Sonoma coast. The accommodations are lovely, the setting is inspiring and the people are helpful and welcoming. I highly recommend Ratna LIng for a personal retreat, an …

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dave d.

Towering redwoods, gorgeous facilities, amazing vegetarian food, Ratna Ling is truly a retreat center. a place to look inward while surrounded by outward beauty. I will be returning as soon as I am able and highly recommend Ratna Ling to …

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jennifer m.

I've not yet embarked on my retreat, but I will say that setting up my personal retreat has been an amazing experience. I found Ratna Ling in what seemed like an endless search through a sea of retreat locations. I kept finding that most of…

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Jeannie D.

For years I had been searching for a place to connect with spirit. My husband and I happened upon Ratna Ling about six months ago and my search was complete. From the moment the great external gates opened mysteriously (it was a motion …

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Chris B.

Ratna Ling is an amazing place to visit. The staff is delightful and sweet. The food is delicious and healthy. The grounds are sprawling and beautifully kept. The cabins are modern and spacious. Yoga was so relaxing and energizing. The …

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mukara M.

Ratna Ling is exceptional. Beauty, simplicity, care and responsiveness seem to be the values that guide their offering.

My company, Matrixworks, will use their Retreat Center again and again. love, mukara

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Judy G.

This is a spectacular center with outstanding quality. The facility is beautiful inside and out. The staff and service was excellent. The weekend I spent was inspiring and I will return to hold a business event.

The individual cottages were…

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Louise F.

This is a really beautiful and tranquil place to visit. My partner and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend here recently, and we really loved everything about it. The grounds are beautiful and the architecture and all buildings are of …

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“Ratna Ling has proved to be everything it promised. The cabin and surroundings are amazing. This retreat has really positively affected my life. Thank you!” ~Amelia

“To another wonderful year, This is year 3 and every time I am in awe of this beautiful place. The piece and serenity I receive from this weekend is priceless. Thank you” ~Linda S.
“We have been to lots of nature vacations but none compares to this. This has a peace and tranquility even beyond what the natural surroundings bring to it. To put it simply, it feels good to be here.” ~Julianna&Lew
“Wow! This place is special. After a few days you’ll realize you’re in the middle of something more that is going on, not only within yourself while you’re away from the hustle and bustle- but within Ratna Ling intself. Give yourself the gift of just being here. Take the classes. I’m glad I did! Taste the amazing food!” ~Troy Z.

“My husband and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit this tranquil and beautiful place.” ~Jenny S & Bryn G.

“The purpose of coming here was to get away and have a few days of digital detox, but I know in my heart I am leaving with so much more. The gratitude I feel is overwhelming. Thank you Ratna Ling for creating such a special place.” ~Carolyn B.
“Ratna Ling has has helped me clear my mind because there are no distractions here, just peace and quiet.” ~Barbara S.

“There’s something about Ratna Ling that felt like Home the second I stepped onto its land, and continues to call me Home inside each second I remain – the energy is PEACE and nurturing and I will be making this my retreat destination in the future. I have never experienced anything like it in over 40 years of retreating at different facilities. I highly recommend Ratna Ling to anyone looking to come within and rejuvenate before going back out.” -Jann T.

“Ratna Ling Retreat Center is truly a place to retreat both body and mind. I felt held in the sacredness of this space, completely nurtured. I highly recommend this experience to all seeking refuge in nature and self. This retreat center will be an annual gift to myself as part of my on-going journey to live in balance.” -Angela S.

“Among other programs (including one for ashtanga and “discovering joy”), Ratna Ling showcases Ayurvedic practitioner Helen Thomas’s nourishing weekends, designed to teach yogis self-care practices for staying well and transitioning with the seasons, such as daily abhyanga (self-massage with oil). During the day, Thomas determines your doshic constitution (a.k.a your balance of Ayurvedic energies: kapha, pitta, and vatta) and prescribes customized asana, breathing techniques, and diet tips. At night, you cozy up in a cottage nestled among the California Redwoods.” Featured in the June 2014 edition of Yoga Journal, Retreat – The Ultimate Guide by Lauren Ladoceour

“My husband and I loved everything about the retreat; the location, food, classes, great spirited staff, and cabin house! My husband and I were able to reconnect and enjoy our time together. Thank you Ratna Ling for this great experience. We will be back!” ~ Living Social Reviewer

“Amazing views, food, yoga, community and wildlife. I can’t wait to return!” ~ Yelp Reviewer

“Ratna Ling is a life changing experience for peace, solitude, reflection and clearing the mind and body. If you get the chance of visiting this wonderland, don’t hesitate.” ~ Trip Advisor Reviewer

“Another wonderful retreat at Ratna Ling with Danae aka Bella Yogini (my 3rd!). For four gorgeous days and three blissful nights, our entire group enjoyed our stay at Ratna Ling. Really, why would anyone attend a retreat anywhere else?” ~ Yelp Reviewer

“What a superb place to go on retreat! It is quiet and sunny, with plenty of space to walk around and feel both secluded and secure. The food was deliciously vegetarian, full of flavor and variety. I attended the beginner meditation retreat, which was small and intimate. It had the right balance of explanation and practice, and included some practices outside. It was easy to feel meditative and relaxed in such a beautiful and serene location. The people were friendly and inviting, always answering questions and providing little extras, like a tour of the facilities. I would highly recommend attending a retreat or workshop at Ratna Ling.” ~Merchant Circle Reviewer

“For the meals, there was always a buffet of wonderful filling vegetarian food. Thank you to Jeremy and his kitchen staff from an omnivore in the outside world…And the [cottages]! Luxurious decadence.” ~Yelp Reviewer

“My partner and I booked a 2-night stay at Ratna Ling not knowing exactly what to expect. We were completely blown away by the beauty of the grounds, the views, and our cabin… as other reviews note, the cabins are very spacious, modern, and luxurious. The meals, included in the price, were really delicious with lots of vegan- and gluten-free options. My favorite spot was our deck overlooking the valley and forest.” ~Trip Adviser Reviewer

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