Awakening Self-Compassion Retreat

June 26-29, 2017


sunset beach (1)Wisdom and Compassion are the foundations of a spiritual life from the Buddhist perspective. Wisdom is developed primarily through meditation practices that take us to our deepest, most authentic self.

From that place of openness and honesty a natural tendency to act with caring and compassion for ourselves and others arises. We will be working with techniques for heightening our sense of true caring for ourselves, finding the most genuine and positive qualities we can develop to nurture ourselves, which naturally leads to a greater ability to care for others as well. These techniques include a variety of meditation practices, several types of movement exercises, lifting our spirits through the inspiration of art and learning how to nourish ourselves by eating in a healthy way in alignment with the seasons.

Mindful Movement practices help you learn to love your body, feel the body’s inherent grace, soothe your body and emotions, and feel centered and balanced.  The movements that we will experience in this retreat can help shift your frame of reference from thinking and worrying, to holding life in a more self-compassionate, spacious and heart-full way.

Classe Descriptions and Schedule

Guided Meditation Practice
Designed for students of all levels, this meditation class focuses specifically on your health and quieting your mind. The emphasis will be on technique and sitting practice to experience the benefits of meditation, and Self Compassion.

Kum Nye-Tibetan Yoga
Kum Nye is an ancient healing system that creates a balance between body and mind.  Working with breath and exercises it helps to relieve stress, transforms negative patterns, and increases energy. We will learn a short sequence you can practice at home.

Mindfulness Through Movement
Experience a guided, slow, moving meditation, for relaxation and body/mind awareness.  This is an opportunity to learn “what moves us” and how we have infinite choices in how we move through life.  This class can free your body to move with ease and grace while bringing joy to your mind and Self Compassion to your heart.

Moving the Six Perfections with Mindful Movement
We are going to explore the six Buddhist perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perseverance, meditation, and wisdom.  We will do some practical movement based exercises to embody these ideals, enhancing Self Compassion.

Healthy Eating for the Season
Explore dietary preferences for spring coming from the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist point of view.  In this course we will discuss the best food choices for the season, and why those choices help our overall health.

Sacred Tibetan Art
Have you ever wondered what the symbols, colors and objects mean in Tibetan art?  Ratna Ling’s very own professional Tibetan-style painter will discuss the symbolism in this profound artistic and spiritual expression.

Healing Qi Gung
Coming from the ancient Chinese practice of combining breath and regenerative movement, this class will begin with the inner practice of balancing the elements in the body and the mind.  The surroundings at Ratna Ling support this slow, introspective interaction with nature, the breath and Life. The free and easy flow of the energy channels in the body are the natural state of Self Compassion.

Mandala Art
This is a hands on session! We will work with a variety of printed mandalas and color them using markers. The symbolism of the mandala will be discussed while we are drawing. Mandalas help us to visualize a beautiful and balanced external world that can also be mirrored in our internal landscape.

Monday, June 26
3:00-5:00          Arrival and settling in
5:30-6:15          Dinner
7:00-8:00          Introduction and Mindfulness Through Movement –Yoga Room

Tuesday, June 27
8:00-8:45          Breakfast
9:00-9:45          Healthy Eating-Dining Room
10:00-11:30      Meditation-Yoga Room
12:15-1:00        Lunch
1:00-4:00          Quiet time, bodywork and massage
4:15-5:15          Sacred Tibetan Art
5:30-6:15          Dinner

Wednesday, June 28
8:00-8:45          Breakfast
9:00-10:00        Healing Qi Gung-Deck or Yoga Room
10:15-12:00      Mandala Art
12:15-1:00        Lunch
1:00-3:00          Quiet Time, bodywork and massage
3:15-4:15          Moving the Six Perfections –Yoga room

4:30-5:15          Meditation-Yoga Room
5:30-6:15          Dinner

Thursday, June 29
8:00-8:45         Breakfast
9:00-10:00       Healing Qi Gung-Deck or Yoga Room
11:00                  Check out

 About the Leaders

Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her life, and inspired her to share her knowledge in order to help others to find the beauty and purpose in their lives. Her goal is that in your time with her you will get in touch with a stiller, deeper part of yourself and a gain sense of health and balance.


ShariShari Sunshine has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.


Price includes a 3 night stay in our deluxe cottages,  nourishing vegetarian meals, and all classes.

Private room in a shared cottage $499

Private two-bedroom cottage for one $699

Two bedroom cottage for two $949

*All meals are included in the retreat. Enjoy organic, nourishing vegetarian cuisine.

*Consider scheduling a bodywork session with one of our exceptional practitioners during your personal time, at an additional cost. Click here for more information & to schedule your appointment.

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