Buddhist Retreats

Contemplative Ecology: Becoming Indigenous to a Place – Online

With Bob Dozor, MD

March 11 - April 16, 2024
Are we on the brink of ecological disaster?  Join Dharma College for a meaningful online exploration of the climate crisis and our individual relationship the solutions through meditative and contemplative practices and exercises from the Buddhist ant other traditions.

Buddhist Retreat FAQ’s

The primary purpose of a Buddhist retreat is to deepen one’s meditation practice and understanding of Buddhist teachings. Retreats provide a structured environment to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom away from daily distractions.

Ratna Ling does not function as a traditional monastic community. We welcome all people regardless of lifestyle, culture, or religion and a relationship with Buddhism is not necessary. However, Ratna Ling does uphold Buddhist principles and all guests and residents are asked to adhere to mindful practices such as compassionate and respectful behavior toward oneself, one another, animals and insects, and the grounds. Guests are encouraged to join in our classes to discover more about Tibetan Buddhism.

Yes, this is true. We ask all guests and visitors to kindly and respectfully remove their outdoor shoes at all entrances including the Lodge and Dining Hall, Yoga Room and Cottages. Clean “indoor only shoes,” such as slippers, are wonderful items to bring. Bare feet or socks are also fine indoors.

Ratna Ling is a drug-free and smoke-free facility, with no exceptions, including marijuana. There will be a cottage clean-up charge assessed if this policy is violated. It is fine to bring a bottle of wine or beer to enjoy in the privacy of your cottage. Please refrain from bringing hard alcohol. Alcohol may not be consumed in common areas.

  • Sun Protection: Hat, sun block, sunglasses, breathable long-sleeved shirts, etc.
  • Rain gear, umbrella and good sturdy shoes during the rainy season
  • Appropriate outerwear for the season
  • Yoga clothes or clothes that allow you to move freely
  • Flashlight (it can get extremely dark outside at night and there is very limited outdoor lighting)
  • Water bottle
  • Alarm clock
  • Slip-on shoes or slippers for indoors
  • Insect repellent for summer retreats
  • Personal hygiene items such as your favorite shampoo, moisturizer, toothbrush/paste, soap etc. (Towels, bedding, shampoo and hand-soap is provided)
  • Calling cards for international calls. Domestic calls are complimentary.
  • Meal service is provided, however, you are welcome to bring additional snacks and beverages into your cottage.
Beginners are welcome at Ratna Ling Buddhist mediation retreats, and we offer instruction and support for those new to meditation.
Ratna Ling is located in Cazadero, California, a fairly secluded area that is north of San Francisco and west of Santa Rosa and Sacramento.