Nyingma BUDDHIST Retreats IN California

There is a kind of magic that happens when we bring to our modern lives time-tested practices that lead us gently into self-discovery and self-care. We can find our days calmer yet more rewarding and our experience enhanced by the discovery of a simple but profound meaning in our lives.

We are fortunate this year to be offering a set of programs led by senior teachers in meditation, movement, and contemplation from the Nyingma Buddhist tradition. The purpose of this tradition is to transmit the knowledge, resources and techniques to transform human experience from subtle dissatisfaction to an uplifting sense of joy and ease. Releasing mental and physical tensions, you gain energy and resilience enriching relationships and enhancing your ability to make a difference in your lives and the lives of others.

Whether you prefer to approach your personal growth through body (movement), speech (contemplation) or mind (mindfulness and meditation), we have something for you.

You will find the time and money is well spent – and perhaps make a few like-minded friends along the way.

Find the program that speaks to you and give yourself or someone else the gift of a visit to this special spiritual place of blessings and beauty, Ratna Ling.

Being Fully Present

With Jack Petranker and Ignacio Ercole

June 14 - 16, 2024
For many of us with busy and fast-paced lives, we find that feelings of stress, overwhelm, irritation, or anger arise more frequently than we would like.In this retreat, we explore ways to be fully present with the now. We will draw on practices that engage body, mind, and spirit.

Discovering Stillness and Calmness in the Midst of Our Life

With Andi Egle

July 4 - 7, 2024
The world will be balanced when we are balanced. We participate in infinitely complex and interdependent relationships with all of the many levels of existence. Our immediate environment is also related to every other environment on earth, and the earth is influenced by events in the far reaches of the universe. Through the weekend of extensive Kum Nye practice we will discover a Stillness and Calmness that is a natural part of our being. Learning…

Sanctuary of Tranquility: A Meditation Retreat for Renewal – Two Options

With Magda Costa, Maria Helena Kubrusly and Linda Copenhagen

July 9 - 14, 2024
Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and relaxation, focusing on Meditation, Contemplation, and Integration, designed for practitioners of any level. Reflecting on your life’s path, you will gain clarity...

Change and Surrender – Working with the ups and downs of life

With Gloria Baraquio and Merrill Peterson

August 9 - 11, 2024
Some of us are experiencing deep changes right now: loss of income, starting a new business, having a new child, or experiencing a death. This retreat will allow you to step out of your daily life and reflect upon the transitions you are experiencing.

Wisdom Healing – A Contemplative Retreat

With Barry Schieber

August 23 - 25, 2024
Inspired by quotations from Tarthang Tulku’s writings, this retreat is an opportunity to bring relaxation and balance into our lives. Through breathing and relaxation exercises, meditation and inquiry, we relax the body, breath and mind. Working with the quotations provides insights for reflection and appreciation for our journey.  Take this opportunity to become quiet and turn inward.

The Love of Beauty: A Meditation Retreat in Nature

With Maria Helena Kubrusly

September 13 - 15, 2024
In this retreat, we will explore the beauty of trees, plants, animals, the sky, wind, and all of Nature at Ratna Ling, to understand your own true nature--the beauty and wonder of being you.   Being outside helps heal the disconnect between head, heart, and senses.  This retreat will help to restore intimacy with yourself and with the world, and nourish what is innately beautiful and perfect within you.

tibetan nyingma meditation center FAQ’s

A Nyingma retreat at Ratna Ling is an immersive experience in Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on meditation, teachings, and practices from the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Participants can expect guided meditations, teachings from experienced instructors, personal reflection time, and community activities. The retreats are designed to provide a deep spiritual experience and foster personal growth and insight.

There are generally no prerequisites for our retreats, and they are open to all levels of practitioners, from beginners to advanced students.

Our retreats are led by experienced teachers and practitioners who have studied extensively in the Nyingma tradition. They bring a wealth of knowledge and personal insight to their teachings.

Yes, our retreats are designed to be accessible to practitioners of all levels. Beginners will find clear instructions and supportive guidance, while more experienced practitioners can deepen their practice.

Benefits include deepening your meditation practice, gaining insights into Tibetan Buddhist teachings, reducing stress, and fostering a sense of inner peace and clarity. Participants often leave feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Absolutely. Our retreats are designed to be welcoming to everyone, regardless of their prior experience with Buddhism or meditation.

The cost varies depending on the length and type of retreat. Detailed pricing information is available by clicking on a Nyingma retreat above.

Nyingma INSTITUTE California Testimonials

My husband and I had a wonderful weekend away at Ratna Ling. The entire program is built around your pace and the teachers are truly there to be your leaders and guides as you find your path to peace and ease. The cabins on the property as very comfortable, clean, and an architectural delight to gaze at. We spent an hour sitting outside watching the milky way above us and couldn’t believe how clearly we could see it. The food was delicious and the staff was kind and helpful. I couldn’t recommend this place more.

Rebecca Z.

I did the Space and Ease retreat in December and it was Wonderful!! Just what I needed to recharge spiritually, physically and mentally. The vegetarian food was delicious. The meditation classes and yoga with Linda, Mark and Carmen were all peaceful and rejuvenating. I also loved that we had plenty of unstructured time for walks in nature, naps and reading or meditating in our cabin. Thank you, Ratna Ling!

Elizabeth B.

Love! I would give it more stars if I could. My fiancé and I did our first retreat as a couple here and it really does live up to its reputation: the teachers are amazing, the meditation is taught in a comprehensive and educational way, the vegetarian food is so good, and the location is gorgeous. The vibe is immediately soothing. We went for a compassion weekend retreat that involved learning mantra chanting and sacred art making (we made mani stones). It was so unique and I left with a much more open heart. I can’t wait to return one day!

Larissa D.

The location is amazing. The cabins are beautiful, spacious, and lovingly constructed and equipped. The meals are delicious with very fresh ingredients. The conference/yoga space is serene and well-stocked with a variety of props. But the biggest gift is the friendly, joyful, helpful staff.

The center is such a perfect union of Buddhist simplicity and luxurious comfort!! They do it better than any other similar centers that I have visited.


Just came back from an an amazing retreat at ratna ling. Beautiful property, very clean cottages, serene and peaceful environment, amazing fresh vegetarian food with lots of vegan and GF options, amazing staff and volunteers who do everything with a smile. I highly recommend going there either on a retreat or just personal time. Exactly what I needed to recharge.

Shruti G.

I had a wonderful experience at Ratna Ling. The volunteers are welcoming and generous, motivated by a strong commitment to their community, practice and teacher. I was particularly impressed by the space itself, not to mention the delicious and wholesome food. The cabins are beautifully constructed and well cared for. I look forward to returning in the future!

Heidi H.