• $848.00 – For 1 guest for 2 nights with exclusive use of a private two bedroom cottage
  • $648.00 – For 1 guest for 2 nights with in a private bedroom in a shared two bedroom cottage. We choose your roommate
  • $598.00 – Per person or $1196 for 2 guests (double-occupancy) for 2 nights in a private two bedroom cottage
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Calm & Clear in the Modern World – ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT!

With Christine DeCristofaro, Rosalyn White, George Wiegand and Tara Ristau

September 20 - 22, 2019

A series of mindfulness practices, Calm & Clear Retreats will be offered every season.  Perfect for beginners and returning guests!

Are you looking to find peace and groundedness in your daily life?  Do you want more tools to keep you balanced and happy in your work, home, and relationships?  This weekend will offer useful and transformative teachings that come from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Facilitated by students of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, this retreat will include discussions about the mind’s tendencies, ways to practice meditation, and tools to relax and feel into joy.  You will leave with a deeper understanding of yourself and how to bring caring and ease into all of your actions.  



3:00-4:00      Check-in

4:30-5:30       Relaxation Yoga – Chris

5:30-6:30      Dinner

6:45-8:00      Opening Circle – Chris & Ros



7:00-8:00      Meditation – George

8:00-8:45       Breakfast

9:00-10:30     Calming the Mind – Tara

11:00-12:00    Tibetan Yoga & Mantra – Ros

12:15-1:00       Lunch

1:00-4:30       Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment, seva

4:15-5:30        Watching the Mind – George

5:30-6:30       Dinner

7:00-8:00       Sacred Art & Visualization – Ros



7:00-8:00       Personal Meditation/Silence

8:00-9:00       Yoga & Meditation – Chris

9:00-10:00     Closing Circle – Chris & Ros

10:00-11:00    Brunch

12:00               Checkout



These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements.  The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.



Get a short introduction on the practice of samatha, calm abiding.  This is a sitting meditation practice with instructions on posture, positioning, focus, and breathing. 



In this class, we’ll explore the Dharma through symbols, such as the images of the Buddha, and how they directly relate to our own life. We’ll open to imagery as a source of inspiration and a simple reminder of our deeper, truer selves. We will also discuss relaxation and delve into a guided Kum Nye meditation to help us connect to a felt experience of a calmer, more spacious mind.



This session will combine Tibetan Yoga movements (Kum Nye) and mantra to bring harmony to body, speech, and mind.



A lecture and discussion about traditional teachings of the mind and how it works in concentration, contemplation, and meditation.  Senior student and teacher George Wiegand will draw from the teachings in Lama Mipham’s text “Calm and Clear”.



Experience the peace and beauty of Tibetan Buddhist art and learn ways to use art as tools for meditation.


Christine DeCristofaro
Christine is a faculty member and co-creator of many of our Ratna Ling Retreat Programs. After nearly twenty years in finance and technology, Christine felt frustrated with corporate business practices and culture.  The financial crisis of 2008 sparked an epiphany.  She decided to change the direction of her life and pledged to live a life of service, vowing to use her skills and knowledge to strengthen wisdom, service and compassion in herself and others. Christine…
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Rosalyn White
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…
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George Wiegand
George Wiegand has been a student of our Founder Tarthang Tulku and a full-time volunteer in Nyingma organizations for more than 30 years, as a chef, baker, kitchen manager, temple builder, book binder, and pressman.  He has a Master’s of Education in Counseling and has worked as an educator and counselor in several high school systems.  His hobbies include bread baking, basketball, and choir singing.
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Tara Ristau
Tara has been a volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007.  She began her journey along the Buddhist path at the Yeshe De bindery making sacred texts to help preserve the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of wisdom. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities within the organization including Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center.  She applies Skillful Means in her daily work while also engaging…
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