• $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

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

February 21 - 23, 2020

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 you useful and transformative teachings that come from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  This retreat will be taught by students of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche and include discussions about the nature of mind, 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 mindfulness in all of your actions.


3:00-4:00      Check-in

4:30-5:30       All Levels Yoga – Chris

5:30-6:30       Dinner

6:45-8:00       Opening Circle – Chris, Tara, Ros, and George


7:00-7:45       Meditation – George

8:00-8:45       Breakfast

9:00-10:30     How Mind Works – Tara

11:00-12:00    Calming Meditation – Ros

12:15-1:00       Lunch

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

4:30-5:30       Calm & Clear: Study & Practice – George

5:30-6:30       Dinner

7:00-8:30       Skillful Means and Caring – Tara & Chris


7:00-7:45         Meditation – George

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

9:00-10:00     Closing Circle – Chris, Tara, Ros, and George

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.


Explore the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and how the mind works in cycles and patterns.  How do we understand suffering? How can we free ourselves from suffering and the causes of suffering? How can we have the intention to free all beings from suffering?  This session will give you a foundation for watching your mind and caring about your actions.


This session will include several methods from the Tibetan tradition that help to soften the mind: kum nye movement, walking, chanting, and sitting.


This class will dig in to Lama Mipham’s Wheel of Analytic Meditation and Instructions on the Middle Way. Translated by Tarthang Tulku, this teaching describes the stages of meditation experience and demonstrates clearly how to combine study and practice.


Drawing wisdom from two of Tarthang Tulku’s most popular books Skillful Means and Caring, this discussion will offer new ways of approaching your life, work, and relationships in the modern era.  How can you watch your mind? How can you respond to your circumstances with wisdom and compassion?


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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Christine DeCristofaro
Christine is our Group Retreats Director, teacher, and co-creator of many of our Ratna Ling Retreats and Programs. A former corporate finance consultant for Fortune 500 Companies, Christine left all of that behind in 2009 to pursue her true love – being in service and she has never looked back. Christine is a passionate listener, truth seeker, fearless warrior against guilt and shame, and feels blessed to live a life where she helps others touch…
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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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