• $800.00 – For 1 guest in a Private Room
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Appreciation: The State of Joy

With Rosalyn White, Tara Ristau and Janet Smith

August 25 - 27, 2023

COVID POLICY: For your safety and ours, we require proof of vaccination AND negative test result from all visitors to Ratna Ling Retreat Center. We wish to provide peace of mind for all of our residents and guests.

How can we feel more joy in our life?  It seems that modern living has become more complex and difficult in the last few years.  A common feeling might be stress, frustration, anger, or sadness.  More than ever, we need tools to help us appreciate and nourish ourselves. Through gentle movement, mindful breathing and fun discussions, we can explore our inner strengths and joyfulness. Inspired and energized, we can face the challenges of our lives with renewed confidence and gratitude for all of the inner gifts we have.

Drawing from the teachings of Tarthang Tulku, a modern Buddhist teacher, author, and founder of Ratna Ling, as presented in his book, Caring, these practices are powerful ways to unlock our inner treasures of calm, balance, and deep caring. Tibetan Yoga, called Kum Nye, opens us to our inner feelings of peacefulness. Its breathing practices help to integrate body and mind. Discussions will help us see that friends can help us to deeply care for ourselves.

Come with openness and curiosity.  Leave relaxed, refreshed and renewed!

This weekend includes:

  • yoga and movement
  • meditation and nonverbal practices
  • journaling
  • dialogue and council
  • time in nature




All sessions on Saturday and Sunday include Tibetan Yoga, Guided Reflection Practices, and Time for Journaling and Discussion


3:00-4:00 Check-in

4:30-5:30 Introduction to Tibetan Yoga (Kum Nye)  

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Opening Circle 


8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Awakening to Appreciation of Ourselves

11:00-12:15 Welcoming Change In Our Lives

12:15 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Temple tour (optional)

1:30-4:30 Quiet Time- Optional massage and wellness treatments by appointment

4:30-5:30 Embracing Our Embodiment 

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Integrating with the Five Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Atmosphere 


8:00-8:45 Appreciation in Action for Ourselves and Others

9:00-10:00 Closing Circle

10:00-11:00 Brunch

12:00 PM Checkout


Watch a video about the retreat HERE!



Rosalyn White
Rosalyn White was the Director of Ratna Ling for 7 years.  She 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 has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have…
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Tara Ristau
Tara is a resident of Ratna Ling’s sister center, Odiyan, where she works and studies under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist master Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. A volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities to serve the mission of preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture and transmitting its sacred wisdom to the West. She is an avid seeker of truth with a deep passion for Dharma practice…
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Janet Smith
Janet has a Bachelors degree in Education and a graduate certification in Special Education. She has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s teachings for 40 years and has lived within the Nyingma community since 2006. Janet is currently studying and teaching the Caring courses and retreats. She is a resident of the Odiyan community where she is a member of the Sacred Art sewing team.    
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