Vajrayogini Three-Month Retreat & 2020 Individual Short Retreats

2020 Vajrayogini Retreat Schedule

June 30 (Vajrayogini Blessing followed by Teachings on the 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini and Retreat) through October 12, 2020

Prerequisite required to attend: Hevajra or Chakrasamvara Two-Day Empowerment by a Sakya Master.

Tuesday, June 30:  Khenpo Kunga Dhondup, assisted by Lama Lekshey, will give the Vajrayogini Blessing on June 30, followed by the Teachings on the 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini, also known as the Seven-Day Teachings. The lamas will then place the retreatants into retreat

Monday, October 12:  Concluding Ceremonies preceded by Three-Day Fire Puja

2020 Short Vajrayogini and Other Vajrayana Retreats

This summer it is also possible to do another kind of individual retreat alongside the group retreat. Most Vajrayana retreats in the Sakya tradition are allowed, such as a shorter Vajrayogini retreat or a White Tara, Green Tara, Manjushri, Chenrezig, or Vajrapani retreat.  Individual retreatants receive full support and the same access to Jetsun Kushok, the lamas, and staff that the members of the group retreat receive.  The dates and costs for individual retreats will be calculated on an individual basis.  Follow the registration instructions on this page, including the registration form and contact us to work out the details.

Registration and Other Information

Registration

Please review all options and information before you fill out the registration form.  After you submit your registration, please click here to pay the 50% deposit (use the “make a retreat payment” button) or follow the instructions on the Donate page to pay by other methods. Registrations are not confirmed until you receive an email notification from the retreat manager acknowledging receipt of your 50% deposit and confirmation of your housing choice.

Retreat Fees

The Retreat Fees are provided on the registration form and vary depending on the type of housing.  Retreatants may arrive up to two days before the retreat begins on June 30 without paying any additional fees. The retreat will end on October 12.  Please plan for departure after October 12.

The Retreat Fee includes housing, three vegetarian meals each day; 24-hour hot water, coffee/tea, honey and other sweeteners, dairy and non-dairy creamers; weekly laundry, weekly shopping, and other staff support as needed.

Guidance and Instructions

Jetsun Kushok will be available to guide and instruct retreatants in person when Her Eminence is on the island or by telephone when she is not present in person. Khenpo Kunga and Lama Lekshey, acting under Jetsun Kushok’s direction, will provide ritual instruction and perform certain ceremonies.  Betsy Napper, Jetsun Kushok’s translator, will join the retreatants for one session each day during the first month and answer practice questions so that retreatants are well prepared to perform the retreat by themselves.

Discounts

You may save money by receiving support discounts (click here to become a Friend or Sustaining Supporter) Friends receive a 10% discount on housing. Sustaining Supporters and ordained sangha receive a 15% discount on housing.  There is no discount on the retreat fees or meals.

Cancellation

Before April 1, 100% less processing fees, if any.  After April 1 but before retreat begins, credit for housing toward another retreat.  If you leave the retreat early because of a medical condition or family emergency, you may receive retreat credit at the Retreat Manager’s discretion.

Additional Expenses

Practice texts and materials, personal necessities, and snacks and other favorite food items not on the menu. Staff will shop for retreatants once a week.

Reservations & Payment

Please use the form on this page to reserve a place at the retreat.  A 50% deposit is required to guarantee or hold the reservation.  The registration form may be submitted without any payment, but the reservation is not final until the deposit has been received and acknowledged by the retreat manager.

These are vegetarian, silent (essential speech only) retreats.  Electronics will not be allowed after the retreat begins except to read digital copies of texts.

Vajrayogini

Please read all the information on this page carefully before submitting your registration form.

2020 Vajrayogini Retreat Registration

Khenpo Kunga and Lama Lekshey during the 2018 Vajrayogini retreat.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: An enlightenment stupa will be built on the retreat center grounds in June and July 2020.  Everyone is invited to the blessing of the new stupa on July 15, 2020. Reservations are required for planning purposes.  Please reserve a place by calling the Retreat Manager at 360-378-4059 or by sending an email to skc.retreat@gmail.com.