Sakya Kachod Choling is very happy to announce that Her Eminence Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche, with great kindness, will bestow the White Tara empowerment this summer and place into retreat those who wish to perform the one-month White Tara retreat.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the blessing by Jetsun Kushok of the retreat center’s land on San Juan Island.  Over the years ahead, Sakya Kachod Choling will be marking its various 30th anniversaries, celebrating its early history, including the creation of the Washington nonprofit corporation, Sakya Society, in 1988; the dedication of the stupa by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin in 1989; the building of the gompa between 1989 and 1991; the painting of the shrine room sacred murals by Tsering Dorje between 1993 and 1994, and culminating in 1995 when His Holiness bestowed the precious Lamdre teachings and empowerments at Sakya Kachod Choling and in the town of Friday Harbor, Washington.

Jetsun Kushok has directed that, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the blessing of the land, a one-month White Tara retreat will be performed and that the merit arising from the performance of this retreat shall be dedicated to the perfect health and long life of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin.

Time with Jetsun Kushok is precious and retreat space is limited! We encourage you to register as early as possible. Contact or Call 360-378-4059 with any questions.

July 2017 White Tara One-Month Retreat

(This is a Strict Vegetarian, Silent Retreat)

White Tara Retreat Schedule

Arrival: Fri, June 30
White Tara Empowerment: Sat, July 1
Retreat Begins: Sun, July 2
Retreat Ends: Mon, July 31
Departure: Tues, Aug 1

Fees & Discounts

Retreat Fees, including Empowerment, Housing (32 nights), and Vegetarian Meals

Large Retreat Room: $2,066
Small Retreat Room: $1,938
Yurt: $1,810
Retreat Hut: $1,554
Tent: $978

Empowerment Only – Sat, July 1

Empowerment: $50

Housing (if needed for Empowerment Only Registration)

Shrine Room: $10 (only available night of June 30)
Tent: $18/night
Meals: $5/meal

Additional Discounts Available

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Friends: 10%
Sustaining Supporters: 15%
Ordained Sangha: 15%


Please use the form on this page to reserve a place at the retreat.


A 50% deposit is required to hold the reservation.  The balance is due 10 days before the retreat begins unless other payment arrangements have been made with the Retreat Manager. The registration form may be submitted without any payment, but the reservation is not final until the deposit has been received

How to Pay

Payment may be made online by credit card or PayPal by clicking on the green link at the top of the next column or by going to the Donate page on this website.  Checks and money orders should be made out to Sakya Society and mailed to Sakya Society, PO Box 3191, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.  Contact the Retreat Manager at for wiring instructions or other payment options


Cancellations receive full credit toward another retreat less a $25 fee

Additional Expenses

Practice texts and materials, personal necessities, and snacks and other favorite food items not on the menu

Additional Nights

Housing before and after the scheduled days for the retreat may be arranged on an individual basis for a per-night fee.  Contact the Retreat Manager at for details


Contact the Retreat Manager at or by phone at 360-378-4059

July 2017 White Tara One-Month Retreat

This is a Strict Vegetarian, Silent Retreat

Please review all options and information on the left and use the form below to register. 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 left to pay by check.  Registrations are not confirmed until you receive an email notification from the retreat manager acknowledging receipt of your deposit and confirmation of your housing choice.