Vajrayogini One-Week Retreat

July 22 – 30, 2022 (begins on Friday and ends the following Saturday)

with Lama Ngawang Tenzin

Vajrayogini embodies complete enlightenment in female form. Practice of Vajrayogini 11 yogas is a comprehensive means to enlightenment and especially effective for our current time according to His Holiness the Sakya Trichen and other great masters.

Lama Ngawang Tenzin will lead this retreat with review classes on the 11 yogas, group practice including either a tsok (feast offering) or self-empowerment practice, and instructions on the fire puja.

For this program, please bring your copy of: 

  1. The long uncommon Vajrayogini sadhana;
  2. The self-empowerment text published by Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling; and 
  3. The tsok text entitled A Concise Feast Offering to Jetsun Vajrayogini, Staircase to Achieving Khechara.

If you need to purchase a copy of any of these texts, please email us at skc.retreat@gmail.com.

Prerequisites

You must have received the following from a qualified Sakya lama: 

  1. The major two-day empowerment of either Chakrasamvara or Hevajra; 
  2. The uncommon Vajrayogini blessing in the Naro Khachod tradition; and
  3. The complete teachings on the 11 yogas (often called the seven-day teachings) that authorizes you to practice the long uncommon Vajrayogini sadhana.

All visiting students must be vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination.

Please read and comply with our Covid policy.

How to register?

Please read the attendance options below and email us at skc.retreat@gmail.com with the following information: 1) your full name, 2) when you received the three prerequisites listed above, 3) the Sakya lama from whom you received the prerequisites, and 4) your requested attendance option (option # 1 teachings, meals, and on-site accommodations at the retreat center; or option #2 teaching and meals only).

If you are requesting on-site accommodations, you will be required to complete an application form (click here for application form.) If approved to attend, we will then provide you with payment instructions. Registrations are not confirmed until you receive an email notification from us acknowledging receipt of your payment and confirmation of your housing choice.

Schedule

July 22: Arrival and Orientation

July 23-30: Vajrayogini One-Week Retreat

The program ends in the late afternoon on July 30. A daily schedule will be provided closer to the event but is subject to change.  You should commit to attend the entire program and not distract yourself with other plans during this retreat. 

Sakya Kachod Choling is located on San Juan Island, accessible by plane or ferry.  You should plan to arrive by no later than noon on July 22.  You may arrive a day early, on July 21, at no extra cost. For those who would like to arrive earlier or stay later, this will need to be prearranged at the time of your booking.

Attendance Options and Fees

Option 1:  Teachings, meals, and on-site accommodations 

(arrive July 21 or 22; depart evening of July 30)

Large Retreat Room: $1,125

Small Retreat Room: $1,085

Retreat Hut: $1,069

Yurt: $965

Big Tent: $845

Own Tent on platform or grass: $805

Option 2: Teaching and meals only: $605

For this program, full payment is required to hold a reservation.  If it becomes necessary for Sakya Kachod Choling to cancel the program, you will receive a 100% refund less any PayPal or bank fees.  If you cancel before June 20, you will receive a 100% refund less any PayPal or bank fees.  If you cancel after June 20 or leave the program before it ends for family or medical emergency reasons, you will receive credit on a space available basis.

Discounts:  Friends receive a 10% discount on housing. Sustaining Supporters and ordained sangha receive a 15% discount on housing. Click here to become a Friend or Sustaining Supporter.

Applicable discounts will be factored in when we confirm your reservation.

Donate to Tsok Offerings 

Please email us at skc.retreat@gmail.com if you’d like to donate to tsok offerings. We will buy the food and other items in advance in accordance with Lama Ngawang’s instructions. You may donate to the tsok even if you cannot attend this program.

Volunteer Opportunities 

If you are able to assist us during the program, please inquire by emailing us at skc.retreat@gmail.com

Volunteers may help in various ways, including cleaning and resetting the shrine room, or helping the staff with cooking and cleaning dishes.  Please indicate your prior experience if you wish to volunteer, and be willing to take direction from the officers and resident staff. 

Food

If you are attending in person, the center will provide breakfast and lunch, and a simple dinner or snacks in the evening. For the Vajrayogini retreat, we will usually serve vegetarian meals at the center; however, you are not personally required to be vegetarian for this program.

We cannot accommodate individual dietary restrictions or requirements during group programs, and we cannot guarantee that food is free of all allergens. 

You may bring your own snacks or food; however, individual use of the kitchen might not be available.  If you are staying in a tent, do not keep food in your tent, as animals may smell it and try to come inside.

Housing

If you wish to stay at the center, we will provide you with an application for on-site accommodations. We cannot guarantee that your first housing preference is available.  Please read more about meals and housing and guidelines about staying here. Our setting might not be suitable if you have severe physical or mental health challenges.

On-site accommodations are limited; if we are at capacity, you may be placed on a waiting list or we will recommend accommodations in Friday Harbor.

Transportation

Please arrange your own transportation. Please read our information on travel. Parking is available at the center, although you may need to walk up a driveway to reach the shrine room. 

There is no Uber or Lyft on the island.  The following are local taxi services:

– San Juan Taxi and Tours (360) 378 3550

– Salish Sea Island Cabs (360) 378 6777

What to bring and not bring

Bring your vajra, bell, mala, damaru, kapala or container for nectar, the three practice texts listed above, and limited personal belongings. This is a short program; do not bring more than two pieces of luggage per individual without prior approval from us. Please do not bring personal audio or video recording equipment. Also, please no pets.

Venerable Lama Ngawang Tenzin serves as a retreat teacher and adviser for Sakya Kachod Choling Retreat Center. He received extensive training in all aspects of Vajrayana ritual and practice at Sakya Dirru Monastery, a branch of the Ngor tradition in Bir, India. He became a monk at age ten and became a lama after 17 years of monastic education and completing multiple retreats. In 2005, he arrived in Australia, where he began serving as a resident lama at Sakya Tharpa Ling and as an assistant to Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe. Later, he traveled and assisted Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche with her international programs in Australia, Europe, Malaysia, and Singapore. In 2009, Her Eminence invited Lama Ngawang to Vancouver, Canada. Since then, he has assisted with the activities of Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling in Vancouver and Sakya Kachod Choling Retreat Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. He regularly leads students in weekly practice sessions (which he has held online for the last two years) and provides personal guidance to students of all backgrounds.