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In the fast-paced world of mobile devices, cars, planes, deadlines, and capitalism, you can lose track of what is important, like your well-being, inner peace, laughter, and your personal truth. You matter, and you are more than enough. That phone call or email can wait. Your family or job will be fine without you always being there. Treat yourself and take three days at Ratna Ling to unwind, reflect, and breathe into your fullness. Remember what you value the most and then return to your life with a renewed sense of ease, joy, and strength.
The accommodations at Ratna Ling allow guests to create a retreat experience with relaxed ease and privacy. A collection of 14 private cottages spreads out across the majestic landscape, each providing an inspiring view of the surrounding countryside. Each suite-style cottage is a home unto itself, including a living room, dining area, full bathroom, stocked kitchenette, and outdoor deck.
You will discover details that create comfort and allow you to luxuriate in serenity, like fine linens, gas-burning woodstoves, quality furnishings, and modern bathrooms with spacious Jacuzzi tubs. Two private rooms, each furnished with a queen bed (one room has a fold-up bed and open it can sleep two, closed it becomes a meditation, yoga, or writing room).
The dining hall offers a sumptuous buffet, featuring gourmet vegetarian cuisine made with organic produce from the garden and local farms. Space features a large stone fireplace and has numerous windows and skylights to let the natural light in. It holds a baby grand piano that can add an uplifting dimension to a retreat. The grand dining hall seats up to 106 people and opens out onto the garden pavilion. The grand dining hall is 1640 square feet.
When weather permits, they have a beautiful tiered outdoor garden patio that can be used for your retreat guests with tables and chairs that can seat 60. A stream runs alongside the garden providing the soothing sound of running water. A fountain frames the patio and extended views of rolling hills provide spectacular scenery. The pavilion can be lit for nighttime use.
On the lower level, below the meditation hall or temple, is a spacious room ideally suited for meditation, yoga, or other spiritual activities. It has ample windows to let in natural light and views of the garden while maintaining plenty of wall space for yoga and other practices. It can fit up to 40 for yoga or meditation. It is about 2025 square feet.
In the main lodge, the naturally sunlit healing Buddha classroom can be used for a small gathering. Chairs and tables or yoga mats and cushions can be provided. It includes a television monitor. The seats are 20. Yoga classes can fit up to 10 people. It is 552 square feet.
The library is connected to the yoga room via a large foyer with a sitting area. This room is ideal for a small meeting. It has a large drop-down television monitor, a long meeting table that seats, chairs, and a cozy gas fireplace for those chilly winter days. Additional chairs and tables can be added or space can be cleared for other purposes. It is about 475 square feet.
This multi-purpose room, fully wired for sound, works well for intimate or large gatherings. Windows and glass doors open onto a patio provide natural light. The room can easily be arranged according to group needs with chairs and tables, or yoga mats, and cushions. This room includes a large 66-inch television monitor for presentations. High-speed internet and Wi-Fi connection are available. The maximum capacity is 70. Yoga classes can fit up to 30. Dimensions are 32-by-33 (1056 square feet).
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.
Learn how to bring balance for yourself through daily self-care with essential oils, breathing, yoga, journaling, walking, enjoying tea, and deep listening. You will discuss and explore different practices that people use to care for themselves.
In these sessions, you can learn how to be with yourself and make friends with your mind, through sitting or walking. The mind has a multitude of qualities and abilities, and meditation helps you observe and acquaint yourself with the ones that occur often and those that you did not know were there. This practice can bring about more steadiness, clarity, discernment, and calmness for the mind, body, and spirit.
This yoga is designed to restore the nervous system and allow all systems in the body to come back to homeostasis. The class incorporates restful, sleep-like postures on the floor, with the support of various props.
Find inspiration through learning about Buddhist deities and chanting mantras to call on higher qualities of being.
In this session, you learn more about your boundaries and how to open your hearts. Through group and partner work, you will practice how to be and speak with others, especially when you feel closed, challenged, and impatient.
Enjoy and relax to the sounds of harmonizing bowls, chimes, and serene musical instruments. Allow the mind and body to soften, as your spirit travels to restful and ethereal realms. Participants will lay down for most of the practice and be guided through restorative postures with supportive props.
Gloria Baraquio, a Hawaii native, has been teaching Vinyasa since 2006 and studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2004. For four years, Gloria served as the Wellness Director of The Springs in Downtown Los Angeles, managing the yoga studio and wellness center. Gloria is passionate about making yoga and meditation accessible to all, and she is currently a Lead Teacher for Shivakali Yoga, facilitating teacher training, and retreats throughout the world. Her aim is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings.
Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over 40 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. Ros loves the deep sense of connection and peace that comes from group meditation.
Christine manages our group retreats and is a co-creator of many of our programs. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a civil and family law mediator. She uses mindfulness practices and techniques in her therapy and mediation practices. She is a passionate listener and loves to help others touch the infinite wisdom which lives in each of us.
The retreat will take place in Cazadero, California, USA. Ratna Ling Retreat Center is a northern California group and personal retreat center located just 90 miles north of San Francisco in the redwood forests of Sonoma County, California, USA. The remoteness of Ratna Ling offers guests the opportunity to unplug and surrender to the healing power of nature. However, because of their remote location, GPS systems and Internet maps are not always accurate for this area. You will want to be sure to follow the driving directions provided. Otherwise, it is easy to get lost.
It is imperative that your car is in good working condition, and you have a full tank of gas when you leave Jenner. There are no services North of Jenner, and cell phone service is spotty at best. It will be difficult or impossible to make or receive phone calls, text messages, or e-mails from your cellular device, so please be sure to take care of correspondences ahead of time. Remember, telephones and Wi-Fi are available once you reach Ratna Ling. Mileage does not directly correspond with travel time, as roads on the ridge are windy and only one lane in some areas.
It is a good idea to allow yourself more driving time than you think you will need to ensure a pleasant, safe journey and prompt arrival. Please note that Ratna Ling has a Cazadero mailing address though technically is not in Cazadero. Ratna Ling is actually located approximately 30 miles northwest of Cazadero between Fort Ross and Stewart’s Point.
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All meals are included in the price. Enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine from around the world when you stay with Ratna Ling Retreat Center. They use organic products and many of the vegetables and herbs are harvested from the gardens to produce delightful meals reflecting the current season’s bounty. For Covid's safety, boxed vegetarian meals will be delivered to your cottage. The dining room and lodge will be not accessible for guests.
All of the expert bodywork and massage practitioners at Ratna Ling have many decades of experience in their field. They are honored to offer their services during your stay. Ratna Ling Retreat Center suggests you book your appointment in advance to ensure availability.
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is an 850-acre preserve of Coast Redwoods, up to 1400 years old and towering as high as 300 feet. Located in the town of Guerneville, it is a spectacular place to stop for a hike on your way to or from Ratna Ling.
Fort Ross State Park is a former Russian fort that has many of its historical buildings preserved as they were in the 1800s. In addition, they have a museum and several festivals throughout the year. It is about a 25-minute drive south of Ratna Ling. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve is located about 20 minutes away by car or about a one-hour hike.
Salt Point State Park is reached by driving just a few minutes from Ratna Ling. Its 6000 acres have 20 miles of hiking trails, six miles of which are along the Pacific coast. It includes trails through redwoods, meadows, and a pygmy forest. Sonoma Coast State Park spans 17 miles of scenic coastal beaches and bluffs, starting at the spectacular Bodega Head and ending at the Vista Trail, four miles north of the town of Jenner. There are several beaches with free parking where you can search for shells and watch whales migrate.
Fort Ross Winery is located 20 minutes away by car and offers exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, along with a spectacular view from their tasting room. Annapolis Winery is located in the hills above Sea Ranch, about 45 minutes by car. Their award-winning wines include Pinot Noirs, Cabernets, Zinfandels, and Zinfandel Port. Sonoma Coast Vineyards tasting room is located in the town of Bodega Bay. They pour their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah varieties seven days a week.
Gualala Arts Center is located at a beautiful 45-minute drive up the coast. They host regular art exhibits as well as chamber concerts and other performances throughout the year. Located in the town of Gualala, you will find several art galleries, restaurants, and interesting local shops.
The Sea Ranch is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment. It is a community of private homes along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma Coast, just south of the town of Gualala. They have a lodge that houses a restaurant, bar, and gift shop. There is also a uniquely styled chapel.
Water Treks offers kayak rentals and eco-tours from their base in the town of Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Horse N Around Trail Rides offers guided trail rides on horseback, through the hillsides above Bodega Bay. The Links at Bodega Harbor is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Combining spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, rolling fairways, undulating greens, and native coastal rough, this golf course is sure to take your breath away. Madrone Audubon Society organizes many field trips in Sonoma County and the north bay area. There is a myriad of wonderful adventures to experience on your way to or from Ratna Ling.
Oakland International Airport
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San Francisco International Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK), which are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car, or at Charles M. Schulz Sanoma County Airport (STS), which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling. There are ground shuttles to Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) from both San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as flights. There are car rental companies at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS) also.
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