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SAVE THE DATE: Announcing One Year Retreat for Dedicated Practitioners Fall 2024

October 1, 2024 September 30, 2025 UTC-8

With Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber)

Dates: Beginning in late September or October 2024

Location: Galiano Island, B.C. Canada

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Gyaltsen) and Laurel Jacobson have announced they will be going into deep retreat for one year in the fall of 2024-likely late September, early October. Dedicated serious practitioners with a strong connection to Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen and experience in solo and/or long retreats (3 months or longer) are invited to register. Practitioners without these requirements may also be considered. Each application will be reviewed by Lama Gyaltsen for suitability. 

Intensive solo retreats are remarkable and transformative experiences for practitioners who have developed the necessary capacity to undertake the rigours of deep meditation work. They require stability of both physical and psychological health. Participants must be able to practice independently without the need for frequent check ups with the Lama.

The details (housing, cost, logistics, etc..) for the retreat are currently being worked out. Retreat costs are not yet clear. We always do our best to keep fees as low as possible. Some fundraising for support will be done.We are sending this notice due to the extensive planning needed for participants to make arrangements and the organizers to find suitable accommodations. The retreat will take place on Galiano Island and rental housing on the Island will need to be found. Crystal Mountain Society (CMS) and the Namgyal Yangzab Buddhist Community of Canada (NYBCC) will work together to coordinate and organize the retreat. Lama Gyaltsen has said that he will provide occasional guidance and bestow transmissions, wongkurs and pithy instructions  from time to time, especially during the 7-10 day settling in period. Group practices and or empowerments will generally be on auspicious days of the month. 

To allow for timely planning of this auspicious retreat we are strongly encouraging all interested individuals –  including those living on Island – to submit their application to register as soon as possible.

To apply to register and for any questions please contact the Retreat Registrars at: retreats@crystalmountain.org