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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) may apply once the application form is ready. 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. Particpants must be able to practice independanly without a frequent need of ‘checking ups’ with the Lama.

The details (housing, cost, logistics, etc..) for the retreat are currently being worked out. We are sending this early notice due to the extensive planning needed for participants to participate 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. 

CMS and NYBCC is looking for a suitable person(s) to be the local retreat manager and food shopper.

There may also be an opportunity for shorter or longer retreats during the one year (e.g., 3 or 6 months or 2-3 years). If you’re interested, please put your name forward to: retreats@crystalmountain.org

In your email, please indicate your current intent for your preferred length of retreat (e.g., 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years).