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Ten Day Silent Retreat, Santa Cruz, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala-Jan 11 -21, 2024

January 11 @ 8:00 am January 21 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8

 Meditation guidance and Teachings with Lama Mark Webber (Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen)

The Inner Yoga of Anapanasati – Recollection of Breath 

We are pleased to announce that Lama Mark Webber will be guiding a retreat in Santa Cruz La Laguna on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala for ten days in January-February 2023. 

Lama Gyaltsen shares in detail an ancient way of practicing Anapanasati, taught to him by the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche. It is a straightforward purification practice of channels, winds and bindu. It lays the basis for the gradual settling of mind into the natural unity of Samatha/Vipassana. There will be sessions on physical awareness practices to help balance the winds and channels. It is superb for generation stage practices and unfolding the Mahamudra or Dzogchen without support. Commitment must be made for the full ten days of the retreat. Starting with group instruction that leads into individual guidance. Silent deep retreat. No cell phones or computers. 

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners with plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Location: Rental houses in Santa Cruz. Single and double accommodation including three meals per day. Early Bird Rates by October 24th, 2023: Sliding scale of rates: Single US $850 to $1,300 double $750 to $950.

Contact: Sandra Drummond: sandradrummondl@gmail.com


Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for almost fifty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. Under the guidance and transmissions of the late Drikung Kyabje Ontul Rinpoche and transmissions from H.E. Lho Ratna Rinpoche, Lama Webber has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra, Drikung Dzogchen Yangzab and Orgyen Nuden Dorje Dzogchen traditions, transmissions of pith texts of Padmasmabhava, Je Gampopa, Jamgön Ju Mipham, Patrul Rinpoche and Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra a transmission from Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

He has a deep and long-term interest in the sciences and collaborates in marine biology research and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism. Lama Webber is a founding board director of the national ecological research institute IMERSS (imerss.org).

Lama Webber’s compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. His emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.