What time does the retreat start and end?
The retreat starts at 3:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 and ends at 11:30am on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please plan to arrive and depart on time. If you need to make arrangements to arrive late or leave early, please let us know well in advance.
When should I plan to arrive in California?
If you are flying in from out of town, we recommend adding a day or two to your trip before and/or after the retreat. This gives you time to enjoy and explore the beautiful counties of Sonoma and Marin. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Which airport is closest to the retreat center?
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the nearest major airport. It’s a 3 hour drive to Ratna Ling Retreat Center from SFO. The smaller Sonoma County Airport (STS) is the closest airport with a drive of only 1 1/2 hours to Ratna Ling. Please book your flight to arrive in the morning before 10:30am on Friday, March 20th. This will give you enough time to get to the retreat center and avoid afternoon rush hour traffic.
What if I want to meditate, but my friend/spouse/partner does not want to?
This is a meditation retreat, so while there will be free time to enjoy the location, we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the retreat. We will be offering classes for new meditators as well, so everyone is welcome!
What if I am learning Vedic Meditation for the first time?
If you are learning Vedic Meditation for the first time, please add $500 to your package total. The Introductory Course in Vedic Meditation is an additional offering and prerequisite for learning Rounding. Rounding instruction is included for everyone, so you will get to learn this advanced practice too, and your retreat program will be customized accordingly.
What should I expect at Ratna Ling?
The March spring weather at Ratna Ling can be cool and wet. There’s an equal chance of rain or shine. Warm, cozy clothing and rain jackets are recommended. The retreat center is off-grid so there is no mobile phone service. Please plan to disconnect from work and technology during the entire retreat. The cottages are situated throughout the hillside with paved pathways, so please bring good walking shoes that are waterproof in case it rains.