Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

From a hilltop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Serenity Ridge welcomes you. To the West are views of the Blue Ridge, and to the East are the hills and valleys of Nelson County. The surrounding natural beauty and wildlife are great supports for meditation, reflection, contemplation, sparking creativity and personal transformation. Serenity Ridge has been supporting visitors from all around the world in their spiritual practice since 1998.

We have over 90 acres of wooded property, much in a conservation easement, protecting it for future generations. A swimming pool is available in the summer and our rooftop meditation deck is open all year long, weather permitting. The beautiful Rockfish River is only a short walk away.

Come experience Serenity Ridge for yourself!

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From a hilltop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Serenity Ridge welcomes you. To the West are views of the Blue Ridge, and to the East are the hills and valleys of Nelson County. The surrounding natural beauty and wildlife are great supports for meditation, reflection, contemplation, sparking creativity and personal transformation. Serenity Ridge has been supporting visitors from all around the world in their spiritual practice since 1998.

We have over 90 acres of wooded property, much in a conservation easement, protecting it for future generations. A swimming pool is available in the summer and our rooftop meditation deck is open all year long, weather permitting. The beautiful Rockfish River is only a short walk away.

Come experience Serenity Ridge for yourself!

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Events

26DecAll Day01JanFeaturedWinter Retreat: Dzogchen PracticeSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

01JanAll Day05Personal Practice RetreatSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

01FebAll Day02The Red Garudawith John JacksonSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

21FebAll Day23Sherap Chammawith Marcy VaughnSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

02AprAll Day05FeaturedSpring Retreat: Topic To Be Announced Serenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

05AprAll Day07FeaturedSerenity Ridge DialoguesSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

20JunAll Day04JulFeaturedSummer Retreat: Tummo, Part 3Serenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

20OctAll Day25FeaturedFall Retreat: Topic To Be AnnouncedSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA

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For Your visit

Our Hours and Location

Serenity Ridge is generally open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during all scheduled events and retreats. To visit or for a tour, please contact the office in advance by email or by calling 434-263-6304. During retreats, registrants may arrive between 4–6:45 p.m. for check-in and registration. Retreat participants are welcome to arrive early or extend their stay, with advance arrangements with the register. If you cannot arrive during our check-in time, please make alternative arrangements in advance by contacting the office.

Our address is:
554 Drumheller Lane
Shipman, VA 22971

Registration / Lodging Options

You can register for events at Serenity Ridge directly on our website. Registration includes both tuition and all meals. Rooms and camping are at additional expense.

Register as a “Commuter” if you are not staying onsite. If you plan on staying with us, all of our available rooms and campsites are listed on the event registration page. Preregistration is required for all retreats as events can sell out. If you have physical disabilities or need special accommodations, please email our registrar or call 276-698-8366. For our retreats we do not offer opportunities for partial attendance. We understand that emergencies can occur, however, and we will do our best to work with you in such case.

Should Serenity Ridge accommodations be sold out, there are many local inns and bed and breakfasts for you to choose from within a 20-minute drive. Visit the Nelson County Tourism website for the most up-to-date information: http://nelsoncounty.com/stay/bed-breakfasts-inns/.

Our current lodging rates are as follows:

  • $5/night per person for tent space
  • $25/night per person for 6- to 8-person bunk bed dorm room
  • $35/night per person for 2-person and 4-person semiprivate bunk bed rooms
  • $50/night per person for double room with 2 twin beds, bathroom down the hall
  • $55/night for 1-person room with twin bed, bathroom down the hall
  • $60/night per person for double room with 2 twin beds on third floor of Garuda House; bathroom down the hall (shared among 2–4 people)
  • $65/night for 1-person room with twin bed on third floor of Garuda House; bathroom down the hall (shared among 2–4 people)
  • $135/night per private room with one queen-sized bed and one twin bed, plus its own bathroom
  • $145/night per private room with two queen-sized beds, plus its own bathroom
  • $145/night per private room with one queen-sized bed and one twin bed on third floor of Garuda House, plus its own bathroom
Food/Dining Options

We provide healthy vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining options. Please indicate with your registration which type of meals you prefer. Those with other special dietary needs may wish to bring supplemental food. Refrigerators are available for your use in a kitchenette adjacent to the serving area, along with a microwave and toaster. We try to accommodate special dietary needs, when possible. Please contact us to learn more.

Generally, our dining schedule is:

Breakfast       8–8:45 a.m.
Lunch            1–2 p.m.
Dinner           6–7 p.m

Water, hot beverages and fruit are available in the dining area at all times.

Work Exchange

A Work Exchange Program is available at all Serenity Ridge retreats. Participants work two to three hours each day of retreat, plus an additional two to three hours either immediately before or after the retreat. Participants are credited $10 per hour for each hour of service work performed, to be applied toward the cost of registration for that retreat.

Most people will work two hours per day; however, in rare cases, and especially for those coming to Serenity Ridge from far away, a three-hour program may be available. Work exchange at this higher level means that the participant will have little free time, and it is not recommended for most individuals.

Email or call 434-263-6304 us to ask about work exchange availability and criteria.

Children and Minors

Families are welcome at Serenity Ridge! Children may attend retreats with a parent or guardian. The responsible parent or guardian must contact the registrar to inquire about bringing a child to determine current room availability and pricing. The cost for children ages 15 and under to attend a retreat is $20 per day; cost for children ages 15–17 is $30 per day, plus accommodations.

Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult 25 years or older, who also must sign our parent/guardian waiver. Children are not to be left alone while their parent/guardian is attending the teachings or practice sessions. Minors using our swimming pool must be under adult supervision at all times.

Maintaining quiet in the gompa (teaching hall) during teachings and practices is important to support a contemplative, distraction-free environment for practitioners, as well as to ensure clear audio recordings of the teachings and practices. Therefore, children are welcome at practices or teachings if they are able to maintain quiet, are well-behaved and are under their parent’s or guardian’s supervision at all times. We ask that children unable to remain silent and seated not be in the meditation hall during teachings and practices.

For accommodations, families may select any of the large rooms (two beds) with ensuite bathrooms). These rooms are charged per room, not per person. Families also may book double rooms, which will be charged as double occupancy. Bunk rooms may be reserved by families, and camping is available with two people allowed per tent pad. Children and minors must stay with an adult family member.

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What to bring

For the teachings and practice

Cushions and chairs are provided in the meditation hall (gompa), but you are welcome to bring your own, as well as anything else to ensure your comfort. The temperature in the gompa can run from rather cool to quite warm, so dressing in layers or bringing a shawl or blanket can be helpful. Don’t forget a notebook, pens and anything else you may need to support your practice. Water bottles are permitted, but only if they have a fully closing lid or cap. Many visitors bring a yoga mat for outdoor morning practices.

Seasonal dress and supplies

Serenity Ridge has a swimming pool, open seasonally, so bring a bathing suit and a towel if you wish to swim during the late spring and summer months.

Air-conditioning is provided in warmer weather and heating in cooler months. An outdoor walkways connects the meditation hall and lodging in the Garuda House. A raincoat is advisable. During the winter ice is also common. Check the forecast and be prepared!

Insect repellent is available in the common bathrooms, but you may wish to bring your own.

Rooms in Garuda House

Sheets and towels are provided, but please bring your own towel for the pool.

Camping

If you are camping, bring a tent and anything else you might need (flashlights, insect repellent, bedding, towels, toiletries, rain gear, etc.). We only provide tent platforms.

Wi-Fi is available in the main community building, Kunzang Khang (the House of All Goodness), where meals are served. Because of our rural location, wireless access may not always be available.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds for registration and accommodations will be given, minus a $75 processing fee, for cancellations received 14 days or more prior to the start of the retreat. Cancellations made between 2 and 14 days prior to the start of the retreat will receive a full refund on registration, minus a $75 processing fee, and a 50 percent refund of accommodations payments.

No refund can be given for registration or accommodations if cancellation occurs with less than 48 hours’ notice of the event’s start time, if the registrant does not show up for the retreat, or if the participant leaves early.

We will consider changes to our cancellation policy on a case-by-case basis for emergencies.

Getting Here

Charlottesville, Virginia is served by bus, train and airlines. In addition, Dulles International Airport is 2 ½ hours north, near Washington, D.C. Car rental and van services are available at both airports.

Ride services are available from Charlottesville to Serenity Ridge, including from the airport (CHO), Amtrak (train) and Greyhound (bus) stations.

Ride services include:

  • John Farmer Taxi Service: $75 one way (total cost, up to three passengers). Call 434-960-7106.
  • Will Gallik, to/from Charlottesville area, one way: $50 for one passenger, $70 for two, $90 for three. Text Will at 434-825-7151.
  • Shelly Hanson: $50 one way for one person; $30 each per person one way for two or three people. Call/text 310-625-0534.
  • Uber and Lyft are available through their respective apps. NOTE: Rides from Charlottesville to Serenity Ridge are available from these services, but not from Serenity Ridge back to Charlottesville.
  • Make advanced reservations through UZURV app. Download the app and use invite code DRIVEU. Or, call Drive4U (Uber and Lyft drivers) via Mario Halkyer at 434-401-7793.
  • We maintain a rideshare board at the center for those looking to carpool from Serenity Ridge to other locations.

Our address is:
554 Drumheller Lane
Shipman, VA 22971

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Ligmincha Shop

The Ligmincha International Bookstore & Tibet Shop is open daily during most retreats and also accessible online here. The shop stocks a comprehensive selection of books, malas, thangkas and many other practice supports.

Governance

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Nelson County, Virginia, is the headquarters of Ligmincha International, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is run by the Ligmincha International Board of Directors, a group of dedicated volunteer leaders and a small administrative staff. Many of the activities and projects that are continually under way at Serenity Ridge are managed and implemented by these volunteers, who are vital to the success of the organization.

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Retreats

We offer retreats in the Bön tradition throughout the year. See our events calendar above to learn more about specific retreats. 

Daytime Visit

You are welcome to visit us Monday through Friday. Please call several days beforehand to ensure that we do not have an event taking place and that one of our staff can meet your and show you around. To schedule your visit email us or call 276-698-8366.

Service Retreats

Serenity Ridge holds several service retreats throughout the year. Participate in group service projects and practice, and earn credit toward a future retreat. All service retreats are listed in our schedule of events.

Individual Service 

Stay at Serenity Ridge for a week or longer. Use your unique skills and talents to serve the greater community and earn credit toward future retreats. Email us or call 276-698-8366.

Residency Program

Residents live, work and practice at Serenity Ridge for 30–90 days. Deepen your practice while also providing 15–25 hours of service work per week.

Serenity Ridge News

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New Bön Stupa at Serenity Ridge First in US

New Bön Stupa at Serenity Ridge First in US

Stupas, or chorten in the Tibetan language, are an important part of Bön and Himalayan culture. Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, headquarters of Ligmincha International, now has its own stupa—the first Bön stupa in the United States and Ligmincha’s fifth stupa worldwide.

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Become Part of Sangha of Volunteers

Become Part of Sangha of Volunteers

New volunteers are always needed and most welcome at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, headquarters of Ligmincha International, and to serve the larger organization. We depend on the assistance of committed volunteers to help in running many of our day-to-day operations and other functions.

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From January 22–30, 2020, Triten Norbutse Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Yungdrung Bön Academy of Higher Studies. Many special events and activities are planned. Among them is a January 27 Thenshug, a mandala offering for the long life of Bön’s most senior teacher and lineage holder, His Eminence Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, as we celebrate his 95th birthday.

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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s 2020 Schedule by Date

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s 2020 Schedule by Date

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s 2020 Schedule by Date is listed below, with location, teaching topic and contact information. Additional dates and information will be added as they become available. Rinpoche’s schedule of online events, including his live Facebook broadcasts, can be found at Rinpoche’s new CyberSangha website and at Ligmincha Learning and GlideWing.

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