RETREAT—2024 Spring Health & Wellness Retreat

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2024 Spring Health & Wellness Retreat

April 10-14, 2024

Rest, Nourish, Realize and Renew: 

Transforming Life and Health through Nature, Movement, Breath, and Meditation

Through stillness, silence and awareness, make genuine contact with the sky of your being. Your recognition of this inner spaciousness is the inner sun that shines. The internal warmth allows the flowering of infinite positive qualities in your life. – Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche


In spring the world is born anew. Warmer days, seedlings, baby animals, birds fly north, and the return of warmer days and clear blue skies. Spring rains nourish a world of endless transformation and growth. 

Connecting to the rhythms and patterns of nature, we come into our own wellbeing. This retreat is an invitation to bring awareness into the patterns of our daily life for reflection, renewal and  transformation. 

Over four days, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and guests will share ancient methods, supported by modern research and scientific findings, to realize our inner source of well being and grow beyond often unconscious self-defined limits to engage with our lives in creative, inspired and fun ways. We will discover ways to release stress, decrease anxiety, rebalance energy, deepen inner peacefulness, and reconnect to ourselves and the world around us. Be empowered to make healthier choices that support your wellness on every level! 

Our days will include:

  • Sunrise meditation (weather permitting)
  • Tibetan Yoga (for all levels of mobility)
  • Meditation instruction appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators 
  • Connecting to the elements of nature through:
    • Forest bathing and nature walks on our 100 acres of forest, 
    • River and stream access 
    • Sky gazing 
    • Evening bonfires  
  • Time for journaling and reflection 
  • Delicious, healthy, plant based meals 
  • Guided relaxation 
  • Ancient Tibetan treatment for better sleep and relaxation
  • Intermittent fasting (optional) 
  • Cold plunges (optional) 
  • Other modalities of self-care (optional, and additional charge) 
  • More opportunities to be announced!

Interpretation into Spanish, Polish, and Russian will be available on Zoom


There will be an option for intermittent fasting, with breakfast and lunch only.

Those who do no want to include an intermittent fast as a part of their retreat experience will have 3 meals/day, with dinner being a light soup and salad. For participants who would like the intermittent fashion option, use the discount code SPRING-FAST


Wednesday, April 10, 2024
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.     Registration/Check-in
6:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.      Dinner
7:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m.      Teachings

Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, 2024
6:45 a.m.–8:00 a.m.     Outdoor (weather permitting) Morning Practice
8:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.     Break
8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.     Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.     Break
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.    Teachings
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.   Break
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   Retrieving the Elemental Essences from Nature
12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.     Break
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.     Lunch
1:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m.     Break
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.     Walking/Being in Nature
3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.     Break
3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.     Meditation
4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.    Break / Sleep Dessert
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.     Presentation by Guest Speakers*
6:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.     Dinner
7:00 p.m.–8:15 p.m.     Break
8:15 p.m.–8:45 p.m.     Hormey – Tibetan Warm Oil Application for Sleep (optional)

Sunday, April 14, 2024
6:45 a.m.–8:00 a.m.     Outdoor  (weather permitting) Morning Practice
8:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.     Break
8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.     Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.     Break
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.    Final Teachings
10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.   Break
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   Q & A with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche & Closing
12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.     Khata Offering
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.      Lunch


Yangdron Kalzang, a Tibetan Doctor, earned a Tibetan Medicine degree from the Tibetan Medical University in Lhasa, Tibet, and her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, Graduate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an Acupuncturist licensed by the state of California and an Acupuncturist and Herbalist certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is also a founding member and current faculty member of the Shang Shung Institute, School of Tibetan Medicine in Conway, Massachusetts. Yangdron Kalzang serves as an educational resource for the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University medical students and faculty and many Buddhist centers in the Bay Area. She regularly lectures and delivers seminars on Tibetan medicine.

Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, PhD, is the founder and director of The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute. He has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1989, and particularly in the Bon tradition since 1991. Alejandro is a senior teacher at The 3 Doors and a Tibetan Yoga and meditation teacher for the Ligmincha Institute. As an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, for the last 20 years Alejandro has taught Tibetan meditation to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers, and researches the effects of Tibetan mind-body practices with cancer patients. He is also a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Dr. Ed O’Malley is an integrative sleep specialist trained at Cornell Univ Grad Sch of Medical Sciences and NYU Sleep Disorders Center in NYC. He ran the Norwalk Hospital (teaching hospital of Yale) for 12 years, training resident physicians in sleep medicine and creating the first Insomnia Center in the region. He also holds Advanced Certification in Bio- and Neurofeedback, and Nature Awareness Training. Dr. O’Malley takes a broad approach to sleep and wellness, moving easily between the technological, spiritual, and natural worlds. Ed guides clients to slow down, becoming mindful of what really matters.

Dr. Mauricio Obon is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology.  He performed research and trained at the Texas Heart Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently the irector of cardiology at Hospital Metropolitano, in San Jose, Costa Rica. Mauricio has a large private practice with an emphasis on primary prevention, longevity, and complex structural and interventional procedures. He currently lives in Costa Rica, where he enjoys surfing, mountain biking and being outdoors.



April 10, 2024 - April 14, 2024 (All Day)(GMT-04:00)


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