About Us

Location & Setting

Nestled in the forested foothills near the mountains surrounding Prescott with spectacular panoramic views of the red cliffs of Sedona, the San Francisco peaks, and Chino Valley, Arizona the Garchen Institute Retreat Center offers a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Garchen Institute facilities are available for individual or group retreats, workshops, classes, weddings, memorial and award ceremonies.

The Garchen Institute retreat center is surrounded by 95 private acres of natural wilderness bordering on the Prescott National Forest.

All our buildings are wheel-chair accessible. All buildings are heated and evaporatively cooled. The Garchen Institute produces its own electricity from solar-panels with generator back-up, and provides water from its own well.


The Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley Arizona has been constructed through the extraordinary generosity of several principal donors.

Now built and available for the benefit of all sentient beings, these wonderful facilities require that the institute pay mortgage, insurance, utility, transportation, and ongoing maintenance costs.

In addition, our communications including telephone, this website, newsletters and notices help sangha members and dharma centers worldwide in organizing and publicizing Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings, as well as insuring sangha members can communicate with Garchen Rinpoche wherever he may be.