2019 Event Schedule




Led by Venerable Khenpo Tenzin,

Joyanna Maria Ananda and Paula Macali

October 25th – 29th 

 To really cultivate the heart, one needs to tame the mind!

Through breath and movement, focus and concentration, we will share cultivations and practices to support the body and mind to fully embody the Dharma. This powerful combination of qigong, yoga and meditation instruction and practice is being offered for the first time due to popular demand. 

Welcoming beginners as well as seasoned yogis, to learn tools to bring your meditation practice into a more embodied , grounded, heartfelt state.

Our qualified and gifted guides will enrich, instruct and inspire your experience in this transformative five day retreat.

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin has trained in monasteries in Tibet and India, earning a Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy. He is the resident lama at the Garchen Buddhis Institute and is well known and loved for his clear, in depth teachings, skilled meditation instruction, loving kindness, humility, insight and humor. Venerable Khenpo has practiced yoga in his monastery training and teaches in English.

Joyanna Maria Ananda has woven Qigong and Yoga as fundamental practices into her life.  As a student, practitioner and guide for most of her adult life, she has been blessed to have studied with Master Teachers in China, Tibet and India, deepening her experience and understanding.   Inspired in the natural blend of these eastern sciences, her classes are unique and spontaneous, joyfully creative and alive.

Paula Macali has spent her adult life immersed in the study, practice, and teaching of yoga.  She studied extensively with  Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar in Ashtanga Yoga and Viniyoga passed down and transmitted from Krishamacharya. She is a practicing  Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Zero Balancer and Cranial Sacral Therapist.  She is beloved for her loving kindness and healing touch.



Package Pricing:
Entire Retreat: $385

Includes full tuition, 3 vegetarian meals per day, 4 nights indoor camping.

Full Day Package: $77 per day.

Includes tuition, 3 vegetarian meals, 1 night indoor camping.

     Half Day: $30 per half day
Includes tuition, and one vegetarian meal.
A La Cart Pricing:
Full Day Tuition: $40
Half Day Tuition: $20
Breakfast: $6
Lunch: $10

Dinner: $9

 Email: questions@garchen.net

Phone:  928-925-1237

Retreat Program:

Common Preliminaries and Ngondro Retreats

So many students have the aspiration to put into practice the extraordinary teachings that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has tirelessly given over the last 20 years in the West.
Garchen Institute is pleased to continue our new Preliminary Practice Retreat Program that will help students fulfill their aspirations.  We will be using the expanded retreat facilities for retreats of varying lengths, which encompass the scope of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and, in particular, those of the Drikung Kagyu tradition as taught by H. E. Garchen Rinpoche.
We will begin by offering preliminary practice retreats in the spring of 2019. These provide structure and support and are the method for developing the foundation of practice. The full program of preliminary practice retreats are designed to build on each other.  If you are interested in attending the next Three Year Retreat at the Garchen Institute, some of the program’s pre-requisites can be met by the offerings below.
Please look for more information in the new year.
Group Ngondro Practices 2019
There are so many benefits to doing group retreat with a qualified guide and fellow practitioners.  Practicing together helps each participant gain extra stamina and momentum from a shared group dynamic and develop the necessary skills to deeper their practice.  This is an excellent opportunity to engage in and, depending on your situation, even complete your Ngondro practices! 
You may engage in any one retreat,  or  attend all four! This program gives you the flexibility to accomplish your Ngondro as your life and schedule allow.

The retreats and dates:

I. Refuge and Prostration:  April 19 – May 29, 2019
II. Mandala Offerings:  June 4 – July 4, 2019
III. Vajrasattva:  July 15 – August 30, 2019
IV. Guru Yoga:  Sept 2 – Oct 14, 2019

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide participants with instruction and commentary on the ngondro practices which are essential for purifying and accumulating merit. Each participant has their own bedroom, shared bath and will pay for and cook their own food in a shared kitchen.  The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.


$1200 – One Ngondro Retreat
$4000 – All 4 Ngondro Retreats

Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind & Shamatha 2019
* Month-long Retreat or
* 100-Day Retreat

This retreat is designed to help develop renunciation and bodhicitta, which require a deeply contemplative look at your life. Shamata is a meditation practice that develops mindfulness and attention which leads to more peace in the mind.  These qualities are the foundation of a successful meditation practice which leads to greater happiness.

Venerable Khenpo Tenzin will guide each participant in their solitary retreat and will give group teachings and meditation instruction.  Retreatants will pay for and cook their own food in one of the two kitchens in the retreat village. The Institute will do the food shopping for each retreatant.

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind Retreat is offered in two formats:

100 Days Retreat Format
This 3-month-long retreat is recommended for our 3-Year Retreat Program.
Dates:  August 1 – November 8 2019
Cost:   $1800

One-Month Format
September 1 – September 29, 2019
Cost- $800

TESTIMONIAL from participant in the first ngondro retreat at Tashi Gatsal Ling House“Being in the Southwest Buddhafield’s protective sphere, in the joyful compound of Tashi Gatsal Ling house, was like having a wish fulfilling jewel placed in the palm. Having my own personal space and yet being surrounded by a community doing the same practices, was the perfect mix of a solitary and group retreat. Khenpo Tenzin was immensely kind, supportive and sensitive to the needs of our particular group. It is hard to imagine a more conducive circumstance for performing the profound and transformative preliminary trainings of the practice lineage. In these uncertain times, when the shortcomings of modern life is in the forefront of everyone’s awareness, let us arouse confidence in the dharma, and take advantage of the inconceivable opportunity to practice in retreat for our own and others benefit!”

If you are interested in attending any of these retreats please email for an application to questions@garchen.net


Teachings & Empowerment

By H. E. Garchen Rinpoche
and Garchen Institute Lamas
November 16 – 24, 2019

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful manifestation of Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification, and Vajrakilaya practice focuses on removing intense inner and outer obstacles. In today’s difficult times, anxieties about our personal life and world conditions can create disturbing thought-forms. With billions of people consumed by the same concerns, our shared thoughts create an interwoven web of great turmoil around the world. This can give rise to afflictive emotions, creating inner obstacles to spiritual practice and happiness, which, in turn, manifest as outer obstacles in life.

Vajrakilaya practice is especially helpful and suitable during this time and is a perfect way to prepare for the New Year. Sincere participation in this practice is said to generate merit and potential realization. Dedicating the practice to all sentient beings extends this benefit and enhances world peace and prosperity.

Registration Opens October 17,

1:00pm Arizona Time 

Register Online.
A link will appear here and on our home page.

Tuition: $35/day
All Meals: $25/day
Breakfast: $6
Lunch: $10
Dinner: $9
Accommodations costs will vary by type

For more info contact the Office:
Email: questions@garchen.net
Phone:  928-925-1237



Led By Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rincpoche
November 26 – December 22, 2019

This precious month-long retreat is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your connection with the deity following the Vajrakilaya drubchen, and to deepen the blessings of the drubchen.

Led by the profound Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche, this month-long retreat will be held in the Retreat Village, in the traditional style of four daily sessions. Participants will do solitary practice in their individual space, and group practice in the Village Temple. Those whoparticipate in this retreat will be required to stay in the mandala of the retreat boundaries that are established by Venerable Drupon Rinchen Dorje. 

Retreatants will do their own cooking in the two fully equipped kitchens and pay for their own groceries. Food shopping services will be provided by the Garchen Institute staff.

There are so many benefits to doing group retreat with a qualified guide and fellow practitioners.  Practicing together helps each participant gain extra stamina and momentum from a shared group dynamic and develop the necessary skills to deeper their practice.  While also practicing alone in one’s room, discipline and diligence are developed – both essentials qualities on the path.

Tuition: $1000.

By application only. Please send inquires to questions@gachen.net 

Policy for Attending Events and Retreats

The facilities of the Garchen Buddhist Institute are available only to persons who are accepted as students participating in a specific event or program relating to Buddhist studies or specific retreat.

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