Visiting Hours

9:30am–5pm daily

Visitors are always welcome!
To schedule a guided tour, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance.

Event Guide

Everything you need to know about visiting the Institute or attending an event, including maps & directions.


The Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley 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.


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 75 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.

With seating for 200, the temple is a 43 foot square building with natural hardwood floor and optional colorful Tibetan carpets an open spacious design with large windows with spectacular mountain views. Perfect for classes, workshops, meditations, weddings, and ceremonies.

A central kitchen and dining space separates two bedrooms, each with its own private bath and private entrance. Perfect for contemplative time away, practice or writers retreats, or housing during events.

Divided into four double-occupancy rooms with two common bathrooms and a kitchen, the dorm provides housing during events, for individual practice, or for get-away periods.

The dining room, with additional seasonal seating on the covered balcony, provides a beautiful panoramic view. It is supported by a full service kitchen. The spacious 60 x 30 feet dining room can be divided into two sections for multi-purpose use. Ideal for classes, workshops, receptions, group luncheons and dinners.

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