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Retreats are an important component to our practice. Stepping away from the world allows us to gather our strength and let go of old patterns. When we go on a retreat together, the power is amplified by all those who attend, allowing us to reach deeper into Light.

Together, we take mystical adventures to places of power where we meditate and learn the secrets mother earth has to share. Sometimes these power trips are for only Dharma Center members, who will receive invitations via email. The retreats posted on this site are available to non-members who have their intentions set on spiritual evolution and enlightenment. To learn more, please contact the retreat leader indicated in the description.

We’ll continue to update this page as new opportunities arise, so be sure to check back often!

Begin Again Meditation Intensive

Beginner’s Mind Retreat at Dharma Center

February 22 – 25, 2018

Experience the community of sangha and make spiritual friends while expanding your awareness during this intimate retreat. This 4-day meditation intensive is limited to 14 participants and will be held at Dharma Center in beautiful San Diego. Both beginners and experienced meditators with a beginners mind are welcome. Learn how to apply the twin practices of meditation and mindfulness to renew your life and Begin Again.

The Begin Again Retreat is also the perfect preparation for our future retreats and adventures to places of power and light.

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Schedule of Events


1:30pm – Registration

2:00pm – 4:00pm Meditation, Mindfulness and Laughter with Turīya

The retreat begins with an introduction to the twin practices of meditation and mindfulness. Practice meditation sessions and tools for bringing mindfulness into your everyday life will be shared, along with the importance of laughter on the spiritual path. We’ll cover how to meditate, what is mindfulness, and the benefits these practices can have on your life.

4:15pm – 5:30pm Medicine Buddha Self-Healing Guided Meditation with Varada

You’ll be guided through a powerful self-healing meditation to release obstructions at all levels of your being. This robust practice was developed by Varada based on her study of Tibetan Medicine Buddha and Rama Lineage practices.

5:30pm – 7:00pm – DINNER BREAK (on your own)

7:00pm – 8:30pm Expanding Consciousness with Sound and Meditation with Teresa

Learn about selecting music for meditation, and how sound affects our consciousness. Teresa will be your guide through a sound journey designed to uplift and expand your mind.


10am to 12:30pm – Uniting Body & Mind with Martial Arts, Yoga, and Meditation with Hathor

During this workshop with Aikido brown belt and Hatha Yoga teacher Hathor, we’ll explore how Martial Arts and Yoga can enrich your meditation practice. We’ll discover how to develop a beneficial relationship between the mind and the body that cultivates harmony, Present Moment awareness, and a settled centeredness to effectively deal with situations that invoke a stress or fear response. No prior experience of martial arts or yoga is necessary.

12:30pm – 2:00pm – LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

2:00pm – 3:15pm – Listening to Heart Wisdom with Turīya

This workshop will cover the underlying cause of stress and how to find balance in our fast paced world.  During this session, we’ll learn about becoming friends with your mind and treating yourself with gentleness and compassion. As with all the workshops, we will also continue our meditation practice.

(20 minute break)

3:35pm to 5:00pm – Managing Your Energy & Places of Power with Turīya

The successful integration of new levels of awareness requires power. We’ll explore the ways we can be drained and how to slow and finally stop unnecessary energy loss. The subtle body and the impact the unseen world has on us will be discussed, as well as ways to care for and strengthen the non-physical aspects our of being.  We’ll also learn about places of power, their effects upon us, and how to appropriately access the power found in nature to benefit our spiritual growth.

5:15pm to 5:45pm – Sunset Meditation on the Beach

After the day’s workshops, we’ll head downstairs to the beach for a sunset meditation and practice connecting with this place of power.



10am to 12:30pm – Applying the Practice to Real Life with Turīya

For our final private retreat class, we’ll look at bringing all that we’ve learned during the week and cover strategies for incorporating the practice into your daily world and relationships.

12:30pm to 1:00pm – Short break to set up for lunch on the patio.

1:00pm to 4:00pm –   Private one-on-one meetings with Turīya to explore any remaining questions or obstacles so you are prepared to continue the practice on your own. (Approximately 10 minutes per person)

12:30pm to 4:00pm – Lunch will be provided and we’ll have a celebration on the patio with time to socialize and enjoy the view.



11:00am to 12:05pm – Medicine Buddha Healing Meditation with Varada 

To help you remember this powerful technique, you will have a second chance to be guided through the self-healing meditation to release obstructions at all levels of your being. This robust practice was developed by Varada based on her study of the Tibetan Medicine Buddha and Rama Lineage practices.


Registration Information to Begin Again Retreat

Ready to Begin Again? Here’s all the registration details:

Regular Tuition: $1008

To Register, please use the PayPal button below (Tuition $1008) to pay with your credit card:
(No PayPal account needed.)

Please note: We are unable to offer refunds. If you make a purchase in error, please contact us right away.

You can also register via email and a PayPal invoice will be sent to you, or let us know if you want to pay by check or cash. If you have a PayPal account, you can also pay using this link – enter the tuition amount and be sure to note “Begin Again Retreat” in the message section. We’ll use the email on your PayPal account to contact you.

We have also set up an Angel Fund for those who cannot afford the full tuition. We welcome contributions of any amount, either by check or use and write “Angel Fund” in the memo field.

If you need assistance paying for the tuition and would like to apply for a scholarship, please email us. No sincere seeker is ever turned away due to a lack of funds.


There are several excellent hotels in Ocean Beach, including the Ocean Beach Hotel across the street from Dharma Center. For more options, please visit our Lodging page.



Fees for overnight trips often include lodging at either a retreat house or condo complex. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and food. Although some of the retreats are far off, please be mindful of the rsvp deadline, and respond early. To get a great rate at a retreat house or condo complex, we must pay in advance, and spots for the trips often are filled months in advance.

It is recommended participants attend at least one meditation at Dharma Center or with a member of the

Rama Mandala Lineage before attending an overnight retreat. All participants must certify they are in good mental and physical health, and will be required to sign a Liability Release before the retreat.

Become a Dharma Center Member to be invited on our unadvertised adventures!

Coming Soon:

Tuscon, AZ

Giant Sequoia National Forest

Santa Cruz

New York


Joshua Tree & the Integratron with Turīya & Teresa
October 12 – 15, 2017


Dissolve with us beneath the stars surrounded by magical Joshua Trees! We’ll rent a luxurious retreat house where we can gather together

Thursday for an evening meditation. On Friday we’ll enjoy the surrounding area and prepare for an evening in Joshua Tree Park. Saturday we’ll explore the power of sound at the intriguing

Integratron. Teresa will take us to the Big Rock and airstrip where the Integratron was first dreamed into being. Then we’ll visit this unusual structure

for a “sound bath” where we’ll experience the sound waves of their specially designed music. We’ll end the evening with a sunset desert meditation. Sunday morning we’ll sit together again

before heading back to the world.

Please RSVP by 9/2/2017 to Turīya at:
Space in the Retreat House is limited to 12 people; first come, first serve. PLEASE RSVP NOW to save your spot.

Once the retreat house

is filled, attendees will need to secure their own lodging. Please contact us for details about the closest hotel.

Retreat Fee without lodging: $200  / $400 for non-


Retreat Fees are non-refundable


members will also receive a one-year membership
Explore all of our Membership Options to fit your budget

Summer 2017

Solstice Mountain Walk with Turīya
June 24, 2017
10am – meet in La Mesa

San Diego is home to a wonderful variety of environments to explore. Join us for a day trip to our

local mountains. The terrain will be rocky, so be sure to wear study hiking shoes. Parking at the trail head is limited;  we’ll carpool from La Mesa and take a voyage together into the beauty

and power of rocks and trees. We’ll meditate out in a nature. Please pack a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.

Please RSVP by 6/21/2017 to Turīya at:

Retreat Fees are non-refundable

*non-members will also receive a one-year membership
Explore all of our Membership Options to fit your budget

Peace in the Present – Free Meditation Event
The Lodge at Tiburon (Spinnaker Room)
Friday, May 19 at


UPDATE: This event has been moved from the skydeck to the Spinnaker Room

The Lodge at Tiburon has graciously offered their beautiful

space so

we can offer a free public one-hour meditation class! Please RSVP to so we can give the hotel a headcount for the

one-hour meditation event. You are welcome to attend without an rsvp.

A few of us also plan to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant after the class; we would love to see you

there! (Our reservation is for 7:45pm on the outside patio.) To keep things simple, please make your own reservation with the Tiburon Tavern and ask them to seat your party on the patio.

At the end of the meditation, there will be a special option to sign up

for the weekend retreat. (see below for details.)

San Francisco Mount Diablo with Isis
May 19 – 22, 2017

We’ll stay at a lovely resort hotel in Marin, so please RSVP as

soon as possible as this is a popular time of year in that area. If you would like to share a room, please indicate that in your email so we can try to match you up.

Our retreat

will begin with a public meditation on Friday evening at 6pm, followed by dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. The weekend adventure to the Bay Area will include a day of walking and seated

meditation on the beautiful Mount Diablo and at the pristine Vendanta Society Retreat. On Monday, we’ll stop by the Big Trees at Muir Woods and/or a short hike on Mount Tamalpais before heading

to the airport.

Prior meditation experience is recommended for this transformative retreat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As mountains go, Mount Diablo isn’t particularly tall – only 3,849 feet.

However, it is surrounded by low, rolling hills and broad, flat valleys, so the view from the Summit is remarkable. When conditions are best, you can see almost 200 miles!

The Vedanta

Society Retreat in Marin offers 2000 acres of pristine land upon which to walk, meditate, and enjoy the nature beauty and wonder of this earth.

Please RSVP to Isis at:

Retreat Fees are non-refundable

Participants are responsible for their own transportation; please indicate in your RSVP if you would like me to share your contact

information with others who are securing their own lodging so you can discuss the possibility of carpooling and sharing a hotel.

*non-members will also receive a one-year membership

2016 Fall Equinox Desert Trip!
Borrego Springs with Isis

The retreat house is currently full. We’ll be staying on the north side of Borrego Springs, so I recommend the Palm Canyon Hotel for your lodging. However, there are many other options you can


(Once you RSVP, I can put you in contact with others who are finding their own lodging in case you want to explore sharing a room or house and/or a 4WD vehicle.)

Join our

Members Retreat to the Anza Borrego Desert, to sit under the stars and the full moon. We’ll plan to relax by the pool during the day, and on Friday and Saturday evenings we will drive out in 4WD

vehicles to put some distance between us and the world. Out beneath the stars, we’ll let the Light carry us away into worlds of mystery, magic, and power.

Those of us staying at the

house will arrive on Thursday (9/15) for a relaxation day before the official start of the retreat. If you plan to arrive on Friday, please arrive during the mid-afternoon. This will ensure

enough time for you to unwind before we head out from the house around sunset on Friday night for our first adventure.

There are many roads up the mountain...

There are many roads up the mountain…

Retreat Fees are non-refundable

Non-Member fees include a 1 year Dharma Center


Participants are responsible for their own transportation; please indicate in your RSVP if you would like me to share your contact

information with others who are securing their own lodging so you can discuss the possibility of carpooling and sharing a hotel.

*non-members will also receive a one-year membership

 Presented by Dharma Center and Integrated Meditation


Touching Aloha: A Kauai Retreat with Lakshmi
July 21-25, 2016

RSVP Deadline  March 1, 2015

view from balcony of the condos we'll be renting

view from balcony of the condos we’ll be renting

Max # of Attendees: 9
The Hawaii

Retreat is FULL, however, I will have a waiting list in case of cancellations. Please use the contact information below to learn more.


Lynne/Lakshmi for 4 days of adventures that will introduce you to the beauty and power of Kauai–her land, water and wind.  Experience the island energy as you mediate on sacred land.

Enjoy the pool, beaches and views from oceanfront Condos on the Coconut Coast which provide affordable luxury and old school charm. Open your balcony doors and let the tropical breezes and

ocean waves sooth your soul.

Activities will include hiking beautiful trails; relaxing on a few  beaches, and daily meditations.  Kauai has spectacular beauty and way too much to see in 4

days.  I have been there many times and will take you to the best of Kauai!

Optional activities:
Very affordable:  River Cruise to Fern Grotto(a Must!); Snorkeling from land;

Luxury options: On site massage with holistic practitioner;  Boat Cruise with Snorkeling;  Helicopter Tour; Luau

**Fees do NOT include air or ground transportation, food, or

optional events
{ There are no elevators, and all condos reserved are on the 2nd or 3rd (top) floors.}

**Payment/Cancellation Policy:  RSPV becomes final when payment is

received.  All payments are non-refundable.  If we find someone to take your place the lodging cost will be returned.  Retreat fee is non-refundable.

Retreat offered by Lynne

Miller/Lakshmi                     Dharma Center and Integrated Meditation Studies
RESERVE NOW:  Contact Lynne

Arches of Light and Power with Isis
May 19 – 22, 2016

RSVP Deadline: May 1,


The Retreat House is full; however you are still welcome to join us by booking your own lodging!


If you have a stable meditation practice and are ready for the next jump in personal transformation, join us as we

explore the magical worlds of Arches National Park, spanning across dimensions of Light and purity.

We’ll gather at the retreat house centrally located in the heart of Moab, just 10

minutes from Arches National Park. We’ll meet at the house Thursday afternoon, where those staying at the house will be able to soak in the hot tub, do yoga or Tai Chi in the yard, or walk to

the restaurants and shops in town.

We’ll kick off the retreat with group meditations Thursday evening and Friday morning. Friday during the day will be a time to relax, explore, and let

go of the weight of the world. We’ll meet at the Park for a sunset meditation on Friday night beneath a cathredral-like Arch. On Saturday, we’ll have a lunchtime picnic, short walk and

meditation before taking a break to nap. Late Saturday night, we’ll meet up again for a midnight meditation under the full moon in the silence of the Arches National park. Sunday will be a day

for you to explore this mystical treasure on your own or with friends you met at the Retreat and integrate all that you’ve learned from this special place.

To see more pictures and enjoy

“Reborn,” a poem Isis wrote on her last visit to Arches, visit her blog.

For more info or to RSVP,

contact Isis:


Policy: RSVP becomes final when payment is received. All payments are non-refundable. If we find someone to take your place, the lodging cost will be returned. Retreat fee ($200) is non-


Fees do not include air or ground transportation, lodging, food, or optional events.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation; please indicate

in your RSVP if you would like me to share your contact information with others who are securing their own lodging so you can discuss the possibility of carpooling.

*non-members will also receive a one-year membership

Joshua Tree – 2015

Lake Tahoe – 2015

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