• Saturday Commuter – $150.00
  • Sunday Commuter – $108.00
  • Commuter (Full Weekend Fri - Sun) – $280.00
  • Single Room – $650.00
  • Shared Double Room – $600.00
  • Shared Dorm – $550.00
  • Private Yurt – $500.00
  • Shared Yurt – $450.00
  • Tent Platform – $400.00
  • Monastic - Shared Dorm Room – $0.00
  • Monastic - Commuter – $0.00

Date & Time Details: August 23 - 25

Location: In-Person Only

Address: 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA, USA

Contact: Isabella Wesner
[email protected]

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Medicine Buddha Festival Retreat

With Geshe Thubten Sherab

August 23 - 25, 2024

About the Retreat

Discover the profound intersection of ancient wisdom and modern healing practices at our transformative Medicine Buddha Festival weekend retreat! 

Join us for a journey into the realms of body, mind, and spirit as we explore the power of healing guided by revered experts and practitioners from multiple traditions and lineages. We are so fortunate to have Geshe Thubten Sherab joining us to share his wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. 

We will be raising the 24 foot tall Medicine Buddha Thangka and 8 Great Bodhisattva Thangkas as part of our weekend retreat. Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive all the healing and blessings this retreat weekend has to offer,  from ancient healing practices to experiencing our sacred land of holy objects at the Land of Medicine Buddha.

This retreat is open to all participants, no prior knowledge to Tibetan Buddhism is required to join this retreat. 

 

Ways to engage:

You can join this retreat as an overnight guest, commuter for the entire weekend, or as a commuter on just Saturday or just Sunday. This retreat will be in-person only. 

 

Retreat Schedule

Friday, August 23

  • 4:00pm – 5:45pm Check in (overnight guests only)
  • 5:45pm – 6:00pm Welcome talk in Dining room (overnight guests only)
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner (overnight guests only)
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm What is Healing – talk with Geshe Sherab

Saturday, August 24

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast (overnight guests only)
  • 9:00am – 10:00am: Extensive offerings Practice with Geshe Sherab at the Wish Fulfilling Temple
  • 10:30am – 11:30am: Raising of the 24 ft Medicine Buddha thangka & 8 great Bodhisattva thangkas at the Wish Fulfilling Temple
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: Medicine Buddha Puja with Geshe Sherab at the Wish Fulfilling Temple
  • 12:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch at the Wish Fulfilling Temple
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Tai Chi Chih with Venerable Katy Cole
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm: Engaging in Skillful Speech Workshop – Gompa
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm Sound Healing in Gompa

Sunday, August 25

  • 8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00am: Guided healing meditation with Geshe Sherab
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: Mind over body talk – with Geshe Sherab
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch (End of Retreat)

** Please note schedule is subject to change **

Lodging and Meals

​​During the retreat, we provide various lodging options to accommodate different preferences. We have a variety of lodging available to make your stay comfortable. 

We will do our best to cater for additional requirements outside of this, please contact Rommy at [email protected] to communicate your specific requirements, as much notice as possible is greatly appreciated.

Room Options

Single: Ideal for those who need privacy, each room has an ensuite bathroom. Please note Single rooms are limited and book out quickly.

Double: Ideal for those who like to have a bit more privacy, but have the convenience of being close to everything at the main campus. Each double room has an ensuite bathroom. You would be sharing this room with one other person. 

Shared: If you prefer a more communal setting, we have shared dormitories available. These dormitories provide a cost-effective option for participants who enjoy the camaraderie and interaction with fellow retreat attendees. Each dorm has an ensuite bathroom.

Yurt Village: Experience the charm of traditional yurts, offering a unique and cozy atmosphere. These circular dwellings provide a comfortable and peaceful environment for rest and relaxation. There are two bathrooms available to use at the Yurt Village – these bathrooms are shared with the other retreatants staying in the Yurt Village.

Please note the Yurt Village is a Walk-In and Walk-Out site. Your belongings will be shuttled out to the site at check-in and picked up again at check-out. You will only be able to walk to and from the Yurt Village to the Gompa and Dining Room each day. Please note that it’s approximately a 20-minute walk to the Yurt Village from the Lower Campus.

Tent Platforms: For those who enjoy a closer connection with nature, we offer tent platforms where you can set up your own tent. Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings. Please note we have two Platforms at the Wishfulfilling Temple and 1 platform in the Yurt Village.

Additional Nights

You are most welcome to add extra nights to your stay 2 days before and after the retreat starts. A 10% discount is offered on our standard room rate. Please note that only a continental breakfast is included in that price. You will need to arrange your own lunch and dinner before or after the retreat starts. 

Commuters

Please note lunch and dinner are included in your program costs. Breakfast is not included. 

How to Get Here

 

Access to LMB is via a small, winding road (Prescott Road) which we share with numerous neighbors. As you are driving to our property please turn on your headlights, go slowly, and be prepared to pull over to the side when you meet oncoming traffic.

 

Closest Airports:

 

The nearest airports to LMB are San Francisco (~1.5 hours away) and San Jose (~1 hour away). To reach LMB from either of these airports you can use a rideshare app (Uber, Lyft etc), or a shuttle service (Early Bird Airport Shuttle Service). Expect to pay $100 – $150 from San Francisco, or $60 – 80 from San Jose using a rideshare app. LMB is unable to offer assistance in helping you get to or from the center. Please make your own arrangements.

 

Cancellation Policy

Overnight Guests:

If you cancel more than 2 weeks in advance a full refund will be offered. If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the retreat starting a 50% refund will be offered. If you cancel up to 1 week prior to the retreat starting no refund will be offered.

Commuters

If you cancel 1 week prior to the retreat starting a 50% refund will be offered.

Leader

Geshe Thubten Sherab
Geshe Thubten Sherab, a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa since childhood, brought this direct lineage of teachings to New Mexico in 2001. Geshe Sherab held the position of headmaster of the Mount Everest School at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, and was appointed to serve as acting abbot of…
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