Discovering Natural Ease, Clarity, and Warmth
August 4-6, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available
Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.
What is the essential message of the Buddha and wisdom teachers of the ages? That the very qualities we yearn for and work so hard to develop in ourselves are immediately present as the essence of our being. In other words, the path of awakening doesn’t demand that we change who we are but simply recognize our abiding nature.
In this retreat, Tim Olmsted guides us through the full arc of this journey, from the settling of our minds through meditation, to the fruition of the path as a deep appreciation of our life, the world we live in, and the people meet—even the most difficult ones.
Tim is an internationally renowned meditation teacher and former director of Gampo Abbey, an important Western Buddhist monastery founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Nova Scotia, Canada.
During this guided retreat, you will:
This deeply enriching weekend—open to everyone new and experienced meditators alike—combines meditation instruction and practice with teachings and discussions. It is for anyone seeking to deepen self-understanding and experience meditation and timeless wisdom in order to live heartfully and mindfully.
Former director of Gampo Abbey, Tim Olmsted has been studying Buddhism for more than 35 years. He met his first teacher, the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1977 and, inspired by another master’s visit to the West in 1981, moved to Nepal with his family, where he stayed for 12 years to study Buddhism with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and work as a psychotherapist serving the international community.
When he returned to the United States, Tim founded the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, an active community that follows the teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche another of Tim’s teachers. In 2000, he was asked by Pema Chödrön to direct Gampo Abbey, the largest residential Buddhist monastery in North America. Not long after, he founded two organizations to support and promote the nuns and monks of Mingyur Rinpoche’s monastic communities in Nepal, Tibet, and India: the Yongey Foundation, of which he is currently president, and Tergar International, where he is a lead instructor.
He is also president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation, which supports Gampo Abbey and the monastic tradition in the West. Tim teaches widely throughout the United States.
Relax and still the mind to engage profoundly with the natural essence of your being.
Experience new depth in meditation through discussion and practice with an internationally respected senior teacher.
Learn to feel at ease with all that comes up in life, including the people and circumstances that feel most challenging.
Download a sample schedule.
Those in the helping professions.
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:
Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.
*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
May 26-28, 2017
Loving-kindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. Although frequently denigrated in our…
May 26-28, 2017
Mirabai Bush, Gopi Kallayil
The Internet connects us—and sometimes overwhelms us. Most of us have forgotten that the most important technology is within us—our…
June 4-9, 2017
Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine
Come dwell in the luminous world of the Radiance Sutras, a poetic, sensuous version of an ancient meditation text for…
June 4-9, 2017
Jean Kristeller, Andrea Lieberstein
Growing numbers of people struggle with their weight—and dieting is an outdated approach that does not address the underlying causes…