Residential Retreats

Meditation practice is an essential activity for every Buddhist. When we enter into a retreat of any length, we enter a sanctuary, a physical and mental refuge in which we can disengage from the activities that distract us from our goal of liberation. Retreat provides favorable conditions for our inner practice, which directly affects the realization of our limitless potential, and the resultant benefit to beings.

KSC residential retreats are held four times per year — three at Buckhorn Springs (typically in mid-fall, late winter, and late spring), and once per year (typically mid-spring) at Wayfarer Resort. Teaching topics vary, and are announced before registration is opened. Three-day retreats begin on Friday evenings and end after lunch on Monday afternoons. In addition, a seven-day Personal Practice retreat is held once each year in mid-June. This is an opportunity to deepen personal practice with individual guidance by the resident Lamas. All retreats include periods of silence, periods of personal practice and meditation, group meditation and teachings by the resident Lamas.  


When a retreat is open for registration, details, registration forms, and retreat guidelines will be posted on this page. Retreats are also listed on the Events >>> page. 

The experience of retreat builds up our strength and self-confidence in order to face life’s challenges, difficulties and of course, death.
— H.H. 17th Karmapa

Wayfarer Resort

Tranquility and Mindfulness Retreat with Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe 

“Recognition of what is occurring is the key to liberation.” ~ Lama Lodru Rinpoche, Bardo Teachings. 

Mindfulness is the ability to be present and aware of what is occurring inside ourselves and all around us. During this weekend retreat, we explore the four objects of mindfulness (body, feelings, mind and phenomena), and utilize Calm Abiding Meditation as a way to focus and deepen our awareness. In addition, periods of silence will offer the opportunity to carry this awareness into every moment and activity. 

Wayfarer Resort: Fri. April 19 2019 – Sun. April 21 2019 Tuition: $175 



Mail completed registration form, scholarship form and full payment to Pat Ryan, 4100 Hampshire LN, Eugene OR 97404

Registration and payment in full deadline is Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Wayfarer Resort has 13 private, fully-equipped cabins perched on the banks of the emerald green McKenzie River and glacier-fed Marten Creek. Open-beamed ceilings, spacious decks and fireplaces create a special sense of solitude and comfort amidst the Cascade Mountains and surrounding forest land. Each cabin includes a kitchen, as meals are not provided. Retreatants are asked to bring one potluck dish, and plan to share one meal with fellow attendees. To learn more about Wayfarer Resort please visit their website >>>

Buckhorn Springs

Residential Retreat 

Inner Yogas 

Fri. Oct. 25, 6pm, – Mon. Oct. 28, 1 pm 

In the mid-1970s, His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche wrote a concise root text presenting a sequence of physical yogas to support the synchronization of body, speech and mind in meditation practice. These dynamic exercises, and the essential Buddhist teachings upon which they are based, will be presented as a weekend retreat led by Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe, assisted by Dharma Instructor Libba Coker. The yogas can be of benefit to anyone, as they promote a sense of well-being and harmony in one’s daily life. 

Tuition: $376 for meals and lodging (double occupancy) or $481 for single, plus dana offering for the teaching. 

Work exchange ($316) and scholarships may be available. Registration: 

For online registration click here <<<



Listed on the National Register of Historical Places as a district, Buckhorn Springs Retreat Center is a lovely, rustic resort located 20 minutes from downtown Ashland. It has been a healing destination for several centuries, and is located on 130 acres adjoining the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Retreatants stay in the restored historic lodge and cabins, and enjoy family-style vegetarian meals in the lodge dining room. Meals are included in the retreat fee. For more information about Buckhorn Springs, please visit their website >>>