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

Tonglen II │ Wayfarer Resort, Vida Oregon

4:00 pm Friday, April 20 – 4:00 pm Sunday, April 22

This retreat emphasizes taming the mind by focusing on the ultimate practices of Tonglen. The Taking and Sending practice will be done in ways that strengthen both formal and situational applications, enhancing one’s ability to be in the world in a wise and compassionate way, while holding the genuine view of reality in each moment.

This retreat is recommended for those who have previously attended a KSC Tonglen retreat or a class in The Seven Points of Mind Training. One may also qualify by reading a recommended text prior to this retreat.

Tuition: $160 for lodging (meal not included), plus dana offering for the teachings. Scholarships may be available. Register online at or



Registration and payment in full deadline is Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

Personal Practice Retreat: Buckhorn Springs, Ashland

6:00 p.m., Friday, June 8 – 1:00 pm, Friday, June 15

This week focuses on individual meditation, with Lama Pema and Lama Yeshe aiding participants to design a personal practice schedule for the week.  Private interviews with the lamas help to integrate the meditation experience.  There will be periods of silence, daily dharma talks, and instruction for group meditation.  A special component of this retreat is the development of mindfulness in action, through land stewardship and other work activities. Lamas’ permission required.

Tuition: $735 for meals and lodging ($980 for limited single occupancy), plus dana offering for the teaching.  Work exchange ($635) and scholarships may be available.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 30. Check-in is on Friday June 8 from 4:30 - 6:00PM.

Registration opens mid-April. Registration materials will be available online and in the office. For information,

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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 >>>