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. 

Calm Abiding and Insight Meditation Retreat at Buckhorn Springs
Friday, Oct 27 – Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Check in begins at 4:30pm, Friday, October 27th.  The retreat ends after lunch at approximately 1pm on Monday, October 30th.

The source of all our happiness and suffering is the state of our own mind. Calm Abiding Meditation provides training to quiet our inner agitation and experience a state of tranquility. With this basis, one can practice methods to develop special insight into the very nature of thought and mind. Recognizing the spacious, empty nature of mind leads, ultimately, to freedom from our habitual bewildered state. 

Tuition: $360 for meals, and lodging, double occupancy. Limited single occupancy rooms available for $465. Retreat cost does not include dana for the teachings. Work exchange and scholarships may be available.

Registration and payment deadline is 1pm, Wednesday, October 18th.

register online here>>>

(Online registration is preferable. Downloadable registration form below.)

Retreat Guidelines >>>
Retreat Registration Form >>>
Work Exchange/Scholarship Form >>>

For any questions regarding this retreat and registration, please contact the Retreats Registrar at

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

Buckhorn Springs

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 >>>

Wayfarer Resort

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 >>>