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Post Summer Festival Retreat

September 1-4
Weekend Away Retreat in the Los Altos Hills
with Gen Kelsang Chöma, Resident Teacher KMC San Francisco
and Kelsang Chogyop, Resident Teacher, Mahakaruna KMC, Penngrove

Hidden Villa Retreat Center
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

To register for full retreat or day rate, click here

Please contact the Administrator (Cate Fields) by Wednesday, August 30 to let them know if you are doing a partial day and which you meals you plan to attend. Payments can be made at Hidden Villa hostel.  Contact: Admin@MeditateInSanFrancisco.org

We all have a tremendous capacity for happiness and for giving happiness to others.  On this retreat Gen Choma and Kelsang Chogyop will share practical teachings and meditations for daily life that show us how we can make positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness and how we can truly benefit our friends, family and society.

This retreat is based on the essential points of the teachings given during the NKT-IKBU Summer Festival 2017 and is a perfect opportunity to take deep into our hearts the nectar of Venerable Geshe-la’s new book “How to Transform Your Life”. Everybody is welcome to attend this relaxing getaway long retreat weekend.

Everybody welcome.  Day passes also available.


Friday September 1
5:00 – 6:30pm         Arrivals and registration
6:30 – 7:30pm         Dinner
8:00 – 9:00pm           Introduction

Saturday, September 2
7:00am            Heart Jewel prayers (optional)
7:30  – 8:30am           Breakfast
9:00  – 10:15am           Session 1
11:00am – 12:15pm      Session 2
1:00  – 2:00pm           Lunch
4:00  –  5:00pm           Session 3
6:00     –  7:00pm           Dinner
7:30    – 8:45pm           Session 4

Sunday, September 3
7:00am            Heart Jewel prayers (optional)
7:30  –  8:30am           Breakfast
9:00  – 10:15am           Session 5
11:00am – 12:15pm      Session 6
1:00  – 2:00pm           Lunch
4:00  –  5:00pm           Session 7
6:00     –  7:00pm           Dinner
7:30    –  8:45pm           Session 8

Monday, September 4
7:00am            Heart Jewel prayers (optional)
7:30 – 8:30am           Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 am           Session 9
10:00 – 11:30am        Clean up and pack
11:30am – 12:30pm      Brunch
1:00 – 2:15pm           Session 10 Conclusion: What to do now


Day Pass (includes lunch and dinner) / $80

Full Retreat (includes lodging, meals and retreat sessions Friday evening to Monday early afternoon):
Dorm / $340,   Shared Room / $380,    Private Room / $475
Please note that bathrooms and showers are shared.

More info: epc@MeditateInSanFrancisco.org / (415) 503-1187


Gen Kelsang Choma is a senior Kadampa Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher at KMC San Francisco. She has studied and practiced under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang for over 25 years and has taught throughout the United States. People find her teachings clear, warm and encouraging.

Kelsang Chogyop is the main teacher at Mahakaruna Kadampa Buddhist Center. She is a modern Kadampa nun, who has studied extensively and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over twelve years under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Chogyop has taught meditation classes across the country. She is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of the Dharma.

KMC San Francisco is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union