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Hidden Villa Weekend Away Retreat

August 30 – September 2
Weekend Away Retreat in the Los Altos Hills
with Gen Kelsang Menla
Resident Teacher, Kadampa Meditation Center Texas (Dallas)

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

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Through simple yet profoundly transformative meditations we can discover within our heart a deep level of peace and even bliss. This purer form of happiness is restorative and empowering. Through experiencing this pure happiness we can also become a source of happiness for others.

  • Learn meditations on inner clarity at the heart
  • Find a refuge within yourself and learn to carry it into your life

The retreat includes teachings and meditations based on the NKT Summer Festival in England and the book, The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra. Everyone is welcome, new or experienced, to come enjoy teachings and meditations on these core practices of modern Buddhism.

Hidden Villa is an oasis of serenity and beauty in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The retreat provides time for walks (or just resting) throughout the miles and miles of scenic trails in the 1600 acres of an organic farm, open space and woodland. On site, there are rustic accommodations for up to 30 people and many hotels in driving distance. Just 45 minutes south of San Francisco, it may be possible for some people to come just for a day or two. Renowned vegetarian food is provided.

Gen Kelsang Menla will be leading the retreat; he is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Texas, Dallas. With decades of experience in Kadampa Buddhism, he brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to the practice of meditation and Buddha’s teachings.



5:00 – 6:30pm Arrivals and registration
6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30 – 8:30pm Introduction

Saturday & Sunday

7:30  – 8:30am    Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00   Meditation
11-12:15 Retreat Session 1
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
5:00 – 6:15   Retreat Session 2
6:30 – 7:30    Dinner
8:00 – 9:15   Retreat Session 3 (with Q&A/Discussion)

7:30  – 8:30am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00   Meditation
11:00 – 12:30 Talk
12:30 – 2:00pm Pizza and pack up

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