Nyingma Institute: Four-Month Retreat 2014

Northern California  

September 2, 2014toDecember 17, 2014

Meditation ClassBerkeley, CA

Tarthang Tulku, founder of the Nyingma Institute, taught the first Human Development Training Program at the Institute in the summer of 1973. This program offered a comprehensive education in how to develop and expand the capacity to know, to be aware through all the senses, and to find new, more positive ways of being in the world.

In 1984 Tarthang Tulku designed the present Four-Month Human Development Training Program, which has been offered by his senior students annually since that time. The program blends meditation, movement, and awareness exercises with discussion in an environment that encourages retreatants to integrate what they learn into daily life.


The structure of the Human Development Training Program provides a vehicle within which individuals make positive and lasting changes in their lives. Retreat groups are small, so there is plenty of opportunity to interact with the instructors individually.

If you are ready to make a deep commitment to change and to deepen spiritual values within daily life, this is the program for you. The benefits of the program include establishing a strong foundation for meditation practice (including visualization and mantra); insight into how the mind and emotions work; and appreciation of how to awaken our full human potential in any situation.

Although the program draws on practices and insights from the ancient wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it deals with the direct, human experience of growth and change and does not require acceptance of any dogma.

Cost for this retreat: $5,200 (nonresidential), $7,600 (residential), which may be paid in monthly installments ($1,300 nonresidential; $1,900 residential.). Note that both residential and nonresidential costs include vegetarian meals.

Primary Instructors: Sylvia Gretchen and the Nyingma Institute Faculty.

Sylvia Gretchen, Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute, has studied and worked with Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku since 1969. She has served as Co-Dean of the Nyingma Institute since 1996 and has also worked extensively with Tibetan sacred art and literature under the direction of Tarthang Tulku.  Sylvia has taught Nyingma Meditation, Buddhist Studies, Nyingma Psychology and Practices, and Tibetan Art and Language at the Nyingma Institute since 1974.

For more information:
Call (510) 809-1000