Meditation Retreats

Future Workshop Dates

January 9, 2021 (Pacific Grove, CA) – Cancelled
January 16, 2021 – Cancelled
May 15, 2021 (Encinitas, CA)
September 18, 2021 (Encinitas, CA)

Future Pre-Madonna Workshop Dates

March 14, 2021 – Cancelled
July 11, 2021
November 15, 2021
March 14, 2022
July 17, 2022

Future Retreat Dates

March 14-18, 2021 – Cancelled
July 11-16, 2021
November 15-19, 2021
March 14-18, 2022
July 17-22, 2022


Tibetan Buddhist Meditation is ideally suited to transforming the stressful states of mind we are currently living through in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through a form of meditation called Samatha or “single-pointed attention,” the meditator achieves vipasyana (insight for “seeing into the nature of all elements of life”). In Sanskrit, Samatha means: “tranquility of mind,” often referred to as “calm abiding.” Samatha has five progressive stages: stable attention, powerful mindfulness, joy, tranquility and equanimity. The practice of calm abiding leads to the insight of Transcendence.

Without formal connection to Buddhist Meditation, through our shared goals we can find Samatha in the deeper, quieter, more contemplative forms of ambient music that the Boys have coupled with meditation and breath work. Within the January Meditations (and the others that will follow throughout 2021) a new quality of energy is offered. During the new year of 2021 the Meditations, Workshops and Retreats will be devoted to an abiding Love that simply IS the Authentic that indwells us all. These gifts to you are inspired tones that reveal authentic Love, which will be the impetus of our theme for 2021: THE CALM ABIDING.

Though we cannot join together for the January Workshops or at Mt Madonna for the March Retreat, we can commune through the January Meditations and Ambient Tones, which are now available. Please contact Gregory directly to order.

“Someday…I, too, want to sit for a week with Gregory. His words have been whispering into my heart for over 22 years. Much gratitude for the YouTube programs and his endless devotion to us, his students, who can download him and take him with us where ever we go! My soul is lighter and joyful when I use the Tibetan Pulsing Meditations. If you cannot get to Retreat, definitely get the Meditations. They are exceptional! Namaste…”
Susan – Placerville, CA

Planning For Your Mt Madonna Retreat

Check In: 4:00 p.m.
Check Out: 1:00 p.m.
Quiet Hours: 9:00 p.m. to breakfast time daily


All meals are vegetarian cuisine. No food may be brought to the Center. If you have special requests, please let Carolyn know in advance.

Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00-6:00 p.m.


Linens will be provided for all guests occupying indoor accommodations, including: sheets, blankets, pillows and pillowcases. (except for those in economy housing).


All guests must bring their own towels and wash cloths.

What to Bring

Face mask, hand sanitizer, towels, a flashlight, comfortable walking shoes and an alarm clock. You may wish to bring a swimsuit as swimming and a hot tub are available.

Note: All personal care products must be fragrance free. No perfumes, scented lotions, soaps, oils or gels, scented hair products, candles, etc.


There are no housekeeping services provided. Guests are responsible for maintaining their own living quarters while on property.


Yoga classes are available to all guests, free of charge. Classes meet in the Redwood Meditation Room of the Community Building. Class schedule is posted in the lobby of the Community Building.


There are many nature trails for guests who are interested in hiking.