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Mukti Retreat Accommodations

When your retreat attendance is confirmed, you will need to request your housing accommodations. Housing information and an application will be provided with retreat attendance confirmation.

  • All participants are required to have housing at the retreat site—there is no “commuter” option.
  • Housing fees are payable by check, due upon receipt of your housing confirmation.

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom and Culture

Vajrapani QuanYin

Vajrapani Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center located in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Boulder Creek, California, USA. The Institute is set in 70 acres of spectacular redwood forest; it is an ideal setting for retreat, serenity, and quietude.

Accommodations: The rooms at Vajrapani were upgraded in 2006. They are comfortable and range from single and shared dormitory accommodations, to more secluded private cabins. All baths are shared. Van camping is available, but tent camping is not an option during the rainy season (November–March).

Meals: The cost for meals includes three vegetarian meals per day, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day. Please note that Vajrapani does not cater to special needs diets.

Seating: Seating for meditation and satsang will be on prearranged seating provided by Vajrapani. Feel free to bring your own cushions or back supports. Do not bring your own chairs.

Daily Tasks: Vajrapani Institute asks retreat participants to follow its tradition of karma yoga, which is an offering of work practice that helps to support the retreat environment. The tasks require up to 30 minutes of time each day and generally involve housekeeping duties like dishwashing, vegetable chopping, sweeping, looking after the tea area, and so forth. Your daily task will be assigned upon check-in at the retreat.

Special Needs: Vajrapani is located in a rustic mountain setting and does not cater to special physical or dietary needs. The private cabins and their showers are located up a very steep hill accessible by foot. Due to the rustic nature of the retreat site, participants with disabilities or special needs are asked to join Mukti at her other retreats.

Vajrapani Retreat Housing Options

Total Cost = Event Fee ($595) + Housing Fee ($455–$1085 per person).

All rooms have shared baths. Housing costs and availability are not guaranteed.

  • Own Tent or Van: $455
  • Dormitory: $630
  • Quadruple: $700
  • Single Room (without Bath): $945
  • Private Cabins: $1085 (Very limited availability)

How to Register for Housing

  1. After you pay your event fee online, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to your housing application.
  2. Print and complete the application and mail it to Open Gate Sangha.
  3. Do not send payment with your application.
  4. Your housing assignment and fee will be confirmed by mail within two weeks of receiving your application.
  5. After your housing is confirmed, you will need to send a check with the full balance due. Payment is due upon receipt of your housing confirmation.

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