Private Retreats

Private Retreats

Retreat is especially relevant and useful in today’s busy, agitated world. Retreat offers many different benefits, for a wide variety of people. From the curious newcomer to the seasoned spiritual practitioner, our cabins are ideal for meditation retreat or study by offering a quiet, sacred, and secluded environment.


Our retreat cabins are situated on a spacious vista overlooking the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, neighboring Lama Thubten Yeshe’s cremation site. There is a shared but private indoor bathhouse, communal refrigerator, nearby hiking trails and outdoor showers with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.



We can accommodate gluten, dairy, and soy allergies, as well as those on a vegan diet. Please note our breakfast oats a not certified gluten free.

If you have other acute food allergies, please refer to our two meal options below and contact our Main Office at least one week before your arrival to make the necessary arrangements. Planning ahead helps us provide the best service possible.


Option 1: Acute Allergy to All 3 – Wheat/Dairy/Soy. We can find alternatives to accommodate your needs. Beans or lentils are a common replacement, along with dairy alternatives.

Option 2: Other Acute Allergies. We offer a large bowl of steamed brown rice with a large bowl of mixed steamed veggies. No protein will be offered since most in this category will have various allergies to the vegetarian proteins as well.


For more detailed information on private retreat, visit our FAQ section.

Standard Cabins

Rate TypeNumber of NightsPrice Per Night
Rate 13 - 14 Nights$155
Rate 215 - 27 Nights$140
Rate 328+ Nights$95

“Most Secret” – Premium Cabin

We are sorry, but we cannot take reservations for our Premium Meditation Cabin (“Most Secret”) at this time. 


Our precious spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has asked us to help a monk do long retreat, and for the forseeable months we are allowing him to to use “Most Secret”.  We hope you understand and join us in rejoicing in the merit created by this guest.

Staying in a Private Cabin

Meal Delivery

Vajrapani Institute serves delicious food based on a balanced vegetarian diet. Our kitchen lovingly prepares a hot lunch and a soup and salad dinner, which is delivered once daily in an insulated meal bag. For breakfast, you will find an abundant container of wheat-free (contains oats) granola in your cabin. In addition, the nearby communal refrigerator is stocked with staples such as soy, rice milk, wheat bread, gluten free bread, cheese, nut butters, jams, and fruit. Cabins are also stocked with a variety of teas.

About Our Rates

We are a non-profit organization and our prices kept to a minimum to cover our costs while still allowing as many people as possible to join us for retreat.

Monastic Discounts

Please contact us for inquiries on this rate. Our Front Office is open 7 days a week from 11am to 6pm and our staff can be reached at 800-531-4001.

Required Deposit

A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required to reserve your cabin. Partial deposit is refundable under certain conditions. Please see our FAQ page for details.

Accepted Forms of Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover online or over the phone. We also accept personal checks, through the mail or in person, and cash in person. Registration requires a deposit by credit card.


Please note – We CAN NOT guarantee specific cabin preferences. If you require special assistance or accommodations, please call Vajrapani’s Main Office to discuss your needs.


Our Front Office can be reached at 800-531-4001 x 1. Please leave a message and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Vajrapani Institute is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition