Upcoming Retreats

  • Commuting – $108.00
  • RV/Camper Van – $108.00
  • Women's Dorm – $108.00
  • Men's Dorm – $108.00
  • Women's Quad – $108.00
  • Men's Quad – $108.00
  • Private Room- Twin Bed – $108.00
  • Private Room- Double bed – $108.00
  • Private Cabin #1 - "Vajrapani" – $121.00
  • Private Cabin #2 - "Chenrezig" – $121.00
  • Private Cabin #3 - "Vajrayogini" – $121.00
  • Private Cabin #4 - "Chakrasamvara" – $121.00
  • Private Cabin #5 - "Tara" – $121.00
  • Private Cabin #6 - "Yamantaka" – $121.00

Honoring Lama Zopa Rinpoche – One Year Anniversary of Passing into Parinirvana

Paula Chichester

April 13 - 14, 2024

Join us for a weekend of activities to remember our precious spiritual guru, His Eminence Kyabjé Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  On the one year anniversary of Rinpoche’s passing into parinirvana, we will be celebrate with offering practices, meditations, and story telling, based on ones Rinpoche always recommended and taught.  We will also honor precious Rinpoche with story telling and sing-a-longs in the tradition of Vajrapani Institute, many songs which were created when Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa were around our land.

Registration Closes

April 12, 2024


Tentative Schedule

Additional Information


About Vajrapani Institute

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture was the first Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center in America.  Vajrapani aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities to learn and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha, and connect with other Dharma practitioners.  Located on 70 acres of secluded land within the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains, Vajrapani Institute has been an immersive space for people of all backgrounds to find and deepen their spiritual practices, with the main goal of bridging the gap between the head and heart of practice.


About Retreat Fees (includes accommodation, 3 meals a day, and facility costs)

The collected registration fees include all accommodations, 3 nutritious vegetarian meals a day, and general facility/operating costs.  Retreat registrations help support the center to keep everything operating, allowing us to invite so many precious teachers, and to hold this precious space of 70+ acres of secluded redwood forest to allow guests to have the quiet, contemplative space to continue spiritual growth.

Teacher’s Offerings

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teacher(s) is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute. Please note that we don’t offer a credit card option for teacher’s fees.

Financial Aid/ Scholarships

We want to make retreat available to everyone. With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you if needed. If more assistance is necessary, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.


Paula Chichester
Paula Chichester is known for her friendly, experiential teaching style that evolved from 4 decades of full-time training in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation as well as diverse psycho-somatic healing arts from Asia and the West. Her ability to distill and impart the essence of these disciplines is inspired by her main teachers, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. Paula is dedicated to help create a world culture of health, compassion, wisdom and joy.
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