Upcoming Retreats

  • Commuting – $300.00
  • Camping – $400.00
  • RV/Camper Van – $400.00
  • Women's Dorm – $475.00
  • Men's Dorm – $475.00
  • Women's Quad – $600.00
  • Men's Quad – $600.00
  • Private Room- Twin Bed – $720.00
  • Private Room- Double bed – $720.00
  • Private Cabin #1 - "Vajrapani" – $830.00
  • Private Cabin #2 - "Chenrezig" – $830.00
  • Private Cabin #3 - "Vajrayogini" – $830.00
  • Private Cabin #4 - "Chakrasamvara" – $830.00
  • Private Cabin #5 - "Tara" – $830.00
  • Private Cabin #6 - "Yamantaka" – $830.00

Foundation Service Seminar (FSS)

Amy Cayton and François Lecointre

September 9 - 14, 2024

Facilitated by Amy Cayton and François Lecointre


The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS) is the “FPMT immersion retreat”. It will provide essential information and nourishment for those already offering service, and for anyone interested in offering service in the FPMT organization.


The FSS retreat explores how to effectively offer our skills and qualities in service. We will investigate the purpose and mission of the FPMT organization, what it means to be an FPMT center, project or service: and how that vision can translate into joyful action for individuals. Interactive, enriching, inspiring and supportive, the FSS addresses all aspects of service – who we serve, why we serve and HOW we serve.


Long-term students and volunteers who have participated in the FSS have felt re-energized by it. The FSS is an opportunity to experience Lama Yeshe’s “family feeling” and to nourish existing and prepare future directors, SPCs, board members, registered teachers, staff and volunteers.


During this seminar you will explore: ways to develop your personal practice in the midst of service; your relationship to resources; communication skills; conflict resolution; teaching according to the level of the student; and methods to prevent burnout.  You will discuss service in terms of Guru devotion, karma, compassion, and emptiness, learning how to draw strength, inspiration, and guidance from these practices. You will learn how to use the Inner Job Description, a tool for developing what Lama Zopa Rinpoche said was the “inner professional” for integrating Dharma into our daily lives.


The FSS includes group discussion & activities, sharing of experiences, and is ‘retreat-like’, including daily meditations and group practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The FSS lays the foundation for any other FPMT service seminar and the FSS certificate is given only to those who participate in every session of the seminar.


We encourage directors, SPCs, board members, registered teachers, introductory class leaders, center managers, and anyone offering service now, or considering offering service, within the FPMT organization to attend this FSS.


For more information on Foundation Service Seminars, visit FPMT Service Seminars.



Registration cost is priced to cover the course expenses, facility fees, all meals, your choice for accommodation, and the FSS materials, from Monday 9th for dinner to Saturday 14th after lunch.





Amy Cayton
Amy has been a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 1996, and a practicing mental health professional since 1987. She has been working with the FPMT Service Seminars as co-creator and developer since 2001.  She has served as FPMT North America Regional Coordinator.  Additionally, Amy rescues and rehabilitates cats as a form of Dharma practice (and because it is fun).
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François Lecointre
François has been studying and practicing Buddhism in FPMT centres since 1994 after meeting the Dharma during the Kopan course. He was the director of Kalachakra Centre in Paris (France) from 1997 to 1999. He then became Spiritual Programme Coordinator in Institut Vajra Yogini in 2001. From 2002 to 2020, he has been directing Institut Vajra Yogini (IVY), managing this busy residential center in southwest France and hosting a CPMT meeting and three one-month retreats with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In June 2020, François joined the International Office as Teacher Services and Communications director. In March 2021, he also took on…
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