• Deluxe Queen – $2,408.00
  • Private Queen – $2,184.00
  • Deluxe Double (Shared Room) – $1,904.00
  • Deluxe Double - Shared bath (Shared Room) – $1,848.00
  • Deluxe Quad (Shared Room) – $1,764.00
  • Standard Single – $1,848.00
  • Standard Double (Shared Room) – $1,540.00
  • Standard Triple (Shared Room) – $1,484.00
  • Standard Quad (Shared Room) – $1,484.00
  • Shared Dorm Housing – $1,344.00
  • Camping – $1,288.00
  • Commuter – $1,232.00

Pricing includes Accommodations, Meals and Tuition

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Buddha & the Yogis: the Divine Feminine

With Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Robert AF Thurman

July 16 - 23, 2017

The Buddha and the Yogi/nis retreat series brings together three contemporary Buddhist and yogic masters to serve as guides for participants to actively explore, intellectually and experientially, some of the profound texts and practices from the yogic technologies associated with Tantric Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic Hinduism, in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla, land of the Medicine Buddha.

This year’s retreat explores the interface of Buddhism and yoga with the unique perspective we glean by looking through the eyes of the divine feminine. In both Buddhism and Vedantic yoga traditions, the feminine voice—expressed through numerous goddesses—has a strong presence that provides balance and insight into internal yoga involving the central channel and the transmutation of deep emotions.

In this course we will explore traditional myths, texts, and practices—such as the Devi Mahatyam on the Yogi/nis’ side of things, and some of the Tara and Vajrayogini literatures as well as Unexcelled Yoga Tantra on the Buddha’s side—that represent the perspective of the feminine, giving voice powerfully to the feminine principal itself. We will look at the fantastical stories and unravel their insights as they shed light on traditional philosophical views as well as on contemporary circumstances and culture.

We will practice yoga asana in the Ashtanga yoga tradition daily as well as explore sitting practice, chanting, and pranayama as foundations for embodying the practice more fully in our lives. Each day will include lively explorations and discussions of the merging and differences between Buddhist and yogic teachings and practices, with all classes following the traditional structure for teaching in the Indo-Tibetan traditions:  listening, contemplating, and meditating/practicing, the last of which is the process by which all concepts come to be integrated into personal experience. All lecture-based classes include opportunities for Q&A and dialogue with students, guided meditations, and illuminating investigation of esoteric texts.  

Join us for this totally unique, personally transformative, and very inspiring eventall levels welcome!

You may attend either part or the entire event, and you need not have attended previous Buddha & Yogis retreats to appreciate and learn a lot from this one.

If you wish to come for the weekend, please register via this link.

Please email [email protected] for reading materials Richard and Robert will draw from during the retreat discussions.


Sunday July 16th

3 – 8pm Check-In
4:15pm Early Arrival Asanas
6 – 7pm Dinner
7:30pm Welcome & Opening Discussion (All Faculty)

Monday July 17th – Saturday July 22th

5:00 – 7:00am Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice
6:30 – 7:15am Beginner Yoga (Taylor)
7:15 – 9:15am Internal Form Yoga (Freeman)
9:30 – 10:30am Breakfast
10:45am – 12:00pm Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation (Freeman)
12:00 – 4:00pm Free time (Spa, pool, hiking trails)
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
4:00 – 5:45pm Afternoon Class (Thurman)
6:00 – 7:15pm Dinner
7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Discussion (Freeman & Thurman)

Sunday July 23rd

5:00 – 7:00am Mysore-style Open Yoga Practice
6:30 – 7:15am Beginner Yoga (Taylor)
7:15 – 9:00am Internal Form Yoga (Freeman)
9:15 – 10:15am Breakfast
10:30am – 12:30pm Closing Discussion (All Faculty)
12:30 – 1:00pm Lunch & Check-Out

Note: Schedule is subject to change at anytime


Richard Freeman
A student of yoga since 1968 and is one of America’s foremost teachers of yoga. He has studied various traditions in Asia which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois. Richard is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit. Richard’s metaphorical, often humorous, teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches workshops and trainings throughout the world, and remains an avid student fascinated by the linking points between different traditions and cultures. He is the co-founder, with Mary, of the Yoga…
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Mary Taylor
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 while earning a degree in psychology. In the early 80’s, she moved to Boulder, CO and started studying yoga intensively with Richard Freeman. Until then, yoga had provided a means of relieving stress and honing a sense of focus and wellbeing. Then in 1988, Mary traveled to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and began to see the overlay of yoga with her interests in food, cooking, movement, anatomy and art. Mary has authored three cookbooks and co-authored a book which explores yoga, meditation and finding one’s personal dharma as a…
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Robert AF Thurman
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of…
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