Workshops and Retreats

About to Start Two-Month Retreat


In a few days I will be starting a two-month Shamatha/Vipashyana/Dzogchen retreat with Alan Wallace in Phuket, Thailand.   My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you whose generosity made this opportunity possible for me.

Some of what I am able to grasp will undoubtedly make it into the new series of workshops and retreats I will be leading on my return, which is nearly fully scheduled between Nov 21, 2014 and June 21, 2015 in Los Angeles; South Lake Tahoe; Rochester Hills, MI; Gloucester, MA; Vancouver, BC; Durham, NC; Portland, OR; and Singapore. Check the Workshops and Retreats section on for details.

You can also download or listen to selected audio from past workshops and retreats at  the Audio Archive section.

And you, too, can participate in the two-month Phuket retreat by listening to podcasts of Alan Wallace’s daily teachings at the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies website.

Thanks again for your support and I’ll see you on the other side.




By Douglas Veenhof

Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, a first place winner in the Society of Professional Journalists’ "Excellence in Journalism Competition" and the author of White Lama: The Life of Tantric Yogi Theos Bernard, Tibet’s Lost Emissary to the New World (Harmony Books, 2011). He has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than twenty years and graduated with honors from the seven-year program of advanced Buddhist studies at Diamond Mountain, the academy in the Arizona desert founded by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. He writes and blogs on Yoga philosophy, Buddhist meditation practice, the philosophy of mind, and cultural analysis, and has been interviewed on both radio and television (ABC, New Haven, CT). He teaches workshops and modules for Yoga teacher trainings in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is currently at work on a memoir.

3 replies on “About to Start Two-Month Retreat”

Dear Doug,

Thank you for wonderful teachings, I’m so glad I went, I had considered not going because of my sadness.

Having left rather quickly , the goodbyes were particularly difficult for me, I realized I had not said good by, and thanked you.

I will see you in Jan at the second teaching , I will go away for 3 weeks to heal my wounds .

With love and gratitude

Phyllis Ryan

Sent from my iPad


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