• COMMUTER – $719.00
  • CAMPING IN OWN TENT – $791.00
  • CAMPING IN OWN VAN – $791.00
  • WOMEN'S DORM – $1,061.00
  • MEN'S DORM – $1,061.00

Date & Time Details: April 20-26, 2018

Location: Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA

Address: Mount Madonna Center, Watsonville, CA


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Dance of the Two Truths

With Tsoknyi Rinpoche

April 20 - 26, 2018

This Dzogchen retreat will explore how the dance of the two truths (absolute and relative) permeates all the paths and practices of dharma. Understanding their relationship and interplay at various levels of the path provides us a golden key that unlocks confusion and infuses our practices with wisdom and compassion.

Registration for this retreat has now closed.

This is an open retreat and no prerequisites are necessary for attending. Rinpoche does require that all students attend all teaching sessions. No partial attendance is allowed.

This is a silent retreat.

Translator: Adam Kane

Mount Madonna is located in the Santa Cruz mountains midway between Watsonville and Gilroy, atop Mount Madonna with a spectacular view of all Monterey Bay. It includes 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests.

Please be very careful in choosing your accommodations! Cottages and camping sites require a 10-minute moderately difficult walk to reach the Conference Center where the teachings will be held. All rooms on the second floor of the Conference Center must be accessed by stairs. Choices in accommodations are final two weeks before the retreat begins. On site changes in your housing assignment generally cannot be accommodated.

Due to a very limited number of single rooms and rooms with private baths, we are reserving these rooms for those with medical conditions that require a private room or a private bath. If you have a medical condition requiring special accommodations, please e-mail the Registrar with your request and your reason for needing a private room or a private bath.

To see the Mount Madonna campus, go to this link:

Important Information About the Retreat On April 20th on-site check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Conference Center. Dinner is 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Orientation is at 7:05 p.m. with the first teaching beginning at 7:45 p.m.

The last day of the retreat is April 26th. Room checkout time is at 9:30 a.m. with final departure by 1:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included on this last day. The last teaching is on April 25th in the evening.

Pricing:  The cost of the program includes three meals and tuition for day commuters; three meals, tuition and lodging or camping for those staying overnight. Most rooms are shared with access to nearby shared (but private while in use) bathrooms and showers.

Meals:  Mount Madonna provides vegetarian meals, with non-dairy and non-gluten alternatives. They strive to meet other special dietary needs, such as need for high protein or need to avoid certain things that spark allergies, but cannot guarantee to meet all special needs. If you have other dietary concerns, please contact the Registrar ( The meal plan begins with April 20th (dinner only) and ends April 26th, (breakfast and lunch). Mount Madonna does not allow any food to be brought on campus.

Camping: Mount Madonna has developed campsites for personal tents with good drainage and access to showers and privies. There are sites for vehicle camping, as well.

Scholarship Information:  The scholarship application period for this retreat is now closed. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Transportation Information: Mount Madonna is approximately 2 hours driving time south of San Francisco, in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast. For detailed directions and for information about airport shuttles, please go to this link:

For all questions concerning registration or attending this retreat, please contact Susan,


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