Facility Rentals

Our facilities, including a meditation hall, accommodations, and blessed land are available for rental to spiritual groups of all traditions.

 

Vajrapani Institute is a sacred, 70-acre retreat center located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in the stillness of the California redwoods. While secluded in a peaceful forest, it is also conveniently located to the nearby major cities and airports of San Francisco and San José.

 

We love to host all kinds of groups from a wide variety of spiritual traditions. Buddhist and non-Buddhist groups alike are welcome to enjoy the blessings of Vajrapani Institute.

 

“As we drove into Vajrapani, I felt like I was embraced by God. There could be no better welcome.”

– Student from Center for Spiritual Enlightenment

 

Vajrapani Institute is one of the first Buddhist centers to be founded in the US. Many highly regarded teachers have stayed here and blessed the land, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

 

Unlike some of the larger retreat centers, we host one group at a time. This means that your group will have the center to yourselves and feel like the space belongs to you.

 

“Vajrapani Institute is my all-time favorite retreat center!”

– Adyashanti

Benefits

  • Direct feedback and authoritative answers to questions as they arise
  • Sharing of experiences and ideas through discussion
  • Extra stamina and momentum from a shared group dynamic
  • Increased confidence in your own ability and skill in the practice
  • Meeting like-minded individuals for companionship on your spiritual journey

 

While our center’s history and practices are rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, we welcome contemplative groups of various traditions to share our facilities.

What type and size of group can you accommodate?

Vajrapani is best suited for groups of up to 42-50 people or 75 people in the dry season. The wet season generally runs from November to April.
Minimum group size: 21 participants

 

Please speak with our Facility Rental Manager if your group is close to meeting these requirements.

 

Length of stay:
Groups must stay a minimum of 3 nights. There is no maximum.

Is my group suited for the center?

The stillness of our forest has a special quality best experienced from a tranquil frame of mind. Therefore, groups with a subdued and contemplative tone are best suited to our center.

 

Please ask if you aren’t sure whether your group would fit into this atmosphere.

 

“Truly, we are always so grateful to you for so generously sharing your sacred space with us. It is sacred to us, too.”

– Misha (Zen Teacher)

What are the facilities like?

Potala Lodge
Capacity: 39-43 people
Main Women Dormitory with 14 beds
Main Men Dormitory with 12 beds

Two Semi-Private Dorms with 4 beds each
Four Private Rooms with a double bed each
One Private Room with a single bed
Cabins
We have seven private cabins situated on a beautiful ridge above the Potala Lodge. There is a shared private indoor bathhouse as well as outdoor showers with a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains. The private cabins have single beds and can be set up for double occupancy with the addition of a cot bed.

Capacity: 7 to 14 people
Teachers House
The Teacher’s House is a beautiful two-bedroom house with its own secluded garden. It has a living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Capacity: 1 to 2 people
Camping
We have 36 camp sites around the land. Size of sites vary and can accommodate a 2-4 person tent.

Capacity: 36-50 people
Outdoor Showers
The Outdoor Shower Building, situated on the private retreat cabin ridge have spectacular views of the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains. A student from Montana once said: “These showers alone are worth flying in from Montana for”.
Meeting Hall
We have a beautiful Meeting Hall that’s been blessed by 30 years of spiritual practice. The Meeting Hall has a capacity of up to 115 people. Meditation cushions, chairs and teaching thrones are provided. A sound system is available upon request.
Dining
Vajrapani Institute is renowned for the deliciousness of its vegetarian cooking. Rental includes three meals per day. Our indoor/outdoor eating area capacity is 115 people. The indoor dining area sits up to 45 people.
Library
Vajrapani Institute has a Dharma Library with many out of print books and a sitting area available to all.
Stupas
Stupas are symbolic of the unlimited mind of all enlightened beings. Shakyamuni Buddha taught that performing spiritual practices at a stupa would have the same effect as making offerings to the Buddha himself. There are a number of stupas on the land. The main one is situated within close proximity to the main building. The others are up on Lama’s Ridge where the private cabins are located.
Sitting Areas
The land is beautiful to explore. Whilst walking around, there are many places where one can sit, contemplate, and enjoy the view. The stillness of the forest and surrounding mountains has a special quality which generates an expansive spaciousness of mind.
Hiking
Vajrapani Institute offers a number of beautiful hiking opportunities. The Peace Trail circumambulates the land and its holy objects. Another trail meanders into Castle Rock State Park for stunning views of the Monterey Bay.

What are your prices?

2019 Rates

 

Rates inclusive of accommodation, three meals per full day, general facility use (meditation hall, use of lands and trails, main building use):

 

Group Size: 21 minimum
Length of Stay: 3 night minimum

Standard RatesPer Person
Per Night
Commuter includes meals$65
Camping$75
Dormitory$105
Semi-Private Dormitory (4 People)$112
Private Room (Single Occupancy)$160
Private Room (Double Occupancy)$130
Retreat Cabin (Single Occupancy)$180
Retreat Cabin (Double Occupancy)$140
Most Secret (Single Occupancy)$208
Most Secret (Double Occupancy)$166
Teacher’s House (Single Occupancy)$235
Teacher’s House (Double Occupancy)$206

Rates inclusive of accommodation, three meals per day.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

All deposits are non-refundable.

Your group may cancel your reservation at any time, minus deposit fees.

We would appreciate advanced notice for any cancellation so we can offer your dates to another group.

How do I make a reservation?

Contact our Center Manager to begin your reservation process:

 

Cynthia Koontz

manager@vajrapani.org

800-531-4001 x2

 

Our calendar tends to book up a year ahead of time. The more notice you can give us, the more likely we’ll be able to provide you with the dates you want.

 

We will ask you to enter into a contract for your reservation, including liability protection, a payment agreement, etc. We will be happy to go over this contract with you when you are ready to book your reservation.

 

Your dates will be guaranteed from the time you sign and return this contract to us with your first deposit.

 

We require two non-refundable deposits, each calculated at 25% of the estimated final total cost.The first deposit is due with your signed contract. The second deposit is due 6 weeks prior to your reserved dates. All deposits are non-refundable.

Upcoming Retreats

Making Peace: Reconciliation and Loving Kindness

Bob Stahl and Jan Landry

November 15 - 17, 2019
This will be a weekend intensive training on cultivating mindfulness and compassion based approaches into our lives. This is a hands-on “learning from the inside” experience. As we grow and develop as human beings, we may recognize the importance of relinquishing opinions, grudges, judgments, and resentments through honest mindful reconciliation. This is the path of the heart that leads to deeper wisdom, compassion, and peace. This workshop is eligible for 12 hours of Continuing Education credits.

A Practical Guide to True Happiness: Fall Lam Rim Retreat 2019

Elaine Jackson

December 6 - 15, 2019
Have you been curious about Buddhist practice, but don't know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings, but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied? This class will be based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and will include lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. This class will also teach you the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, and give you the tools you need both to begin a daily meditation practice and to deal with problems and difficulties once you have started to meditate.

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