Caring Retreat 2019

TSK Retreat 2019

Odiyan Retreat Center is pleased to present
the very first three- day Caring Retreat.
July 12 – 14, 2019


Based on the 2018 book “Caring” by Tarthang Tulku, this retreat is your opportunity to explore self-care as the starting point for a healthy, joyful life. Although the content of the book “Caring” is the foundation of the retreat, the focus of this three day intensive is awareness of our heart’s messages, rather than our cognitive understanding only. This experiential approach provides a unique way to more fully explore the theme of caring for both ourselves and our world. Retreat exercises and practices are designed to increase our awareness of the ways we are causing harm to ourselves by not caring about ourselves; skills and practices we can learn are explored for living a more caring life.


Date and Time

Begins Friday July 12 at 10:00am (registration and lunch)
Concludes Sunday July 14, 2019 at 4pm

Held at beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center, accommodations are secluded cottages, each with two bedrooms, bath, living area, microwave, coffee/tea service, and outdoor deck with views of the wooded and meadowed hills, redwoods, birds, and animals. Open to everyone. There are no pre-requisites for attending.

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  • Three days (2 nights) accommodations
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Unlimited tea/coffee/ filtered drinking water
  • The full program of teachings with 9 sessions of study and practice spread over the three days, plus evening sessions of Caring Mindfulness Relaxation.

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  • $385 per person. (Full payment by July 10) Cottages can accommodate up to 4 persons in two bedrooms with queen beds. Single persons will be assigned a cottage-mate, each in a separate bedroom.

*One scholarship of up to $385 may be available depending on the need and the number of registrations. Please email

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Save $35 by enrolling by June 30. Discounted cost is $350


Proceeds from the Caring Retreat support of the community of Odiyan Retreat Center.

Register now for this new and exclusive retreat! Don’t miss this opportunity for a memorable, shared exploration deep into the heart of Caring!

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The Caring Retreat is led by Odiyan teaching faculty Barbara Belew, Helena Gold, and Kara Matheson.
Barbara is a Clinical Psychologist, program coordinator and co-editor of the Caring book, and co-developer of the Caring Program curriculum. Helena is a 35-year student of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, a Nyingma Buddhist Psychology practitioner and teacher; and co-developer of the Caring Program curriculum. Kara is a 17-year student of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. She is the sacred art project manager at Odiyan’s Karma Factory Foundry where she develops and oversees the production of cast bronze sculptures.

Barbara Belew, Program Coordinator.
Barbara Belew, Caring Program Coordinator.


NEWS! Stay tuned for a continuation of Tarthang Rinpoche’s ‘Caring ‘ book teachings with online classes direct from the Caring Program faculty at Odiyan Retreat Center. Don’t miss this chance for deeper levels of engagement! Email for more details on the Caring online class programs.