Buddha & the Yogis: The Wheel of Time at the River of Stars

January 22 - January 29, 2020

This year’s Buddha & Yogis retreat in Molokai, Hawaii will intimately explore the super-subtle sciences of Vajrayana found in Mahayana Buddhist Tantras & the Yogic Tantras of Saivism and Vaishnavism.We will explore these subtle mind yogas intellectually and experientially with daily practices of yoga asana, pranayama, mantra & meditation within the tantric mandala, and with teachings on the Unexcelled Yoga Tantra of the Kalachakra “Wheel of Time” on the Buddhist side, & Sankaracharya’s “Yoga Taravali” (River of Stars) on the Yogis’ Side.Within an intention of providing us with the experiential wisdom of knowing the nature of reality, the Kalachakra tantra especially is an art of rebuilding the universe over time out of love and compassion knowing that within this context beings could be provided the tools to evolve and find true happiness.Sharing practices which provide students with the wisdom, technical skills and transformative abilities to reshape the universe and intimately know the awakened experiences of the Buddha & the Yogis, this retreat will be powerful to all.  Join us for this immersion in the magic of the forest, ocean, sky, and the tantric mandala.Pu'u O Hoku Ranch is a family-owned biodynamic and organic ranch and farm, rustic retreat center, and sublime getaway on the remote and tranquil east end of Molokai, Hawaii. “Pu'u O Hoku” is surrounded by more than 14,000 acres of protected land, immersed in the transcendent beauty of one of Hawaii’s most amazing islands.  Don’t miss this opportunity to start the New Year & 2020 in beauty and the bliss of these inspired yoga practices and studies with master teachers in this intimate and natural setting.  Only 11 rooms available, so please book soon!This training is registered as 35 hours of Yoga Alliance CEUsFor more information about Pu'u O Hoku Ranch, click here to visit their website.  Tuition:$1025 - Tuition for All ClassesAccommodations:$2079 - Single Queen Room Private Bath, All Meals, Lodging & Food Tax$1554 - Double Room Private Bath, All Meals, Lodging & Food Tax$1323 - Double Room Shared Bath, All Meals, Lodging & Food TaxRates do not include Menla registration fee of 4.75% Photo by @allie_oop
Sample ScheduleArrival Day
  • 3 - 8pm  Check-in
  • 5 - 6pm  Yoga Early Arrival Asanas
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Opening teaching & meditation welcome & Opening Discussion (All Faculty)
Typical Daily Schedule
  • 6:30 - 7am  Sunrise Meditation
  • 7 - 9am  Pranayama & Yoga Asana
  • 9 - 10am  Breakfast
  • 10:30am - 12:30pm  Philosophy study, mantra, chanting, meditation
  • 12:30 - 4pm  Free time, ocean, hiking, relaxing, touring
  • 4 - 6pm  Lecture & Experiential study with Professor Thurman
  • 6:30 - 7:30  dinner
  • 7:30 -  8:30pm  Yoga Nidra or mantra practice

  • 7 nights lodging, 3 organic meals daily on the Lanai sourced from the farm, classes with Professor Thurman and Michele Loew 
  • Special guided sunrise meditation walk to the very east end of Molokai to watch the sunrise and the whales
  • Guided hike to the amazing Halawa waterfalls
  • Free time in the afternoons to meditate or play on the secluded beaches
  • Travel expenses. Note: if you want to rent a car, secure much in advance, as they are limited on the island (about 30 miles)


Robert A.F. 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. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhis...

Michele Loew

Michele Loew is an international yoga teacher and the founder and director of The Yoga Space in Portland, Oregon.  She is known as a teacher’s teacher and is respected for her 200 Hr. & 500 Hr. Yoga Schools and her ability to combine Western knowledge of the body (anatomy & ph...


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