The Bliss-Void-Indivisible Time Machine: 2021 Vajra Yoga Advanced Intensive

September 06 - September 16, 2021

Robert A.F. Thurman

Michele Loew

Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa | Catskills Forest, New York or Zoomed to you anywhere!In this ten-day intensive, we will explore the coordination of Unexcelled Yoga Tantra's Creation and Perfection Stages, Dzogchen, and Mahamudra Yogas, as all the many doors to the heart of the Buddha, sealed within and so accessible through all his exoteric teachings as well, in the interconnected context of individual self-transformation and planetary transformation.Elucidated within the context of the Three Vehicles, this advanced training by Robert Thurman on the Kālachakra Tantra will be given to students who have received the Kālachakra empowerment (or an approved equivalent of another Anuttara yoga) and who have either completed the Vajra Yoga 300 hr course or are currently enrolled in the 300 hr course (or an approved equivalent). Mornings from dawn to noon will be devoted to Hatha and Chakra Yogas, and afternoons and early evenings to Raja Yogas of the mind, Mantra Yogas, and Vajra Yogas of the subtle and super subtle body-minds.All applicants are recommended to receive the online Kālachakra Initiation from the eminent Lama, Khentrul Rinpoche, given online from Australia this July 23-25 via khentrulrinpoche.com. This can be received as a practitioner to empower one's Kālachakra yoga practice or could be received more lightly as a powerful blessing by one who is not yet certain about which advanced path of practice may be best for them. In either case the study and learning can be beneficially applied to all tantric spiritual practices.The Bliss-Void Time Machine Intensive can also be accessed online without making the journey to Menla's magic valley. The zoom recordings will be made available for use by practitioners in other time zones.Tuition: $750 (for either online or in-person course) To book this course use this link to register. In-Person accommodations at Menla priced and sold separately. Register ASAP as space is limited and rooms sell out quickly!Tuition includes an online platform that will include all course materials, live-streaming links, replays and study guides.


  • Daily teachings with Tenzin Bob on the Buddha’s teachings of tantra & Kalachakra found in all 3 vehicles.
  • Daily Pranayama & Asana, Yoga Nidra, & sleep yogas with Michele Loew, focusing on Kalachakra Drop Yoga, Tibetan Trulkhor, Nejang, and Hatha Yoga equivalents.
  • Daily practice sessions of meditation, visualization, mantra, creation, and perfection stage practices.
  • Video recordings of the course for on-demand play for up to 1 year on Teachable.
  • Sangha ongoing weekly practice group for 40 days after the course.
  • Pre- & post-course reading syllabus & practice guide. Early sign-ups will receive comprehensive preparatory summer study and practice guide for full orientation, to ensure gain of greatest benefit from the actual retreat.

 SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (After opening evening welcome.)

  • 6 - 7:30am:  Self-practice—Mysore or Tibetan retreat styles—yoga, meditation, inner mantra murmuring count
  • 7:45 - 8:45am:  Breakfast*
  • 9 - 12pm:  Morning Yoga Instruction Sessions
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm:  Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3pm:  Free Time, Self Study
  • 3 - 6pm:  Afternoon Sessions
  • 6:15 - 7:15pm:  Dinner
  • 7:30 - 8:30pm:  Evening Q & A, self-practice, mantra, dream yoga prep, or Menla clearlight yoga nidra

(*Some meals optionally silent)


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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