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Demo Rinpoche – 2020 Jewel Heart Summer Retreat

During the 2020 Joyful Summer Retreat, Demo Rinpoche will base his teachings on Mind Training like the Rays of the Sun by Je Tsongkhapa’s close disciple Namka Palzang. This text combines the advice of Geshe Chekawa’s Seven Point Mind Training with the points of the Lam Rim (Stages of the Path to Enlightenment).

With a focus on how to awaken the altruistic mind of enlightenment, these teachings also include guidance on how to positively transform adversity into our path, and offers methods to reveal and develop a clear understanding of the true nature of reality.

This retreat is open to all levels of interest and experience.


Jewel Heart International
Onsite and Online
1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

General Retreat Schedule:

Monday, July 13 - Saturday, July 18
Check in 10:00am - 12:00pm, July 13
Retreat begins at 1:00pm, July 13
Retreat will close mid-afternoon, July 18


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$475/Jewel Heart Members, $550/Non-Members


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Monday, July 13

10am - 12pm Final Retreat Check-In
1pm - 3pm Session
3 - 3:30pm Break
3:30 - 5pm Session
5 - 5:30pm Break
5:30 - 6:30 Informal Full Group Discussion
No Scheduled Evening Programs


Tuesday - Friday, July 14 - 17

8:30 - 9:30am Guided White Tara Meditation
9:30 - 10am Break
10am - 12pm Session
12 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:30pm Session
3:30 - 4pm Break
4 - 5pm Small Group Discussions
5 - 7pm Dinner
7 - 9pm Teachings or sangha social programs


Saturday, July 18

8:30 - 9:30am Guided White Tara Meditation
9:30 - 10am Break
10am - 12pm Session
12 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:30pm Closing session
After Closing All hands on deck to clear/clean/set up space for weekly Sunday talk and programs



We recommend making early reservations. Ann Arbor and local universities have well attended programs that keep hotels well booked. This link offers a wide selection of lodging selections:

There are about a dozen hotels within 5 minutes of Jewel Heart by car.
Jewel Heart address: 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

The closest walking distance hotel is:


3850 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108


To request or offer Sangha Lodging, please write Limited options available.


We do not offer airport transportation for arrival to or departure from Ann Arbor. We are happy to help retreat participants connect with each other for carpooling during the week.

For carpooling arrangements, please contact Bob Rickman at or 412 973 4355 and/or Birgit Roller at or 248 459 2959.


If you need handicap parking, please let us know as soon as possible.



Table and Backjack Rentals
To reserve a folding table or a backjack, contact
Fee: $10 each - Limited number available.
Daily Store Discounts during the retreat.


Please only use closeable beverage containers in the Main Assembly Hall.

A table for dharma materials will be provided.

Please sign up to participate in volunteer cleaning – Your help keeping the center clean and stocked is helpful service for everyone during the retreat.

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