2018 Jewel Heart Winter Retreat – GANDEN LHA GYEMA MANTRA RETREAT
NOTE: A Vajrayogini Mantra Retreat will concurrently be held in another area of the center.

Onsite Only
Jewel Heart
1129 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

The 2018 Jewel Heart Winter Mantra Retreat will begin on Friday, February 23, close on Sunday, March 4, and be held onsite at the Jewel Heart Center in Ann Arbor. This time frame will not complete a 100,000 mantra retreat.

Ganden Lha Gyema Dates and Times

Friday, February 23 – Check In is 3:30 – 5:30pm
Friday, February 23 – Start time 6pm
Through Sunday, March 4, mid afternoon

Ganden Lha Gyema/Migtsema Retreat

Ganden Lha Gyema is the backbone of one’s dharma practice, especially in Vajrayana, where guru devotion is indispensable. This retreat is open to all, including those who have been studying Lam Rim and would like to prepare for entering vajrayana.

Demo Rinpoche will speak to both retreat groups at the beginning and at the end of the retreat.

There are different options for participation, including completing a 100,000 Migtsema mantra retreat, which would extend beyond March 4th.

Please contact Hartmut Sagolla at programs@jewelheart.org to learn more.

Quiet zones near the retreat rooms will be established for the mealtimes in support of those who may choose continue on their chair/cushion during meal periods.

To support newcomers to sitting in a Ganden Lha Gyema retreat, Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25 includes opening and closing as a group. People wishing to keep a different schedule are welcome to do so.

The Ganden Lha Gyema program will include guided meditation and presentation sessions on the practice. Details to come.

Please review the materials, transcript, instructions, schedule, and personal arrangements in the boxes below. Please make contact regarding lodging and carpooling as soon as possible. Options are limited.

We can offer limited Sangha Lodging. Please contact Peter Arnesen as soon as possible to either request sangha lodging or offer sangha lodging. Write pjarnesen@comcast.net.


We recommend making early reservations. Ann Arbor and local universities have well attended programs that keep hotels well booked.EXTENDED STAY DELUXE DETROIT – ANN ARBOR
3265 Boardwalk Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 997 7623

1501 Briarwood Circle Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 332 1980

3764 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48108

1923 Geddes
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734 662 9355
Call early to confirm rates and availability.

Link to other Ann Arbor area hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts: http://annarbor.travelhero.com/index.cfm/country/US/state/MI/city/ANN_ARBOR/aid/225/index.html


We are happy to help retreat participants connect with each other for carpooling during the week.
For carpooling arrangements, please contact Bob Rickman at rr.rickman@verizon.net or 412 973 4355 and/or Birgit Roller at birgit.roller@gmail.com or 248 459 2959.HANDICAP PARKING
If you need handicap parking, please let us know as soon as possible.

We do not offer airport transportation for arrival to or departure from Ann Arbor.


Breakfast recommended at home .
Lunch and Dinner time periods will be shared by both retreat groups.
Silence/quiet time is requested during meals and throughout the day at the center near the retreat/meditation rooms, as some people may choose to remain/return to their seats while others are off their seats.

We suggest brown bag lunches and dinners. Refrigerator space will be available. Please mark your items with your name and date. Items will need to rotate regularly due to limited space.

Please only use closeable beverage containers.
Please keep the space around you clean and take care to not step over other’s cushion or dharma materials.
Please participate in volunteer cleaning – Your help keeping the center clean and stocked is helpful service as a bodhisattva activity and in maintaining the mandala for everyone during the retreat.

Mala, Counters, materials and personal needs for your retreat – Including tables, prayer books, etcetera

Contact ujjenjewelheart@gmail.com to reserve/order tables and backjacks to use during the retreat.


SCHEDULE *Friday, February 23
3:30 – 5:30pm – Check In
6pm – Ganden Lha Gyema Mantra Retreat Opening

Saturday, February 24 – Saturday, March 3
9:30am – Session (Group opens Ganden Lha Gyema practice together on Saturday/Sunday, February 24/25)
12 – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Session
5 – 6:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – Session
8 – 8:30pm – (Group closes Ganden Lha Gyema practice together on Saturday/Sunday, February 24/25)

Monday, February 26 – Saturday, March 3
9:30am – Session
12 – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Session
5 – 6:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Session and Closing

Sunday, March 4 – Details Later
9:30am – 10:30am – Group Opens Ganden Lha Gyema
3pm – Closing Details to come

The overall schedule is flexible to allow individually extending or shortening one’s sessions as desired.

Lunch and Dinner periods are the same for both Ganden Lha Gyema and Vajrayogini retreats to help minimize sound disturbances for participants.