NOTE: A Ganden Lha Gyema/Migtsema Mantra Retreat will concurrently be held in another area of the center.

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

Dates and Times
Friday, February 23 – Check In 3:30 – 5:30pm
Friday, February 23, 6pm sharp
Through Sunday, March 4, mid afternoon

Vajrayogini Practice Mantra Retreat with a Fire Puja

Opening the retreat at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor requires all be present for the start of the Preliminaries on Friday, February 23 at 6pm. The retreat will close after the fire puja, sadhana closing and tsoh on Sunday, March 4, mid afternoon.

This mantra retreat is open for those who have already received Naropa Vajrayogini highest yoga tantra initiation and related teachings by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche or another qualified master.

The actual retreat will begin at the Ann Arbor center and will end with a fire puja. Participants are permitted to accumulate mantras in advance of arriving in Ann Arbor. Details provided with registration.

Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche’s 2015 Vajrayogini Teaching Videos
We are happy to announce that videos of Rimpoche’s teachings from the 2015 Winter Retreat have been posted to the Vajrayogini Winter Retreat registrants’ webpage for the duration of the retreat.

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

All retreat participants will open the onsite Ann Arbor retreat together at 6pm sharp on Friday, February 23rd. If you have a conflict with the start time, contact Programs right away at programs@jewelheart.org.

To confirm eligibility, contact Programs at programs@jewelheart.org.

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
1501 Briarwood Circle Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734 332 1980MOTEL 6 ANN ARBOR
3764 S State St
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.
Vajrayana implements/materials and personal needs for your retreat – including tables, prayer books, bell/dorje, etc.Please contact Hartmut at Hartmutjewelheart@gmail.com regarding fire puja participation.

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 sharp – Mandatory attendance of Preliminaries followed by first sadhana/mantra session
Mantras in this session are not included in the 100,000 countSaturday, February 24 Saturday, March 3
9:30am – Session (Group Opens Vajrayogini Long Sadhana 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 Vajrayogini Long SadhanaMonday, 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 (Group Closes Vajrayogini Long Sadhana together on Saturday/Sunday, February 24/25)Sunday, March 4 – the following schedule is contingent on Fire Puja timing9:30am – 10:30am – Sadhana
10:30 – 11am – Break /Snack
11am – 12:30pm – Fire Puja
1:30pm – Sadhana Closing and Tsoh* GENERAL RETREAT SCHEDULE POINTS
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.

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 Vajrayogini 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.