Fri, May 19 - Sun, May 21

Weekend Retreat with Gen Rigpa & Gen Lhadron
Camp Stevens Retreat Center, Julian, CA

Retreat (no onsite accommodations) $135-$245

It seems that as modern people with access to so many gadgets and activities, many do not know how to simply be without doing things. Our culture is hyper-externalized - seeking stimulus, consuming images, staying in motion, accomplishing things... for many this is all they've ever known. Because accomplishing worldly things and staying active gets all the attention in our culture, when we're not traveling, getting promoted, building up our reputation, or going out and doing things, life can seem mundane, or as if it has less value.

During this retreat, Gen Rigpa will share insights, ideas and meditations from within Kadampa Buddhism to help us feel more at peace with simply being, not doing. We will explore and get a taste of practices that help us to relax, and be okay within the peace, the quietness, the natural stillness of our own mind. We will learn the practice of contentment.

Retreat Teachers

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western US National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center LA. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help students discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.


Gen Kelsang Lhadron is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego. Gen Lhadron's sincere teachings are presented with humor and practical examples that make them accessible to everyone. Through her kindness and enthusiasm for meditation practice, she provides an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner for our society. 

Retreat Details


Retreat + Onsite Accommodations: $395 (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Includes the retreat sessions, onsite accommodations for two nights, and five vegetarian family-style meals.


Retreat (no accommodations) - Sat only: $135

Includes the Saturday retreat sessions and lunch.


Retreat (no accommodations) - Full weekend: $245

Includes all the retreat sessions plus dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.



Retreat Venue

Camp Stevens is located in the Cuyamaca Mountains near the mountain town of Julian, approximately 90 minutes northeast of San Diego and three hours southeast of Los Angeles. It is situated on 256 acres of pine-oak woodland, offering scenic overlooks and miles of hiking trails.

The physical address is 1108 Banner Road, Julian, CA 92036.



Onsite Sleeping Accommodations

Shared rooms with bunk beds and single beds that sleep up to 3-4 people. Guests need to bring their own pillow, towel, and either twin sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag.

We have reserved two lodges for this retreat. Rooms will be assigned at check-in.



Retreat Schedule*

Friday, May 19

Session 1 | 4:15pm-5:15pm
Session 2 | 7:30pm-9pm

Saturday, May 20

Guided Meditation | 7:30am-7:50am
Session 3 | 9–10:15am
Session 4 | 10:30am-11:50am
Session 5 | 4-5:15pm
Session 6 | 6:45-8pm

Sunday, May 21

Guided Meditation | 7:30am-7:50am
Session 7 | 9–10:15am
Session 8 | 11am-12pm

All meals are served family-style in the dining hall. Breakfast is served at 8am, lunch at noon, and dinner at 5:30pm.

*Revised on Apr 20.



During the Breaks

All retreat guests are encouraged to maintain silence until lunchtime while inside our two reserved lodges. Additionally, anyone can choose to attend the entire retreat in full silence.

During the retreat breaks, guests can access the fully-stocked coffee/tea bars that are located in the lodges and dining hall.  Within a short walk of the central campus, you’ll find hiking trails, an outdoor chapel, labyrinth, tree house, wood-burning cob oven, chicken coop, orchard, and two gardens. There will be optional group activities scheduled on Saturday, including a campfire and guided hike.