Things You Should Know

Thinking of joining us for a retreat? Here are a few things that will be helpful to know in advance.








Serenity Ridge is located 25 miles south of Charlottesville in Nelson County, Virginia. View map

Retreat Registration

You may register online for upcoming Serenity Ridge retreats by clicking on your retreat of choice on our homepage and then on Register. Out of respect for the teachings, we ask that you attend the entire retreat (or the entire week in the case of the summer retreat) for which you are registering. Partial attendance is not encouraged, and 'day rates' are not available. Preregistration is required for all retreats. If you have physical disabilities or need any other special accommodations, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call her direct line at 434-218-1290.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given, minus a $75 processing fee, for cancellations received 14 days or more prior to the start of the retreat.

Credit toward a future retreat, minus a $75 processing fee, will be given if cancellations are made 2 to 13 days prior to the start of the retreat. All credit must be used on a future retreat within one year of the cancellation date. Any unused retreat credit will expire after one year.

No credit or refund will be given if cancellation occurs with less than 24 hours’ notice of the start of the event, if the registrant does not show up for the retreat, or if the participant leaves early. 

Serenity Ridge Hours

Our retreat center is open during retreats and other publicized events. During retreats, registrants may arrive no sooner than 4 p.m. the day before the retreat begins in order to check into Garuda House or their tent site; and they are asked to depart at the completion of cleanup on the last day of the retreat. Retreat participants are welcomed to extend their stay, with advance notice.


Retreat cost includes meals. We provide a simple menu with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Please indicate with your registration which type of meals you prefer. Those with other special dietary needs may need to bring supplemental food in case their needs are not met by our menu.

What to Bring

There will be cushions and chairs available in the teaching hall, but be sure to bring what will make you comfortable, along with notebook, pens, and anything else you may need. Serenity Ridge has a swimming pool open seasonally, so bring a bathing suit and a towel if you wish to swim. If you are planning to tent, please bring along your tent and anything else you might need (flashlights, insect repellent, bedding, towels, toiletries, rain gear, etc.). If you are registered for a room in Garuda House, sheets and towels will be provided, but please bring your own towel if you intend to use the pool.


All retreatants are invited to join in caring for our retreat center by participating in a daily caretaking hour during our retreats. Your participation is encouraged and most welcome.


Children may attend retreats with their parent or guardian. At all times during the retreat, children are the responsibility of and must be attended by their parent or guardian. Maintaining silence in the teaching hall during practices and teachings is important for supporting a contemplative, distraction-free environment for practitioners, as well as for ensuring clear audio-recordings of the teachings and practices. Therefore, children are very welcome at practices or teachings as long as they remain quiet, well behaved, and under their parent's close supervision. We ask parents to promptly remove any child from the gompa who is unable to remain silent and seated during teachings and practices.

The responsible parent or guardian needs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to notify the office that they will be bringing a child. Children 15 and under may attend retreats with their parents for a cost of $15/day. Teens 16 to 18 pay 50 percent of the adult fees.


The Ligmincha International Bookstore & Tibet Shop, open twice daily during most retreats and also accessible online at, stocks a comprehensive selection of books and many other supports for your meditation practice.


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