California Vegetarian Cuisine, Buddhist Thinking & Energy Through Qi Gong
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Program No. 7726RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Embrace your healthfulness at a retreat center in California’s redwood forest, immersed in three expert-led courses that explore wise eating, peace of mind and newfound energy. The Land of Medicine Buddha is your base to taste and learn to prepare delicious vegetarian cuisine, through lectures and demos. You’ll also take a plunge into the pools of ancient wisdom, according to Buddhist teachings. Finally, learn how to build energy and flexibility through the practice of Qi Gong. Be assured: When you return home, you will feel like a new person.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short walking distances between accommodation, meeting rooms and dining room. Hilly terrain, uneven ground in places, some stairs or a steep hill & ramps to the dining room and meeting room.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn to make healthy vegetarian cuisine, through lectures and demos, that is low in fat and sugar yet high in flavor, including creamy soups, salad dressings, entrees and delicious desserts.
  • Through Buddhist lectures, discussion and guided meditations, learn how to move your mind to deep peace.
  • Activate and harmonize the “chi” — life energy — that flows through your body with gentle physical movements, mindful breathing and increased awareness.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Venerable Drimay
Venerable Losang Drimay leads regular meditations, retreats, classes, including Road Scholar programs, at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, Calif. A California native, Ven. Losang has been studying and practicing with centers in the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) since 1984, receiving hundreds of hours of classroom instruction from the many qualified lamas and senior teachers that frequent the Dharma centers. Following her ordination as a Buddhist nun in 1991, Ven. Losang spent a year in India, studying Dharamsala. Upon her return to the U.S., she began working at the Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, and later lived at Land of Calm Abiding, an isolated retreat center, carrying out some of the meditation assignments given to her by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She also served as a resident teacher at the Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center in Campbell. Ven. Losang holds a B.A. in Asian studies and has traveled extensively in Asia.
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