October 14 – 28,2023
This will be an annual retreat to deepen the yidam practice of Vajrayogini. Vajrayogini is one of the main yidam deietes of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and is espeically important in the practices of the Six Yogas of Naropa. New students to this retreat must have an interview with the Drupon before being accepted for the retreat and there is a preparatory commitment of either attending the Vajrasattva retreat in January or accumulating 10 000 long Vajrasattva mantras prior to the retreat.
There will be the empowerment, instruction on the sadhana and teachings of special breathing techniques to incorportate into the sadhana. Giorgio will guide group yogic body practices and breath work with discussion. There will be group session of the sadhana and feast offerings together with Drupon Rachel and Giorgio.
Some of the sessions per day one will do alone in one's room to gain confidence in real solitary retreat practice. Private interviews and support will be available throughout the retreat with translation. There is an option for students to continue with a solitary retreat with guidance online for another 2 weeks.
14:30 Breathing and/or relaxation with Q&A
19:30 Achi Practice and Smoke Offering
October 16 – 27,2023:
05:30 Body and Breath Awakening and group Sadhana
10:00 Solitary practice of Sadhana (times for private interviews as needed)
14:30 Breathing and/or relaxation practice with Q&A
16:00 Teachings and Group practice with tsog
19:30 Solitary Practice of Sadhana
Preparing Fire Puja
09:30 Fire Puja
14:00 Fire Puja and Achi Smoke Offering