Hindu prince Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, once said, "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." Heed his call, and experience the beauty of being, with this week's Escape to Ratna Ling Retreat Center—a worlds-away-from-the-chaos mecca of relaxation just 2.5 hours from San Francisco.
Let a sense of sublime calm wash over you as you step onto the 120-acre property, nestled in lush redwood groves. You'll get a two-night personal retreat for two, Mondays through Thursdays, in a Deluxe Cottage ($320), which is appointed with hardwood floors, spacious dining and living areas with a fireplace and cozy hardwood furniture, a large deck, and more.
Slip into your heavenly Jacuzzi bathtub, or make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and curl up in your breakfast nook to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.
Operating in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this spiritual center for healing and discovery offers access to a complete library of Buddhist studies. Start your day with a Sunrise Gentle Yoga Flow class, a blend of fluid postures, stretches, and short periods of sitting meditation and breath work, which is included in the package.
Savor three gourmet vegetarian meals each day in the light, airy dining hall, which opens onto a terrace, and soak up the sounds of a babbling brook to accompany this time of mindful eating, quiet contemplation, and nourishment of the body and soul.
Ratna Ling is situated on the ridgeline of Salt Point State Park, offering easy access to more than 20 miles of hiking trails. This meditation-friendly park boasts panoramic views of kelp-strewn coves from sheer rock cliffs, plus the pleasant sounds of pounding surf and whispering prairies.
Back at Ratna Ling, use your $75 credit toward a Mellow Methods class for two. It's a hands-on workshop in which you'll learn simple massage techniques designed to release tension with minimal effort, as well as relaxation skills to incorporate into your daily routine.
At dusk, cozy up next to the fire in the living room of your Cottage and bask in the serenity of finding inner peace—one beautiful breath at a time.
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Ratna Ling Retreat Center
Two-Night Personal Retreat for Two in a Deluxe Cottage, Three Meals Daily per Guest, One Sunrise Gentle Yoga Flow Class, and a $75 Credit Toward Mellow Methods Massage Class
- from $329