Appreciating this Life: A Teaching and Meditation Retreat with Don Handrick

Friday - Sunday Feb 1 - 3, 2019

Even though the age we are living in can be quite challenging and the world is increasingly more dangerous, this is still the best of times when we consider the amazing good fortune of possessing this perfect human rebirth. In this retreat, we will explore all the features of this human life that make it so rich with opportunity and the ways in which we can make every single moment most meaningful. Teaching sessions will be alternated with periods of guided meditation to help us integrate this essential and inspiring topic into our minds.

Our venue has changed...

This retreat will now take place at the Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center, 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe, NM 87505. We will, unfortunately, no longer have residential options available but will be happy to assist you with finding suitable local accommodations.


We have separated the cost of accommodation from the retreat fees. This non-residential retreat fee includes 6 vegetarian meals commencing with dinner on Friday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. The caterer will be able to provide food to meet most dietary restrictions required for medical purposes.


We are also now offering the option to virtually attend the retreat through a webinar. We will live-stream the sessions using the Zoom format. Zoom Meetings delivers streamlined enterprise-grade video conferencing for both desktop and mobile devices. If you sign up for online attendance you will receive login information and codes prior to the retreat.

Retreat Registration

Please provide your registration information below which will assist us in planning the event. 

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due with your registration

Any amount  you pay in excess of that will be refundable until January 25th at which time registration will be closed and the remainder of the balance for all participants is due.

The schedule and additional information on the retreat will be distributed within the two weeks before the event.  If you have any questions, please contact us at  or call us at (505) 660-7056.

If you are interested in attending more than one session, but not the entire retreat, please contact us at (505) 660-7056 or email us at for further information. 

There are three steps to the registration process.

  1. Provide your contact information and registration option

  2. Click REGISTER button below 

  3. After you click the Register Button you have the option of using the Donate Button in the box below the Register Button to use PayPay 

- a minimum of $50 required to reserve

Payment can be made through Paypal (use the Donate button below) or by cash, check or credit card at

Thubten Norbu Ling

1807 Second St #35

Santa Fe , NM 87505


Limited partial scholarships may be available so if you do not have the resources to afford the full fee to attend this retreat please indicate that you would like to be considered for a scholarship by clicking here   after you click the Register button.

Retreat Schedule

Please be on time for the sessions.

Please do not wear any perfume, cologne or other products with strong scents.

Please be respectful of an atmosphere of silence from the conclusion of each evening session until after lunch the next day.

Friday, February 1

      6:00 pm Dinner


      7:00- 7:30 pm Retreat Orientation


      7:30 - 9:00 pm Teaching & Introduction to Practice


Saturday, February 2


      7:00 - 7:45 am Morning Practice Session


      8:00 am Breakfast


      9:00 - Noon Teachings & Meditation (with time for breaks)


      Noon Lunch


      1:30 - 2:30 pm Discussion Groups


      3:00 - 6:00 pm Teachings & Meditation (with time for breaks)


      6:00 pm Dinner


      7:30 - 9:00 pm Evening Practice Session (with time for a break)


Sunday, February 3

      7:00 - 7:45 am Morning Practice

      8:00 am Breakfast


      9:00 - Noon Teachings & Meditation (with time for breaks)


      Noon Lunch


      1:30 - 4:00 pm Teachings & Meditation (with time for breaks)

Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center
1807 Second Street, #35
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 660-7056
Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center is an affiliate of the
Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition.
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