Full Presence Mindfulness Retreat

Full Presence Mindfulness 5-Day Retreat at Ratna Ling

Led by Jack Petranker

We are pleased to offer a five-day retreat this fall at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Sonoma County, one of the premier retreat centers in California (www.ratnaling.org).

For individuals training as teachers of FPM, participation in a retreat is required of everyone doing teacher training. This retreat satisfies that requirement. The retreat is also open to individuals who have at least a year’s experience with TSK, mindfulness, or meditation, with consent of the instructor.

The mindfulness movement has popularized a healthier way of relating to thoughts and emotions. It offers benefits such as reduced stress, an increased capacity to deal with difficulties, and penetrating insights into how our commitment to our self-image and identity shut down our capacity to experience our own lives fully.

FPM builds on the secular mindfulness movement, but it also draws on secular teachings by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku, as presented in his Time-Space-Knowledge Vision. It is designed to open every dimension of our experience —sensations, emotions, thoughts, and how we connect with others. It is truly visionary: offering a new way to see the world and our place in it.

Except for evening sessions, the retreat program will for the most part be held in silence. We start with breathing and sensory exercises for grounding, then go on to look at how we shape our world through the stories we tell and live. As we learn to recognize the patterns that hold us back, we find new resources for acting on our highest values and promoting real and lasting change.

Since the retreat is part of the teacher training, participants will be invited to lead or co-lead some sessions, and there will be opportunities for feedback. Jack will meet with teacher trainees during the retreat to coordinate.

The retreat starts with dinner on Monday, September 27th and ends mid-morning on Saturday 2nd. We will follow a retreat structure familiar to those of you who have done retreats with Jack in the past, with some modifications:

September 28             

Arrival, check-in
Orientation and Introduction: 7:30-9 pm

September 29- October 2         

Optional early morning Kum Nye practice session

Morning session: 3 hours, with a half hour break

Afternoon session: 2 hours, with a short break

Free time in the afternoon

Evening session: 1 ½ hours.

October 3                   

Closing session after breakfast, check-out


Accommodations: you will be staying by yourself or with one other person in a luxury cottage. For details, see: https://ratnaling.org/accommodations/

Retreatants will take turns helping with kitchen cleanup.

Most sessions, except in the evenings, will be silent; we will decide together if meals are silent.



The full price is $1,400 for the retreat, which includes meals and lodging. Please pay full price if you have the means to do so, as we are paying the facility for the space. If you need a discount, please apply one of the following discount codes on checkout according to your need:



If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact morgan@fullpresence.org and we will see if we can work something out. We may be able to offer additional discounts in exchange for help with meal preparation.


Sep 28 2021 - Oct 03 2021


Pacific Time
3:00 pm - 11:00 am




Ratna Ling Retreat Center
35755 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero, California


  • Jack Petranker
    Jack Petranker
    Founder, Center for Creative Inquiry and Full Presence Mindfulness

    Jack Petranker, a close student of Tarthang Tulku, developed Full Presence Mindfulness starting in 2014. He sees it as a way of introducing into the modern mindfulness movement a far-reaching, non-dual understanding that can be put into practice in every moment. Jack has over 40 years of experience teaching meditation, mindfulness, and explorations in consciousness. In addition to teaching FPM, Jack is a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher, as well as a lawyer. He holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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