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Know Thyself

A five-day retreat led by Todd and Luke
Sunday March 25 to Friday March 30, 2018
Suttle Lake Camp, Sisters, OR


“If you recognize me, the Dākinī Queen of the Lake of Awareness,
You know that I live in the minds of all sentient beings;...
Though certainly we are ultimately inseparable,
Failing to recognize me, you objectify me as an external entity.
But when you finally discover me,
The one naked mind arisen from within,
Absolute Awareness permeates the Universe.”
~Lady Tsogyel (757 - 817 C.E.)

To “Know Thyself,” is to Know directly, beyond understanding. On this retreat, we will open into the true nature of experience through stabilizing attention and spacious awareness.

Note: For those who have not attended previous CSS retreats, this retreat satisfies the prerequisite for attending advanced CSS retreats. Veteran practitioners are also encouraged to take this opportunity to deepen their practice.


Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, except that priority is given to those attending the entire retreat. To hold a reservation, complete the online registration form, then mail in your non-refundable $50 deposit.

Final deadline: Wed. March 14th, 2018 is the deadline for retreat registration and also the date by which all retreat fees must be received in full so that we have sufficient time to plan the meals, purchase the appropriate amount of food, and reserve your room.

Total cost: To attend the entire retreat, the total cost, which includes meals and lodging, is $405

Early-bird discount: If registering for the entire retreat, the total cost is discounted by $25 to $380 provided registration and full payment is received by the early-bird registration date of Wed. Feb. 28, 2018.

Daily rate: For retreatants who can attend only a portion of the retreat, registration is accepted on a space-available basis only. The daily rate for such part-time retreatants is $82/night, which includes meals and lodging.

Refund policy: The $50 deposit is non-refundable. Refunds of retreat fees, less the deposit, will be given if requested by seven days prior to the start of the retreat. Thereafter, no refunds will be automatically given, because after this date food will be ordered and CSS will start incurring expenses on your behalf. If you withdraw from the retreat and are too late to receive an automatic refund, a refund of a portion of retreat fees may be given at the sole discretion of the CSS Board, provided a written request for refund is received within two months of the end of the retreat. Donations to the retreat scholarship fund are not part of retreat fees and can not be refunded.

Please note: Retreat fees are kept as low as possible while covering retreat expenses, and the teachings are given as a labor of love.  To help support practitioners for whom these retreat fees are a financial burden, please consider making a donation to the CSS Retreat Scholarship Fund. It would be greatly appreciated.

A retreat information page includes details of the retreat location, retreat center rules, what to bring, and retreat guidelines. For more information, contact the retreat coordinator, Laura Betty, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Note: CSS practitioner retreats are by invitation only and are not open to the public. If you are interested in attending a CSS retreat, you can learn about joining CSS and becoming one of our member practitioners.

To register for this retreat,

  1. Open the retreat registration form at the link below.
  2. Read the instructions on the registration form, fill out the form, and click Submit. A confirmation email will be sent to you.
  3. Write a check, payable to Center for Sacred Sciences, for the amount you are paying now. Make a note on the check that you are paying for the retreat.
  4. Mail your check to CSS (or drop it off in the donation box). If you are making a partial payment, remember to pay your balance before the deadline.

Your registration will not be complete, and your space at this retreat will not be reserved, until we receive your payment.

To register now, click here to open the registration form.

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