Ewam USA Centers

As a Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Ewam sponsors retreats all over the world including Nepal and Asia, and in the United States in Arlee, Montana, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a satellite centers in California. Under the spiritual guidance of Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, students come from all over the world to take teachings from him as he travels from center to center during the year. More retreats will be added as they are scheduled, so check back frequently and register early for assured seating and accommodations. For additional contact information about the Ewam International Centers, visit the EWAM WEBSITE.

PKL (Pema Khandro Ling) = Santa Fe, NM.
1221 Luisa St, Ste A Santa Fe, NM 89505
santafe@ewam.org  |  Rinchen Hanley

SNL (Sang-ngag Ling) = Arlee, MT
PO Box 330  |  34756 White Coyote Rd., Arlee, MT 59821  |  406-726-0555 admin@ewam.org  |  Claudette Carlson

2018 Schedule of Retreats

Vipassana: Tibetan Style with Namchak Khen Rinpoche and Lama Tsomo

This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of Vipassana or “Sublime Insight.” If Shamata (Peaceful Abiding) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use Vipassana to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Join two master teachers—a Tibetan lineage scholar and an American lama—to learn this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

This retreat is appropriate for those with a basic mindfulness practice.


April 13 – 15 | M N D F L

Friday: 6:30 – 9pm

Saturday 10am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 6pm



  • $225 general admission* or $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises to eat lunch nearby.

Pema Traktung

Register now! This practice is from the Vajrayana tradition that utilizes the methods of deity yoga. A dharma treasure discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa. It is a vital practice both on the path to enlightenment and is specifically meant for overcoming obstacles, negative forces and alleviating both mental and physical illness. This retreat is lead by Khen Rinpoche at Garden of One Thousand Buddhas and is open to all practitioners. 

May 4th- 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
May 5th- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 6th- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dzogchen Retreat

May 11th – 15th

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

*Registration is now closed.  The retreat is full.

Tsalung Retreat

 May 17th – 21st

 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

*Registration is now closed.  The retreat is full.


Sangwa Yeshe Drubchod

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Sangwa Yeshe Drubchöd,  June 8 – 16, 2018.

June 8th – Empowerment of Sangwa Yeshe
June 9th – Teaching by Jetsunma
June 10th – Pacifying fire puja
June 11th – Six fold chod practices for the sick people
June 12th – Magnetizing fire Puja
June 13th – Ceremony for the deceased
June 14th – Teaching by Rinpoche
June 15th – Receiving the Siddhis (the blessed substances)
June 16th – Morning Boddhicitta Monlam Ceremony , Tibetan Festival, Gate Opening Ceremony – This is a one day event open to the public


Summer Buddhist Studies Program

Registration now open! The Ewam Buddhist Institute hosts a program on the 9th chapter of Jigme Lingpa’s seminal text Treasury of Precious Qualities. This text is a definitive, detailed presentation of the entire Buddhist path. This year’s program covers Bodhichitta and the meaning of wisdom in the Buddhist tradition. This program is taught by Namchak Khenpo and is suitable for both students new to Buddhism and intermediate students. This text was taught by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Shechen Monastary every year and considered so valuable that his students wore it on their bodies. Patrul Rinpoche said to hear one word of this text would place one on the path to liberation and to study the whole text would lead to Buddhahood in this life.

On site accommodations or commuting available

Arrival and Orientation July 1st at 4 p.m.

July 2nd – 27th 9am to 5:30 p.m.

Monday – Saturday, Sunday’s off


Khen Rinpoche’s Phowa teaching

Phowa is the transference the consciousness at the time of death. Direction of one’s consciousness leads to rebirth in the Buddha’s pure lands through skillful means and methods . Khen Rinpoche is a master of this practice and many of the students have achieved the signs of accomplishment.  More information and registration here!

August 31st through September 4th


Yangti Nagpo

Ratna group, 2nd year – September 14th – 22nd.

Open to those students who have completed their Yangti ngondro requirements.  Students will receive teachings on the Lama Sadhana.

Pema group, 3rd year – September 23rd-October 7.

Open to students who have accomplished the Lama Sadhana.  Students will receive teachings on the Khandro Sadhana and Tsalung.

New group starting 2019 – for more information click here:  https://www.ewamyangti.org/


Nyingtig Yabzhi: The Four-fold Heart Essence

Empowerment (wang), Reading Transmission (lung) and Explanation (tri)

November 2 – 11, 2018 with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A multi-year cycle on the whole of Longchenpa’s cycles with an emphasis on Dzogchen, in the lineage and transmission of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  The retreat will begin with the Nyingtig Yabzhi empowerments, along with some of the oral transmission, and beginning with an explanation of Semnyi Ngalso.

The intention for these teachings is to emphasize the actual instructions and commentaries on the Nyingtig Yabzhi. One of these oral explanations (tri yig), will be the Stainless Oral Instructions (Drimed Shelung) by Jamgon Kongtrul, which has never been taught in the west.  Tulku Sang-ngag directly received these rare teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Vajrayana practitioners only. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Save the date and check back often.  More information to follow.

Contact santafe@ewam.org with questions.


Weekly Practices

See our CALENDAR for Special Events, Weekly Practices are below:

SNL – Arlee, MT (34756 White Coyote Rd)

PKL – Santa Fe, NM (1221 Luisa St, Ste A)