Sat May 25 – Tues May 28: 10am – 9pm PST
Wed May 29: 10am – 5pm PST
Honor Fees: In Person: $255 USD; Early Bird $205 USD until April 25th
Webcast: $330 CAD; Early Bird $265 CAD until April 25th
Book accommodation at Earthrise at IONS
NOTE: Reservations at Earthrise IONS must be booked by May 10th.
Note: Guan Yin Lineage Holders and Master Teachers need not apply to attend and will receive registration links in an email.
All others must apply to attend.
Guan Yin is short for Guan Shi Yin, which means “the one who hears the sounds or cries of the world.” As Guan Shi Yin Pusa, she is known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Compassion is the heartfelt awareness of the suffering of others with a sincere desire to alleviate it.
Because of Guan Yin’s deep compassion and mercy, she is a champion of the unfortunate, sick and needy. She has made many vows that demonstrate her deep and total commitment to end suffering, and there are a multitude of heart touching stories from those who have called upon her in times of need, to save their lives, restore health and more.
Though Guan Yin calls herself a bodhisattva – representing one who has not quite reached enlightenment, she is truly a very high-level Buddha. In 2003, Guan Yin was further uplifted and her name was changed to Ling Hui Sheng Shi (pronounced ling hway sheng shr). “Ling” means soul. “Hui” means intelligence. “Sheng” means saint. “Shi” means servant.
Historically, Guan Yin’s Lineage has consisted of bodhisattvas that have committed themselves to helping end suffering through the practice of compassion. Compassion is a powerful quality that awakens us to the purpose of life and provides the necessary inner resources to accomplish great acts. Master Sha teaches that the Tao Quality of Greatest Compassion strengthens willpower and boosts energy, stamina, vitality and immunity. With true compassion, like Guan Yin, we can serve humanity unconditionally.
To serve unconditionally is to accumulate virtue and increase our soul standing in Heaven.
In this Retreat, we will receive profound wisdom, practices and blessings to deepen our commitment to service through the practice of compassion and more. We will learn about Guan Yin’s Lineage and how one may receive the honor of being a Guan Yin Lineage Holder.
More specifically, participants of this retreat will:
Master Sha and the Guan Yin Lineage
When Master Sha was a young boy, Guan Yin appeared to him and taught him the Da Bei Zhou – the Big Compassion Mantra – a mantra of 87 lines which are the names of 87 Buddhas. In the Buddhist teaching it is said that Da Bei Zhou can heal “eighty-four thousand kinds of sickness”. According to the teaching, this is because the Da Bei Zhou has the power to transform karmic blockages with great love and light.
Guan Yin’s spiritual father, Qian Guang Jing Wang (which means thousand lights quietness king) taught Da Bei Zhou to Guan Yin. When he chanted it for her, the 87 Buddhas appeared and the light they brought was beyond comprehension. Guan Yin was so moved that she vowed to spread Da Bei Zhou in all her lifetimes. This vow deeply touched Qian Guang Jing Wang, who then transmitted the one thousand spiritual hands and one thousand spiritual eyes to Guan Yin.
Master Sha has chanted Da Bei Zhou his entire life and is honored to be a Guan Yin Lineage Holder. Guan Yin and her lineage use their spiritual powers to help all sentient beings end their suffering. Her lineage is filled with buddhas and bodhisattvas committed to compassionate service.
Master Sha’s main teaching is that the purpose of life is to serve. Join this special event to develop compassionate service in your life and for the opportunity to receive blessings and honors from Guan Yin, including to become a Guan Yin Lineage Holder.
You can review the Guan Yin Lineage Program and requirements here: https://taoacademy.com/guan-yin-a-mi-tuo-fo-lineage/
Online Learning Resources
Guan Yin Retreat
The Path to Greatest Compassion and Service
May 25-29, 2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Greetings! You’ll find answers below to the most frequently asked questions about the 2019 Guan Yin Retreat.
Tuition for the Guan yin Retreat for 2019 is $255 USD.
Venue and Lodging Information
The Guan Yin Retreat will take place at:
Earthrise at IONS
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, California 94952, US
Please arrange lodging and food online at: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2563049
NOTE: Reservations at Earthrise IONS must be booked by May 10th.
Meals and lodging are sold as a complete package. Total cost for single occupancy is $1155 USD. Total cost for a shared room (double occupancy) is $730 USD.
Attendees may not bring meals in from outside. Attendees may arrange a meal pass up to 14 days in advance of the retreat for $65 per day. Additionally, Attendees will be assessed a $10 per day facilities use fee.
Retreat Schedule (Pacific Zone)
- Lodging Check In: Friday, May 24, 4:00 pm
- Workshop Check-In: Friday, May 24, 8:00 – 9:00 pm
- Retreat Begins: Saturday, May 25, 10:00 am
- Retreat Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Concert time: May 26, 10-12 pm
- Retreat Ends: Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 pm
- Hotel Check Out: Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 am
- Optional Day Trip to Muir Woods: Wednesday, May 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHT AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO HONOR THESE START AND FINISH TIMES.
Additional sessions are scheduled only for onsite participants to enhance your retreat experience. These include:
- Morning Tao Tai Chi or Qi Gong led by Master Henderson or Master Peter
- Morning yoga led by Master Hui Ling
- Morning dance led by Master Shunya
Optional Day Trip
Group excursion to Muir Woods National Park, birthplace of the Love Peace Harmony Song.
Wednesday, May 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(separate fee applies)
About The Retreat Center
Click here to find useful information about the Earthrise Retreat Center, including:
- What to Bring
- Ground Transportation Options
- Check In/Check Out Time
- Meals Information
- and more
Sharing Rides, Rooms, Etc.
If you wish to share a ride or a room with other participants, you may find it useful to connect via Facebook at facebook.com/groups/142733122847461
Lodging and meals are onsite. Rooms are sold single or double occupancy. Unless you make other arrangements, double occupancy lodging will be assigned by gender.
EarthRise at IONS accommodates 100+ overnight guests in eight buildings. All housing accommodations are situated near to one another, and are located next to the West Room. Housing is very modest and simple. Single and shared rooms are available; most rooms have two twin beds, some have one full/queen bed. The bathrooms in each building are located in the hallway and shared with other guests. Bedding, linens and towels are provided, as well as Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Gel by EO®, a family owned and operated, Certified Organic Manufacturer of personal care products using the highest grade natural and certified organic ingredients.
Quiet hours are 10:00PM to 8:00AM. Please be considerate of other retreat participants at all times. Some groups may be on silent meditation retreats.
IONS EarthRise is primarily a smoke-free campus. However, there are two designated outdoor smoking areas, one on each side of the campus (in front of the West Room on the west campus and behind the main kitchen on the east side of campus). Please use the smoking bins provided and do not litter butts.
If you have mobility needs, please let our Retreat Coordinator know so she can arrange for suitable lodging.
No pets are allowed on campus, other than certified companion animals and guide dogs for the disabled.
Check-In & Check-Out
Check-in time is 4PM and check-out time is 9AM, unless otherwise arranged and noted.
Wi-Fi & Phone Coverage
WiFi is available to all guests and is password protected. Certain locations on campus, such as the community building, provide stronger connectivity than do the sleeping areas. There is also a desktop computer and printer in the community building from which you may check your email and print your boarding pass.
All cellular telephone carriers receive coverage on campus. We ask that you turn your ring setting to vibrate or silent while on campus to not disturb other guests.
There is an office phone at reception for emergencies only. If you must receive calls at the office, EarthRise staff will take a message and deliver it to your group leader. The emergency phone number is 707-364-2554.
The dining hall at EarthRise provides indoor seating for groups of up to 90, with additional outdoor seating expanding the total meal capacity to 120 guests most of the year. Local ingredients are the inspiration for their cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses. They also use organic produce from local farmers and from their own permaculture garden whenever possible. The chef draws upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors.
Meals are served buffet style. Lunches are typically vegetarian and dinners include fish or chicken as well as a vegetarian option.
Complimentary tea and coffee are available in the community building from 7:00AM – 7:00PM daily.
EarthRise kitchen staff are very accommodating of special dietary needs, (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc.) if informed in advance. Make sure to tell us about your dietary concerns when you register.
Weather & Terrain
Weather in Northern California varies throughout the year: a hot summer day can be followed by a cool foggy night, so layers are recommended. The campus lies on 194 acres of very hilly terrain. There is a road and walking trail between the dormitories and the community building where meals are served. The road is lit at night for safe passage. It is a 5-10 minute walk to and from the dormitories and community building.
- Swimsuit for the hot tub
- Flashlight or headlamp for walking at night
- Layered clothing—the temperature drops quickly in the evenings
- Rain gear is recommended from October to May
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
- Water bottle—filtered water is available from dispensers throughout the campus
- Hot beverage travel cup for coffee/tea
- Toiletries and medications
- Earplugs/Eye Mask for sleeping/meditation
No Perfumes & Scents
Due to many guests’ allergies and sensitivities to scents, please leave your perfumes, scented body oils and incense at home.
Ions EARTHRISE WEBSITE
For additional information about IONS Earthrise, please visit http://noetic.org/earthrise
Hotels Near SFO
(for 5/29 if you want to stay longer)
Universal Soul Service has a no refund policy.
We highly recommend that you investigate purchasing travel insurance to cover your costs in the event that you have a qualifying event, such as a medical situation, that prevents you from attending. You can search online for insurance options at sites such as this one: https://www.squaremouth.com
Optional Pre Or Post-Retreat Activity
Napa winery suggestions
You will save money at some of the best Napa Valley wineries with the PRIORITY WINE PASS
What To Do And Where To Do In SF
This retreat is being coordinated by Master Sha Toa Healing Center in San Francisco. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the center at 415-971-7373 or info@LovePeaceHarmonyCenterSF.com