We have acquired a shiny new yurt. See retreat rates here.


Sunday Meditation Session: Sunday Meditation Session: Green Tara Practice at 9:00 a.m. and Shamatha Meditation at 1:30 p.m. (1:00 p.m. Oct 2012 through Jan 2013)

H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche

Sakya Kachod Choling was established in 1986 on San Juan Island in Washington State under the direction of H.E. Sakya Jetsun Rinpoche. Our purpose is to provide Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike a place for retreat in a natural, peaceful and supportive environment. In addition, the Sakya Society holds teaching events, sponsors guest speakers and cultural programs both at the Gompa and in Friday Harbor. We also support the cause of the displaced Tibetan people, whose unique and valuable culture is so endangered.

H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, H.E. Sakya Jetsun Chimey Luding Rinpoche, and many other wonderful teachers from different Buddhist lineages and traditions have all blessed Sakya Kachod Choling with their presence over the years since 1986 when we were first begun as a retreat center for H.E. Sakya Jetsun Rinpoche of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

The center is located on 20 acres of beautiful tree-covered hillside on San Juan Island, Washington. The serene, natural setting with a view of Mt. Baker offers a place of refuge and support for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike year 'round. At present, the facilities at Sakya Kachod Choling are designed to offer very affordable space for private, individual retreat and small group retreats. It is an ideal place to step back from our hectic, fast paced lives, to reflect and look inward.

Retreats can range from strict Vajrayana practices to simple, meditative time in one's room. Walks on the grounds or down the mile long private road to the waterfront can make the quiet and beauty of the natural setting a wonderful part of your retreat experience. SKC also conducts its own group retreats under the guidance of affiliated teachers (see the calendar for details on upcoming group retreats under the guidance of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok). 

SKC NEWSLETTER: Please read our latest NEWSLETTER for more information on SKC, how you can become involved, and our future plans!

(additional details
will be posted as available).
Upcoming dates are:

May 13 - August 28, 2015
Visit the Calendar page for details

White Tara Retreat: Dates to be announced

Green Tara Retreat: Dates to be announced

Retreat with Khenpo Pema Wangdak: September 19-24, 2015

Volunteering at SKC If you are interested in helping out with any of the ongoing work projects here, please get in touch. These include, at appropriate times of the year, painting the outside of the building, painting inside, vegetable garden, grounds work, general inside clean up, leading the Sunday afternoon meditation, and more.

Contact: Call us 360-378-4059
General info: skc@rockisland.com
Garden & Grounds: jwhartla@rockisland.com,
Paintng: susakasimir@rockisland.com

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