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Fallen Leaf Lake Silent Retreat

May 29 - June 03 2017


Stanford Sierra Conference Center

130 Fallen Leaf Road

Fallen Leaf, CA


Tuition $495.00  

Registrations Closed

“The secret of a retreat is the willingness to receive unspeakable love—the truth of who you are.”

On Retreat with Gangaji  — The Effortless Path Home

A retreat with Gangaji is not a time to fix or change anything about yourself. Actually, it is a time to rest, a time to retreat from any stories you may be telling about yourself, or definitions and identities you have constructed in your imagination.  

With self-inquiry, Gangaji draws your attention away from your thoughts and into the direct experience of what is always here and who you truly are—peace itself, consciousness itself. In the willingness to retreat from your search for just one moment, you can profoundly realize you are already home, already free. This is the secret that lies at the heart of retreat.

Throughout the event, Gangaji offers you her deepest support and guidance in meeting yourself fully.

During our time on retreat…

We will meet with Gangaji twice a day to ask questions and share our reports. On silent retreat, we speak only during our meetings with Gangaji.  A retreat with Gangaji may also include silent meditation, chanting and video presentations.

The Fallen Leaf Lake Retreat takes place near South Lake Tahoe, at the Stanford Sierra Conference Center. Our group will have exclusive use of this special property.



This is a residential retreat. Once you have registered with us for your tuition fee, you will need to book your accommodation and meal package directly with the Stanford Sierra Conference Center, using the form that will be sent to you in an email attachment. Please note that accommodation and meal registrations will be processed on a first-come first served basis, and the Stanford Sierra Conference Center will not be taking reservations until Dec. 1st. For all who reserve their spot with us before Dec. 1st, we will send out a reminder at that time. For information on accommodation and meal packages see below.

Special Needs:
While Stanford Sierra is able to provide housing and meals for most individuals with special needs, we need to know about them at least two weeks prior to the retreat in order for Stanford Sierra to have time to see if they can be accommodated. Please include relevant information on the Lodging and Meals Registration Form that you send to Stanford Sierra, and e-mail details to Events at the Gangaji Foundation.

Check In and Meeting Schedule

Check-in will begin at 3:00PM on Monday, May 29th. Late check-in will also be available that evening after the meeting with Gangaji.

Monday May 29
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Check-in
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM – First Full Meeting with Gangaji

Tuesday May 30
10:45 AM Welcome Meeting

On most days of the retreat, there will be a morning and afternoon meeting with Gangaji. Video or other programs will be held in the evening. You will receive a detailed schedule when you arrive at Stanford Sierra.

Saturday June 3
10:15 AM Meeting with Gangaji
12:00 PM Lunch

Getting There


SSCC is served by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Convenient service between Reno-Tahoe International and Stateline/South Lake Tahoe can be found at Reno Tahoe Shuttle Service.


Map and Driving Directions

From San Francisco: Travel time is approximately 4 hours 

From Reno: Travel time is approximately 2 hours

From Southern California: Travel time is 8.5+ hours

Also, read our driving tips for a safe, enjoyable trip to Fallen Leaf Lake.

Local Driving Map


Shuttle from South Lake Tahoe

Stanford Sierra Conference Center will provide shuttle service to the retreat from the South Tahoe Express stop in South Lake Tahoe as part of your accommodation and meal package. More information will be provided when you make your reservation with Stanford Sierra Conference Center.



To inquire about or offer rides to this event, please contact Janet by e-mail or phone: 415-609-5268.



Please note that everyone is required to register with Stanford Sierra Conference Center.

Room and meals packages include five nights’ lodging, three full buffet meals per day beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Friday lunch. Please note below that some options are sold out and others waitlisted as of 4/24/2017.

Room Type

Lodging  & Meals


Total Cost




Shared Room in Cabin / Shared Bath





Single Room in Cabin / Shared Bath-





Private Cabin / Private Bath-WAITLIST





Lodge Rooms


Double Lodge Room/Private Bath - SOLD OUT





Single Lodge Room/Private Bath - SOLD OUT







Camper (off-site) Facility Fee with Meals





Camper (off-site) Facility Fee without Meals






Accommodations are in comfortable two and three bedroom cabins that offer a lake or a mountain view, as well as a full shared bath. If your choice is for a shared cabin and bath, please know that if a specific roommate is not requested, you will be paired with another participant of the same gender.

All linens and daily housekeeping service are provided. Cabins do not include televisions, telephones, or kitchen facilities. A limited number of lodge rooms with private baths are available on a first come, first served basis. All lodging is non-smoking. A smoking area is provided across from the main lodge.

Recreation includes the use of the boat dock on Fallen Leaf Lake with kayaks, canoes, small sailboats, and rowboats. There is trail access on the property to the beautiful Desolation Wilderness and also a self-guided nature walk. Relax on one of the many outdoor decks, docks, or on the sandy beach.

You will make your room and meal package reservation with Stanford Sierra Conference Center. A reservation form will be provided when you register for the retreat with The Gangaji Foundation.

For more information about room options and pricing, click here.

Approximately 4 miles from Stanford Sierra Conference Center, Fallen Leaf campground, operated by the National Forest service, offers camping options for retreat participants. Please be aware that although the campground is only 4 miles from Stanford Sierra Conference Center, the road is narrow and winding and can take up to 20 minutes to drive one-way. RVs and vehicles with trailers are not allowed on Fallen Leaf Road and so are not recommended.

Click here for more information about the campground and to make reservations.

*Please note that all campers are required to register with Stanford Sierra Conference Center for the facility fee. Individual meals will not be available for purchase, however campers are welcome to be on the meal plan for an additional fee (see rates).

To register for the retreat, click here.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, go to your personal account page at gangaji.org and click on "Events" tab, or call our office, 541-482-3100, ext. 221 and leave a message. You must also cancel your reservation with the Conference Center.

If you cancel on or before April 29 your full payment minus $50.00 will be refunded.

If you cancel on or after April 30 your full payment of $495.00 is non-refundable.