The Great Escpe Retreat

Freedom from the Six Problems of Life at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
April 13-22, 2018

In the pristine, high desert of Arizona, on April 13-22, we will go into a 10-day retreat to gain freedom from the 6 Problems of Life, forever. We will learn how these problems show up in our lives, how we obviously and subtly perpetuate them, and how we can escape from them with powerful methods to increase our practical wisdom and compassion.

Which one of these problems do you have?


1) I never feel sure what’s going to happen in my life.  This makes me very nervous about the future of my job and my family.

2) No matter how much I get, I never feel satisfied.  I always feel restless, like I am missing something.  My life doesn’t feel complete.

3) Every time something is going good in my relationships or my job, my friends and my family, it always seems to fall apart again.

4) And when things fall apart, I have to start all over again, with a new relationship, or a new job.  It’s exhausting to have to start over, again and again.

5) The ups and downs of my life are making me crazy.  I wish something would stay the same just for a few months or a few years.  I’m so tired of things changing all the time.

6) As I go through my life, I become more and more aware that I am alone.  Of course I have my family, and my friends, and my colleagues from work.  But I know that, in the end, I am always alone.  Is there some way that I could guarantee I will always be with family and friends, for my whole life, and even beyond death?

During this retreat at Diamond Mountain Retreat Center, we will work together to overcome these problems.  We will use the ancient wisdom from the famous book of Pabongka Rinpoche called A Gift of Liberation, and apply it in practical ways to our modern lives.  We will be covering every word carefully, along with daily meditations, yoga and a 3-Day Silent retreat to help us discover and integrate the way out.

Come, and have fun with friends from many regions of the world, including Europe, South America, South and East Asia, who have the same dreams as you.

First Day Schedule (Friday 4/13/18):
9:30am Bus Departure from Tuscon
11:00am: Registration/Cottage Orientation
12:00pm: Lunch
3:00pm: Gates Closed - No late arrivals
5:00pm: Dinner

*Because of the remote nature of Diamond Mountain and the necessities of cottage orientation, you must arrive by 3pm on April 13, 2018 or you will not be allowed to participate in the retreat. No refunds for late arrivals*

Last Day Schedule (Sunday 4/22/18):
8:00-11:30am Last Class
12:00pm: Lunch and Departures
2:30pm: Bus Departure for Tuscon

*If you would like to leave earlier or have a need outside of the normal departures, there is a $125 fee for a private car to take you to Tucson. It is highly recommended to plan according to the schedule of classes, since we are at least two hours away from Tucson Airport*



$3000      Diamond Club Fundraiser*

$779       4 Person Room (Bunk Beds)

$825        2 Person Room (Single Beds)

$999        Semi-Private Room (Shared Kitchen/Bathroom)
$825        Additional Person (Shared Bed)
                This room may have people pass through

$1199      Private Room (Shared Kitchen/Bathroom) 
$899        Additional Person (Shared Bed) 

$1499      Private Cottage
$1099      Additional Person (Shared Bed)

$575        Camping

$999        Yurt
$825        Additional Person (Shared Bed)

    *This option provides for more amenities and is a fundraiser for ACI. This will help ACI grow its donor base and management, establish and manage ACI teacher certifications and serve to promote our events.

    Additional advantages:

    • Private Room/Cottage depending on availability
    • Included car pickup/drop-off at Tucson Airport
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at cottage door each morning/evening
    • Selection of food delivered to your private room
    • Commemorative Reading
    • and others...

    Daily Schedule

    Geshe Michael teaches 3 times a day, as well as leads us in guided meditations. Each day, highly trained yoga teachers provide insight into movement practices. Also, in the middle of the program, we take a 3.5 day break to go deep into the practices for a silent retreat in the retreat valley. Finally, near the end of the program, we do a fire ceremony that has a long tradition, dating back about 5000 years in ancient India.