Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chef Monica Patino - Workshop to Benefit TW - December 28th!

Please join us for this great opportunity for a one day Cooking Class with Chef Monico Patino!  This will be during the holiday retreat time in the Tsegylagar West kitchen, San Jose del Cabo. 

Please email for more information or registration:

Dzogchen Community members receive 50% discount, or are welcome volunteer hours and skills to help the Holiday Retreat staff in exchange for tuition.

Bio en Español 

Su carrera comenzó con prácticas profesionales en La Hacienda de los Morales. La teoría vino más tarde como alumna de L´Ecole de Cuisine de la Varenne, en París.

En 1978 abre las puertas del que fuera su primer restaurante “La Taberna del León”, ubicado en Valle de Bravo, Edo. de México. Realizando el desarrollo del concepto e implantación de menús y recetas

Imparte cursos de cocina internacional de igual manera en Valle de Bravo.

Participó en la apertura del restaurante La Galvia, en donde diseñó el concepto y menú; en los años siguientes continuó como chef y asesora de su cocina.

Hace 11 años junto con la inauguración de Plaza Loreto, Mónica Patiño se instaló en la casona que se ubica en el centro de la antigua fábrica de Loreto y Peña Pobre, bautizando al lugar con el mismo nombre de su primera incursión restaurantera, 15 años antes en Valle de Bravo; La Taberna del León.

Años más tarde abrió Bolívar 12, con un concepto basado en recetas de cocina mexicana  con influencia cubana.

Ha participado en diversos festivales gastronómicos en Portugal e Inglaterra representando a México.

Mónica Patiño ha dedicado su tiempo a consolidar la cocina de La Taberna del León, durante los últimos años.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Retreatat Tsegyalgar West

Receiving the New Year

Holiday Retreat at Tsegyalgar West

December 20 to January 3, 2014

Take time for relaxation and reflection as we bring in a New Year. The retreat land is green and full of life. Come to celebrate together with an opportunity to practice in such a beautiful wild place. We added one day workshops this year!

Retreat Activities and Information

Choose retreat activities such as:
  • Vajra Dance and Yantra Yoga
  • Personal Retreat Time
  • Group Dzogchen Principal Practices
  • (Ganapuja days, Monlam, Chod, and Mandarava)
Enjoyable one day workshops:
Invite your freinds who may be curious and want to come up to the center!
  • YOGA of the VOICE with Silvia Nakkach - The Experience of Outer -Inner – Secret Sound 
  • NATURAL COOKING with Monica Patino - A day in the kithcen with Chef Monica. All ingredients, food and drinks included. 
Also time for:
  • Hiking
  • Stargazing
  • Exploring
  • Camping
  • Garden
  • Cool Springs
  • Evening Fires
  • Tibetan Song and Dances
Retreat Costs
Retreat is by donation/dana. (Without a guest teacher).
Food plan $20 usd per day for three nutritious meals. 
(Separate charge for single meals. $8 breakfast $12 Lunch or dinner)
*Lodging costs discounted 50% !
(Choose from: private casita $20/day, shared $10/day, dorm or camping $5/day usd)
*Volunteers are given free camping throughout the retreat, please come a day early to help set up.
Note about Dana: 
Suggested donation $10 – 20 per day. No one turned away for lack of funds. ‘Dana’ is important to help with costs of upkeep, salaries, utilities and maintenance. We need your support for the everyday running of the gar, to maintain this special place of refuge. Thank you for your generosity!
Schedule Details
Alfonso Monfort, as well other older Dzogchen Community members’s will lead various practices each day, with ample time for the rest and relaxation that we all need. We will also have some fun days( a group picnic at the beach, etc…) and ‘One Day Workshops’ that are open to the public. You are very welcome to participate in these opportunities to learn from some very talented people in the DZ Community!

For more information, contact the Secretary at

Yantra Yoga in BCS - December 2013

Josephnia will be at the Holiday retreat to teach and practice!
She is also giving an introductory course near Todos Santos.
 December 22nd at  "Baja Zen Yoga"at Cerrittos.

Yoga of the Voice - December 23rd 2013