International Retreat Centers (IRCs)

International Retreat Centers are special centers that offer facilities for those wishing to do both long-term and short-term retreats.


In The New Guide to Dakini Land, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains:

‘On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal, and mental.


We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities, and noise, and dis-engage from extraneous and meaningless actions; we engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence; and we engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy, and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.’

There are currently four International Retreat Centers:

Tharpaland International Retreat Center – Oberkramer, Germany

Dharma Kadam International Retreat Centre – Menorca, Spain

Kailash International Retreat Center – Torbel, Switzerland

International Retreat Center Grand Canyon – Williams, Arizona; USA


Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

2018 at a Glance



New! Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays April 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM

US Festival KMC New York | April 27-May 2



New! Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays May 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Just Meditate | Saturday, May 5 10:00-10:45 AM

Overcoming Distraction | Thursdays May 10-31 7:00-8:30 PM

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat | Saturday, May 12 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Imagine Yourself Without Worry | Friday, May 18 7:00-8:15 PM

The Power to Be Happy: Free Meditation and Talk at E.D Locke Public Library, McFarland | Wednesday, May 23 6:30-7:30 PM



How to Rely On a Spiritual Guide: Enjoying a Lifetime of Inspiration (Part 1) Teachings and Meditations  | Saturday, June 2 10:00 AM- 2:45 PM

Special Sunday Morning Series Class: How to Rely on a Spiritual Guide: Enjoying a Lifetime of Inspiration (Part 2) | Sunday, June 3 10:00-11:30 AM

Puja and Party: Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja with Food Offering (Part 3) | Monday, June 4 5:00-8:00 PM

New! Sunday Morning Series: Learning to Be Happy | Sundays June 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Dealing with Loss | Thursdays June 7-21 7:00-8:30 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, June 9 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Love Without Pain | Friday, June 15 7:00-8:15 PM

Good Karma Bowl-A-Rama Fundraiser at Dream Lanes | Saturday, June 23 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM