Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM MDT
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM MDT

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Ewam and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas 
34756 White Coyote Road
PO Box 330
Arlee, MT 59821

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Deborah Hicks 
Ewam Sang-ngag Ling 

The Concise Namchak Ngöndro
(the Preliminaries) 
taught by Namchak Khenpo
at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
May 12-14, 2017 

Ngöndro is the “preliminary practice” for Tibetan Buddhism requiring commitment and support.
It means "something which precedes." In a direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential, while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing
our Enlightened nature. Regular Practice: 6-7pm, every other Wednesday. Register for the GoTo Webinar Practices HERE

Arrive at 5pm, Friday, May 12, 2016 to register, load into room, and socialize.
Light snack meal provided at 6pm on Friday night following check in.
Schedule for retreat is Friday night, May 12 teaching beginning 7-9pm at Shrine room.
Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 from 9am-12pm and 2-5pm
with possible evening practice or karma yoga on Saturday evening from 7-9pm. 

RETREAT COST: $150 plus Dana. Additionally, t
here will be texts for purchase.
Bring Cascade of Blessings and the Namchak Concise Ngondro if you already own them.

For general questions, please email Deborah Hicks at media@ewam.org or call 406.726.0555. 
For a complete schedule of teachings, please visit www.ewam.org


The retreat will be held in the Shrine room in Arlee, MT at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The sangha house will be open for those who wish to sleep indoors, though camping is also available. Register early to ensure a room. Arrive at 5pm on Friday, May 12 to check in, make payments, load into your room or set up your tent, and a light snack meal will be served at 6pm in the sangha house.


Bring your own tent and gear and sleep outside. Temperatures during the day range anywhere from 30-70 degrees and in the evenings it can range anywhere from 30-60 degrees. Campers and RV’s are also welcome. 


We provide three vegetarian meals a day in the sangha house beginning with a light sncak meal at 6pm on Friday, May 12. There will be a cook for lunch and dinner, however you will prepare your own breakfast with food provided. Items for breakfast will be: nut butters, jelly, cereal, muesli, milk, yogurt (fat-free, regular), fruit, bread, oatmeal, and eggs. 

Air and Ground Transportation

We are 30 minutes from the Missoula airport. There is a section on the registration form for you to list whether you need a shuttle from the airport and your flight details.  Depending on how many people are flying in for this retreat, you may have to wait at the airport for no more than an hour for your ride to limit the amount of trips back and forth.

If you are driving, here are directions to Ewam and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

Karma Yoga 

Karma Yoga (work service) represents time offered to support the needs of the retreat and is an intrinsic part of spiritual practice. All retreatants are expected to participate in approximately one hour of karma yoga daily. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help in this way.  You will have the same job every day and it is up to you to trade jobs with people if you prefer. 

What to Bring

  • Layered clothing for hot days and cold nights, temperatures range anywhere from 30-70 during May
  • Sunhats
  • Bath towels
  • Camping gear if camping—tent with rain fly and/or tarp, comfortable padding, and warm sleeping bag
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lantern or flashlight and batteries
  • We provide cushions, but please bring whatever makes you comfortable for meditation
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle or thermos
  • Personal items, alarm clock, bath towel, washcloth, toiletries
  • Earplugs


To pay for the retreat you can either click on the Paypal link on the registration form, click on this link to pay with credit card, mail a check into Ewam or pay in person prior to the empowerment on Friday.  If you are interested in becoming a member please go to Ewam’s  membership homepage.