I booked a personal retreat at Ratna Ling after traveling for months, as a way to regroup before the holidays. A bit difficult to find, the place is a hidden jewel. Ratna Ling is a fully functioning residential community, with a publishing company on its grounds. However, the personal retreats are across the street in a separate area. All rooms are private cabins wonderfully outfitted with luxury bedding, sitting rooms, small refrigerators, coffee/tea facilities, spacious bathrooms, and decks either looking at over redwoods, the next valley, or the grounds. The price of your cottage includes all meals, and guests can join the community for morning meditations, and/or yoga classes if one desires. The food is good, but there were a few blips, which could be explained by the fact that their chef became ill, and an emergency replacement chef cooked a few meals that were frankly barely edible including some sort of lentil loaf. However, before the demise of the chef the meals were wonderful, fresh, and as much as possible locally sourced. There is a genuine air of serenity at Ratna Ling, and a clear desire by those who live there to create a place for reflection, healing, and growth. There are some good hiking trails nearby that take one through redwoods to the beach, but in general one goes there to stay at the retreat center, rest, regroup, and heal. They accomplish this better than almost anyone else I know.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dappled amongst the forested landscape of the Ratna Ling grounds are 14 modern private cottages. Each bright and spacious cottage is within a 3-8 minute walk from the main lodge, can provide accommodations for 1-4 guests, and include the following features: * Large dining and living area with vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace * Sleek hardwood furniture and flooring * Bedrooms are private with a queen sized bed and plenty of closet and storage space * Linens, towels and hand soap * Spacious deck with panoramic views and outdoor furnishing * Extensive bathroom featuring deluxe bath tub with Jacuzzi jets * Breakfast Nook containing a variety of tea and fresh ground coffee with french press and electric tea kettle * Central air and heating * Complimentary wireless internet and domestic telephone service Please Note: Because our cottages are identical in size and amenities, our reservation staff will assign your lodging based on availability. Our private cottages are currently the only available lodging for personal and group retreats. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ratna Ling Retreat Center Cazadero, CA - Sonoma County