Located on 104 acres of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Pema Osel Ling hosts retreats, parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our eco-friendly retreat center features indoor and outdoor meeting areas, a wide range of overnight accommodations, a full-size lap pool, and a commercial kitchen that provides personal catering with our on-site Chef. Our rates are reasonable, and our friendly, supportive staff is available to assist you and your group with all aspects of your visit.
The story of Pema Osel Ling begins in 1984 when Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, an accomplished Tibetan Lama of the Nyingma tradition, came to America. Lama Tharchin began teaching in Spokane, Washington and many students sought his knowledge. By 1988, he settled in Santa Cruz, CA and formed the Vajrayana Foundation in order to preserve and establish the spiritual, cultural, and artistic traditions of Tibetan Buddhism through educational teachings, creating art, offering retreat practices, translating texts and more.
By 1990, the Foundation had outgrown its small center in Aptos, CA and began searching for a center. An early winter rain left Camp Corralitos glisteningly beautiful on that morning in November when an excited group of members first sighted Pema Osel Ling. Rinpoche quickly recognized the potential of the land and with generous support from members, the Foundation was purchased. As we continue to grow and aspire to meet the needs of our members we improve our lovely retreat center.