• Nøsen Yoga Retreat Center (map)
  • Panoramavegen
  • Oppland, 2960
  • Norway

This is a unique chance to study with an internationally recognized master of Buddhist meditation

Dolpo Tulku

Dolpo Tulku, also called Tulku Sherab Zangpo, was born into a Lama family in Dho Tarap, Dolpo, in 1982. He became a monk at Kanying Shedrub Ling Monastery, Nepal, at the age of 9 in 1991 and was recognized by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to be the reincarnation of the third Dolpo Nyingchung Drubthob. He was then sent to Namdroling Monastery, India, to receive his monastic education under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche.

In 1997, when he was just 15 years old, he entered the prestigious monastic college of Namdroling Monastery where he studied, debated and researched the sutra and tantra teachings of the Buddha for ten years. Finishing his advanced Buddhist studies in the year 2007, he was appointed as a full-fledged teacher at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Since then he has reached a status equivalent to a university professor. 

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche himself instructed him in the practices of the Namchö Cycle, which combines the practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Dolpo Tulku now transmits these precious teachings to a growing international sangha in Germany Switzerland and the United States. 

Dolpo Tulku also runs several humanitarian projects in his home province, Dolpo, one of the poorer regions of Nepal. The Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation has the main aims to promote improvement of health care, protection of the environment and an effective combination of modern and traditional education for the Dolpo population.

Rinpoche has visited Nøsen on two previous occasions when he due to his vaste knowledge, humanity and kindness towards all beings, quickly became a much loved and respected teacher!

During this retreat Rinpche will teach Shamatha  (Calm Abiding)  meditation according to the Dzogchen tradition.

Read more about Rinpoche on www.dolpotulku.org 

 Ellen Johannesen (retreat assistant)

Ellen Johannesen has studied Buddhist Philosophy and Tibetan language for almost a decade. She first spent three years in Namdroling Monastery, South India engaging in volunteer work and monastic life before she moved to Kathmandu to embark on formal academic studies. She is currently working on a Master Degree in Tibetan Translation at  Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Kathmandu. 

Ellen is also a respected Yoga teacher holding a level II authorization in Ashtanga from KPJAYI, Mysore. She teaches workshops combining Yoga and Buddhist thought Internationally and also conducts retreats and pilgrimages in the Kathmandu Valley.

 During this retreat Ellen will lead the introduction to the retreat on the day of arrival and also lead the sitting meditation on the last morning of the retreat.


Who is this retreat for?

This retreat addresses all those who seek a deeper understanding of meditation and who are prepared to learn step by step from an experienced master. During the week you will get a chance to have personal interviews with Dolpo Tulku as well as attend daily lectures on themes such as Abhidharma (the higher teachings of the Buddha), the nature and structure of our minds and practical approaches to meditation. This will provide a clear guidance and an understanding of the theoretical foundation of meditative practice. Days will commence early with seated meditation, walking meditation, Qi Gong or yoga. There will be 3-4 meditation sessions per day plus additional lectures and Q&A-sessions.

This is a retreat for you who want a precise introduction to meditation or a deepening of your existing meditation practice. Dolpo Tulku is a much sought after and internationally renowned teacher.

Daily schedule

The daily schedule will consist of teachings, sitting meditation sessions, walking meditation, karma yoga, and question and answer sessions.

The retreat will start at 18:00 on the 12th July, when Ellen Johannesen, will welcome you and introduce you to the course structure and give you details on session times. The dinner will follow at 19.00. You can arrive and check-in from 15:00 to 19:00. In case you are arriving outside of these hours, please, let us know about that in advance.

The program starts usually at 5 am by a short yoga session, and is followed by several sessions of silent sitting or walking meditation until the evening. We are serving three delicious vegetarian or vegan meals a day, at 9.00, 13.00 and 19.00 enjoyed in silence. The day is finished by a question and answer session where you are allowed to ask any questions that can arise during the process.

 On the 19th July, Ellen will close up the retreat, and you will check-out from the rooms by 11.00. You are served both breakfast and lunch that day. If you would like to leave earlier after breakfast and get a packed lunch with you, please notify our reception upon your arrival, or at least 1 day before your departure.

Price per person:

Group room (max 3 people): NOK 7790,- (without VAT: NOK 7192,-)

Single room: NOK 9890 ,- (without VAT: NOK 9067,-)


Price includes:

  • The workshop in its wholeness

  • Accommodation at Nøsen Yoga & Mountain Retreat, linen and towels

  • 3 nutritious vegetarian meals a day

  • All workshops and yoga during the retreat

  • Tea, infusion, snacks during workshop

Price does not include:

  • Our café menu, such as special coffee and teas, raw cakes etc.

  • Pick-up to/from Fagernes or Gol (look up "contact" for prices/schedule)