The Golden Sufi Center

The Ocean of the Soul
Retreat with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3, 2013
at Granlibakken, Lake Tahoe, CA

Footprints but come
to the Ocean's shore.
Therein, no trace


The Sufi path of love takes the wayfarer into the very depths of the soul. In this retreat we will explore this journey of divine love, the love affair that belongs to the core of our being. In our culture we tend to limit love within the sphere of personal relationships, but real love is a primal power that can open our heart and awaken us to the secret hidden within ourself and within creation. For the mystic, God is the silent emptiness and is therefore most easily reached in silence.
         Guided by Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, we will practice the silent meditation of the heart. As part of our Sufi tradition there will also be time for discussing dreams and sohbet, spiritual conversation with the teacher.


Important, please note:
This is the annual North American retreat for those following this Sufi path. Those who have a specific expressed interest in this path of Sufism, or in the teachings of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, are very welcome to attend. However, if this is the first time you are inquiring, and you are not from one of the meditation groups, or if you have not attended one of the prior retreats with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, it will be helpful and we request you please first contact the office before registering. Thank you.


Registration | Schedule | Location | Seminar Fee | Accommodation Rates | Families

Advance registration is required, and it is not possible to attend for only part of the retreat. A deposit of $300 per person is due with your registration request, and a confirmation note will be sent within 1-2 weeks of receipt of your registration request. Registration takes place through The Golden Sufi Center.
         Sometime in June we will send the final confirmation, including your assigned housing, an invoice with the balance due, payment information, and further confirmation details. Final payment is due by or before September 2, 2013. If you are registering after September 2, final payment will be due upon receiving our confirmation of your booking. Please click here for the cancellation policy.

TO REGISTER: please read the important details below, and then follow the link at the bottom to access the online registration form or the form to register by mail. Please note that registration is definite after confirmation only! An initial confirmation will be sent within a 1-2 weeks of receipt of your registration request. The Golden Sufi Center reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse admission to this event.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact
The Golden Sufi Center Office, hours are generally Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm, PT, tel: 415-663-0100, fax: 415-663-0103
mailing: P.O. Box 456, Point Reyes Station, CA, 94956

Opening: Thursday, October 31, 2013. Arrival from 1:00pm, with first event at 3:00pm. Please arrange any travel with consideration to arrive on time, thank you.
Closing: Sunday, November 3, 2013. Check-out of rooms by 11:00am, with departure after lunch.

Thursday, October 31line


Registration Check-in Opens: Arrival, tea and cookies

3:00pm - 4:45pm

Lecture and Meditation


Room Check-in Continues




Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2line

7:30 - 8:15am




10:00am - noon

Lecture and Questions



3:00 - 5:15pm

Meditation and Sohbet (spiritual discussion), including break with tea and cookies






Sunday, November 3line

7:30 - 8:15am




9:30 - 10:00am

Pack up & Check-Out of rooms by 11am

10:00am - noon

Lecture and Questions



about 1:30pm


Please note: schedule may be subject to change.


Granlibakken Map

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Granlibakken Conference Center
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
tel: (530) 583-4242

Getting there: Granlibakken Conference Center and Resort is located in a tranquil mountain setting, about a 3-4 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and Airports, or a 1.5 hour drive from the Reno-Tahoe Airport.

Shuttle from Reno-Tahoe Airport: Granlibakken offers an airport shuttle service by advance registration only, to and/or from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, for $90/person (single rider) or $45/person (2 + passengers). Guests wishing to book the shuttle should call Granlibakken (800) 543-3221 seven or more days in advance of the event. Please note: it is only possible to book the Granlibakken shuttle after October 1st, about one month before the retreat begins.

Seminar Fee
Seminar Fee
(meals and accommodation not included): $300

accommodationRates for Accommodations & Meals

The following rates include accommodation and meals, starting with dinner Thursday and ending with lunch on Sunday. The seminar fee is not included in the following prices.
         Meals: meals are mainly vegetarian, with some chicken and fish. Gluten-free and non-dairy options are available -- any special allergy or medical diets should be noted when you register in the "Special Needs" section of the registration form.
         All rooms have private bath, separate entrance, TV with DVD, telephone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access. The majority of rooms are Standard Rooms, which consist of bedroom units in the main lodge or in one of the complexes, or a private room within a townhouse (if room is in a townhouse, then there is a shared living/dining and kitchen area). Deluxe Rooms may also include a combination of private deck, fireplace, and light kitchen facilities.
         Please note, other than selecting standard or deluxe, it is not possible to request specific housing location or type.
         Please note indicate in the "Special Needs" section at the time of your booking if you have any physical limitations—there are a limited number or rooms on-site accessible for the physically disabled, and we would like to ensure they are allocated to those who need. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available upon request.

Rate per person for the duration of the retreat, including all meals, not including seminar fee ($300)


Single Deluxe Occupancy


Double Deluxe Occupancy



Single Standard Occupancy

$610 Fully booked as of June 11th.


Double Standard Occupancy

$466 Fully booked as of June 11th.

As of June 11th all Standard Housing is fully booked. If you wish to be the waiting list for any possible openings for a standard room, please contact the office.
Deluxe Housing is still available!



It is also possible to attend at the seminar without accommodation, meals are included. Rate is per person, and do not include the seminar fee ($300).


Commuting, including all meals


Early Arrival or Late Departure: For those traveling from abroad or long distances, it is possible to arrive a day earlier or depart a day later if needed. Please indicate if you require an early arrival or late departure at the time of your registration, there will be a place to note this on the form. Although we will make note of your request, any additional nights outside the retreat will be charged at a different rate, and booked and paid directly through Granlibakken. Please note for additional night stays outside the retreat dates, although Granlibakken will try to keep you in the same booked accommodation, you may have to shift rooms.

Families with children are welcome. Please note, although an area will be provided for the children, childcare is not provided, you are responsible for looking after your children during the retreat. And, although children are most welcome, the talks and sessions are not suitable for children to attend. Granlibakken offers various good activities on site, some with additional charges.
        Rates: For child/ren ages 3 and under in a shared room, there is no fee. For children 4 and older, accommodation costs, which include all meals, range from $67 - $139 per night per child, based upon parent's accommodation and if additional rooms are needed.
        If you have interest to attend with children, before registering please contact the office so we can assist with determining the best possible pricing and accommodation option for you and your family.


On or before September 30th: $50 cancellation fee

On or after October 1st: cancellations are charged $150 per adult, and $25 per child. If we cannot fill your pre-booked accommodation and The Golden Sufi Center has to pay for your pre-booked accommodation and meal fees, then you are also responsible for paying such fees, or a portion of it as determined by The Golden Sufi Center agreement with the Conference site.

On or after October 28th: cancellations will be charged 2 nights at the pre-booked rates as above, plus a $150 cancellation fee per adult, and $25 per child. If we cannot fill your pre-booked accommodation and The Golden Sufi Center has to pay for your full pre-booked accommodation and meal fees, then you are responsible for paying such fees, or a portion of it as determined by The Golden Sufi Center agreement with the Conference site.



As of October 29th it is no longer possible to register online,
and from Wednesday, October 30th, registration is closed.

Advance registration required, and partial attendance is not possible.
Thank you.