The Golden Sufi Center

The Ocean of the Soul
Retreat with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Thursday, October 23 - Sunday, October 26, 2014
at Granlibakken Conference Center, 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 July 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 August 26th, 2014. If registering after August 26th, 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, 9:00am 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 23, 2014. Arrival from 1:00pm, with first event at 3:00pm. Please arrange any travel with consideration to arrive on time, thank you.
Closing: Sunday, October 26, 2014. Check out of rooms by noon, with departure after lunch.
Please note: Schedule may be subject to change.

Thursday, October 23line


Registration check-in opens: arrival, tea and cookies

3:00pm - 4:45pm

Lecture and meditation


Room check-in continues




Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25line


Main meeting room opens for silent meditation

6:30 - 7:00am

Tea available (outside main meeting room)

7:00 - 8:00am




10:00am - noon

Lecture and questions



3:00 - 5:15pm

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






Sunday, October 26line


Main Meeting Room opens for silent meditation

6:30 - 7:00am

Tea available (outside main meeting room)

7:00 - 8:00am




9:30 - 10:00am

Pack up & check out of rooms by noon

10:00am - noon

Lecture and Questions



about 1:30pm



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). Please note: It is only possible to book the Granlibakken shuttle after September 23, about one month before the retreat begins. Guests wishing to book the shuttle should call Granlibakken (800) 543-3221 at least seven or more days in advance of the event.

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 or may not 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 them. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available upon request.

As of June 12th all Single Standard Housing is fully booked. If you wish to be the waiting list for any possible openings for a Single Standard room, please contact the office. The Double Standard and the Deluxe Single options are still available.

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

$612 fully booked as of June 12th


Double Standard Occupancy

$468fully booked as of July 15th



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


Commuting, including all meals


accommodationEarly 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.

For early arrivals from Wednesday, October 22: you will register and pay for this night through The Golden Sufi Center. Please indicate if you are requesting an arrival from October 22 on the form when submitting your booking request. This will be included in your final invoice, which will be sent in July.
        The rates for the one night early arrival are: Single Deluxe Room $238; Double Deluxe Room $172 (per person); Single Standard Room $197; and Double Standard $149 (per person). These rates include dinner Wednesday, Oct. 22, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Oct. 23.

For arrivals before Wednesday, October 22, or departures after Sunday, October 26: these additional nights are booked and paid directly through Granlibakken, and are charged at a different rate (their bed and breakfast rate). 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.

Please indicate if you require an arrival before October 22 or departure after October 26, with your registration, and include the dates; there will be a place to note this on the form. We will then provide the contact information for Granlibakken.

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 family and child-friendly activities on site, some with additional charges.
        Rates: For children 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 - $140 per night per child, based upon parent's accommodation and if additional rooms are needed.
        If you have an 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 22: $50 cancellation fee.

On or after September 23: 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 13: 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.



Register Online (with Visa/MasterCard only):
Fall 2014 Registration Form

Register by Mail or Fax: Click to Download Registration Form PDF