Introduction to the Institute
Building Details - Event Guide - Lodging

You are welcome to visit any day, but please be aware that the office is closed on Wednesdays.

General Information
For information regarding
reservations, fundraising or
any miscellaneous inquiries.
Garchen Buddhist Institute
Attn: Administration
Post Office Box 4318
Chino Valley, Arizona
86323-4318 U.S.A.
Telephone: 928.925.1237

About Us

The Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley has been constructed through the extraordinary generosity of several principal donors.

Now built and available for the benefit of all sentient beings, these wonderful facilities require that the institute pay mortgage, insurance, utility, transportation, and ongoing maintenance costs.

In addition, our communications including telephone, this website, newsletters and notices help sangha members and dharma centers worldwide in organizing and publicizing Garchen Rinpoche's teachings, as well as insuring sangha members can communicate with Garchen Rinpoche wherever he may be.

Garchen Institute Facilities for Conference and Retreat

Nestled in the forested foothills near the mountains surrounding Prescott with spectacular panoramic views of the red cliffs of Sedona, the San Francisco peaks, and Chino Valley, Arizona the Garchen Institute Retreat Center offers a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Garchen Institute facilities are available for individual or group retreats, workshops, classes, weddings, memorial and award ceremonies.

The Garchen Institute retreat center is surrounded by 75 private acres of natural wilderness bordering on the Prescott National Forest.

All our buildings are wheel-chair accessible. All buildings are heated and evaporatively cooled. The Garchen Institute produces its own electricity from solar-panels with generator back-up, and provides water from its own well.

Planning on visiting, check our Event Guide

Directions - click here

Building Details


With seating for 200, the temple is a 43 foot square building with natural hardwood floor and optional colorful Tibetan carpets an open spacious design with large windows with spectacular mountain views. Perfect for classes, workshops, meditations, weddings, and ceremonies.


The dining room, with additional seasonal seating on the covered balcony, provides a beautiful panoramic view. It is supported by a full service kitchen. The spacious 60 x 30 feet dining room can be divided into two sections for multi-purpose use. Ideal for classes, workshops, receptions, group luncheons and dinners.


A central kitchen and dining space separates two bedrooms, each with its own private bath and private entrance. Perfect for contemplative time away, practice or writers retreats, or housing during events.


Divided into four double-occupancy rooms with two common bathrooms and a kitchen, the dorm provides housing during events, for individual practice, or for get-away periods. Please note that the photo showing bunkbeds is not current--all beds are now at ground level.

For more information please contact:

928.925.1237 | Post Office Box 4318 Chino Valley, Arizona 86323-4318 U.S.A. or check our Event Guide

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