Tog Chod Retreat

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Tog Chöd
Wisdom Sword Retreat

Experience a unique and powerful moving meditation
to reduce thought, develop mindfulness and cultivate confidence.

November 9 - 11, 2018

Synergia Ranch
Santa Fe, NM

The Wisdom Sword

The Wisdom Sword

What is Tog Chöd?

Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche founded this Wisdom Sword Practice.

Rooted in Buddhist principles, it is a moving meditation with a sword. This powerful technique harnesses our inner power, bringing us swiftly into the present moment.

While it is a dynamic, fast practice, at its heart, Tog Chöd is a mental training.

There is no enemy outside ourselves. The only enemy we fight in Tog Chöd is our negative emotions, which we slay with every slice of our sword.

With this practice, you will learn how to calm and clear the mind, cease distracting and self-limiting thoughts, and tap into your inner power. The result is courage and confidence and clarity to make good decisions for a good life.

Plus, it’s really fun!


Tulku Lobsang, pioneer of Tog Chöd

Tulku Lobsang, pioneer of Tog Chöd

What You Receive

  • Learn the dynamic forms of Tulku Lobsang’s Tog Chöd practice.

  • Receive a wooden sword to practice with at the retreat, with an option to purchase.

  • Understand the Buddhist principles and philosophy that inform the rich context of this practice.

  • Experience the Lu Jong Five Elements Movements, to open the spine and energize the body.

  • Discover the power of mantras for deep relaxation and toning the nervous system.

  • Harness the power of the breath and learn techniques for breath retention.

  • Have fun, while you connect with your body, the deep nature of your mind, and a great group of people.

The Synergia Dome, where we will be swinging our swords!

The Synergia Dome, where we will be swinging our swords!



About Synergia Ranch

Located 30 minutes from the center of historic Santa Fe and 45 minutes drive from Albuquerque, Synergia Ranch is set on 111 acres of high desert prairie, dotted with pinon and juniper trees. Explore the organic garden or walk through the orchard or many hiking trails through the quiet desert landscape.

This Center of Innovation and Research was founded by John Allen, who hand built the magnificent geodesic dome, where we will be doing our sword practice.

Meals and Accommodations

  • 3 meals per full day are included in the retreat cost. Omnivore and vegetarian options are available. Please communicate with us about any other food allergies or requests.

  • Double and single room options


  • Wireless internet is available at the ranch.

  • Coffee and tea are available throughout the day

  • 4.5 acres of unique high desert orchard

More about Synergia Ranch

Travel Information

Transportation to the Center

From Santa Fe

Take Hwy 14 south toward Madrid (either from the I-25 exit or as a continuation of Cerrillos Rd.). About 1 1/2 mi. S from I-25, you’ll cross Hwy 599, where there’s an Allsups store and a gas station. Keep going. About 6.8 miles further south, you’ll come to a minor crossroad labeled as County Road 44 to the left, and County Road 45 to the right. Turn RIGHT on County Road 45 (to the West). This road is also called Bonanza Creek Rd. If you pass by the Lone Butte County Store, you’ve just missed the turn. Go back a few hundred yards and you’ll see it. From the turn-off onto County Road 45, go 1.5 miles until the road makes a sweeping curve to the right. DON’t follow that curve — instead, go straight ahead on the dirt road labeled Silver Hills Road. About 100 yards further, there’s a dirt drive to the left labeled Synergia Road. You have arrived!


From Albuquerque

Take I-25 north, and go 42 miles to Exit 271 to La Cienega. Jog to the right, then turn Right to get onto the frontage road paralleling I-25 going back south. Continue 1 mile on the frontage road to the turn-off for County Road 45 (also called Bonanza Creek Road). Turn Left here, heading east. The signs there direct you to Los Cerrillos, Bonanza Creek, and Rancho Allegre. Just over 5 miles on the fourth major bend going to the left, DO NOT continue around the bend. Instead, look for the dirt road heading to the right from the bend in the road. Go right (west) there onto Silver Hills Road. You’re almost there! About 300 yards further, look for Synergia Road on the your left. You have arrived!

If lost, call (505) 471-2573 or Cell Phone (505) 690-8541

Please see this page for more travel details.

Arrival Day Schedule
Friday, November 9, 2018

Between 4 pm - 6 pm

6:30 pm

Opening Session:
We will having a welcome and orientation session Friday evening after dinner, around 7:30 pm.

Departure Day Schedule  
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Conclusion Session:
Our final teaching will end by 1 pm.

1 pm

Depart Synergia:
2 - 3 pm

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Sample Schedule

7:00 - 8:00 am      Morning Practice
8:00 - 9:00 am      Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am Free
10:30 - 1:00 pm     Teaching & Practice
1:00 - 2:00 pm      Lunch
2:00 - 4:30 pm    Free
4:30-6:30 pm        Teaching & Practice
6:30-7:30 pm        Dinner
8:00-8:30 pm       Guided Relaxation 

Experience an energizing AND calming practice in a beautiful setting.



- All Retreat Activities
(Daily morning practice, Background teachings, Movement Instruction, Breat)

- All Meals

- Accommodations
(Choose between single or double.)

Does Not Include:

- Travel from your home to Synergia



(All Prices are in USD)

Private Room            

Double Room            




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Cancellation Policy

If it is necessary to cancel your participation in this retreat, there is a $75 non-refundable registration fee.

The remaining amount above $75 is refundable until 21 days before the start of the retreat.

If canceling within less than 21 days before start of the retreat, 50% of the full value is non-refundable and the other 50% may be applied toward any future Tibetan Healing Movement event. 


About Your Teacher

Farrah Garan has dedicated her life to spreading the deep wisdom of the Tibetan healing arts. Her aim is to make these simple—but powerfully effective—practices widely known so that many may benefit. 

Farrah first learned Lu Jong in 2002 and has developed a deep love for it and the other Tantrayana practices she has received from Tulku Lobsang, including Tsa Lung, Tog Chöd and Tummo. Again and again, she experiences in herself and witnesses in her students the vitality, clarity and joy that is a benefit of these profound methods.

Read what others have said about Farrah's teachings on the Testimonials page.

Read more about Farrah's background here.


Is This Retreat Right For You?

Do you want to develop mindfulness and be more in control of your emotions?

Do you want to strengthen your resolve so that you can be more decisive and follow-through with your decisions?

Do you enjoy exploring Buddhist principles and practical ways that they can inform your life?

Do you want to feel your body and tap into its power?

Then this retreat is for you and we hope to see you in New Mexico!

If you have any questions, please reach out by clicking the button below. We’ll be happy to connect.

Tulku Lobsang, Farrah's teacher and the pioneer of introducing Tog Chöd.

Tulku Lobsang, Farrah's teacher and the pioneer of introducing Tog Chöd.