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North American Tours

The North America Tours are opportunities for students of Lama Ole to travel together and make connections with local sangha in the US, Canada and Mexico.

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Courses in the Americas in 2019

The following courses are open for anyone in in the Americas (North, Central and South) to attend:

Oct 11-14 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA
Oct 31-Nov 3 Lima, Peru
Nov 14-17 Cancun, Mexico
Nov 27-Dec 1 Houston, Texas, USA
Dec 12-15 Karma Dechen Ling, Uruguay

For overseas friends, space in the Latin American courses is very limited (and may already be full). The two USA courses are still accepting overseas registrations.

For questions about the Latin American courses, contact the South America tour at

2019 Tours in North America

This year we're organizing two tours connected with the two courses Lama Ole is giving in the US.

  • The Heartland Tour after the course in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in October.
  • The Texas Tour before the November course in Houston, Texas.

On both tours, friends traveling together will organize their own transportation and sleep on the floor in the centers.

Some people have asked us whether there will be time with Lama Ole on the tours. The time to see Ole will be in the gompa during the courses. He made this change to his travel style after advice from his doctors about a year ago, which allows him to maximize the quality he can give during the course sessions. Lama Ole wants us to continue organizing these tours so the sangha can travel and connect internationally. We guarantee from past experience it is a big joy!

The tours are now full. You can still write us at if you'd like to participate and we'll do our best to see what is possible.

Heartland Tour: October 11-21

The course with Lama Ole starts early on Friday October 11th — the first session is at 3pm. Therefore we recommend if you are flying from overseas to arrive in Chicago on the 10th, organize your own overnight accommodation, and then drive to Lake Geneva on Friday.

Shuttles will be available on Friday from Chicago to Lake Geneva. However, we recommend you rent a car in order to travel on after the course (or share a car with friends). You will organize your own transportation for the whole tour.

Lama Ole's last session starts in the afternoon on Monday the 14th. We'll drive to Madison that night. We'll stay in Madison two nights, then drive to Minneapolis and stay there two nights. On Friday, we'll drive to the Heartland Retreat Center and stop in La Crosse on the way. After a weekend at the HRC we'll drive to Chicago on Sunday and stay two nights. You'll sleep on the floors in Madison, Minneapolis, Heartland Retreat Center and Chicago, so be sure to bring a sleeping bag and mat.

Thu Oct 10 Travel to Chicago. Organize your own accommodation.
Fri Oct 11 Drive 1.5 hours to Lake Geneva for the course. The first session with Lama Ole starts at 3pm.
Fri-Mon Oct 11-14 Course in Lake Geneva with Lama Ole
Mon Oct 14 Course ends. Drive 1.5 hours to Madison
Tue Oct 15 Public lecture with TTs in Madison
Wed Oct 16 Drive 4.5 hours to Minneapolis.
Wed-Fri Oct 16-18 Stay in Minneapolis center.
Fri Oct 18 Drive 3 hours to Heartland Retreat Center passing through La Crosse.
Fri-Sun Oct 18-20 Heartland Retreat Center
Sun Oct 20 Drive 4.5 hours to Chicago
Sun-Tue Oct 20-22 Stay in Chicago center
Tue Oct 22 Depart from Chicago.

Texas Tour: November 23 - December 1

Fri Nov 22 Travel day. Arrive in Houston.
Sat-Tue Nov 23-26 Tour through Texas. End back in Houston. Exact stops TBD.
Wed-Sun Nov 27-Dec 1 Course in Houston with Lama Ole

Joining the Tours

Sorry, the tours for 2019 are now full. You can write us at if you want to participate and we'll do our best to help.

For questions about the North America tours please write

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