The Mystery Gate: A Coros Meditative Retreat


Friday, April 7 — palm Sunday, April 9
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA


Coros Institute will host a meditation retreat led by Dennis Klocek, director of Consciousness Studies at Rudolf Steiner College, on the theme of the Mystery Gate. This retreat will focus on the three prime tasks of an esoteric student symbolized by the two pillars of death and surrender and the ancient image of the oroboros, the snake biting its tail. Yakim, the pillar of death is the training of the thinking. Boaz the pillar of surrender is the reversal of the will. The oroboros is the need of the student to accept the shadow elements in the psyche.

Using a combination of exercises taken from his new book, the Seer’s Handbook, This meditative journey will lead us from self-awareness to social awareness and culminate in the role of karma in modern social relationships. There also will be an opportunity to build and walk a labyrinth.

The Walker Creek Ranch on 1700 acres of rolling hills is one hour north of San Francisco. The Ranch is rich in history as well as beauty and serenity. The retreat will begin with Friday evening dinner and end with Lunch on Sunday. (Check-in Friday after 2 pm and checkout Sunday 3 pm.)

Dennis Klocek, founder of Coros Institute, is the Director of the Goethean Studies Program, a study of alchemy and transformation, at Rudolf Steiner College.


Conference Fee:$75-120 Does not include meals or lodging.
(Fees above $75 provide sponsored subsidy for students and those in need. Thank you.)
Meals only, No lodging:$80
Room and Meals:Dorm room : 10+ people $140
Semi-private : 2 people $195
Private : share bathroom $275All rooms include Friday dinner, 3 meals Saturday and 2 meals Sunday.
Check-in: Friday after 2 pm
Checkout: Sunday 3 pm.


Registration has been closed.


Walker Creek Ranch is located at 1700 Marshall- Petaluma Road, about 14 miles South West of Petaluma, and 14 miles North West of Novato. If you are coming from along the coast, the Ranch is about fi ve miles East of the town of Marshall, a small town on Tomales Bay.

Directions coming Northbound on Highway 101

  • U. S. 101 to San Marin/Atherton exit in Novato.
  • LEFT on San Marin, over freeway.
    Follow about 3 miles.
  • RIGHT on Novato Boulevard.
    Drive about 6.3 miles until you reach Point Reyes/ Petaluma Road.
  • RIGHT on Point Reyes/Petaluma Road.
    Follow about 1⁄4 mile to Hicks Valley Road.
  • LEFT on Hicks Valley Road.
    Follow about 3.3 miles to Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • LEFT on Marshall/Petaluma Road.
    Proceed 5 miles to 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road.
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.

Directions coming Southbound on Highway 101

  • U.S. 101 to East Washington exit in Petaluma.
  • RIGHT on Washington.
    Follow to Petaluma Blvd.
  • LEFT onto Petaluma Blvd.
    Follow one block.
  • RIGHT onto Western Ave.
    Continue approximately 2 miles until you see a sign for Walker Creek Ranch.
  • LEFT onto Chileno Valley Road.
    This becomes Wilson Hill Road, and eventually becomes Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • Drive approximately 14 miles to1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.