Every ordination retreat involves a large amount of symbolic activity which needs a lot of preparatory work. Those to become ordained have to prepare special gTormas and learn a specific dance. Then they go on a specific retreat within the retreat to finally get ready for the ordination per se. The ordination ceremony itself is a huge empowerment in which a large number of tantric implements are used which need to be polished in advance. After the ordination there is a big fire ceremony which concludes the symbolic transformation.
Apart from all that the usual retreat activity is happening, which includes morning practice, wonderful meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, work on the land in the afternoon and formal teachings from the lineage holders in the evening. Ordination retreats in particular provide this feeling of warping time, where it is hard to believe how much is happening within a very brief period of time, where time flies by but one gets the feeling that one has stayed at Drala Jong for much longer than is actually the case. It is magical but completely ordinary at the same time.