Programs

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Retreat Cabins

Open Dates
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The beauty of nature, quietness, and solitude supported me so much in letting the vajra mind shine through. Having time for my practice with no outer worldly pressure helped me to deeply relax into my meditation, creating space. I’m deeply grateful for this precious time on Tara’s Land!     -Vera M. Retreat, or returning back […]

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Retreat Cabins

Open Dates
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The beauty of nature, quietness, and solitude supported me so much in letting the vajra mind shine through. Having time for my practice with no outer worldly pressure helped me to deeply relax into my meditation, creating space. I’m deeply grateful for this precious time on Tara’s Land!     -Vera M. Retreat, or returning back […]

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A Precious Human Birth-Day Weekend

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer

September 29 - October 2, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Come celebrate Lama Tsultrim Allione’s 70th Birthday at Tara Mandala. Join us for a weekend of celebration including a Friday evening wine reception, Saturday Chöd Tsog and an evening concert, featuring Peter Rowan, Erik Jampa Andersson and Karla Jackson-Brewer singing their ‘Dharmatized’ originals. Sunday we will hike to Opal Lake for a picnic. Reserve your […]

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Meditation 101, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Meditation has been scientifically proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, relieve depression, increase productivity, and promote  creative thinking. Mindfulness, which has its roots in the teachings of the Buddha, has hit the mainstream: An NBC announcer has just written a book about it, and teachers are gradually introducing it into our nation’s […]

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Open House & Meditation 101, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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Open House, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors must sign […]

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Open House & Meditation 101

October 7, 2017

Open House Tara Mandala is open to the public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation with time for Q&A and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Please plan to arrive by 9:30am. All visitors […]

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Machig Labdrön in Bhutan: Two Week Pilgrimage

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

October 22 - November 7, 2017

    Join us for this rare opportunity to go on pilgrimage with Lama Tsultrim Allione to one of the last independent Vajrayana Buddhist countries in the world.   Letter from Lama Tsultrim Dear Tara Mandala Community, Several years ago I was contacted by a Bhutanese woman, a scholar with a PhD in Women's Studies […]

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Two Week Pilgrimage to Bhutan Registration – PRIVATE: Registration is valid ONLY if you have been given this link

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

October 22 - November 7, 2017

  Charges • $5,980.00. The first payment of 50%, ($2990) is due with registration, $850.00 of this is non-refundable. • The final payment is due by July 7, 2017.   • For questions regarding billing, payments, etc, please contact Tina at accounts@taramandala.org Cancellation Policy 1. Cancellations must be received in writing for a refund to be issued. We recommend that you send an email […]

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January 1 - 6, 2018

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Chöd: From Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

With Lopön Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer

May 16 - 20, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist tradition of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung and is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum and bell. Healing comes when fear, fixation and self-clinging are cut through, when we nurture and don’t fight what assails us. […]

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Sutrayana: The Journey of the Buddha

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 17 - 24, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Sutrayana looks deeply at the life of the Buddha and his teachings, including the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eight-fold Path and the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination. We will do intensive practice of Shamata (breath awareness) and walking meditation, and we will also learn about Buddhism through the life stories of the Buddha.   […]

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Three Yana Retreat

With Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 17 - July 14, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

The Three Yana retreat will cover the historical and contemplative development of Buddhism involving a combination of meditation practice and daily teachings. During each section there will be noble silence and six hours of practice per day as well as two hours of teachings by Tara Mandala Authorized Teachers. An optional oral exam will be […]

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Green Tara Retreat

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 21 - 24, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Join us to embody Green Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, who provides protection from fears and obstacles. She sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, thus embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day contemplative life. In this retreat you will learn the Green […]

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Vajrayana: The Mandala Principle

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

July 7 - 14, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

In this retreat we will study how the Vajrayana developed historically and learn the fundamentals of Vajrayana practice. Lopön Charlotte will give an introduction to the 5 Buddha families, the mandala principle and deity yoga, as well as transmission for the 5 Dakini Mandala, the 5 Buddha Mandala and the Yab Yum Mandala. There will […]

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Wisdom Rising in the Wild: Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine, A Women’s Wilderness Retreat

With Lopön Chandra Easton and Alexis Slutzky

July 7 - 14, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat will bring the spirit of Wisdom Rising, a movement started by Lama Tsultrim Allione to elevate and heal the feminine, into the wild. Following in the footsteps of the sages of old who lived and practiced in nature, we will practice deeply, sitting under trees in direct contact with the elements, on the […]

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Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level I

With Pieter Oosthuizen and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

July 18 - 23, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Inspired by the ancient practice of Chöd, Feeding Your Demons® is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione that allows us to offer compassion and understanding to our own inner demons rather than engaging in battle and struggling with them. This process is of great benefit when working with a wide variety of personal […]

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Shadow Yoga: In Depth Studies

With Lopön Chandra Easton and Scott Blossom

July 18 - 24, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

This retreat is for students who study with Chandra and Scott and have extensive experience with the Prelude Forms, Nrtta Sadhana and Asana-angahara. We will immerse ourselves in the natural rhythms of morning and evening practice. There will be time for group class and discussion as well as for individualized practice with adjustments. Daily periods […]

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Embodied Awakening: Cultivating Prana in Spiritual Practice

With Dr. Robert Svoboda, Lopön Chandra Easton and Scott Blossom

July 27 - 29, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center

What is the role of prana in spiritual practice? How do we cultivate balanced prana? What are signs of balance and imbalance and what can we do when prana gets out of whack?   Prana (known in Tibetan as rlung and in Chinese as qi) is the cosmic force that links body and mind on […]