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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Personal Retreat in Prajna Residence Hall 2017 – 2018

October 9, 2017 - May 11, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
October 7, 2016 - May 5, 2017 A one-week minimum is required. Fridays are check-in and check-out days.   We are happy to announce that the Prajña Residence Hall will be open for personal retreats during the above dates pending availability around group retreats. In cases of smaller group retreats,…

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…

Green Tara Retreat

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

December 7 - 10, 2017
Green Tara, the female Buddha, is one of the most popular meditative deities in Tibetan Buddhism. Known for providing protection from fears and obstacles, she sits with one foot in the meditative posture and one foot in the world, embodying active compassion and serving as a model for modern day…

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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…

Sacred Tibetan Art Retreat

With Lama Gyurme

May 24 - 27, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Tibetan master artist, Lama Gyurme, who painted the beautiful frescos in Tara Mandala’s Trikaya Tara Temple, will teach the origin of Tibet's Sacred Art and give lessons on how to draw and paint Tibetan Thangkas as a beginner. He will teach how to draw the Buddha and various Deities, how…

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…

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…

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…

Mahayana: Vast View, Open Heart

With Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Pieter Oosthuizen

June 27 - July 4, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat will explore new developments that took place during the Mahayana period such as the Prajnaparamita Sutra, Madhyamaka and Yogacara philosophies, Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on Tonglen, the Four Immeasurables, and the Six Paramitas will also be taught. We are excited to announce…

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

With Lopön Chandra Easton, Alexis Slutzky and Stacy Zumbroegel

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…

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…

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…

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…

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level III

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Pieter Oosthuizen

July 27 - August 1, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
In Kapala Training Level III we will go further into Machig Labdrön’s lineage, learning specific new practices and deepening our understanding of the roots and branches of her lineage tree. Lama Tsultrim will give the Machig empowerment and associated practices during this retreat. This is a required retreat for the…

Feeding Your Demons®: Kapala Training Level II

With Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

July 27 - August 1, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat consists of a deepening of the Prajña Paramita practice, an introduction to Jamgön Kongtrül’s text “Transmitting the Meaning of the Mother,” and Machig Labdrön’s method for cutting through discursive thoughts with sound. FYD® work will expand through mapping of family lineage demons, physical body demons, and hydra demons.…

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…

Gateway Complete Transmission: Trekchö (By Invitation Only – Completes)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 5 - 9, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
This retreat is required for all Complete Transmission (“Completes”) participants who have met their samaya requirements for the Semjong practices. These are closed teachings and only open to those who are part of the “Completes” cohort.  

Gateway Foundation: Parchangma Chöd & Tulzhug (By Invitation Only – Tigers)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Anna Raithel

August 22 - 26, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The Parchangma Chöd is an integral part of Do Khyentse’s Dzinpa Rangdröl (Self-Liberation of Clinging) treasure cycle (terma). In this retreat, you will learn the five melodies and the musical patterns for the drum, bell, and kangling. Chöd is a powerful practice that brings understanding to the root of our…

P’howa: Transference of Consciousness at the Moment of Death

August 31 - September 3, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
The practice of Chenrezig P’howa is the extraordinary Vajrayana method for attaining rebirth in Amitabha Buddha’s pure realm. P’howa means transferring consciousness from one state to another. At the moment of death, the skillful means of the “P’howa of three recognitions” allows us to direct our consciousness out of our…

Prana Mandala Vinyasa – Embodying the Heart of the Mandala

With Shiva Rea and Demetri Velisarius

September 19 - 23, 2018
Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Join us for a Movement Meditation Immersion and Teacher Immersion with Shiva Rea, Demetri Velisarius and Live Music Artists. “The Yogin unites with the Divine through a Mandala of Mudrās as the flowing dance of embodied divinity.” - Rudra Yāmala Tantra   Embody the heart of the mandala, deepen in…