Introductory Retreats

Introductory Retreats

Tara Mandala offers a variety of retreats, teachings, and training in traditional Buddhist practices and modern transformational methods based on Buddhist principles. There is something for everyone, from the brand new beginner to the seasoned practitioner.

Below you will find upcoming offerings suitable to beginners. You can also read more about different options for beginners here.

Lama Live!

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

Open Dates
Online - Facebook and YouTube
Lama Live! is a livestream event where we can gather together as a community for meditation, prayer, and teachings from Lama Tsultrim Allione and other guest teachers on Sundays at 9am PT.

Feeding Your Demons® – Online Program

With Lama Tsultrim Allione, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Pieter Oosthuizen

Open Dates
Online
Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) is a profoundly effective method for recognizing and transforming the deep-seated patterns, triggers, and neuroses that undermine the quality and enjoyment of our lives. Learn more about the whole program here.

The Wakeful Body: An Introductory Daylong Intensive – Virtual Retreat

With Lama Willa Blythe Baker

December 10, 2022
Online - Zoom
In her recent book The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom, Willa Blythe Baker addresses the problem of body-mind dualism and invites readers to connect with the natural wisdom of the body as a path to awakening. The three parts of this book explore these layers through…

The Return of the Light – Winter Solstice Ceremony (ONLINE)

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

December 21, 2022
Online - Zoom
Join us this Winter Solstice as we begin a magical new cycle on this precious planet.  The Winter Solstice provides an opportunity for us to sit in the great mystery as we feel the earth turn back toward the light.  This time of year has been honored throughout history in…

One Taste: Embracing Difference, Embodying Equity – A Virtual Dharma Talk (ONLINE)

With Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.

January 16, 2023
Online - Zoom
The experience of ‘One Taste,’ can be found in Vajrayana Buddhism.  Practicing ‘One Taste’ in a tantric feast moves us away from our habitual discriminatory behaviors.  So frequently, we approach or react to events, people, and objects in our world from 3 perspectives:  1)  I like it, and I want…

Resting in the Eye of the Storm: Practices for Hope, Healing & Resilience – ONLINE

With Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

January 27 - 29, 2023
Online - Zoom
Join us for an immersive weekend in virtual retreat. Motivated by compassion for beings, Siddhartha left the comfort, status, and certainty of his palace life to seek the answers to the questions burning in him. He wanted to know the cause of old age, sickness, and death, and how to…

Returning to Our Roots – Voices of the Sacred Feminine in Early Buddhism – ONLINE

With Wendy Garling

March 25 - 26, 2023
Online
Tara Mandala invites you to join us for a celebration of women and the sacred feminine at the roots of Buddhism. This two-day virtual retreat with Wendy Garling promises a joyful immersion in storytelling, contemplation, and practice. Together, we will encounter the spiritual power of the first Buddhist women and…

The Wakeful Body: Yoga and Meditation as an Integrated Path – ONLINE

With Lama Willa Blythe Baker

September 6 - October 11, 2023
Online - Zoom
Tara Mandala Online is pleased to invite you for weekly program over a series of six weeks with Lama Willa Blythe Baker. Many of us have a complicated relationship to the body. In its vulnerability to aging and illness, we tend to think of our body in ordinary or even…