Pay It Forward Retreat Initiative


Thanks to the support of benefactors and our sangha, we are delighted to launch in 2020 our Pay It Forward retreats.

Pay It Forward Model At A Glance

  • There are no specified fees for this retreat; there is only a deposit required to secure a space.
  • This deposit can be donated to our Pay It Forward fund or refunded at the end of the retreat.
  • Financial assistance is available.
  • You will have an opportunity to make an additional donation to Tara Mandala to support this fund.
  • Because these retreats are being offered at a reduced rate already, sustaining sangha discounts do not apply.

Who pays for this retreat?

This retreat has been made possible by the sponsorship of someone who came before you to a retreat like this. To attend a Pay it Forward retreat only requires a refundable deposit to reserve your spot. At the end of the retreat, providing you have attended every session, you will have the option to have your deposit refunded to you or you can choose to donate your deposit. By this act of generosity, you Pay It Forward for another retreat of this kind and ensure someone else will be able to benefit from attending a Tara Mandala retreat like you have. This model is being offered as part of Tara Mandala’s effort to make the Dharma more accessible to all.

Are all Tara Mandala retreats being offered with this model?

Tara Mandala is not able to offer all retreats under this initiative. However, it is our intention to provide several opportunities every season for affordable access to our retreats through this model. Please note at the top of a retreat listing for a specific label or title that will inform you if a retreat has been designated to use this model.

How does this donation system work?

At the end of the retreat, you will be invited to make a contribution based on what feels right to you. 100% of your contribution will go towards supporting access to Pay It Forward retreats where people can continue to receive the gift of the Dharma.

Is there a deposit?

Yes. A deposit is required to reserve a space for this retreat. Your deposit may be refunded upon request as long as you attend every session of the retreat in full (attendance will be monitored by the session moderator). You may also offer the deposit back to the Pay It Forward fund, along with any additional donation you may want to make to Tara Mandala as discussed above. Any refund requested would be processed through your credit card used for your initial deposit.

What is the cancellation policy for this kind of retreat?

Tara Mandala’s general cancellation policies do not apply to this retreat. There are no refunds if a participant chooses to cancel their attendance prior to retreat completion. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: At the moment, Tara Mandala has waived all normal cancellation fees for changes made in relation to COVID-19.

Lodging for Pay it Forward onsite retreats at Tara Mandala Colorado 

In the case of in-person retreats at our main retreat center, all lodging options are available on a first come – first serve basis.

Is Financial Aid available for this retreat?

Yes. If you are unable to afford the deposit at this time, please apply for financial assistance. Please note that only the amount that you pay for this retreat will be eligible for a refund according to this Pay It Forward model. 

Photo by Hilma af Klint

Teacher’s Fees

Teacher fees are covered by our Pay It Forward program. However, we invite you to consider offering a donation (Dana) to the teacher of this retreat if you feel inspired. We will provide links for offering Dana before and at the end of the retreat. For more information about Dana, click here.