Skin Out, Skin In: Uncovering the Roots of Racism and Oppression through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

With JoAnna Hardy and Erin Treat

May 20 - 24, 2020


On the path to making a more equitable, just, and awake world, we need to wake up to how the roots of racism and oppression can arise within ourselves. By connecting to how they may arise in ourselves, we can more effectively and compassionately connect to how they arise in other people. How we express ourselves externally comes from direct relationship to our own hearts and minds. Through clarity of heart and mind, we are capable of the greatest wisdom and compassion. 

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work with the internal and external practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which help us more clearly see the conditions of racism and oppression.

Who Should Attend? 

  • This retreat is open to all.
  • We extend a special invitation to people of color and those across the diverse gender spectrum.
  • We offer our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarship fund as a resource for anyone with financial limitations to make it possible to attend. For more information, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance Page

What To Expect?

  • This retreat will be held predominantly in silence practicing the Satipatthana (Four Foundations of Mindfulness) both internally and externally. We will also practice relational exercises to work with the concepts in real time.

Suggested Dana Range: $150 – $250

What is Dana?

  • Dana is a Pali word meaning “generosity.” As one of the six paramitas or “perfections,” the practice of generosity is an integral part of the Buddhist path. Dharma teachings are traditionally offered on the basis of dana which is offered to a teacher in recognition of the precious gift that has been given. Tara Mandala compensates teachers by only covering their travel and room and board while teaching. Tara Mandala suggests a range of dana for each retreat, based on the number of days in which the retreat will take place. There is an opportunity to give dana upon registration directly to the teacher(s) or at the end of each retreat, which is a special time of honoring what has been given and what has been received. For more information about Dana, click here


Date & Time Details: This retreat begins with a mandatory registration period from 2pm to 4pm on the first day and ends after lunch on the last day.

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

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  • Camping (All-Gender) – $400.00
  • Commuting – $400.00
  • Dorm Yurt, All-Gender (Old Gompa) – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's (Vajra) – $490.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $490.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed All-Gender/Family Room – $540.00
  • Prajna Double – $700.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $700.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,125.00
  • Tent Cabin (All-Gender) – $540.00

Suggested Dana Range: $150 - $250

The above prices do not include teacher offerings or dana. If you would like to offer dana for this retreat prior to arrival you can do so here.


JoAnna Hardy
JoAnna Hardy an insight meditation (Vipassanā) practitioner and teacher; founding member of the Meditation Coalition, www.meditationcoalition.com a teacher’s council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, visiting retreat teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center and a collaborator on many online meditation programs. She was born into a Catholic family…
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Erin Treat
Erin Treat is the Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in northern New Mexico and a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, where she is a core faculty teacher of the 6th Community Dharma Leader program.  She lives in Durango, CO and serves as Resident Teacher at the…
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