Descent and Emergence: A Mythic Journey for Challenging Times

With Lama Tsultrim Allione and Michael Meade

June 25 - 30, 2020

Join mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade and Buddhist teacher and bestselling author Lama Tsultrim Allione for an intensive four-day retreat.

We are witnessing a unique period of radical climate change as well as world-wide social turmoil. Despite and because of the chaos in the world, we long for the type of deep descent provided by initiation in order to be reborn into greater wisdom and clarity. 

The medicines needed for healing the conflicts in the outer world can only be found in the depths of the individual soul. In order to find the natural epiphanies and hidden gold of each life, we need to experience a process that renews the natural dharma or innate law of our deepest being. Such a renewal involves an intensification of being which brings greater energy to one’s life, while also providing signs and symbols of the path our soul would have us take.

Creation wishes to continue, yet can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. This retreat is about tuning in to the exact calling of our deepest being to envision the changes that our souls would have us undertake. In order to transform, we must meet our inner demons and convert them into allies in self-revelation as we find creative ways to become agents of healing and change in a world gone wrong.

Suggested Dana Range: $180-$300

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) – $480.00
  • Commuting – $480.00
  • Dorm Yurt, All-Gender (Old Gompa) – $588.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Men's (Vajra) – $588.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $588.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed All-Gender/Family Room – $648.00
  • Prajna Double – $840.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $840.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $1,350.00
  • Tent Cabin (All-Gender) – $648.00

Suggested Dana Range: $180 - $300

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.


Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala.  She is author of Women of Wisdom, Feeding Your Demons, and Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as…
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Michael Meade
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals.  He is the author of Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World,The Genius…
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