Family Retreat: The Open Heart | Child Registration

With Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam, Pieter Oosthuizen, Scott Blossom, Jennifer Warren, Alexis Slutzky, Nick King, Nikita Gayle Romanzov, Andy Spall and Stacy Zumbroegel

August 1 - 7, 2020

“Survival of humanity depends on educating the hearts of children.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This year’s family retreat will explore teachings and practices of compassion that open our hearts more fully to ourselves, each other, and the community of life around us. Compassion attunes us to the richness and radiance of interconnectedness, and the vibrant, awake heart that lies within each of us.

We will take a deep dive into the Four Immeasurables – lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity –  through contemplation, discussion and practice, with special focus on tonglen, the practice of “sending and taking.” Each group will engage with age-appropriate teachings and meditative practices to tap into our natural capacity for kindness. As a family, you will develop resources to integrate these practices into your home life on a daily basis. 

This retreat will include family activities, young people’s groups, a parent program, and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, yoga, games, art, time on the land, campfires, council practice, an optional solo wilderness fast for teens, parent discussions, meditation for all, and dharma talks.

The teens will be guided to dive deeper into their own relationships with themselves and each other during an optional 24-hour solo wilderness fast, with several preparatory and integration days. Teens will spend most of the retreat together with their guides in the Kapala Meadow being sent off and received back by their families. 

The Family Retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face-to-face with our own experience and gives us the time and space to slow down and renew our personal practice. 

Open to all ages, four and up. Parents may bring children younger than four years old, but they must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times. 

Payment plans are available and scholarships are awarded as funds become available.

Information and application can be found on our website.

To Register an Adult, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To Register a Teen (ages 12-18), PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Important Note on Yurt Accommodation Option:
Due to a limitation in our software, if you choose the “co-ed yurt (all ages)” accommodation option, please enter “female identify” for all registrations.

Suggested Dana Range: $210 – $350 per person

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 – $350.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Co-ed (all ages) – $385.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Co-ed (all ages) – $385.00
  • Prajna 2 + 1 Family Room – $420.00
  • Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room – $420.00
  • Prajna Double – $455.00
  • Prajna Queen Shared-Bed – $490.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $525.00
  • Tent Cabin – $420.00

Suggested Dana Range: $210-350

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.


Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton
Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher and translator, studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two…
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Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Magyu Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Lopön Charlotte teaches in…
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Pieter Oosthuizen
Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and entrepreneur and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with…
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Scott Blossom
Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1997. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar. In 2011 he founded DoctorBlossom.com, a site…
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Jennifer Warren
Jennifer Warren spent her formative years in Norway, playing in primordial forests. She’s taught elementary school for over 20 years, including 7 in Waldorf schools. Jen is a Certified Master Gardener and Wilderness First Responder. She first became a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner when she lived in Nepal in the 1980’s. Jen is thrilled to be…
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Alexis Slutzky
Alexis Slutzky serves as a wilderness guide, educator and mentor bringing earth-based wisdom and mindfulness practice into contemporary forums. She is a council trainer and works in this capacity with the Ojai Foundation, Center for Council and Pacifica Graduate Institute as well as other forums and is Adjunct faculty at Antioch…
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Nick King
From an early age Nick was enamored with nature, often camping or mountain biking with his family in Southern California. He began traveling solo internationally at fourteen and has since journeyed to Nepal where he took refuge at Kopan Monastery. Now living in California, he works as an outdoor educator…
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Nikita Gayle Romanzov
Nikita remembers spending much of her childhood at Tara Mandala with her mom, Robin Gayle (authorized Tara Mandala teacher and Feeding Your Demons Therapist).  She took refuge with Lama Tsultrim at just one year of age, given the name Shewa Osel. She then returned to Tara Mandala for the summer…
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Andy Spall
Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Andy has been adventuring in the wilderness his entire life. His parents’ philosophy was that for every year he was old he could hike that many miles with his pack in one day. His family hiked often and he climbed his first fourteener…
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Stacy Zumbroegel
Stacy Zumbroegel is a practicing counselor and meditation teacher who lives in Myanmar and California. Her love of the Dharma and Asian culture has her traveling throughout India, Nepal, and Myanmar. She has been practicing Buddhism for over twenty-five years. As a counselor and mentor, Stacy has experience working with…
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