CNNR Chöd Daylong Intensive – VIRTUAL RETREAT

With Karla Jackson-Brewer

November 7, 2020

A Tara Mandala Virtual Retreat 

Have you been practicing Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (CNNR) Chöd and are encountering some challenges? 

Devoted Chöd practitioner and Authorized Teacher Karla Jackson-Brewer will offer a special opportunity for seasoned and brand new Chöd practitioners to receive support in their practice, ask questions and receive advice with helpful tips and reinforcement.

In this daylong retreat you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive direct support on chöd drumming patterns used for CNNR Chöd practice.
  • Learn how to take care and provide maintenance for your practice implements.
  • Receive feedback on CNNR Chöd melodies.

Who Should Attend? 

  • This retreat is open to CNNR Chöd practitioners seeking answers to practical questions and useful one-on-one feedback.
  • Participants must already know and have received teachings and transmission of the CNNR Chöd practice as no such instruction will be provided during this retreat.
  • We offer scholarships and deferred payment plans as resources for anyone with financial limitations. For more information and to apply, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance Page.

To prepare for this retreat, you will need:

  • A Chöd drum, Bell and Vajra.
  • Your list on hand of all the challenges, questions, and concerns you are encountering as you practice Chöd.
  • Optional: To enhance your practice, we’ve curated a special bundle for this retreat with items from our Dakini Store. This is a wonderful way to support Tara Mandala. See the Chöd Daylong Intensive Bundle here.

What is a Virtual Retreat?

Virtual Retreats are Tara Mandala At-Home intensive retreats, teachings and in-depth workshops during which practitioners receive dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, hands-on learning, and connect with other participants through an easy-to-use online platform (Zoom) during consecutive days (with few exceptions) and daylong offerings. This modality of learning is appropriate for practitioners who are able to create a practice container of their own, setting aside a dedicated retreat space, removing from social media, and taking care of necessities with the mind of compassion in action for the specific dates and times that the teachings occur. 

Virtual Retreats are meant to be attended live given that direct transmission (Tib. lung) may be given. However, access to recordings of the sessions are available for up to 7 days after the end of the last session for additional viewing.


We’re asking our community to support Tara Mandala financially by considering our tiered-pricing model for our virtual retreats which we are launching  in 2020 to support those in our community that cannot travel due to the pandemic. These are difficult times for everyone, and Tara Mandala is no exception. We encourage you to pay at the highest level within your capacity to support Tara Mandala, our staff, and our sangha. We thank you in advance for your support and your practice!

$80 – Essential Level

Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs of holding this specific retreat, including compensating our teachers. 

$98 – Luminous Level (includes a 20% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

Registration at this level helps support basic costs of this retreat, and additionally supports our onsite staff  at Tara Mandala during this year of uncertainty.

$108 – Mandala Level (includes a 30% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)

Registration at this level helps Tara Mandala cover basic costs for this retreat, supports staff, facilities maintenance and other critical operational needs onsite this year.

Any additional contribution to our Annual Fund will allow Tara Mandala Retreat Center to continue to be a year-round center, a repository for wisdom literature, a center for translation, a beacon for the feminine in Buddhism, an active dharma center with weekly dharma study and practice that provides refuge for deep practice and transformation. If you are able to provide a generous contribution beyond the prices listed above, you will also have the opportunity to do so in your registration and/or during the retreat.

Similarly, if you would like to offer Dana to the teachers leading this retreat, the information to do so will be provided during the virtual retreat sessions.


Listed times are the online portions of the retreat. All times are Mountain Time. 

Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Saturday, November 7:

8:00am-8:45am MT: CNNR Chöd Practice
10:00am-12:00pm MT: Text & Practice review, Visualizations, Q & A
2:00pm-4:00pm MT: Drumming/ bell/ singing review/teaching
4:30pm-5:45pm MT: CNNR Chöd Practice

Date & Time Details: November 7, 2020 8:00am-5:45pm Mountain Time

Location: Online - Zoom

Email us about program
  • $80.00 – Essential Level
  • $98.00 – Luminous Level (includes a 20% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)
  • $108.00 – Mandala Level (includes a 30% discount for self-paced online courses valid for 3 months)


Karla Jackson-Brewer
Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S., Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 31 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Löpon Chandra Easton. She has also taught and led Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala Sangha…
Learn more about Karla Jackson-Brewer