Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Rates until June 11, 2024.
  • Camping (All-Gender) – $620.00
  • Commuting – $310.00
  • Dorm Yurt, All-Gender (Old Gompa) – $620.00
  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $620.00
  • Prajna Double – $620.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $900.00

Date & Time Details:
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Location: Tara Mandala Retreat Center

Address: 4000 Burns Canyon Rd (USFS Rd 649) Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Scholarships & Financial Assistance:
Learn more about available financial assistance options and apply for a scholarship here.

Required Program Fee:
Generosity Rate - $456
Sustainability Rate - $376
Access Rate - $268

Suggested Dana Range: $120-360
The program prices do not include teacher offerings (dana). To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

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Skymind: Vast View, Sacred Land (Retreat in Colorado)

With Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen

July 11 - 16, 2024

Buddhist teachings reveal our innate wakefulness and inherent wholeness, asserting that there is no fundamental lack in ourselves, others, or the world. Everything and everyone emerges from the ground of being, the Great Mother, accessible through the essence of our awareness, the nature of our minds. As the esteemed 11th-century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön advises, “rest in your nature.”

But what does this truly mean, and how do we embody this principle in both our practice and daily life?

Join us on the powerful land of Tara Mandala for an immersive exploration of these teachings, as conveyed by Machig. Our program includes daily meditation, reflective contemplations, and engaging discussions. We will delve into some of Machig’s original texts, examining their significance in our modern world and discovering ways to integrate a vast view into meeting the needs of our time.

No matter what sickness occurs in the manifesting circumstances, 
Know that each one is a training exercise. 

Machig’s luminous verses on the ground of being and the nature of awareness come alive as we meditate in wild, sacred places and integrate our perceptions with the raw elements of nature.

When you realize the meaning of no rejecting or accepting,
You rest within the great equanimity.

Embark on this path of radical acceptance with us, where learning meets practice, and ancient wisdom illuminates the way to live with an open heart in our ever-changing world.

The retreat includes:

  • Teachings, contemplation and discussion of Machig’s source texts. You’ll be encouraged to memorize your favorite Machig verses to inspire and guide your daily life after our retreat.
  • Open awareness meditation, ancient and new exercises to train attention, and integration with elements practices.
  • An optional outdoor overnight practice. (This could be an all-night Chöd, for those familiar with the practice).

This program is generously being supported by the Hemera Foundation with a limited number of full and partial Scholarships! Please use the “email us about program” button on this page to apply. Scholarships are available on a first-come basis until they’re awarded or applications close on Friday, July 5th. 

***Please note: Scholarships do not cover travel expenses.***

Who Should Attend:

  • All are welcome. No previous experience necessary.
  • For seasoned practitioners, this retreat offers an opportunity to deepen your engagement with nature of mind teachings and practice, as a way to support your existing practice path.
  • For those who attended last summer’s Skymind retreat – please join us again as we’ll work with new verses and dive deeper into some of our favorite gems.
  • If you joined us for any of our online Skymind courses – we’d love to see you in person! This is a unique retreat that will deepen your Skymind journey. 


Registration for this retreat will close on Monday, July 8, 2024 at 10:00am (MDT). 

To prepare for your visit, we invite you to read our information on Tara Mandala’s Health & Safety Protocols for In-Person Retreats.

Tara Mandala Pricing Guidelines
As we work to become an equitable, diverse and inclusive community, our pricing guidelines are intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of resources that contribute to our access to precious dharma teachings. While we do ask you to look inward, please know there is no right or wrong answer. We encourage you to select the range/rate appropriate to your circumstances. To learn more about Tara Mandala’s pricing guidelines for Online Programs, In-Person Retreats, and Special Promotions, please visit this page

Installment Payment Plan Option at Registration
During registration, students can either pay the program fee in full or select the Installment Payment option. If choosing the installment payment option, students will pay a 50% deposit upon registering and subsequent equal payments will be processed automatically every two-weeks. The final balance is due 14 days before the start of the program.

Deferred Payment Plans and Financial Assistance
Tara Mandala offers two types of financial assistance: Deferred Payment Plans and Scholarships. You may apply for one or both of these types of assistance. Read the terms carefully as outlined on the financial aid application. Please see this page for further information.

Offering dana to the teacher: The practice of offering dana, which means “generosity,” is the traditional offering the student makes to the teacher as a symbol of appreciation, gratitude, and reciprocity for receiving the precious teachings. Information on offering dana to the teacher will be provided during the program. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here.

Sustaining Sangha:
If you are currently a member of our Sustaining Sangha, you may apply your Online Program discount to this course. To learn more about Sustaining Sangha membership, benefits, and discounts, click here

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Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Dorje Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism since the mid 1990’s, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006. She received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016, and Dorje Lopön, Vajra Teacher,…
Learn more about Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam
Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen
Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher 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 Lopön…
Learn more about Lopön Pieter Oosthuizen

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PO Box 3040
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970.731.3711 Web: taramandala.org

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Tara Mandala offers solo and group practice, study, and retreat inspired by and anchored in authentic lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism, nurturing a complete path to ultimate realization as well as exploring the interface between Buddhist teachings and Western psychology … More »