Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Rates until September 5, 2024.
  • Camping (All-Gender) – $1,487.00
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  • Dorm Yurt, Women's (Padma Yurt) – $1,487.00
  • Prajna Double – $1,487.00
  • Prajna Queen Single – $2,160.00

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, October 5, 2024 - November 2, 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 - $2,413
Sustainability Rate - $1,877
Access Rate - $1,341

Suggested Dana Range: The suggested weekly rate of dana offerings for each teacher is $120-$300
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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Tara Mandala Autumn Month-Long Practice Retreat 2024 (Retreat in Colorado)

With Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje, Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Dorje Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam and Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

October 5 - November 2, 2024

***UPDATE: As of April 19, 2024, registration for this program is no longer available. Please visit our calendar to view our upcoming offerings.***

With great excitement, we announce the fruition of a long-held aspiration to offer a month-long practice retreat where we step out of our regular routine and experience the simplicity and beauty of turning inward and cultivating our personal practice. As the autumn leaves fall and sap returns to its core, we too can release our outward focused activity and return to and nurture our true essence. The simplicity of the daily schedule held within the container of community will provide a welcomed alternative to our busy lives. This retreat is a precious gift we offer ourselves.

During this retreat, you will:

  • Immerse yourself in a  progressive path of meditation focusing on Calm Abiding (Shamatha) and Insight (Vipashyana), with each week building upon the previous week.
  • Learn Calm Abiding meditation with an object, the Four Applications of Mindfulness, Calm Abiding without an object, and open awareness.
  • Receive Dharma talks and teachings
  • Receive individual guidance by qualified teachers
  • Participate in daily group and solo meditation sessions
  • Integrate your practice and community work with other retreatants 
  • Ground yourself on the sacred land of Tara Mandala through walking and practicing in nature.


Who should attend?
This program is open to anyone.

Daily & Weekly Schedule

  • Each week is composed of six days of intensive practice followed by one personal day.
  • Saturdays are Personal Days. A Personal Day is, in contrast to a Practice Day, a day for participants to attend to their own personal matters, whatever those may be, such as resting, reading, drawing, hiking, calling family/friends, hanging out with fellow practitioners, etc. To enable you to step fully into contemplation and retreat while supporting the integrity of the community and cohort as a whole, we encourage you to remain at the retreat center. If needs present, our onsite team can assist in meeting those needs during their regularly scheduled trips to town.   
  • Please refer below to the daily schedule of a Practice Day:


Practice Day Schedule:
7:00am – 7:45am: Meditation Session
8:00am – 8:45am: Silent Breakfast
8:45am – 9:30am: Community Work Practice / Personal Time
10:00am – 12:45pm: Morning Session
1:00pm – 1:45pm: Silent Lunch
1:45pm – 2:30pm: Community Work Practice / Personal Time
3:45pm – 5:45pm: Afternoon Session
6:00pm – 6:45pm: Dinner
6:45pm – 7:30pm: Community Work Practice / Personal Time
7:45pm – 8:30pm: Meditation Session

Morning and Afternoon Sessions include: meditation, embodied movement, outdoor practice; dharma talks and teachings, council circle, personal interviews, personal practice time. 

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

Registration for this retreat will close on Tuesday, October 1, 2024 at 10:00am (MDT). 

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 Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje
Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje was born in Rome, Italy in 1980 to an Italian filmmaker, Costanzo Allione, and Lama Tsultrim Allione.  Since birth, he’s been immersed in the Dharma. There were often Tibetan Lamas at home and most vacations were spent at retreat centers with Lamas such as Lopön…
Learn more about Dorje Gyaltsab Tulku Ösel Dorje
Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton
Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton is a Dharma teacher, author, and translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts. She serves on Tara Mandala’s Prajna (Teacher) Council, Executive Committee, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Council. She develops programs and curricula for Tara Mandala, as well as teaches nationally and internationally.  She is the author…
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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 Polly Ryan, MA, MFT
Lopön Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992.   She has a BA in music performance, a certificate in Music therapy, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and has been a licensed therapist in California and Nevada for 40 years. Feeding Your Demons®…
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Tara Mandala

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

Mission Statement

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 »