Teachings, Courses, & Retreats

  • $648.00 to $876.00 – Generosity Range
  • $533.00 to $647.00 – Sustainability Range
  • $381.00 to $532.00 – Access Range

Date & Time Details: Friday, February 2, 2024 - Sunday, February 4, 2024

Location: Online - Zoom

Suggested Dana Range: $50 - $150

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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Surrendering with Chthonic Earth (online)

With Jeanine M. Canty, PhD

February 2 - 4, 2024

Is it possible that we are immersed in a movement towards surrendering to something greater? Are those of us situated within US centric, western identities collectively yearning to break from our subscription to a rational, individualized, materialistic self and step into the unknown? Might the various subcultures of meditation, psychedelics, sexual freedom, and the shedding of various labels connect with a longing to surrender to the transpersonal?  

Over the course of this weekend, we will immerse in retreat to explore these questions, while holding a greater awareness of:

  • our current ecological crisis 
  • ecopsychology 
  • and collective narcissism.

Together, we will explore  reunion with the transpersonal realms of Earth as a pathway towards collective healing.  Participants should be prepared to work with heavy material and encounter difficult emotions, engage in experiential practices including guided meditation, and will be in respectful, compassionate community.

Recommended Reading (Optional) 

  • Allione, T. (2008). Feeding your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict. Little, Brown and Company.
  • Canty, J. M (2022). Returning the Self to Nature: Undoing Our Collective Narcissism and Healing Our Planet. Shambhala Publications. 
  • Chalquist, C. (2020). Ecological Complexes: Wounded Places, Wounded People. Revision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, 32(4)/33(1), 31-41.
  • Glendinning, C. (2007). My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from western civilization. New Catalyst Books
  • Macy, J. (2007). World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global justice and ecological renewal. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
  • Metzner, R. (1999). Gaia’s Alchemy: Ruin and Renewal of the Earth. In Green psychology: Transforming our Relationship to tRe Earth (pp. 25-43). Park Street Press.
  • Roszak, T. (2001). Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology. Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press.
  • Tacey, D. (2009). Mind and Earth. Jung Journal, 3(2), 15-32. https://doi.org/10.1525/jung.2009.3.2.15


Who Should Attend? 
This program is open to everyone.

Recording Access:
All participants will have a 1-year access period to the recordings.

What is a Tara Mandala Online Program?
Tara Mandala offers online programming via live and pre-recorded curriculum that give you the opportunity to access dharma teachings, engage in guided practice, experience personal retreat and hands-on learning, while connecting with other participants through easy-to-use online platforms and an engaged community network. When needed, the program description and schedule will inform you in advance if and when a specific online session must be attended live if a direct transmission (Tib. lung) may be given. Access to recordings of all sessions will be available for additional viewing for one year. 

Tara Mandala Program Pricing

Choose an amount within this range if you have the financial security and capacity to support Tara Mandala at a higher level. The contributions we receive within this range make it possible for us to offer a below-cost Access Range to those practitioners with a limited income.

 This range is for you if you:

  • Own your own home and live comfortably without financial worry
  • Have investments and savings 
  • Easily have access to money in times of need or emergencies
  • Have the desire to help make the Dharma more accessible to others


Choose an amount within this range if you have the financial capacity to sustain Tara Mandala’s ability to offer high-quality programs. The contributions we gratefully receive within this range enable us to keep our prices low while covering the basic program costs. 

 This range is for you if you:

  • Have the capacity to meet your basic financial needs
  • Make your rent or mortgage and other monthly payments 
  • Are generally able to purchase new items and experiences for yourself
  • Can afford to take trips and go on retreats


Choose an amount within this range if you have limited financial capacity or are currently experiencing financial hardship. The contributions we gratefully receive within this range go toward covering costs and are supported by contributions of those who choose the Generosity Range.

 This range is for you if you:

  • Have difficulty meeting your basic financial needs 
  • Are experiencing housing, employment, or income instability
  • Live paycheck-to-paycheck and and lack money in times of need
  • Face challenges due to devaluation of your currency against the US dollar. 


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 virtual retreat. To learn more about dana and suggested dana ranges, please click here. 

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.

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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The live sessions of the program are listed below. All times are Mountain Standard Time. Please use this link to see how this daily schedule translates into your timezone.

Friday, February 2, 2024:
3:00-5:00pm (MST): Opening Session

Saturday, February 3, 2024
9:00am – 11:00am(MST):  Teachings & Practice Session
1:00pm – 3:00pm(MST): Teaching & Discussion Session

Sunday, February 4, 2024
9:00am – 11:00am(MST):  Teachings & Practice Session
1:00pm – 3:00pm(MST): Closing Session


Jeanine M. Canty, PhD
Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is a professor within the Transformative Studies Doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, working from a distance via the foothills of Boulder, CO. Previously, she was a professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University, a Buddhist inspired institution, and she…
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