Residential retreats at Tara Mandala offer opportunities to enter a caring, group container for undertaking intensive meditation and deepening of Buddhist practice and study. The mindfulness and meditation practices taught on retreats are often accompanied and complemented by training in methods to effectively guide and empower our capacity to become role models in the world through methods, such as, Feeding Your Demons® and Mandala Training processes developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione.
Our residential retreats usually involve a gathering of anywhere from 10 to 70 participants. During a residential retreat, silence is often held during part or all of the retreat. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop. Retreats at Tara Mandala offer a caring group container for undertaking intensive meditation and deepening of Buddhist practice and teachings.
Retreats are led by Lama Tsultrim Allione and/or her Authorized Teachers, holders of Lama Tsultrim’s lineage selected and trained by Lama Tsultrim. Tara Mandala also invites guest teachers that are well-known and beloved in our broader community. The teachers offer instructions, dharma talks and regularly scheduled practice meetings to provide guidance throughout the retreat. Group work and interaction are often also a component of the retreats during instruction and group meetings.
Solitary Retreat Cabins
Retreat cabins at Tara Mandala provide a rare and precious opportunity to be completely secluded in a remote mountain setting where one is free to maintain intensive practice and connect with their innermost being. They feature vast views and complete privacy. It can allow practitioners time and space to bring to fruition meditation and advanced practices, as well as an opportunity to slow down the pace of regular daily life full of deadlines and distractions.
The retreat cabins at Tara Mandala have been created through the loving kindness, generosity, and hard labor of many people. Currently we have three cabins suited for year-round practice. All of them provide ample space inside and out for yoga, meditation and other movement practices. They facilitate inner stillness and seclusion, ideal for weekend retreats to month-long and year-long retreats.
Prajna Residence Hall Personal Retreats
Prajna Residence Hall has 20 personal and shared rooms that are made available October through May for personal retreats. Doing a personal retreat in Prajna Residence Hall is a great opportunity to do retreat in a supported and comfortable environment. We welcome individuals interested in doing meditation, yoga asana, artistic and/or writing retreats with the added support of our kitchen, 700-acre land open for hiking, and daily morning and evening practice with our community in the Tara Temple.
The rooms in Prajna are spacious and large enough for prostrations and/or yoga. Each room has a sink with a granite countertop and wood floors with non-toxic natural finishes. There are shared baths and toilets on each floor.
Intro to Meditation & Open Houses
Tara Mandala is open to the general public several times each year. You are welcome to join us for a guided tour of our beautiful Retreat Center and Tara Temple, which includes a brief introduction to meditation, time for Q&A, and a vegetarian buffet lunch. Our Tara Mandala Store is open during these visits. There is no charge, but online registration is required.
The Intro to Meditation Class is held in the afternoon during an Open House event and introduces the basics of Buddhist meditation. One does not need to be a Buddhist to attend or to derive great benefit from this afternoon. This class is suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners.
If you cannot come to Tara Mandala, we will come to you! The mission of our online programs is to offer greater access to Dharma teachings to people around the world, whether you are new to practice or have been practicing for decades. Our online courses provide teachings and practice support, with courses from Lama Tsultrim’s Feeding Your Demons® to practices such as Chöd and Green Tara. Online courses are video- and audio-based, and include home practice instructions.
Living Dharma Program
The Living Dharma Program (LDP) offers participants the opportunity to develop the skills and abilities with which to integrate Dharma practice and mindfulness into daily life. Through various teachings, participants will gain a new perspective on how Dharma practice can transform the attitude with which one approaches all aspects of life and work. Creating such a shift in perspective requires significant effort on the part of the participant; one is invited to take on this challenge through service, the support of a practice community, and a curriculum of Dharma teachings and practice. Work areas include kitchen, temple, garden, land crew, retreat setup, the Tara Mandala Store, Prajña residence hall, community building, and the office.
Local Practice Groups – Global Sangha Offerings
Tara Mandala has more than 40 global sangha centers in nine countries around the world. These local practice groups offer teachings, online courses and practices, local practice sessions and individual support. Groups are led by Authorized and Apprentice Teachers in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage.