Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • <a href="https://www.mandali.org/">www.mandali.org</a>, Via Belvedere 2 28898 Quarna Sopra (VB), Italy
  • Oct 12 - 16, 2018 (5 days)
  • From € 635 to € 975 depending on accomodation

About us

Come transform through the power of the mandala, a universal template of inner and outer wholeness.

Drawing on her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who became a best-selling author and world-renowned Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione offers a guide to access a previously forbidden aspect of the feminine: the fierce wise dakini, whose juicy potency is needed to meet the gale force winds of the current world situation. In the midst of the #MeToo and #TimeIsUp, we see women rising, coming out of silence into empowerment, but what inner practice can we draw on to stay centered, not get depleted and transform anger into wisdom?

This retreat will explore the Mandala of the Five Dakinis, which is a dynamic spiritual model based on 1000-year-old tradition coming from Tibet, where the five obstructive emotional patterns are transformed into wisdom through color, sounds, visualization and an understanding of the five buddha families. This meditation practice gives you a practical method to center yourself and find strength within, while empowering you to be an effective agent of transformation in your world. We will work with meditation, active imagination, sound and mandala drawing during the retreat.

Leave rejuvenated, having found a dynamic community, a meditation practice, and the practical guidance you need to activate your wisdom being, as well as the ability to continue with online programs at Tara Mandala.

This retreat is based on Lama Tsultrim Allione’s new book: Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (publ. Simon and Schuster May 2018) and she will be on hand to sign copies during the retreat.

Venite a trasformarvi attraverso il potere del mandala, un modello universale di pienezza interiore e esteriore.

Lama Tsultrim Allione attinge alla sua esperienza come monaca Buddhista Tibetana divenuta autrice di bestseller e insegnante Buddhista riconosciuta a livello mondiale, e offre una guida per accedere ad aspetti precedentemente proibiti del femminile: la feroce e saggia dakini la cui sostanziosa potenza è necessaria per affrontare i venti di tempesta dell’attuale situazione mondiale. Con #MeToo e #TimeIsUp, vediamo le donne sollevarsi, uscire dal silenzio verso la legittimazione, ma a quale pratica interiore possiamo attingere per rimanere centrate, non esaurirsi e trasformare la rabbia in saggezza?

Questo ritiro esplorerà il Mandala delle Cinque Dakini, che è un modello spirituale dinamico basato sulla tradizione centenaria che viene dal Tibet, grazie alla quale i cinque schemi emotivi ostruenti sono trasformati in saggezza attraverso colori, suoni, visualizzazioni e la comprensione delle cinque famiglie dei Buddha. Questa pratica meditativa fornisce un metodo pratico per trovare il proprio centro e la propria forza interiore, rendendo capaci di essere efficaci agenti di trasformazione nel proprio mondo. Durante il ritiro si lavorerà con la meditazione, l’immaginazione attiva, i suoni e il disegno di mandala.

Ripartirete rinvigorite, avendo trovato una comunità dinamica di donne, una pratica meditativa e la guida pratica di cui avete bisogno per attivare il vostro essere di saggezza e l’abilità di continuare con i programmi online del Tara Mandala (vedi taramandala.org).

Questo ritiro si basa Sul nuovo Libro di Lama Tsultrim Allione: Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (pubblicato da Simon and Schuster a Maggio 2018) e durante il ritiro l’autrice sarà disponibile per firmarne le copie.


"One cannot force or grasp a spiritual experience, because it is as delicate as the whisper of the wind." Lama Tsultrim Allione.

Venue Highlights

Bordered by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Tribal Land, Tara Mandala Retreat Center is on 700-acres of rolling hills and meadows adorned with many varieties of wildflowers, ponds, and forests. The land itself is a mandala with a stunning peak in the middle surrounded by four valleys. Retreat cabins are scattered across the landscape designed for deep retreat, and at its heart, is the extraordinary three-story Tara temple which celebrates the sacred feminine. The center has a Community Building, where residents and retreatants convene for meals, and other activities.


  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All meals are delicious, vegetarian, made with all organic ingredients, and served buffet style. Kitchen staff ensure an abundant offering for every meal, in a variety of styles and culinary traditions. We offer tea stations in the Community Building and Temple, with a wide selection of teas and coffee, open 24 hours.


Tara Mandala offers a large residence hall (Prajna Residence Hall) for luxurious accommodations. Rooms have single or double beds. Private or shared bathrooms are available. Toiletries and towels are not supplied, so it is recommended that retreatants please bring their own. Retreatants can stay in one of our two Dorm Yurts. These yurts house 8-10 beds. We also offer a large camp-ground, for those who want to get back to nature for their retreat accommodation. For those who are camping and staying in yurts, showers are available in the Community Building, a short walk away. There are plenty of cubicles in the bathrooms to store your toiletries and personal belongings.


We are 90 minutes from the La Plata County airport in Durango (DRO) and 4 1/2 hours from the Albuquerque airport. The closest international airport is Denver (DIA). Our retreat land is a 25 minute drive from Pagosa Springs. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation. There are several options for ground transportation including professional shuttle services and rental cars from the airports in Denver, Durango, and Albuquerque. For ground transport from Durango Airport to Tara Mandala, we recommend Wilderness Journeys Pagosa. With this service, group discounts can be arranged for $50 each person, each way. A custom reservation is $100 one-way, $190 round trip. In addition to the options listed, you may be able to share a ride with other retreatants coming from various locations. There is a rideshare group listing to help you facilitate a rideshare at: http://groups.google.com/group/tara-mandala-rideshare.

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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