Journey into the Dakini Mandala: A Meditation and Writing Retreat
- Tara Mandala
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
- Sep 19 - 22, 2019 (4 days)
- Camping - $320.00 Dorm Yurt, Men's - $392.00 Dorm Yurt, Women's - $392.00 Commuting - $320.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $432.00 Prajna Double - $580.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $700.00 Prajna Queen Single - $980.00 Tent Cabin Single
About This Event
In the introduction of Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (Simon & Schuster, May 2018), Lama Tsultrim Allione narrates the beginnings of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre Buddhist retreat center in Southwest Colorado. She recounts a conversation with Grandmother Bertha Grove, a respected elder of the Ute tribe. In the spring of 1994, after a sweat lodge ceremony, Grandmother Bertha said: “What you want to do is already here…I can see the temples and all the other buildings, they are hovering over the land. You just have to bring it out of the ether onto the earth.”
We, too, dream of the lives that we want to live, the book or poem or story that we hunger to write. But we feel stuck, lose focus, and can’t “bring it out of the ether, onto the earth.” In this retreat, we will journey into the heart of the Five Wisdom Dakini Mandala. The Mandala is a tool for wholeness and connection to the universe. The Dakinis are the feminine expression of transformation—midwives of our emotional growth. The five families—Buddha, Vajra, Ratna, Padma, and Karma—provide the wisdom to help us achieve a more evolved and empowered self.
Through generative writing practices and Dakini Mandala meditation, we will journey into our innermost being, explore the five families, and transform our encumbered emotions. As we discuss Lama Tsultrim’s book, we will touch on some of the elements of the writer’s craft: setting, scene, language, character, and story. As writers, how do we create a spine, a necklace, to hold our story together? How do we create a compelling narrative to tell the story that we long to tell?
Drawing on the magic of this land and the potency of a 1,000-year-old Tibetan tradition, we will work at healing and transforming our lives through the Dakini Mandala practice and listen to the beautiful sounds of the ancient practice of Chöd. As we heal ourselves, we will connect to the spirits of this land and our authentic voice.
In this retreat, we will discover ways to stay inspired and cultivate the discipline, energy, and one-pointed attention that is necessary to bring anything to accomplishment: a novel, a memoir, a poem, a story—and an awakened and compassionate life.
This retreat is open to all.
Suggested Dana: $160 – $200
"One cannot force or grasp a spiritual experience, because it is as delicate as the whisper of the wind." - Lama Tsultrim Allione.
Venue HighlightsBordered 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.
AccommodationsTara 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.
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineAll 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.
DirectionsWe 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: (contact info blocked).
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Doris Hintsteiner June 19, 2019
It’s a very special place to participate in retreats, whichever! The whole surroundings of land and people living and working there makes it what it is , a place to learn, practice and live there and of course the presence of two Lamas . A chance to change in a positive way , even crusted staff has a chance to solve.