Mandala Training Level 1: Meeting the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • <a href=" https://goo.gl/maps/wWJZzhGUmmk">31500 Blue Lake Drive Sisters, Oregon 97759 United States</a>
  • May 29 - Jun 2, 2019 (5 days)
  • $672.00 - single room at Tamarack Hall $472.00 - shared bed in room at Tamarack Hall $442.00 - bed in shared cabin $395.00 - tent or Van/RV camping

About This Event

Experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. This training offers a journey into the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path. A template of wholeness, the mandala has as its basic structure the center and four directions, represented by five families of elements, colors, seed syllables, emotions, psychological types, and wisdoms.

The wisdom dakinis are female deities in Tantric Buddhism who embody profound wisdom and the empowered feminine. Lama Tsultrim Allione writes, “They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy, the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth.” In Tibetan art, they are depicted as naked, except for ornaments, dancing, wild and powerful.

In this experiential retreat, you will have the opportunity to focus on one of the five dakini families to explore more deeply your encumbered patterns and how to transform those patterns into the wisdom of that particular family.

This meditation retreat includes

The Mandala of Five Wisdom Dakinis, female embodiments of wisdom, a daily meditation practice you may continue at home

Three enhancement methods:

– The 5-step practice of Feeding Your Demons® with the emotion of the chosen family

– Guided Journey with the Dakini of the chosen family

– Art through Mandala Work with your Hands

Integration with the elements through meditation (outdoors if weather permits)

Further personal and dyad work relating to the five families

The Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis offers you a practical method of finding strength and clarity within while empowering you to become an effective change agent in the world. Return home rejuvenated, with the guidance you need to activate all aspects of your being, from your body to your creative life and spiritual realization.

Note: This is the first step in the three-level Mandala Training Program. There are no prerequisites for this retreat.

"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.

Accommodations

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.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

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.

Directions

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: (contact info blocked)

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  • Doris Hintsteiner   June 19, 2019

      Retreats

    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.

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