Kapala 1 Training

About This Event

The Kapala training opens the path to manifold insights and deep experiences in the practices of the lineage of Machig Labdrön, an 11th century yogini in Tibet, as well as the related Prajna Paramita teachings, the teachings of the nature of mind.

Kapala 1 training is the first stage of this training.

In this training I will teach the “five steps” to nurture and transform the “demons” in the way Lama Tsültrim Allione developed it. This method is a modern version of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice “Chöd”, based on the Prajna Paramita teachings and taught by Machig Labdrön. The principles of this practice are used in “feeding one’s own demons” in a way that is often more accessible to Western people than the sometimes very complex exercises of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.

Our own “shadows” or “demons” are no longer regarded as something to be destroyed or fought against, but are compassionately accepted and nourished by us. This is how we develop our potential to integrate our “shadows” instead of suppressing and splitting them.

Besides working with our own “demons”, for which we will also use colors and clay, Prajna Paramita Meditation will be the main practice in the Kapala 1 Training. The Prajna Paramita teachings are considered to be one of the most profound and essential teachings of Buddhism. They provide access to the infinite source of our being from which everything arises. It is like the space that permeates everything and has no boundaries, and it is the natural clarity of our mind (prajna), also known as the “womb of all Buddhas”.

This training offers participants the opportunity to work intensively with their own inner demons. It is also the first step for those seeking certification to use this method with their clients in healing professions.

This Kapala 1 Training will be in German language!

"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.


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.


  • 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.


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


    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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