Dakini’s Whisper: Subtle Body Training

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Sep 13 - 16, 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

About This Event

Join us in diving deeply into the wisdom and compassion embodied in this transformative practice. During turbulent times, transformation is being called from within. To wisely rise to the challenges and opportunities in life, we seek community, tranquility, curiosity, courage, and transformation in the midst of challenges.

The DAKINI’S WHISPER Subtle Body Training (DSBT) is deeply rooted in ancient Vajrayana teachings on the five elements, timeless awareness, and Tibetan Yoga (trulkor). This retreat is devoted to therapeutic mind-body-heart training, which interweaves a set of exercises from Tibetan wisdom tradition, meditation, and yoga therapy.

Restore the Wholeness

DSBT offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the dimensions of the mind-body-heart through interdisciplinary tools aimed at healing their relationships to their wholeness.

Integrate Dharma Practice

DSBT is designed to assist practitioners (i.e. Vajrayana and Chö) in integrating Buddhism, advanced Vajrayana techniques, body-oriented disciplines, and spiritual psychology into a skillful practice to balance the body, heart, mind, and awareness, and to rediscover our personal authenticity—who and what we truly are.

Therapeutic Intervention

DSBT aims to untie the knots in our energy system and open the energy flows of the body. These exercises influence our entire body from the physical to the most subtle and profound energy levels. This integrative approach employs skillful and evidence-based methods for moving toward wholeness on many levels—psychological, physical, spiritual, and interpersonal.


This practice is pragmatic, accessible, and inclusive. We join together a body-oriented, trauma-informed, psychologically-nuanced discipline of yoga and therapy, available in the West, with the Subtle Body practice and profound teachings from the ancient Buddhist Wisdom tradition. The way in which these tools are provided and integrated has a significant impact on their efficacy.

The highlights of the Integrative Mind-Body-Heart Training include:

Introducing the DAKINI Subtle Body Training which incorporates Vajrayana teachings on the five elements and the five-facets of timeless awareness.

Deepening and Embodying Dharma Practice in one’s three-dimensional body.

Coming Back to Wholeness and Innate Basic Goodness.

Accessible/Inclusive Physical and Psychological Integrative Training Alternatives.

Integrating East and West, Mind and Body, Contemplative and Active Processes.

Therapeutic Interventions to Encourage Integration and Well-being.

Embracing the Human Condition and Unfolding Potential.

Empowerment into Ordinary Miracles.

Breaking the barriers between inner and outer, self and others, and human and spiritual journey.

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 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)

Thank you!

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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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