Family Retreat | Child Registration | Ages 4-11
- Tara Mandala
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
- Jul 11 - 17, 2019 (7 days)
- Camping - $350.00 Commuting - $350.00 Dorm Yurt, Co-ed (all ages) - $490.00 Prajna 2 + 1 Family Room - $546.00 Prajna Double - $700.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $980.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,260.00
About This Event
“Survival of humanity depends on educating the hearts of children.”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
This year’s family retreat will explore the mandala principle, a universal map for inner and outer balance and 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. This retreat will include family activities, young people’s groups, a parent program, and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, yoga, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, an optional solo wilderness fast for teens, parent discussions, meditation for all, and dharma talks.
The teens will be guided to dive deeper into their own relationship with themselves and each other during an optional 24-hour solo wilderness fast, with several preparatory and integration days. Teens will spend most of the retreat together with their guides in the Secret Meadow being sent off and received back by their families. Teens will need camping equipment and other items for their time in the Secret Meadow. A packing list will be sent out upon registration.
In addition to learning about the mandala principle, parents will have the opportunity to learn the meditation practice of the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione, to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path. The Wisdom Dakinis are female deities in Tantric Buddhism who embody profound wisdom and the empowered feminine. Lama Tsultrim writes, “They are luminous, subtle spiritual energy—the gatekeepers and the guardians of the unconditioned wisdom and sacred earth.”
The following personal practices may also be incorporated into the program according to age:
The 5-step practice of Feeding Your Demons®
Guided journey with the Dakini
Mandala work through handmade art
Integration with the elements through meditation (outdoors if weather permits)
The Family Retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face-to-face with our own experience and gives us the time and space to slow down and renew our personal practice.
This age group (4-11) will be split up into two groups 4-8 years and 9-11 years. In the first days of the retreat there will be a chance to switch your child into the teen group (12-17 years) if that feels like a better fit for them.
Open to all ages, four and up. Parents may bring children younger than four years old, but they must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at all times.
Payment plans are available and scholarships are awarded as funds become available. Information and application can be found on our website.
Suggested Dana: $280 – $350
Important Note on Yurt Accommodation option
If choosing the ‘Co-ed yurt (all ages)‘ accommodation option please enter ‘female identify‘ as the gender option for all people registering despite their actual gender.
This is due to a limitation in our software :-/
"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.