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The Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha)

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • May 19 - 27, 2019 (9 days)
  • Camping - $630.00 Dorm Yurt, Women's - $810.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $882.00 Prajna Double - $1,080.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $1,440.00 Prajna Queen Single - $1,800.00

About This Event

This retreat offers transmission and teachings on the Lion-Headed Dakini (Simhamukha) practice as well as on Lama Tsultrim’s personal transformation work within the mandala. Simhamukha is known as a powerful remover of obstacles and as Queen of the Dakinis. This practice is a mind treasure given to Ayu Khandro when she was in dark retreat by the Queen of the Dakinis. The great yogini Ayu Khandro was a student of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Ngala Pema Duddul, and the teacher of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, to whom she transmitted this mind treasure.

We will dedicate one day to each of the five mandala families in order to transform obstructed, negative patterns into their corresponding wisdom energy. Lama Tsultrim’s transformational personal work includes meditation practices, art, mask-making, sound, and movement.

We will be honored by the presence of Miranda Shaw, PhD, author of Passionate Enlightenment and Buddhist Goddesses of India, who will teach on the history of women and goddesses in the Vajrayana tradition.

Prerequisite: Previous study of the mandala through at least one of the following retreats: Vajrayana Retreat (Tara Mandala), Mandala Training Level 1, Dakini Retreat, or Online Wisdom Rising program.

This is a required retreat for the Magyu Mother Lineage Program.

SPECIAL NOTE: On May 18, and in honor of Machig Labdrön’s birthday, we will have a very special celebration and practice the entire Garland of Jewels (Rinchen Trengwa) sadhana. On this day, Tara Mandala celebrate the birth of this incredible yogini by ensuring her living oral tradition of Chöd is shared and maintained. If you are interested in attending this practice, please go to the information and registration page here. Please note that if you choose to attend this event, the check-in date will be Friday, May 17.

Suggested Dana: $360 – $450


"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.

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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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