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Queen of Great Bliss Wisdom Dakini & Twenty-One Taras (Drubchö)

  • Tara Mandala Tara Mandala
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Apr 11 - 20, 2019 (10 days)
  • Commuting - $700.00 Prajna 3-Bed Female Dorm/Family Room - $980.00 Prajna Double - $1,200.00 Prajna Queen Shared-Bed - $1,600.00 Prajna Queen Single - $2,000.00 Temple Camping - $700.00

About This Event

The retreat will begin with an empowerment of the Queen of Great Bliss Yeshe Tsogyal Wisdom Dakini from the Longchen Nyingthig Dzogchen treasure cycle revealed by Jigme Lingpa (1729–1798). In this practice, we cultivate the ultimate primordial wisdom dakini from the perspectives of the practices of Maha, Anu, and Ati Yoga, which focus on the outer appearance of the deity, inner subtle energy and essences, and the secret nature of the mind. Thus, the entire pure universe of the hundred peaceful and wrathful Dzogchen deities arises within the primordial wisdom dakini Yeshe Tsogyal.

With this as the basis for the retreat, we will then invoke the primordial wisdom aspects of each of the twenty-one Tara goddesses, three each day, over the course of the retreat. This will culminate in a great feast celebration (Tsog), in which we will seamlessly weave together all the blessings and power of the primordial wisdom dakinis and the twenty-one Taras into one mandala, and partake in the consecrated substances of accomplishment.

The use of dharma attire is requested.

This retreat is open to all.

Suggested Dana: $400 – $500

Important Notice: If you are intending to drive and have a 2 wheel drive vehicle it is advised that you have one set of snow chains for your front tyres to access Tara Mandala for this retreat. There are parts of Burns Canyon Road USFS #649 that are likely to still be covered with ice at this time of the year. We will send you an update on road conditions closer to the time also.


"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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