A retreat at Taraloka is an opportunity to withdraw for a while from the busyness and bustle of the modern world, from our responsibilities and our preoccupations. We can live more simply, relax and quietly appreciate the beauty of nature and our surroundings.
There is time and space to look afresh at ourselves, our lives and our usual ways of being. We can be more truly in touch with our deeper values and aspirations. We are with ourselves but also in the company of other women who have similarly chosen to come on retreat.
A team of women, nearly all of whom are ordained Buddhists, offers teaching, guidance and support, whilst being on retreat themselves and speaking from their own experience.
Meditation is a central practice on retreat. Depending on the theme of the retreat, it may be supported by meeting in groups, reflection, study, devotional practice and longer or shorter periods of silence. We practise meditation to be with our minds and to cultivate positive mental states, based on greater awareness and kindness.
We realise that the mind is flexible and full of potential and that the heart can be open and responsive. Our meditation can flow into our wider experience on retreat and change its texture: walking in the countryside, eating a meal, washing dishes or sitting in the lounge. We can see things as they more truly are. When we leave, we trust that we can take at least something of these ways of thinking and feeling back into our ordinary lives....and we can always return again!
For more precise detail of particular retreats, see the individual website pages and 'What We Teach.'