Break the Spell: The Four Reminders 2024

Friday, November 22, 2024 to Friday, November 29, 2024
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Life is precious; impermanence is inescapable; our choices shape our lives; life includes suffering: these are the The Four Mind Turnings or The Four reminders.  The events of the last few years have brought these truths into vivid relief for us: we cannot control the world, and suffering is evident – yet we can realise the preciousness of every moment, and the urgency of Dharma practice.  Insight comes from a deep letting-go and an equally deep turning towards what is true, real and possible.  So does true compassion – and the Four Mind Turnings take us there.  

The Four Mind Turnings are 'preliminary practices' that can take us all the way: releasing us from our bewitchment with what isn't stable, isn't reliable, can't give us ultimate satisfaction – and turning us wholeheartedly, with urgency, towards the magical open space of the Dharma life. 

The retreat programme will include meditation, talks, devotional practice, small discussion groups and/or daily meditation reviews, and several days of full silence. 


Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £365 waged / £250 unwaged
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Paying for your retreat

Taraloka runs on generosity.

To book a retreat you pay a booking fee.  This is the only charge made for coming on retreat. As far as possible, we don't want anyone's financial situation to stop them from coming to Taraloka.  

At the end of your retreat, you have the opportunity to give money towards Taraloka.  If you are able to donate, you are giving to another person who otherwise could not afford to come on retreat.  And you are helping to give the gift of Taraloka to the women of the future.

Suggested donations

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2023-24 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£220 / 155)
  • 4 night retreats (£250/ 170)
  • 5 night retreats (£280/ 190)
  • Week retreats: (£360/ 245)
  • 9 night retreats (£405 / 285)
  • 12 night retreats (£460 / 305)

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2024-25 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£225 / 160)
  • 4 night retreats (£255 / 175)
  • 5 night retreats (£285 / 195)
  • Week retreats: (£365 / 250)
  • 9 night retreats (£410 / 290)
  • 12 night retreats (£465/ 310)

There will be an opportunity to make your donation at the end of the retreat.  Donations can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.

Those who cannot afford our suggested donations are free to contribute what they can. 

Running on generosity is radical – thank you for being part of that.

For more information see what does it cost and a flow of generosity