ONLINE: Drawing Strength from the Songs of the Sisters: The Great Gathering 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020
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The Great Gathering can’t happen in the flesh, but join us online – make this long weekend a home retreat for yourself!  Talks, meditations & pujas posted each day on Taraloka’s Youtube channel – practise alongside the Taraloka and Tiratanaloka communities.  You can fit this event into your life – but if you can commit to following the whole programme (see 'Read More'), how marvellous! There are two ways of participating in this event:
1. Each day, Taraloka and Tiratanaloka are offering talks and led meditations which will be freely available on Taraloka’s Youtube Channel.  Dip in and out, participate in as much or as little as you like.

2. Each day of the event, we are also offering the chance to participate in live Zoom pujas, sometimes including a short meditation, alongside the Taraloka or Tiratanaloka communities – as well as the other retreat participants. The Zoom places are limited, so please only book a place if you are able to attend at least three out of the four events.  Book this event as usual, see programme details in 'read more'.

Taraloka currently has no income due to lockdown.  We're asking for donations to sustain both Taraloka and Tiratanaloka at this time.   The suggestions for this event are £40 (waged)/ £20 (unwaged) - we'll share whatever we receive for this event.  Please give if you can - if not please join us anyway! 

We will be exploring the songs of the Enlightened female disciples of the Buddha, some of the oldest sacred verses in history. From courtesans to mothers, old women and young, these songs give testament to how the Dhamma life is lived in practice. All the struggle and joy of practice is here. We can draw strength and inspiration from that lineage of women who have walked the path that we follow.


Led by Tiratanaloka and Taraloka.


Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £40 waged / £20 unwaged
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This event is no longer open for bookings

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. We want Taraloka retreats to be available to any woman, whatever her financial situation.

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 woman 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 2021 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)

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