The Elemental Body: Bodywork and Meditation 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020 to Friday, July 17, 2020
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Where can we directly experience the 6 elements - the flow of matter and energy that forms us and the universe? Here - in our very own elemental body. By becoming familiar with the sensations of everything from stagnation to freedom, we can activate awareness, dissolve obstacles, and embrace our potential for liberation.  Our bodies are great Dharma teachers. All we need to do is turn towards them, open our minds to the awareness they offer us, and let them lead us to depth, delight and awakening.

A synthesis of meditation, movement, energy work, sensitivity exercises and the arts, this retreat works as an effective sideways approach to awareness, which can take us surprisingly deep in a short time by bypassing our habitual ego defences.  It also works as a vibrant exploration and appreciation of the human body in movement and stillness, and is designed to enhance wellbeing of the whole body-mind and increase ease and delight.

This is not a traditional-style retreat. It feels more like a week-long workshop, because it's a full programme with a variety of activities, moving quite quickly from one thing to another. To balance this there is plenty of silence (with 3 full days) to increase spaciousness. It does need commitment and willingness to go with it and try something different.  

NB: It is important to read the full description before booking (so do click on 'read more'). It is possible to do this retreat if you have some physical or energetic problems, but please check suitability with Dhammagita before booking.


Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £325 waged / £205 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. 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 2019 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£140/£95)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£165/£115)
  • 4 night retreats (£190/£120)
  • 5 night retreats (£235/£145)
  • Week retreats: (£325/£205)
  • 9 night retreats (£380/£250)
  • 12 night retreats (£445/£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