Pujas with Altitude!
Taraloka's Earth Sky Garden... A beautiful space, where women can sit, walk, and spend silent time outside... Accessible for all, with level access and wheelchair-friendly surface... Beautifully designed to reflect the local environment... A sacred place, continuing the atmosphere of the shrine room out in the open space...
Taraloka retreat centre turns 35 next year and as part of their vision of having a beautiful space for women to go to on retreat, they are building a new Earth Sky Garden, outside the main shrine room. For this they need to raise £92,000.
80% of the money has been raised by many generous individuals, so the work has been able to begin, which is really exciting! But there is still £17,000 to raise.
I've committed to raise £200 for this project (UPDATE- due to such generosity, I’ve increased my target to £500 to make some more money for this great project), by taking part in a "Pujas with Altitude" event. I will be climbing Snowdon in July, with a group of other women, including doing three Pujas (Buddhist rituals) along the way.
To me, this feels a really appropriate way to raise money for this project- being outside in a beautiful space, close to the elements, enjoying friendship with other women on the Buddhist path, engaging with rituals in wild spaces... I'm sure it will be a challenge to climb Snowdon, but an exciting, beautiful and fulfilling one!
I love climbing hills, but Snowdon is a particularly big one! So it will require some focus, training and commitment on my part.
Taraloka is such a significant place for many women- it has been and continues to be a very special and important part of my own Buddhist path. My first retreat was at Taraloka and when I arrived in the car park, I cried, with relief at the beauty of the space and being able to be in such supportive conditions to deepen my Dharma practice.
I really want other women to benefit from the beauty of the space at Taraloka.
Please give what you can to support this brilliant project and to give me even more of a boost to get up Mount Snowdon!
To see the garden design and find out more (including a video of how the vision could impact Mary, a regular visitor to Taraloka) visit:
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