For over thirty years, Taraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre has been welcoming women and offering meditation and Buddhist teachings on residential courses or ‘retreats’. Taraloka is run by women, for women. We teach meditation and/or Buddhism at all levels from newcomers to committed Buddhists, and we are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community. Taraloka runs on the basis of generosity, and the centre is dedicated to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion, accessible to all.
Taraloka offers a breadth and depth of Buddhist and meditation retreats for all levels of experience. Women come here to learn to meditate for the first time, for Tai Chi, yoga or chanting, or for an intensive meditation or Dharma retreat. Someone steps into Tara's realm, and often, something magical happens: we contact some aspect of ease, energy, love or freedom which wasn't available to us before. And then, at the end of the retreat, we step back out into the world - into our daily lives, our context. But we are different. We have changed, and we take that flavour of ease, energy, love and freedom back into our everyday worlds. We need those moments of freedom. And the world needs them even more.
[email protected] fundraising appeal
Approaching Taraloka’s 35th anniversary in 2020, we need to raise £92k for two urgent projects. Thank you so much to those who are giving, and to those who are offering or participating in sponsored events!
In 2019, we're creating an Earth-Sky Garden, transforming the area outside the shrine room windows.
We'll get rid of the decaying farmyard concrete and create a new outdoor sacred space, beautiful and accessible for all, including those with limited mobility.
In 2022, we'd like to create an essential new office space. Taraloka’s office portacabin, the hub of Taraloka’s practical running, is at the end of its life and falling apart. In 2022 we hope to replace it with a solid long-lasting office space - a base from which the community can continue giving the ‘invisible’ backstage support to Taraloka’s retreats.
To see how our overall fundraising is going, check out [email protected] fundraising appeal