Joining the community at Taraloka has been a breath of fresh air. Prior to coming here, I was a confirmed Londoner, working as a music teacher and performance artist, and practising with the London Buddhist Centre Sangha. It took the upheaval of the pandemic for me to consider abandoning city life! Once I did listen more closely to my desire to become part of a retreat centre community, it was without question the Sangha of women here at Taraloka I wanted to share that journey with.
Taraloka has been home to some of the most significant retreats of my Buddhist life – a place where my creative and spiritual paths have come together. The community of practitioners – those who live here, and those who come here on retreat – create a kind of collective alchemy that has given me the courage to turn towards suffering in my own experience and in the world. I'm also interested in exploring how practice has evolved in a place that was built by women, and has been run by women for the past 36 years.
I am overjoyed to be here, working with this wonderful community and helping to create the conditions for women to practice the Dharma.