Uncontrived Mindfulness: from Awareness to Wisdom 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
Retreat Team: 
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Awareness is crucial to Insight, but a Dharmic perspective is even more important. We can relate to experience with acceptance, interest and impartiality. Or we can resist and proliferate around what is happening, seeing a painful state grow before our eyes, feeling that we are powerless to stop it. All of our dukkha; our dis-ease, dissatisfaction and disappointments come from this resistance.

Without 'Right View' informing what we're aware of, we run the risk of reinforcing 'wrong views'. Wrong views are naturally present in the unenlightened state, but we can train ourselves to become aware of those ideas and distortions through learning to watch our minds. Mind watching reveals how we are relating to whatever is happening in experience, whether it be a thought, an emotion or arising through one of our senses.

Mindfulness and Right View give us tools to relate to ourselves in ways that don't create further suffering for ourselves or others. We have freedom  from fixed views and wise attentiveness in the palm of our hands.  Analayo, author of 'Satipatthana: the Direct Path to Realisation' talks of Right View as a 'curative' perspective. It helps us see how we cling and how that creates our own suffering.

Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £380 waged / £250 unwaged
Booking Fee: 
£90.00

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