Uncontrived Mindfulness: Perception: the Unreliable Witness 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024 to Sunday, April 7, 2024
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Central to our dharma life is a simple yet profound distinction; that between our direct experience mediated through the senses, and the thoughts and ideas we have about those experiences. We are usually unaware that the concepts we base our sense of self on and navigate our world by, are frequently flawed in a deep and on-going way. We look through the distorted lens of our own views and assumptions, making us an unreliable witness to our own inner experience.

On the retreat we'll cultivate Awareness and Right View, to become mindful of, and curious about, what is actually happening in experience. Using the framework of the 5 skandhas to go to the heart of what we take to be 'true' we can come to see the process of construction and fabrication that is happening each moment. Relying on the Dharma and our own direct experience, wisdom arises, perfuming deep knowing, and with clear, undistorted seeing we are released from suffering.

You can read Vajradevi's blog at uncontrivedmindfulness.net

Suggested donation (in addition to the booking fee): £410 waged / £290 unwaged
Booking Fee: 
£95.00

This retreat is nearly fully booked. Only 9 spaces left.

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. As far as possible, we don't want anyone's financial situation to stop them from coming to Taraloka.  

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 person 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 2023-24 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£220 / 155)
  • 4 night retreats (£250/ 170)
  • 5 night retreats (£280/ 190)
  • Week retreats: (£360/ 245)
  • 9 night retreats (£405 / 285)
  • 12 night retreats (£460 / 305)

Our suggested donations (in addition to the booking fee) for 2024-25 are (waged/unwaged)

  • Weekend retreats (£195 / 135)
  • Long Weekend (3 nights) (£225 / 160)
  • 4 night retreats (£255 / 175)
  • 5 night retreats (£285 / 195)
  • Week retreats: (£365 / 250)
  • 9 night retreats (£410 / 290)
  • 12 night retreats (£465/ 310)

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