Date: 13th -22nd November 2020

Retreat Leader: Paula (Nyingje) Chichester

Requirements: Due to the nature of the practice this retreat is only suitable for those who have received a White Tara initiation or are familiar with another kriya tantra practice. All those who attend must also be ready to attend all of the retreat sessions.

This time Paula offered to open the retreat for participants who cannot stay the full duration of the retreat to come for the first four days. But we have to give a preference for those who can come for the full duration of the retreat. Please let us know about your dates in the application form.

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: 6pm on the 13th to 2pm on the 22nd. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if travelling long distances.

Accommodation: shared accomodation, double and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

Glorious White Tara is the healer of all ills and giver of long life. This beautiful practice will be the foundation for a retreat focused on experiential meditations that will introduce the tantric sadhana and mantra recitation as a healing method. White Tara is a favorite of our teachers so we will be dedicating the power of this practice to the long lives of our gurus. The retreat will include meditations and yoga practices to open up the body/mind to experience the bliss that arises from letting go of concrete mental self appearances and opening to the joyful vast realm of White Tara’s healing mandala. We can also use the practice to heal others and energise our already existing healing practices, whatever they are.

Paula has kindly offered to repeat the White Tara retreat she offered in 2019 to give student’s who attended a wonderful opportunity to deepen their practice and for students who will come for the first time to develop a stable understanding of the White Tara practice and tantra in general.

About the Teacher

Paula began her studies of Buddhism when she was 14 at Berkeley High School in California where she realized liberating delusion was key to healing our planet and its inhabitants. The focus on systems theory and ecology at university prepared her to apply the whole body/mind/culture/ environment to this ancient contemplative discipline of human transformation.

As a dancer, healer, singer, student of psychology and ecology, she brings all these elements into the understanding of the whole person and how tantra works in this greater context – while preserving the classical format of Lama Tsong Khapa’s ear-whispered lineage.

Inspired by the example of the meditators in Dharamsala and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, she devoted the last 34 years to following the guidance those she calls her awesome, amazing teachers, primarily Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche and Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. — which included 24 years preparing for and completing long retreats — 2 of which were 4 year solitary great maha-anuttara yoga retreats.

She studies with teachers from all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Her goal in life has been steady since childhood: to realize Mahamudra and do all she can to bring peace and environmental justice to our world.

Find out more about Paula and many other materials and resources which can support you in your practice on her website: