Program Description

  • Commuter Registration (w/out onsite lodging) – $225.00
  • Registration + Camping – $255.00
  • Dorm Bed – $300.00
  • River House - Small – $390.00
  • River House – Middle – $420.00
  • Forest Retreat Cabin – $480.00
  • Tara Cottage – $575.00

Contact: Molly Mansfield
(707) 489 – 6605

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Outer Tara Retreat: The Essence of the Two Accumulations

April 4 - 7, 2024

The Essence of the Two Accumulations is considered to be extremely powerful for gathering positive conditions – both for the sake of realization as well as the fulfillment of worldly wishes. The retreat is open to everyone and corresponds with Part One of the Third Excellence of Tara’s Triple Excellence. The majority of our retreat time will be spent engaged in the practice of the sadhana. 

The Essence of the Two Accumulations is an extraordinary practice that was hidden in Tibet by Padmasambhava and revealed by Terton Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. This sadhana confers an abundance of benefits and carries unique blessings. Within the Nyingma system, this Outer Tara Sadhana retreat falls under the category of Kriya Tantra. The outer conduct associated with this practice thereby emphasizes dietary restrictions (vegetarian, no eggs, onions or garlic) and cleanliness. It is also said that when we do this practice we should try to wear cotton and refrain from wearing animal products. We will undertake extensive chanting of the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras within the context of a powerful visualization practice.  

This is an opportunity to spend time genuinely practicing at our quiet and beautiful retreat center in spring. Many of us look forward to Gomde’s Tara retreats, for the profundity of the practice itself, but also for the atmosphere of sincerity, grace, love, and wisdom that emerges when the community comes together to supplicate Noble Tara.

We warmly welcome our Sangha and all Tara’s Triple Excellence practitioners to join us for this retreat this spring.