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“This is the very best place in the world to do a secluded retreat” – Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, March 2019.


Tara’s Valley was chosen by Akong Rinpoche for personal practice retreats as a 4-year traditional retreat is out of the reach of most people leading modern lives. It is a great challenge for lay practitioners to find the time or place to complete such practices as the Ngondro – the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The retreats are not closed and people can go for walks in the surrounding areas.

The retreat area is sustainably built and uses solar power for lighting and water heating, and wind power for water pumping. There are two adjacent buildings; a brick-built house, which contains four single retreat rooms, a kitchen/dining area, and a shrine room, and a Lassak (mud)-built house with three single rooms.

The daily programme will consist of a mixture of group practice (Green Tara and Chenrezik prayers), personal practice, and recorded talks. This is a suitable retreat to do practices such as Ngondro and shamatha meditation.

Alan MullerThe retreat is guided by Alan Muller who is also accommodated in Tara’s Valley. He took refuge in 1997 with Akong Rinpoche. In 2003, he completed a one-year closed retreat under the guidance of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. During this period, he took novice monks vows. Alan remained a novice monk for six years and now presents courses and retreats as a layperson. He has formed Ngondro groups since 2004 around Southern Africa.

The retreat takes place over 9 days in Tara’s Valley Retreat House. The retreat cost of R2600 includes accommodation and meals but excludes dana. Please don’t let the inability to pay prevent you from attending. Speak to us about possible bursary places – tararokpacentre@gmail.com.

Book here to secure your spot for this exclusive retreat. A 50% deposit will confirm your booking. The deposit is not refundable but is transferrable to another retreat or another retreatant.

A wonderful testimonial about Alan, retreat support on the Personal Practice Retreat:

“I have to report on the most awesome dharma talk I attended today. Alan talked on How to practise meditation more effectively. I have always known he is, probably our foremost South African Bodhisattva and have noticed how the advice he gives is increasingly deeply wise and compassionate.
His talk blew me away! I was totally transfixed the entire talk.. He covered pivotal advice of great masters and then drew it all together showing how it all applied in our daily lives. The talk was easy to follow and also very dense. It could have served as the outline for a longer retreat. The content was superb and the structure of the talk equally superb and aimed to get us to really understand what he was teaching us.
I think he is a teacher who can guide us magnificently. We lament that we don’t have teachers. But we have Alan, right here. He is gentle and humorous in his presentation and does not go for big drama. I appreciate this and I’m sure other people will do so.
I am so so excited and serious. I believe Alan is the teacher (or one of them) that we are looking for.
Maxine Fine