Personal Practice Retreat with Alan Muller
October 1 - October 19| R1750
Tara’s Valley was chosen by Akong Rinpoche for personal practice retreats. 4-year traditional retreats are 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. These are the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism. The retreats are not closed and people can go for walks in the surrounding areas.
The next retreat will take place from 1st – 19th October 2017. In 2018, a retreat is scheduled from 17th March – 8th April 2018. Participants can stay for a minimum of one week, at R250 per day.
Tara’s Valley Retreat Centre
The retreat area is sustainably built, and uses solar power for lighting and water heating. It uses 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 the shrine room, and a Lassak (mud)-built house with three single rooms.
Retreat Support for Ngondro Practice
The retreat support is 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.