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Autumn 2024 Update from Pippa

Autumn is approaching with cooler nights and days. I love this time of year, which isn’t as spectacular as Autumn in Europe, but leaves fall from trees, and the long grass turns brownish yellow, thereby creating a fire risk until the summer rains appear in October. The recent bright autumn full moon heralded the increased [...]

By |2024-06-10T14:00:11+02:00April 30th, 2024|community, dharma, environment, Tara Rokpa Therapy|0 Comments

The Training Centre @ Tara Rokpa Centre for hire

Invitation to Lease the TRC Training Centre House and/or Permaculture Site Akong Rinpoche's Vision for Tara Rokpa Centre and the Training centre: Akong Rinpoche, the founder of Tara Rokpa Centre,  spoke of TRC flying on the following four wings: Therapy - It is a place for healing with many different kinds of healing therapy offered, [...]

By |2024-01-29T12:43:29+02:00January 28th, 2024|Accommodation, community, environment, other, permaculture|0 Comments

Summer 2023 Update

It is just past mid-summer and is a day with gentle rain, which is unusual in summer but most welcome. My entertainment for many hours of late has been sitting on my veranda watching birds. There is a tree full of nesting black-headed weavers just beyond my pond. They have built 25 nests so far, [...]

By |2024-01-21T12:08:23+02:00January 21st, 2024|community, environment, permaculture, vacancies|0 Comments

Mandela Volunteering Weekend

Hello all! I just returned from TRC where I spend a few days for the Mandela Volunteering Weekend, enjoying that special country place of ours. I really like to encourage you all, family, kids & friends to come out for a long weekend to relax & unwind. It is the ideal place for it. So [...]

By |2023-07-27T15:00:17+02:00July 27th, 2023|Birding, blog, community, environment, retreat|0 Comments

Spring Update from Pippa

I can’t believe it’s nearly November! The year seems to be flying by at great speed. We have had 2 nights with dramatic thunderstorms bringing much-needed rain to the parched land. It has been a high alert for fires for some time with all the dry grass and strong winds. There have been some devastating [...]

By |2022-10-30T21:43:19+02:00October 30th, 2022|community, environment, permaculture, retreat|2 Comments

Welcome/Welkom to Zeerust

  Update June 2023: The gravel road from the Rietvaly turnoff 9 km after Groot Marico has been fixed and graded and is passable once more in a normal sedan car. A reminder to drive slowly and you will arrive with all 4 tyres intact! As you may have seen, we have started recommending that [...]

By |2024-01-29T12:40:29+02:00October 30th, 2022|blog, community, environment|2 Comments

Autumn 2022 Update from Pippa

I’m sitting, gratefully basking in the warmth of my wood-burning stove on an unusually wet and cold May evening, with time to reflect on my semi-retired life here in Tara’s valley.   I joined Alan’s recent retreat on the Buddhist foundation practices and really benefitted personally. He skilfully and with his usual humility, kindness, and [...]

By |2022-05-22T16:59:15+02:00May 22nd, 2022|community, environment|0 Comments

Summer Update from Pippa

It’s a soggy Sunday keeping me indoors. This has been one of the wettest January I have recorded since arriving here 18 years ago. Nearly 300mm of rain which is half of our annual rainfall! Greenery is abundant and the grass and weed growth is phenomenal. It feels as if things grow as you look [...]

By |2022-02-13T11:04:16+02:00February 2nd, 2022|community, environment|0 Comments

Country Living with Tanja

I cannot believe that I have been at Tara Rokpa for a year already.  The time has gone so fast.  It certainly has been a year filled with trials, tribulations, new experiences and great learning.  It has been wonderful meeting interesting people, making friends, learning different cooking methods, getting accustomed to a new landscape, and [...]

By |2021-11-17T17:29:38+02:00November 17th, 2021|blog, community, environment|0 Comments

Spring Update by Pippa

A few weeks of spring rains have replenished the valley and brought welcome green growth.  The weather is however unpredictable and is not following the usual early summer patterns. Layers of clothing seem to go on and off according to the ever-changing temperatures. For me, a recent highlight was attending our recent Green Tara practice [...]

By |2021-11-18T07:57:09+02:00November 5th, 2021|community, environment, permaculture|0 Comments
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