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with Alan Muller

During this retreat, Alan will give instructions on the foundational practices of Tibetan Buddhism. These practices, although termed “preparation” practices, are complete practices in themselves. They are considered to be the foundations for the higher practices of Mahamudra or Dzogchen.  Alan will discuss what is to be purified, and what is accumulated with these practices. He will also offer advice on how to integrate these practices into daily life.

Please bring your Ngöndro texts, malas, and prostration sliders. Participants should preferably have taken refuge in order to attend this retreat. It is open to all Ngöndro practitioners, new and old.

Participants may come for the full 5 day retreat, or for the 3 day long weekend.

Our mind is often compared to a field, with the potential to bring forth bountiful harvest of wisdom and compassion. For the seeds of listening to teachings to grow easily and quickly, the field needs to be properly prepared: purifying negative karmic imprints is similar to clearing the field of rocks and debris, while enriching our mind with positive potential is similar to irrigating and fertilizing the field. The purpose of preliminary practices is thus to clear and enrich our minds, allowing our practice to progress smoothly and our heart to become the path to enlightenment.” – Thubten Chodron


The retreat will be led by Alan Muller who 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 monk’s 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 cost of the retreat covers accommodation, meals, and beverages from supper on the day of arrival to lunch on the last day, and a R60 voluntary environmental levy. It excludes dana and staff tips. Please don’t let a lack of finances prevent you from attending – email us for more options.

  5 Nights   3 Nights
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):    R4,600    R2,800
  Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom:    R4,300    R2,600
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):    R4,100    R2,500
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (sharing, per person):    R3,600    R2,200
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (sharing, per person):    R3,100    R1,900
  Dormitory    R2,500    R1,500
  Camping (own tent)    R2,000    R1,200


To Book

Please fill in our online booking form. A 50% deposit, non-refundable but transferrable will confirm your booking.