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“Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of our intentions.”
Sharon Salzberg

New Year Intentions

For 11 years, Lucy has been running New Year Intentions Retreat at the Tara Rokpa Centre – inspiring participants to find their sense of purpose. Taking time away from daily demands to reflect on the past year, and to set intentions for the future, provides a potent space for growth. Intention-setting does not need to be difficult. We can simply connect with what brings us joy, makes us feel energetic and alive, and commit to focusing on these activities over the year ahead.

To tap into our sense of purpose, or ubizo or raison d’etre, we combine contemplative practices with a wish to engage in the communities and the world around us. We will develop a deep understanding that compassion and altruism circle back to bring the greatest happiness to the giver, as long as our basic needs are also attended to.


We will integrate our body, heart and mind in a gentle, unfolding process of yoga and mindfulness, providing the opportunity to reflect on what inspires and energizes us. By trusting our ability to tap into our own talents, we can lead our lives in a way that also brings benefit to others. Yoga and mindfulness  practices will tune us into both our supportive and sabotaging patterns, while compassion practices will provide us with skillful ways to accept ourselves just as we are, in order to create the conditions for transformation to take place.

Please bring a yoga mat, a journal and pen or pencil, as well as stretchy, comfortable clothes for both yin and yang yoga practices.

About the Facilitator

Lucy Draper-ClarkeLucy Draper-Clarke has a doctorate in mindfulness and teacher education. Last year she published an online course through the Insight Timer app, entitled “Finding Joy in Life through Intention Setting”. This was based on the retreat practices she has developed since 2009. She has practised yoga for 20 years and taught yoga and mindfulness in Southern Africa since 2006. She has been lucky enough to study with inspiring Buddhist mindfulness, and Vinyasa yoga teachers, and offers both yin and yang styles of yoga. Her light-hearted and compassionate approach to teaching allows participants to explore their inner worlds through a joyful, yet transformative practice. For a personal reflection on previous New Year Intentions retreats, please follow this link.


For more information about retreats at TRC, please follow this link.


For the online booking form, please click on this link. A 50% deposit will secure your choice of accommodation. The deposit is non-refundable, but transferrable to another retreat within a year.


Accommodation is priced to cater to everyone, but even so, please do not let your inability to pay prevent you from attending. Contact us for volunteer trades or payment plans. Partners are welcome to attend and pay for accommodation only. TRC members, SAGA/SWIFT members, and past participants may request a 10% discount.

2-night retreat

 Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):  R2800
 Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):  R2600
 Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):  R3000
 Single Rooms (Office Block)  R2500
 Single use of twin/double room (if space available),  shared bathroom:  R3100
 Single use of ensuite room (if space available):  R3200
 Single en suite room (if space available):  R3100
 Dormitory (per person):  R2300
 Camping (own tent & bedding):  R2100

Prices are per person, and include accommodation, meals, tea/coffee, facilitation fee, and environmental levy.

For more information about retreats at TRC, please follow this link.