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“What is this life, if full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?”

Leisure, W.H. Davies

Our Christmas/New Year retreat will be a chance to leave aside the stresses and busyness of city and town and spend time getting in touch with the natural world, the elements as well as our inner world of light and shade. In other words, give yourself a break!

We will have a light touch program that combines some exercises from the Tara Rokpa elements program with instructions in mindfulness and awareness. A chance for leisure and as the poet says ‘time to stand and stare. And sit quietly! Time to explore our life priorities and set the compass for the new year.

Facilitated by Dónal Creedon and Pippa Cope


It is preferable that you attend from the start date, but you are welcome to come for part thereof or the entire 10 days.

About Dónal Creedon

Donal CreedonDónal Creedon is a Buddhist meditation teacher with many years of experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness, and sincerity. He studied and practiced with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat. Dónal also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach.

About Pippa Cope

Pippa Cope offers mindful movement, including somatics and Donna Farhi-inspired yoga. She has been involved with the Tara Rokpa Therapy process for 20 years as a senior helper in South Africa and Zimbabwe and has offered workshops in Canada. Pippa has been resident at TRC for over 15 years as jack of all trades. She previously spent her professional life working as an Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and Community Development manager.



The cost includes accommodation, all ova-lacto meals from supper on the first night to lunch on the last day, a supplement for airfares, and an optional R60 environmental levy.
TRC members receive a 10% discount on all-length retreats (if they have been members for 6 months already).
Cost excludes dana (an offering of appreciation to the teacher), and staff tips.

 9 Nights (Full Retreat)
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R8,800
  Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom:   R8,300
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R7,900
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):   R7,000
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):   R6,100
  Dormitory   R5,000
  Camping TRC Tent (only for bigger retreats):   R5,000
  Camping (own tent)   R4,200

To Book

Please use our online booking form, which can be completed easily on a phone or tablet, to book. A 50% deposit is required to confirm your choice of accommodation.

Airport Shuttle

Depending on numbers, group transport may be organized, depending on demand. The estimated cost is about R2000 return. Please ensure that flights arrive before 10 am, to give you time to collect your luggage and pass through immigration. On the return trip, the shuttle will depart TRC after lunch, to arrive at ORT by 5.30 pm. Please book flights to leave after 8 pm.

TRC will help with carpooling where possible. It is also possible to get the InterCape bus from Park Station to Zeerust (around R300) and TRC can arrange a lift to the Centre for R350.

For more general retreat information, please click here. Or email tararokpacentre@gmail.com.