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A Transforming Retreat with Melanie Polatinsky

The legends of Guru Rinpoche/Padmasambhava, also called the second Buddha, are rooted in a historical figure, miraculously born, who came to Tibet in the 8th Century to bring the highest Buddhist teaching and subdue the darkness in the land.

His consort and disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal recorded all these teachings in “termas” to be discovered at appropriate future times.

Guru Rinpoche manifests in multitudinous forms which can be identified as ARCHETYPES as real and valid in this 21st century as they were in the 8th century.

This retreat is primarily to make an intimate and exciting connection with the whole pristine mandala of Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal, which will serve to transform our lives and our awakening to INTRINSIC AWARENESS.

We will :

  • Study some of the “terma” Teachings
  • Do Guru Rinpoche Practices, including Guru Yoga
  • Do lots of MEDITATION

and, in general, in the mysterious and natural environment of TRC, really find the pathway to take us back “home” to the “Copper-Coloured Mountain Pureland” of Guru Rinpoche.

This retreat runs from Thursday night to Sunday lunchtime. However, if you are only able to come from Friday to Sunday, that is permitted.

In addition, Melanie will do a few days of personal retreat before the start of this retreat, and she is happy for others to join her – contact us for more details.


The cost includes accommodation, all meals, and beverages from Thursday supper to lunch on Sunday, as well as an optional environmental levy of R60. It excludes dana for the facilitator and tips for the staff.

  2 Nights   3 Nights   Additional         Night
Single use of ensuite room (if space available):   R1900   R2800   R900
Single use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom:   R1800   R2600   R850
Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R1700   R2500   R800
Twin/double room with en suite bathroom, (sharing, per person):   R1500   R2200   R710
Twin/double room with shared bathroom (sharing, per person):   R1300   R1900   R600
Dormitory   R1000   R1500   R490
Camping (own tent)   R800   R1200   R390


To Book

Fill in our online booking form here. A 50% deposit, non-refundable but transferrable, will secure the accommodation of your choice and confirm your booking.

Please don’t let a lack of finances prevent you from attending this retreat. Write to us at tararokpacentre@gmail.com for more options.


Melanie Polatinsky is a psychotherapist, lecturer and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, empowered by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche to teach. She has worked and taught in a variety of fields with individuals and groups for the past 50 years. Melanie gives weekly Buddhist lectures online on many different dharma topics from how to clear our psychological karmic imprints to the deeper Vajrayana Buddhist teachings.