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Have you ever wondered what happens at a retreat centre?

This is your chance to find out! We are offering an introductory weekend for those who would like to experience the range of activities that take place at Tara Rokpa Centre (TRC).

TRC is a welcoming, down to earth centre within a UNESCO biosphere reserve where you can connect with yourself, your community and the earth. It is in a hidden valley, free from the disturbance of the digital world: such a rare treat in modern life where we are constantly on call.

During this weekend, you can reconnect with what it means to be human; relaxed, at ease and in touch with the world around you. Bring your family and take part in the experiences on offer. Alternatively, you are welcome to hike, swim, swing in a hammock or read a book.

The resident community at TRC each have their own skills and interests. They are very willing to share these with visitors. After supper on the first evening, Pippa Cope will guide you through a Healing Relaxation practice. This is a chance to slow down and feel grounded once again. She will then lead movement sessions before breakfast, so that guests can bring balance to body and mind. From Saturday morning, the programme is structured so that you can attend all the sessions for a full experience, or take time off to relax and replenish.

The permaculture stewards will give visitors an introduction to Permaculture tour on Saturday, and then a short workshop on Sunday. Brenda Shelley will offer the Poetry of Photography, during walks in the bushveld. She will assist participants to balance both the creative and the technical aspects of photography; linking the heart and the mind. Alan will give guests an introduction to meditation techniques, which can help to train the mind in becoming more aware and at ease.

Pippa 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.


Alan completed a one-year closed retreat at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. He was a monk for six years and now presents courses and retreats as a layperson. He supports long-term (6 month retreats) in Tara’s Valley Retreat House, and is also very keen to support beginners with a meditation practice.



Brenda would like to share her love for photography so that visitors can touch into the spirit of place. She was a professional photographer and worked as a freelance visual artist in the USA and Cape Town, specialising in travel, fine art and fashion photography.


Come and try a weekend of reconnecting with the people and the environment around you, as well as learning new skills and practices to take care of yourself. This is your chance to remember how it feels to be free from the digital world, and let your mind quieten down to the pace of nature.

The Programme:


4 – 6 pm: Arrival and settling in

6:00 pm: Supper

7:30 pm: Guided Meditation/Relaxation


7 – 8 am: Yoga

8 –  9 am: Breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 am: Intro to Meditation

11 am – 12:30 pm: Tour of the Permaculture site

1 – 2 pm: Lunch

2 – 4 pm: Free Time

4 – 5:30 pm: Guided Walk

6 – 7 pm: Supper

7 – 8 pm: Meditation/Relaxation/Drumming around the Campfire


7 – 8 am: Yoga

8 – 9 am: Breakfast

10 am – 12 pm: Permaculture/Healing Relaxation/Meditation Activity

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Departure



The costs include full board from supper on Friday to Lunch on Sunday, as well as an optional environmental levy of R60. Dana will be appreciated by the facilitators.

Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):  R1500
Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per  Rperson):  R1300
Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):  R1700
Single use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom:  R1800
Single use of ensuite room (if space available):  R1900
Single en suite room (if available)  R1800
Dormitory  R1000
Camping (own tent)  R800


Please book here. A 50% deposit will confirm your place.