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Autumn 2024 Update from Pippa

Autumn is approaching with cooler nights and days. I love this time of year, which isn’t as spectacular as Autumn in Europe, but leaves fall from trees, and the long grass turns brownish yellow, thereby creating a fire risk until the summer rains appear in October. The recent bright autumn full moon heralded the increased [...]

By |2024-06-10T14:00:11+02:00April 30th, 2024|community, dharma, environment, Tara Rokpa Therapy|0 Comments

Farewell to Ulrike

We heard recently that Ulrike Mueller-Glodde passed away on the 27th of April 2024 surrounded by her family in Germany after a long illness. Ulrike was a member of the Tara Rokpa Centre management committee in the early days, when TRC was called the Tara Rokpa Healthcare Centre (TRHC). Ulrike and her husband were living [...]

By |2024-04-30T11:15:51+02:00April 29th, 2024|blog, community, Tara Rokpa Therapy|0 Comments

Summer 2023 Update

It is just past mid-summer and is a day with gentle rain, which is unusual in summer but most welcome. My entertainment for many hours of late has been sitting on my veranda watching birds. There is a tree full of nesting black-headed weavers just beyond my pond. They have built 25 nests so far, [...]

By |2024-01-21T12:08:23+02:00January 21st, 2024|community, environment, permaculture, vacancies|0 Comments

Autumn Update from Pippa

The “middle veld” South African autumn is here. Last night the temperature was zero and in the middle of the day 35. So it's once again a time for putting on and taking off layers of clothing. At this time of year, nature's clever seed dispersal is in full swing, the grass seed-eating birds busily [...]

By |2023-06-24T21:03:24+02:00June 24th, 2023|blog, community, Non Profit|0 Comments

The Invasion of the Irish

I am beginning to think that we are going through a quiet Irish invasion at the Tara Rokpa Centre.  It kicked off with a month-long retreat with Dónal Creedon in November and December, then we followed up with Brion Sweeney in April for a bit of mindfulness.  In my ignorance (before coming to TRC) I [...]

By |2023-06-24T17:05:50+02:00June 24th, 2023|blog, community, other|0 Comments

Friends of Tara Rokpa Centre

We are happy to announce that Monica Burr has offered to take over the role of champion of the Friends of TRC. Friends of TRC is the new 'membership' option that we have been rolling out for the past few years. Monica will be keeping an eye on our Friends admin, as well as promoting [...]

By |2023-02-09T22:02:51+02:00February 5th, 2023|community, Non Profit, other, retreat, vision, wish list|0 Comments

Spring Update from Pippa

I can’t believe it’s nearly November! The year seems to be flying by at great speed. We have had 2 nights with dramatic thunderstorms bringing much-needed rain to the parched land. It has been a high alert for fires for some time with all the dry grass and strong winds. There have been some devastating [...]

By |2022-10-30T21:43:19+02:00October 30th, 2022|community, environment, permaculture, retreat|2 Comments

Autumn 2022 Update from Pippa

I’m sitting, gratefully basking in the warmth of my wood-burning stove on an unusually wet and cold May evening, with time to reflect on my semi-retired life here in Tara’s valley.   I joined Alan’s recent retreat on the Buddhist foundation practices and really benefitted personally. He skilfully and with his usual humility, kindness, and [...]

By |2022-05-22T16:59:15+02:00May 22nd, 2022|community, environment|0 Comments

Tales from the Bush – Tanja Feb 2022

The countryside and our little valley look immaculate and very green.  We have been blessed with a lot of rain in recent months leaving us with overflowing bridges and a very active waterfall.  This has prepared the soil for our tree planting activities at the centre.  With the assistance of Alhyrian from the permaculture site, [...]

By |2022-02-24T13:45:11+02:00February 24th, 2022|blog, community|0 Comments

Summer Update from Pippa

It’s a soggy Sunday keeping me indoors. This has been one of the wettest January I have recorded since arriving here 18 years ago. Nearly 300mm of rain which is half of our annual rainfall! Greenery is abundant and the grass and weed growth is phenomenal. It feels as if things grow as you look [...]

By |2022-02-13T11:04:16+02:00February 2nd, 2022|community, environment|0 Comments
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