Environment

Trees, Leaves, Shrubs and More

Have you ever wanted to learn about identifying trees and shrubs? Join Eckhard Druschke for a relaxing getaway in the beautiful Groot Marico Bushveld for a weekend of walks & talks on tree and shrub identification. Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.  Kahlil Gibran Bring your walking shoes and binoculars, field [...]

By |2024-06-11T17:03:53+02:00April 30th, 2024|, , , , |0 Comments

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

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

Getting Back to Nature

Join Eckhard Druschke, a birding, hiking, star-gazing, and nature enthusiast for a relaxing getaway in the beautiful Groot Marico Bushveld for a weekend of walks & talks on bird and tree identification. In the evening Eckhard will talk about our amazing Southern African sky, identifying various constellations, planets, and stars, while also providing a little [...]

By |2022-11-06T17:02:50+02:00November 6th, 2022|, , |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

Welcome/Welkom to Zeerust

  Update June 2023: The gravel road from the Rietvaly turnoff 9 km after Groot Marico has been fixed and graded and is passable once more in a normal sedan car. A reminder to drive slowly and you will arrive with all 4 tyres intact! As you may have seen, we have started recommending that [...]

By |2024-01-29T12:40:29+02:00October 30th, 2022|blog, community, environment|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

Spring Update by Pippa

A few weeks of spring rains have replenished the valley and brought welcome green growth.  The weather is however unpredictable and is not following the usual early summer patterns. Layers of clothing seem to go on and off according to the ever-changing temperatures. For me, a recent highlight was attending our recent Green Tara practice [...]

By |2021-11-18T07:57:09+02:00November 5th, 2021|community, environment, permaculture|0 Comments
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