The therapy wing of TRC activity focuses on emotional and physical healing retreats. Many people leading stressful urban lives benefit from just slowing down and being at TRC with few distractions. The clean air, crystal clear water, vast space and natural surroundings are in themselves ‘healing’. TRC provides visitors with the opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep.
Healthy vegetarian food, mainly organic and locally produced, is served on most workshops and retreats.
TRC is the headquarters of Tara Rokpa Therapy for Southern Africa. This is a unique system of psychotherapy or healing for the mind, based on a fusion of ancient Eastern wisdom with modern psychotherapy. It was developed between 1988 and 2013 by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He was a Tibetan Lama and doctor of traditional Tibetan medicine. He worked in collaboration with Western professionals (art therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, social workers and massage therapists.) It is open to everyone and not dependent on following a particular spiritual path.
“Our society, with all its modern wonders and conveniences, bombards us with stimulation while at the same time largely depriving us of what is natural and wholesome on this earth. Our education tends to develop the intellect in a way which is not balanced with emotional and practical experience.
The aim of the therapy programme is to assist many people in understanding themselves and others in the world through acceptance and compassion for ourselves and others close to us.”
~ Akong Tulku Rinpoche ~
The work is essentially self-exploratory, but where possible local support groups are formed. Further help and twice yearly workshops are held with a visiting senior therapist, who guides participants through the modular process.
TRC therapy activities include:
- Annual Tara Rokpa Therapy family Easter Camp
- Occasional related training courses and workshops
TRC offers 2 – 5 day courses from the programme ‘Learning to Relax’ and ‘Working with the Elements’ for groups of people wishing to explore these aspects.
Other healing workshops hosted to date include different forms of yoga and body awareness work:
- Tai Chi
- Chi Gung
- Ayurvedic and Vegetarian Cooking
- Art Therapy
Relaxing massage, and pampering beauty therapy sessions can be arranged at the Centre.
The facilities may be hired by like-minded individuals, families and groups for workshops.