“On 1st February we held a dedication ceremony for the new Tara Cabin. We invited Taraloka’s local regular volunteers - some of our extended family as one community member put it. We also invited Craig our builder, who has spent months creating this beautiful space.
Trying to stay fit at a Retreat Centre, believe it or not, has it challenges! Before I moved to Taraloka, I would walk to most places; to work, to the shops, to the Buddhist centre, etc. I used to attend several gym classes a week prior to yoga became my main form of body movement. I do prefer exercising in a group rather than on my own, though,...
BAM! It all starts here… for the gardens at Taraloka at least, with our COMPOST. I love it, and I love making it. So it’s time to dish the dirt. Let’s start big, with some facts about soil and our planet.
1) It can take about 1,000 years to make just a couple of centimetres of soil.
2) The human population is rising globally, and almost all of the new growth is being housed in towns and cities that, by definition, are...
Metta for the oceans, supermarkets and shoppers! John West unsustainable fishing protest at Sainsbury’s
Photos: Lisa Lens
It was a hot muggy Tuesday 7th of June. At a quarter to five, we were crowded round the table in the dark Taraloka community kitchen. You’d’ve thought we were preparing a bank heist. A pencilled sketch map of the front of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Whitchurch was spread out in front of us. I’d cased the joint the night before.
Taraloka offers a unique context for living a full-time Dharma life, for being of service to others and for personal and collective transformation.
We are offering an exciting opportunity to be part of a fantastic team of women running the retreat centre. We are recruiting two posts – Kitchen Manager and Maintenance and they will be for a year in the first instance.
You will need to be an Order Member or GFR Mitra with a full, manual UK driving licence. ...
It is a privilege to be able to support mothers on a retreat and inspiring to see how much impact a relatively short space of time in a place such as Taraloka can have. There is a huge amount of appreciation and the atmosphere on the retreat was warm and friendly from the Friday evening, as mothers connected easily with each other.
This afternoon people met in smaller groups to discuss whatever was arising for them at the time. One...
Sharing with you Taraloka’s action on Sustainable Energy: Written by Maitrisiddhi
Up till 2010, Taraloka was heated by oil – non-renewable fossil fuel pumped out of the ground thousands of miles away, with all the effects on the environment when burnt, and sea spillage risks en route. Now, Taraloka is heated by biomass boilers, supplied from sustainable Welsh and English forestry.
When I moved here, in 2009, plans were already afoot to try to improve Taraloka’s carbon footprint. Care for the environment and trying...
Avalokitesvara weeps for the sufferings of the world and from his tears Tara is born.This retreat will have the mythic theme of Green Tara, who has one hand extended in a gesture of infinite giving, and with one leg steps down into the world to go to the aid of living beings. She is also much associated in our minds with the green of nature .