Embodying Tara Retreat + Book Signing

Meditation, Mantra, and Yoga Retreat

With Chandra Easton

Mount Madonna Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, CA


Tara, the female buddha of compassion, is called the “Savioress” because she is known for saving beings from the ocean of samsara (suffering). Her name also means “star” as she is as infinite as the stars in the sky. Ultimately, she is the Great Mother, and she represents the essential nature of your own mind, your buddha-nature, and in this way, she can manifest in each and every one of us in a myriad of different ways. The twenty-one aspects of Tara appear in the 11th century tantric text called the Twenty-One Praises to Tara, a devotional hymn popular in Tibetan Buddhism, from which Chandra’s book, Embodying Tara, draws its teachings and practices. 

Chandra will teach on the first three of the twenty-one Taras, Turavira, Vajra Sarasvati, and Vasudhara. You will learn meditations and mantras for each as well as hear stories of real life women who embody their qualities. They will inspire you to bring these aspects of Tara alive in yourself, bringing your body, mind, and soul into alignment with your own enlightened nature. 

We will invite Tara’s awakened energy to come alive in ourselves through
  • Insight into core Buddhist concepts and teachings;
  • Guided Tara meditations;
  • Mantra recitation and chanting;
  • Gentle therapeutic yoga
  • Dyad (mindful relational) practice.
  • Exploration of the lives of real women and movements that embody Tara’s enlightened activities.


Feb: 15-18, 2024
Thurs – Sunday

Check in: 4pm on Thursday
Check out: 12pm on Sunday

Mount Madonna Center
445 Summit Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone: (408) 847-0406

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Lodging & Cost 

Access LevelSustainability LevelGenerosity Level
Dorm (4)$805$905$1,005
Day commuting$640$740$840
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Tue ‒ Thu: 09am ‒ 07pm
Fri ‒ Mon: 09am ‒ 05pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free

673 12 Constitution Lane Massillon
781-562-9355, 781-727-6090