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Tasting the Essence of Tantra Series: The Mandala and Visions of Wholeness (Module 8)

Event Description

The Mandala and Visions of Wholeness is the eighth and final retreat in this series of progressive retreats that train students in the preparation of Tibetan Buddhist tantra.


February 21-26, 2016



Silence Level


What will be covered?

In this final retreat we will begin to draw together elements of practice that have gone before into a more cohesive whole. This will emphasize the relationship between form and emptiness and its expression in the mandala as a symbol of the homeostatic nature of the psyche. We will explore the 5 Buddha families and 5 elements and their contribution to the psychological nature of wholeness. During this week will also begin to look at the way forward in terms of individual practice and further personal retreat.

Learning Objectives
  • Gaining an experience of the nature and meaning of the mandala as a vision of totality
  • Recognizing the non-dual relationship between form and emptiness
  • Bringing the relationship to the process of the retreats to a sense of completion both individually and as a group working together
  • Looking at ways to carry practice out into the work or life
  • Learning how to bring together the conditions for personal retreat
  • Exploring where personal practice may need to go from here
Who is this retreat for?

This retreat is for those who have attended previous retreats within the Tasting the Essence of Tantra series.

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 21 February 2017 to 26 February 2017

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Teacher Bio

Rob Preece

Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Daramsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He remained there for the next five years primarily in retreat but with the opportunity to study with a number of eminent lamas including Song Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Gomo Rinpoche and H.H. Dalai Lama. Returning to the west in 1985 he began to train as a Psychotherapist at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London, a Jungian based psychotherapy. Since that time he has had a busy Psychotherapy practice and has taught many workshops on comparative Jungian and Buddhist Psychology. More recently his work has shifted from psychotherapy to spiritual mentoring. Over the past 25 years Rob has also lead many meditation retreats introducing the practices of the Tantric tradition with a wish to honor Lama Yeshe's profound and creative approach to practice.  Many of these retreats bring together the combination of meditation and movement guided by his wife Anna. In 2005 Rob was initiated as a Granicero or 'weather worker' within the Nahual tradition of Central Mexico something that informs his work with the land and weather within which he lives in the UK. He brings together the Tantric tradition with this shamanic background as a means to help Tantric practice become grounded in relation to the land and the elements of the natural world. Rob is an experienced thangka painter and keen gardener and is the father of two boys. He is the author of The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra, The Wisdom of Imperfection, and The Courage to Feel and Preparing for Tantra.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Main Dormitory $595.00 $775.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $645.00 $825.00
Private Room $895.00 $825.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $550.00 $725.00
Cabin $1,070.00 $1,250.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $575.00 $800.00
10% membership discounts are applicable for members.
Level 1: One Student $170.00
Level 2: Two Students $340.00


Financial Aid is Available

Those who wish to attend this retreat should have completed the previous modules. For more information contact

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at