Gomde Scotland – Tara Outer Sadhana Retreat for 10 or 21 days.

Gomde Scotland is delighted to offer a twenty-one day intensive Tara Sadhana retreat – from 2nd to 22nd July 2019. It is now possible to register for 10 days or the full 21 days.

The extraordinary Outer Sadhana of the Four Mandalas, is the first of the Tara sadhanas practiced in The Triple Excellence online meditation program established by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. These profound pith instructions known as The Triple Excellence come directly from Tara, female Buddha of wisdom in action, and they reveal a complete path to awakening that covers all three vehicles of Buddhism from the Vajrayana perspective. Nothing is left out. The instructions were received directly from Tara by the great terton Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870) and have since been passed down in an unbroken precious lineage of accomplished gurus. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, a close descendant of the great treasure revealer himself, received Tara’s Triple Excellence from his own masters.

The retreat will be under the guidance of Lama Tenzin Sangpo, assisted by translator Heidi Koppel, and will involve at least two intensive sessions of group sadhana practice each day, interspersed with guiding instructions by Lama Tenzin. It will also be translated into Chinese.

This sadhana belongs to the class of outer tantras, specifically the kriya and upa tantras. There are particular physical disciplines connected with this practice, such as the conduct of bodily cleanliness and abstaining from meat, alcohol, tobacco, garlic, eggs, and onions. All meals will be prepared by our cooks in accordance with these requirements.

Anyone interested in the practice of this sadhana is welcome to join the retreat, with particular encouragement for Tara’s Triple Excellence program participants. By attending this retreat, you will complete a significant section of the Third Excellence Part I, and participants often find that the dynamic and joyful nature of this particular sadhana is experienced more directly through intensive group practice.

Daily Retreat Schedule

The retreat will unfold over twenty-one days. We will begin on the morning of July 2nd and finish on July 22nd. It would be best if you can arrive by 4pm on July 1st for an orientation meeting.

There will be four group sessions per day, at least two of which will be dedicated to intensive sadhana practice. During the other sessions we will receive explanations and instructions from Lama Tenzin and be guided by him in meditation and particular contemplations. Translation into English will be provided by Heidi Koppel. There will also be translation into Chinese by Yang Di.

Approximate Timetable (subject to change)

1st session                 6.00 – 8.00

Breakfast              8.30 – 9.30

2nd session              10.00 – 12.00

Lunch                        12.30 – 1.30

3rd session                2.00 – 4.00

Afternoon tea

Teachings with Lama Tenzin  5.00 – 6.00

Dinner                           6.00 – 7.00

4th session               7.00 – 9.00              

Registration, Payment and Costs

This retreat is open to all who are interested in the instructions on Tara’s Triple Excellence. For the practice to be effective, it is best if participants have already received the Green Tara empowerment from an authentic master. However, it is not necessary to be enrolled in the Triple Excellence Program.

Our shrine hall in the woodland is small, and to ensure everyone is comfortable we restrict the numbers to 30 practitioners. Once that number is reached, we will prepare a waiting list.

Registration is open until 21th June and final payments arranged by this date.

To register, please fill out the registration form and submit.

For any questions please contact tara@gomdescotland.org. It is important to tell us of any specific dietary and health requirements you may have. Do try to bring the personal items you will need, but we will also have retreat helpers on hand with local knowledge, whose job it will be to keep us all as comfortable as possible.


To secure your place on the retreat we request you make a deposit of £300. If you cancel BEFORE 21st June we can refund 50%. Refunds after that date will be dependent on if we can fill your place. Please note your registration is not confirmed until this initial deposit is received.

Please arrange for the full balance to be paid by 21st June 2019.

Bank details for transfers are:

Bank of Scotland, 102 High Street, Forres, IV36 2OP

Account Name: Gomde Trust

Account No. 06020261

Sort Code: 80 06 81


IBAN: GB90 BOFS 8006 8106 0202 61

For online payment options like Paypal, please go to our website:


In the event of the retreat filling quickly and your name going to a waiting list, we will keep you informed and return your deposit.

Please understand that our accommodation at Gomde Scotland is very basic and still largely under construction. There are a single and shared wooden retreat huts which are not yet insulated. We are currently building shower and toilet facilities, which hut dwellers/campers will be able to use. There will also be rooms available with one of our neighbours, and in nearby towns and villages.

Additional Costs

Please note that, in addition to contributing to the cost of the retreat, it is customary (though not obligatory) to make a personal offering at the end to the lama guiding the retreat and also to the translators.

Retreat Costs (teachings, translation, utilities, food & accommodation)

Gomde Scotland is keeping the cost of this precious retreat as low as possible, so that it can be affordable to all. All categories are inclusive of all meals and full support during the retreat.

Full twenty-one days retreat (accommodation from 1st to 22nd July)

In shared accommodation (bedding provided) suggested contribution of £790, with a sliding scale from £840 to £750

NB. We have a sliding scale is so people can give according to their income, £840 will add a little to help the development of Gomde and £750 is a discounted rate.

In a single retreat hut (bedding provided) £945

Camping: if you are interested in this option, please contact us at: tara@gomdescotland.org

The first ten days only until Guru Rinpoche Day on 11 July.

This option is for those who cannot arrange sufficient time to attend the full retreat. It will only be possible for the first ten days. After this, Lama Tenzin will close the retreat boundary and there will be no further coming or going.

In shared accommodation (bedding provided) suggested contribution of £400, with sliding scale from £440 – £380

NB. We have a sliding scale is so people can give according to their income, £440 will add a little to help the development of Gomde and £380 is a discounted rate.

In a single retreat hut (bedding provided) £500

Camping: if you are interested in this option, please contact us at: tara@gomdescotland.org

If you are interested in this option please contact us at: tara@gomdescotland.org

Single Rooms

There are very few single wooden cabins, so if you would like to guarantee a room of your own, please register and prepay the full amount as soon as possible, as it is on a first come first served basis, depending on whether you have paid in full. The cost for 21 days in a single cabin on the land will be £945 for 21 days or £500 for 10 days inclusive, so you need to pay the full amount in advance by bank transfer or paypal by 21st June.

Accommodation off-site

This applies if you choose to stay in privately organised accommodation off site. You will pay your host direct, and the retreat cost will be reduced to £600 for 21 days or £300 for 10 days, payable to Gomde, to cover all meals and other resources. For those interested in this option, please contact us: tara@gomdescotland.org

Bursary Fund

Even though we are keeping costs to a minimum, we understand that some people will still not be able to afford to come on the retreat.

If this applies to you, please let us know: tara@gomdescotland.org

Likewise, if you are able to give a little extra, it means that together we can support genuine practitioners who could not otherwise attend.

General Information – Welcome to Gomde Scotland!

Thank you for booking this retreat at Gomde Scotland. Here is some practical information about your visit:


Please complete your registration for the event by sending back the booking form. If you haven’t yet received a booking form, or if you would like to discuss any part of it, please contact us by sending an email to: tara@gomdescotland.org.

In the Woodland

Gomde Scotland is a woodland retreat, so please come prepared for the outdoors in all weathers. Sturdy shoes, raincoats, sun hats and suncream are useful.

When walking in log grass or the woodlands we strongly recommend long, light coloured trousers that can be tucked into socks to avoid tick bites, and which also help in spotting ticks more easily. Infections are avoidable if you check daily for ticks, and then you can avoid the risk of catching Lyme disease, which is prevalent in the Highlands.

To keep the woodland and all those that live in it safe, we have created the Woodland Covenant. Please read it and abide by it while you’re staying at Gomde (see below).

Food and Drink

We can provide drinkable mains water, but if you prefer bottled water please bring your own bottle or thermos.

For this retreat, the food will be vegetarian. If you are strictly gluten or dairy free, please let us know well in advance.

A variety of teas and coffees will be available, but if you have a strong preference please bring a supply of your favourite brew with you.


There will be only limited internet available through the office, and normally Lama Tenzin requires participants not to use it during the retreat.

Getting to Gomde Scotland

The address of Gomde Scotland is The Woodland Hermitage, Hardmuir of Boath, Nairn, Scotland. IV12 5QG. Tel. UK (+44) 0131 208 2884 or UK (+44) 0778 453 1420

The entrance to the woodland is at the lay-by just south-west of the Wester Hardmuir strawberry fruit-farm.

By road (car or bus):

We are just off the A96 between Auldearn and Brodie, at Hardmuir. When you arrive at Hardmuir, there is a lay-by opposite the Fruit Farm, with a woodland track leading off it. You follow the track to the very end to reach Gomde.

You can get off the bus at the Hardmuir of Boath stop (any bus going between Inverness and Elgin will stop here, but please let the driver know beforehand.) From there it is a 15min walk to Gomde, but if you let us know beforehand we can pick you up at the bus stop.

By air

Inverness is the nearest Airport; it takes 20 min to drive, and there is a direct bus from the airport to Gomde’s road-end at Hardmuir of Boath. There are flights to Inverness from UK and European airports, see https://www.invernessairport.co.uk/fly-direct/ for details.

Other airports are Aberdeen (2 hours away by bus or train), Glasgow and Edinburgh (both 4 hours by bus or train).

By train

The nearest train stations are Nairn and Forres. From the train station you can walk to the bus stations, or take a taxi.

Taxi 24/7 Nairn 01667 459595

Nairn Taxis  01667 451111

Spot On Cabs Forres 01309 671717

Mundole taxis & minibuses Forres 01309 673168

Off-site accommodation

If you should choose to stay off-site, in the surrounding area and especially the picturesque villages of Nairn, Forres and Findhorn, there are many different choices of accommodation – from beautiful old hotels on the beach to local B&Bs and a simple inexpensive hostel in Findhorn. From Nairn and Forres you can take the bus to Hardmuir, or lift-share with other guests. Good places to start looking are www.visitnairn.com, www.airbnb.com, and www.forresweb.net.

Gomde Scotland Woodland Covenant

A Memorandum of Understanding between Gomde Trust Scotland and all Users

(Time-Share, Retreatants, Volunteers and Visitors to Hardmuir Woodland Hermitage).

Gomde Trust (known as Gomde) and any one attending a programme, retreat, volunteer or visitor (referred as the User) mutually agree to promote harmony, protect the Woodland as a sacred space and avoid disturbing other Users or neighbours. Thus you agree to abide by the basic guidelines for harmony and  

•      Respect life and do not kill anything

•      Respect other people’s property and do not steal anything or take    without asking

  • Respect the truth and refrain from misleading, divisive or untruthful statements

•      Encourage health and refrain from intoxication

•      Respect others and refrain from any behaviour that causes distress or harm.

We also request you respect the Country Code and protect the Hardmuir Woodland Hermitage environment by agreeing not to:

  1. Behave in a manner constituting a nuisance or danger to any neighbour or other User. Create excess noise or disturbance. Make fires, smoke or endanger the woodland with any fire hazard.
  2. Allow children or minors to be unsupervised at any time; all children are the sole responsibly of their Guardians. Please be aware and take special care of the danger at the pond and river.
  3. Allow pets and animals on the land except with prior permission of Gomde and if allowed, they must always be kept under control and are the sole responsibility of their owner.
  4. In any way unnecessarily disturb or molest wildlife or wildlife habitat. Do any game shooting or pest control, or undertake or allow others to do any activities pertaining to hunting, fishing, or trapping on the property. Please do not dump or dispose of any waste materials, rubbish or other debris on the land.
  5. Use the land for a campsite or place tents, caravans or mobile homes on the land without permission or for longer than two weeks.
  6. Cut or trim the trees unless prior approval is given by the Trust, or use a chainsaw, unless personally insured.
  7. The User agrees to protect and indemnify the Trust, its agents and employees, from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, liability and expense, by reason of loss or damage to any property or bodily injury to any person whatsoever, that may arise from the construction and placement of objects on Gomde and from the maintenance or use of Gomde by signing this disclaimer.

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