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When I first heard of the Tara Mandala retreat, I felt a pull toward the land there, a pull felt deep in my belly where the umbilical cord ties us to mother – in this case, the Great Mother. I could feel the land calling to me, much like other places around the world have called to me. Land speaks to us, calls to us if we listen.
As the months of planning the retreat progressed, I felt myself being pulled deeper and deeper into and toward that land. Sometimes the pull would render me almost speechless. In her wordless depths, I felt her richness, her power, her dark soil. I kept listening.
The retreat was on grieving and dreaming and as we tuned into the content, I would often hear and feel pieces emerging – just as we all did. I remember back when we gathered to plan the circles at the first Esalen gathering. I could feel how important it was to listen to the land, to honor it, to inquire into what it had to say and the wisdom it held for us to know. We listened before we went, and once on the land, gathered, we were in communication with the land. The same was true for Tara Mandala.