Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $339.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $259.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $319.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $249.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $309.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $239.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $189.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $159.00
  • DDL Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $239.00
  • DDL Tent: Couple's Occupancy – CAD $239.00
  • (All prices include CAD $159.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrive Friday July 2nd by 5pm (dinner is at 6:30) Depart Sunday around 4pm.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0

Peggy Eyre
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Being Tara: Transcending Fear through Song and Dance 2022

With Kristine McCutcheon

May 27 - 29, 2022

Tara is a Buddhist female deity of compassion. Meditating on Tara helps practitioners overcome their fears and anxieties and relate to ones world more fully. Although she arises in many colours, her most popular energies manifest as peaceful White Tara, who brings healing, long life and tranquillity; and the dynamic Green Tara, who overcomes obstacles, and protects from fears. We will be working with all colours.

The practice of Tara is for all of us — whatever stage of life. We will explore various ways of meditating with Tara — including song and dance — in order to go beyond the many faces of fear that confront us in daily life and open our hearts to others.

What to Expect

There will be periods of sitting and short discussions and periods of movement and  contemplation and singing. The program will be quite fluid with much variation. We will talk about how we understand and recognize our fears and how we work with  them in daily life. We will be using a Tara practice that is song and dance as taught  by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.

Who can Attend?

Anyone can attend. Feel free to bring a friend.

  • People who are interested in deepening the connection between meditation and  meditation in action.
  • Especially welcome are those with beginners mind who are open to exploring  meditation in motion.
  • This is a Buddhist practice, based on Buddhist teachings. Ideally one has  entered that path by taking the Refuge vow. But that is not required for  participation.

White Tara Sadhana Practice

There will also be an opportunity to practice White Tara Sadhana, written by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. Everyone can practise White Tara with the group, but in order to receive a copy of the text to practise at home, one must have taken refuge and received the permission reading (lung). The lung will be offered at the program.

Those who have taken refuge and plan to receive the lung (optional) may purchase the White Tara Sadhana at the program, if they wish to. Copies will be available for sale for $14 + gst.  Simply select the appropriate box under the “Optional Items” section on the Registration Form, and the cost will be added to your Guest Statement. The Sadhana will be presented to you after the lung.

What to Bring

Wear comfortable clothes and, if you want bring a flowing scarf. • We may well be outside a lot depending on the weather and Covid restrictions so  please bring layers.

All materials are included. Copies of songs and chants.


Tuition: $119
Meals: $40
Accommodations: Additional. (See Registration Form for Details)

Repeaters will receive a 50% discount on the tuition portion ($59.50).  If you are a repeater, simply email Guest Services for the discount code to enter during registration.

ONLY CHOOSE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY OPTIONS IF you are attending the program with a friend or partner.

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Kristine McCutcheon
Kristine McCutcheon is a student of the Shambhala and Buddhist dharma. With interests ranging from Madhyamika to Kyudo, ritual music to singing and dancing, solitary and group retreats. Meditation practice in all its variety. Taking her teachers’ examples to heart. Kristine is a householder and lives with her partner in Cape Breton between the mountain and ocean.      
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