“This experience has given me memories to cherish for the rest of my life. It has made me think so deeply and has enlightened me to the point that I want to learn so much more. The calmness and serenity in beautiful surroundings with amazing people was sheer and utter joy.”
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Tarastone is a centre of excellence for Buddhist practice,
self-development and the arts.
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Tarastone’s atmosphere is inspiring, relaxing and uplifting.
Most of our program is open to all.
In addition to traditional Buddhist meditation training, we run events and courses on creative subjects across the arts.
Our heart mission is to encourage a compassionate approach to life.
Tarastone hosts PeaceMeal and The Tarastone Peace Lecture.
What we offer
Accommodation (whether or not you are studying here)
Regular Group Classes
Tailor-made Private Retreats
Supper clubs and house concerts
Mentoring, Self-Development and Spiritual Direction
Booking a stay
If you are booking a stay at Tarastone, there are many places of interest near us, including several World Heritage Sites as well as a range of excellent pubs, wonderful views and walks in the Cranborne Chase AONB.
Our meditation style
We take pride in our meditation courses being progressive rather than drop-in style. This important difference means our students are offered many techniques that build on each other and ongoing support as they progress. As students advance, so more complex teachings are accessed. It is usual to sign-up for a term of classes and the commitment is mutual.
The meditation room or gompa is a sacred space set within a dedicated retreat centre. As such our students find Tarastone extremely conducive to practice.
Chairs and mats provided.
Swallow Cottage is a self-contained letting cottage in the Tarastone grounds. It is a relaxed and spacious barn-conversion with a peaceful atmosphere.
Open-plan sitting and dining room. Fully-equipped kitchen. Two bedrooms. Two bathrooms. Sleeps 4-6.
You do not have to be at Tarastone on retreat to book Swallow Cottage. Many of our guests come here just because it is a lovely place to stay when visiting the area.
Near Salisbury, Stonehenge and Shaftesbury and adjoining the Cranborne Chase. Wonderful walks, views, cycling, history, meditation and superb foodie pubs.
Private garden and use of retreat grounds. Wifi.
Family and pet friendly. Access ramp for wheelchair users. Parking.
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