dedicated to a peaceful & just society
grounded in contemplative & spiritual practice
We are a young Dhamma refuge and retreat in southwestern Wisconsin, with roots in the Thai Theravada tradition of Buddhism and inspired by Suan Mokkh, the Garden of Liberation founded by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu in southern Thailand. We are dedicated to providing a natural setting for personal retreat and study, and living out Buddhist ethics of healing, right relationship, ecological care, and social responsibility in service of awakening to wholeness (kevala).
We moved to this 70 acre valley in Wisconsin's beautiful driftless region in 2006 and have been slowly building, through volunteer labor and donations, facilities for practice, study, and simple living. This website contains Dhamma teachings (text & audio), study materials, calendars of teachings & events, pictures, building plans, and funding needs. Please explore the menu bar, most recent Newsletters, and blog.
Visitors enjoy the beauty of Tara's Vale -- stream, grasses, trees & flowers, birds, foxes, quiet -- for Contemplative Dhamma practice throughout the year -- all four seasons, each with their own unique flavor and beauty. Our four-season hermitages and the Guest House await retreatants of diverse needs. We aspire to support healing and wholeness through inner work and contemplation.
Santikaro's blog posts regular updates and reflections. We remain most grateful for the amazing inspirations and support that have sustained us and continue to do so. We aim to contribute to the Buddha's great project of Awakening into Wholeness.
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