5-day Miksang Retreat
Heaven, Earth, Man & Magic


Refresh your Eyes in Tarifa & Bolonia & Vejer de la Frontera (Andalusia) in the South of Spain

November 11-15, 2022

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Deepening your Miksang Photography while exploring an exotic location

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With like-minded friends & personal attention for your Miksang process
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Your unique perceptions and the delight of infinite unfolding Miksang Moments
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Heaven, Earth & Man

Discover the sacred world of forms,  and figures and new visual depths with these 3 universal principles.
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Your personal Magic

Magic is already within you; in each experience of connection when your eyes, heart & mind are aligned.
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In the here and now

Dissolve the idea that you take better photos 'elsewhere' and in 'a special location': always in the now.
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Coast of Light

Experience the warmth of everyday beauty in southern Spain, Costa de la Luz - Coast of Light - in the Spanish province Andalusia.
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Walking Dunes

This is a beautiful natural phenomenon at the Duna de Bolonia, where you also can have a real off-grid experience!
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White village

Hold your Miksang seat during an Miksang outing to the whitest town Vejer de la Frontera. Explore with uninhibited curious looking.
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Your Miksang seat

I have developed this 5-day deepening in Miksang Photography around the 3 universal principles of Heaven, Earth and Man based on the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. So you can deepen your confidence in your flashes of perception.

Sacred geometry is present in everything, including yourself. Consciously looking and photographing with the 3 principles brings you closer to the sacred geometry of all forms and shapes, and within yourself. Beautiful compositions and beautiful art always has this natural sacred geometry. This is a universal and timeless aspect of the brilliance of everyday beauty.

Miksang Photography as a lifestyle and taking your Miksang seat is the combination of you as a 'tourist' in this uniquely beautiful location in the southernmost part of Europe, and practicing pure perception and genuine photographic expression.

You can connect completely and fully in the each now-moment. You take your Miksang seat every time you press the button of your camera. Still, calm, connected, confident, passionate and committed to give expression in a simple and genuine way.

Feel what you see

See, feel, come to a full stop, let in what resonates. Learn to fully surrender what you notice and feel when seeing from the heart. One delightful perception at a time, one click at a time.


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What can you expect?


  • Surrendering to the idea of infinite perceptions
  • Deepening your Miksang photography in an exotic location
  • Looking at the visual world in a poetic way with 3 ancient principles
  • Refreshing your inner and outer gaze
  • Strengthening feeling, noticing and trusting your 'flashes'
  • Discovering your personal magic
  • How to be both a tourist and looking with your 'Good Eye'
  • Slowing down with the fastest medium, your camera
  • Self time and together time
  • Crystalizing inner calmness & stilness
  • Deepening your insights and manifesting creative action
  • Stabilizing your Miksang awareness in daily activities
  • New relaxation ands grounding exercises
  • In-depth visual exercises
  • Wonderful care and support at the location Dar Cilla Guesthouse
  • You will quickly and feel at home in the unhurried Tarifa
  • The proximity of powerful nature
  • A timeless rich Miksang adventure!
What a lovely week!
The combination of practicing Miksang, Tarifa itself, a wonderful guesthouse and great food makes it a pleasant place to develop yourself and at the same time gives a real holiday feeling. Practicing with the Heaven, Earth, Man and Magic principles and new Miksang assignments is a great and deepening addition to the Miksang training. The variety of locations made this trip a complete package. I highly recommend this Miksang retreat!
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Laurina van Dam
Every day is completely different...

I really liked being there, away from the world and the daily worries.

What I experienced as very special is that you go to the same place for three days (the dunes of Bolonia) and every day is really completely different.

From my lovely apartment I had easy access to the roof terrace of DarCilla Guesthouse, where you are literally above everything.

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Joke van der Zwaard

Your 5-day Miksang Retreat in the South of Spain

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€ 690,-

Early Bird pricing

Receive €150 Early Bird discount. Make sure you book in time as there is limited availability at Dar Cilla Guesthouse.


Allow yourself this opportunity to refresh and deepen your Miksang practice, and learn how to take and hold your Miksang seat in exotic places.

Discover how you can always look uninhibited, seeing from the heart and meet the already always present presence of the sacred world, in the direct connections of your surroundings with your unique resonance.

Deepen your inner calmness, crystalize your confidence with genuine photography while being a tourist, visiting interesting places!


Every day with talks, new Miksang assignments, Q&A, photo reviews.


  • Exclusive group size: 5- 8
  • In-house accommodation at DarCilla Guesthouse
  • Locations we visit: Tarifa area, the dunes of Bolonia and Vejer de la Frontera
  • Price does not include accommodation, meals and travel costs .

Program

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Day 1 - Tarifa

Introduction into Simplicity - the first day we start by exploring Tarifa with Miksang Photography and the emphasis is on 'simplicity'. Which is joyful and helps you landing in this new place, where it feels like 20 years back in time. Enjoy the laid back pace, blend in in the pleasant mild Mediterranean climate, surrounded by the two oceans, plenty of palm trees and the Spanish-Moorish culture.

After the first Miksang gathering in the morning and the exercises on the rooftop terrace you have time to stroll in Tarifa, in the white city center, the harbor, the beach and enjoy a typical Spanish joint (late) lunch (optional). The day ends with the review of experiences and everyone's selection of Miksang photos.

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Day 2 - Bolonia Dunes

Day 1 of the 2 consecutive days in the dunes of Bolonia - we start the with the introduction of two of the three principles; Heaven and Earth on the outer and inner level, and with photo examples. In the dunes of Bolonia you will explore the principles of heaven and earth and the overlap with space as form and form as space. And the fact that every moment is a place you've never been before - your personal magic.

This special dune area is known for its 'walking dunes', slowly moving towards the adjacent forest. It's very different every day. Just like every moment is different, like the weather can be very different and you as well in every moment.

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Day 3 - Bolonia Dunes

Day 2 of 2 in the dunes of Bolonia; you experience the magic of yourself at the dunes, beach and forest. You continue practicing with the intention of the thee principles of heaven, earth, man and moments. You allow yourself to look deeper and more precisely and surrender to the idea of your inherent clear seeing and infinite perceptions.

You rest with more ease in the comfort and discomfort in yourself. Your complete experience of equanimity and equality with everything there is to see, in your immediate environment, the larger world and in yourself. You bring everything together in the vastness of the walking dunes and the power of nature: this is your foundation for in-depth looking and fresh seeing. Centered in your heart and the warmth of your heart comes together in your artistic expression with your camera.

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Day 4 - Visiting Vejer de la Frontera

Being a tourist and Miksang photography? Experience your experience during an our Miksang outing to the whitest town of Andalusia. This is a day of 'Miksang as lifestyle'; looking and being relaxed with your Miksang eyes at your immediate surroundings and enjoy all your experiences.

Your day starts and ends with Miksang, and everything in between. The world of phenomena is an illusion and your experience in it is real, at the same time! You don't have to go out for Miksang anymore, because wherever you are now: something resonates, you feel what you see, stand still, allow it in and photograph your experience of direct vivid perception into an equivalent. This is your visual poetry of the sacred world.

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Day 5 - Tarifa

Crystalizing the heart of Miksang. On this final day you will explore from your expanded visual awareness: your new normal. Your unique & visual poetic now moments in your apartment, strolling through Tarifa, on the beach; wherever you are NOW, standing or sitting. The magic of what touches you and you express this seen connection is the heart of Miksang. You put the learned and unlearned into practice in your personal adventure in a relaxed way, on the two legs of trust and sincerity. You as a tourist and the unique person that you are come together effortlessly and joyfully!


You allow yourself to follow how your hunch leads you; not rebellious, or wanting things differently or from the sentiment 'this is my last day'. Heaving on the elegant impulses of 'first thought best thought', of 'fresh' during a delicious lunch, a siesta, strolling through Tarifa, chilling on the roof terrace of Dar Cilla Guesthouse. We will close the retreat with a celebration, discussing everyone's experiences and sharing our photos.

Your wakeful magic

The only magic that exists is the life, this world, the particular phenomena right this moment. Right now, right here, you are this magic. Magic is direct and personal and lingers in your state of being. It is choiceless magic.
This magic is wakeful magic. 

Chögyam Trungpa

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11-15

NOVEMBER '22
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5-day Retreat Heaven, Earth, Man, Magic

Location: Tarifa, Spain
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NOVEMBER '23

11.00

5-day Retreat Heaven, Earth, Man, Magic

Location: Tarifa, Spain
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Give yourself 5 days of in-depth perception

For 5 days, surrender to looking open and awake in every moment beyond the idea of 'beautiful place=nice pictures, ugly place=not interesting'. Let the world become your playground of vivid visual perceptions and being available to receive what resonates.

At home, on the road, at the airport, Tarifa, Spain, the dunes, in the whitest town, on a terrace, during lunch, in your apartment. The whole day long you can practice and enjoy your growing awakeness!


Relax the idea of 'beautiful special places and then I feel and see inspired'.

DarCilla Guesthouse: video impression 2022 

This in-house retreat at Dar Cilla Guesthouse with the beautiful roof terrace where you can enjoy the daily view over the Strait of Gibraltar, the Rif Mountains of Morocco and the white center of Tarifa.


You'll receive a Miksang discount p.p.p.n. for your stay. The apartments are reserved on the website, and available to choose from. Contact office manager Martina de Rijke. There are also larger apartments that can be shared.

About Tarifa & Bolonia

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Tarifa

Tarifa is known as a multicultural surf town with Moorish influences, located in the provence Andalusia, the Southernmost part of Spain. Tarifa has a picturesque center with its harbour, the two oceans that meet with a rich sea life including whales, flying fish, dolphins, tuna and at this time of the year also orcas.

Tarifa has both a city beach and a very long wide beach and the amazing view of the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Enjoy the delicious tapas cafes and restaurants with daily fresh fish, with always a delicious vegetarian option, and the typical pastries at the bakers.

In June it is already a summer climate in southern Spain, the temperature in Tarifa is around 20-26 degrees Celsius. It can also rain, and there is usually wind. Practically, you bring layers of clothing and sunscreen, and if you are up to it, bring your swimwear.

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Bolonia

This special nature reserve is a 'walking dune' phenomenon near the Spanish town Bolonia. The dunes slowly swallows a lower forest. Immerse yourself in a wealth of visual forms where every day is completely different. Very suitable to study the principles of heaven, earth and man, and for discovering your personal magic.

Also, this place has a vortex, which is an energetic power spot. Worldwide, vortexes can be found in well-known places where spiritual groups come together and where temples are located. At this place you can experience a timeless off-grid experience, and also very suitable for bringing on an issue you have and/or revealing a wish for what you need more quickly. Several Miksang students have already experienced this.

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Vejer de la Frontera

Pronounce it as: 'Bhair vhair day la Frontera'. A day of practicing Miksang while strolling as a group and also individually in your own time. On this day your visual playground is the charming white town, pablo blanco, where you'll explore your unique richness of the phenomenal world.

You are a tourist and you take your Miksang seat. You can totally feel free to be a tourist and simultaneously look, see and notice when something strikes you as 'fresh'. Allow yourself to come to a full stop for your perceptions and give geuien unhurried photographic expression. Enjoy the timelessness of the white, the lines, the shadows and everything that unexpectedly touches you visually and what you notice that touches you, while enjoying the Spanish culture. After you stroll we meet again for an Andalusian lunch. A day of being and seeing unhurried, calm and confident. One moment at a time, one click, and sometimes two - free and joyful!

How to tavel to Tarifa

  • By Air: Malaga Airport or Seville Airport
  • Malaga Airport is closest to Tarifa at just under 2 hours
  • Alternative route: via Gibraltar Airport (UK airport), from here it is a 45 minute drive to Tarifa
  • From Malaga Airport you either travel to Tarifa with a rental car, by bus or you can be picked up by a local taxi service from Tarifa
  • The bus stop is close by DarCilla Guesthouse
  • The bus connection is very good, as well from Malaga Airport to Tarifa and on your way back home - with one transfer in Algeciras

In each moment you have a choice

In every moment and no matter where you are you have the choice to look with wakefulness and gracefulness. Shift your loyalty from many thoughts and photographic ambition to looking awake and uninhibited and noticing what resonates elegantly and letting it in. Come to a full stop with the warmth of appreciation.