The Tara Centre opened its doors at The Storey, Lancaster, in September 2016 since which time we have had over 650 people take part in one of our classes, workshops or drop-ins. The Centre has remained open entirely through the support of volunteers, donations and course fees. We strive to be a place that, in the age of competition and austerity, stands for love and the beauty of deep human connection. Every one is welcome into the circle.

What We Believe

We believe in the healing power of love, kindness and community. We believe that we are relational beings who need each other to survive and thrive. We believe that true healing can only happen when we feel witnessed, heard and held in a safe space.

The aim of all that we do is, in essence, to bring you to a place of true self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and self-compassion, whatever past experiences you may have had. This is probably the hardest challenge for all of us but it is possible and it doesn’t have to take a lifetime. It is from this place of inner peace and compassion that you can begin to let go of the past and feel in control of your life again.

We believe that we need to go further than the pursuit of individual happiness, and that promoting kindness and taking positive social action are essential to human health and well being. All our work is informed by the practice of ‘kindfulness’, which brings together mindfulness and loving kindness.

What We do

The Tara Centre is a not-for-profit healing sanctuary in the heart of Lancaster. We run regular sessions, short courses, workshops and retreats that promote physical, emotional and spiritual health. All of our work is underpinned by the values of friendship, community and kindness.

We are dedicated to increasing access to practices that improve health and wellbeing for individuals and the wider community, and we currently run four community projects from the Centre. All these projects are staffed by the goodwill and hard work of volunteers which currently total around 30 in number. These are:

  • Wellbeing Drop-in for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Volunteer Helpers
  • Community TimeXchange
  • The TLC Clinic (a low cost/no cost health clinic for people living on little or no income)
  • Space in the City open drop in and community connection hub

Who We Are

The Tara Project is a Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit social enterprise, founded by Dr Elham Kashefi while she was working as a researcher at Lancaster Medical School. The CIC won an award for the Most Innovative Social Enterprise Idea of the Year at Lancaster University in 2013 and was awarded start-up funding from UnLtd. Elham was joined by her friend and colleague Kay Johnson as Director but the project came to a halt following a period of absence due to recovery from a car accident. Robin Eyre joined the CIC as a director early in 2016 and the Tara Centre opened its doors in September 2016 as a joint venture with Elham’s partner, Jitei White. Jitei brings a wealth of experience as a meditation teacher and deep listener, and they work together to hold a space for love and kindness for every one who visits or works from the Centre.

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