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Yeshé Tsogyel Empowerment and Dzogchen Transmissions

With Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen

spiritual teachers on a UK meditation retreat

16th - 18th August 2024

Price: £220          Community Contributors: £175          Concession: £190

Prices include all meals, teas and accommodation.

If you are a community contributor and would like/need a reduction, contact Shivam directly at

Yeshé Tsogyel Empowerment and Dzogchen Transmissions

According to the Aro gTér Nyingma Lineage

The nondual enlivening power of Yeshé Tsogyel, is beyond measure or comparison. As Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) was the male Vajrayana Buddha of Himalayan Buddhas — likewise his consort Yeshé Tsogyel was the female Buddha. Her Dzogchen lineage is a path of liberation from the pathology of duality. 

It is with great anticipation and joy that we are pleased to announce that our request for this empowerment and transmission has once again been kindly received by Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. 


The earliest beginnings of Spirit Horse in 1990 were mingled with the lineages of Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyel. We cannot be other than deeply grateful for the inspiration and openings which arose from meeting Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. A great adventure of the highest order ensued! Without their kindness and teachings, we might have missed this inconceivable opportunity. 


After clear visions of Yeshé Tsogyel 25 years ago—deep amongst the oaks—a small Dakini Temple was dedicated to her. It was built with boundless tribal enthusiasm at Spirit Horse. If it is too small to fit everybody inside, the empowerment and transmission will take place near this revered secret place.


Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen will give Vajrayana teachings, introduction to Dzogchen, and the lineage of Yeshé Tsogyel on the Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

The empowerment will take place on Saturday afternoon — and is open to all; experienced practitioners or complete beginners.

All are welcome to stay Saturday night for practice, contemplation, and celebration. On Sunday morning there will be a short programme until lunchtime.

The suggested contribution of £220 covers all meals, teas, simple shared accommodation, camping, parking and everything provided by Spirit Horse and also a modest contribution to Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. 


You may wish to consider a further offering towards the work and teaching of Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen when you attend. 

Ngak'chang Rinpoche


Ngak’chang Rinpoche went to Nepal in 1971 at the age of 19. He studied one-to-one with Kyabjé Düd’jom Rinpoche Jig’drèl Yeshé Dorje who recognised him as the incarnation of gTértön Aro Yeshé and ordained him as a ngakpa. He was later sent to Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche in Tso Pema for in depth experiential exploration of Dzogchen. He was coached as a Lama to reveal gTérma and teach in the West. He established the Drala Jong Nyingma Retreat Centre in Carmarthenshire with his consort Khandro Déchen. 

Khandro DéChen


Khandro Déchen was recognised in 2005 by Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam‘phel Déchen Rinpoche as the incarnation of Jomo A-yé Khandro — the consort of gTértön Aro Yeshé. She was a university qualified nurse before joining Ngak’chang Rinpoche in a married teaching partnership. She specialises in iconographic line drawing and the Dzogchen sKu-mNyé system of energetic exercises.



The price includes Yeshé Tsogyel Empowerment and Dzogchen Transmissions with Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen,  three meals a day, unlimited  teas and shared sleeping accommodation in a yurt, roundhouse or tipi. You can also bring your own tent or rent one from us. 

  • Price: £220


Arrival Time: 3 pm - 5 pm. There is a welcoming meal and tea at around 7pm -  7:30 pm

Please make sure to arrive on site at the arrival time. We will ferry you and all your gear in our four wheel drive vehicles down the steep mountain road to the village (if you don't fancy the spectacular mountain footpath). This takes only a few minutes to drive but you will have to load everything into our vehicles with our help. Welcome to the Bhutan of Wales. You can have the full Himalayan adventure without ever leaving Britain.

Please bring all your necessary bedding for you to be warm and comfortable. It can get very cold here at night, even in the summer. Alternatively, we do now offer and optional extra when booking your ticket. For an additional £45, we will provide a duvet, sheets and pillows for your stay.


Spirit Horse Mountain Retreat is set amidst 200 acres of wildest Wales, allowed through the Forest of Dreams (registered charity) to return to its natural original face.

Rent a Bell Tent 

You can bring your own tent for some extra privacy. If you would like to rent a bell tent from us please click the button below for more information. 

Bookings and Cancellations Policy


It is really helpful for us when running courses and events if you book in advance.

If we have to cancel an event, we will provide you a full refund without question.
If you need to cancel your booking, you can carry the value of your booking over to another event (subject to availability) or pay £100 admin fee, unless exceptional circumstances.

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