Courses News: Tariki Trust. May 2012

Late May is a time when, whilst some are thinking of holidays and strawberry teas, at Tariki we are starting to look forward to the future.  As the sun streams in through my attic window, I am engaged in numerous conversations about the course programmes for the coming year and answering emails about our centre in France. This spring has been a time of consolidating our work at Tariki and of interesting conversations about new possibilities. I am therefore writing to you to share some of these ideas and to encourage you to get involved.

The Buddhist house is very much the centre of the Tariki world and the community here is developing its potential in various ways. This weekend Aramati is leading an introductory retreat which is being attended by members of the Tuesday evening meditation group (I am relegated to the kitchen as chief cook for the occasion!) Meantime, Bob is writing material to introduce our new counselling service on our web site. Last week we hosted the summer psychotherapy course block. Next week I will be attending a conference in Thailand. In between times the garden is at its best and we are enjoying eating, chanting and meditating in the open air.

I hope you find this newsletter interesting and useful. Do keep in touch through the tariki ning site or email, or better still come and see us.

Best wishes

Caroline Brazier


Our recent course block was the last formal training of the academic year. It was a particularly rich event, starting off with a weekend using a dream matrix, led by Michael Whan, a Jungian analyst. I particularly enjoyed this as I got to join in! The dream weekend was followed by a four day group which used alternating sessions journaling and groupwork to explore personal themes. On Friday we generally have a day seminar and this block it looked at therapy in the global context, and how the profession both creates and responds to social phenomena. Finally Elise and I ran a weekend of urban ecotherapy, which despite cold English weather, proved that one does not need to be in the depths of the country to find natural healing environments.

This variety is very typical of the course which draws together the psychological and the spiritual, the inner process and the outer context, the personal journey and the study of method. Therapy is not something apart from life, but is a dialogue with it.


We have been pleased to award a number of certificates to students as we have had a lot of graduates recently. Since February we have issued the following certificates.

Diploma: Bodhakari & Fiona Robyn.

Advanced Certificate: Ray Brown, Helen Hinde, Gerald Beeck & Caroline Screen,

Foundation Certificate: Gina Howard, Aramati Heine, Archan James & Ian Finlay.

Post qualifying: Ann Rapstoff

Congratulations to everyone and good wishes for your continuing learning whether with us or elsewhere.


Training in therapy is about giving attention to the subtleties of human process, both in our clients and in ourselves. As such it is rather like a kind of meditation or mindfulness training. As we train, we look at our attachment to being certain ways and try to be more honest about who and what we are. Carl Rogers, the well known American psychologist saw the therapist’s task as being to develop three core conditions: empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard (UPR). Empathy is about learning to see things as if through another’s eyes. In other words this is non-attachment to views. Congruence is about honesty and transparency. UPR is about letting go of judgement, which naturally follows when we recognise our own fallibility and bombu nature (to use a Pureland concept). Thus becoming a therapist is a process of conscious growth in which one cannot avoid facing one’s personal demons in the process of learning how to help others. One learns to befriend them as guides and thus to listen better to those with whom one works. In training we start to see the patterns of response to dukkha (affliction) in ourselves more dispassionately and to learn and grow by not diverting ourselves, but rather harnessing their energy. (You can see a parallel to this in the Sutta on Fear and Dread


This month I have been meeting with the new staff team. I am delighted to welcome a number of new members onto the teaching team. This parallels developments in the Distance Learning programme and new tutoring arrangements. In all, five new staff have joined the existing team. Some will be teaching on course blocks and others contributing in other ways. Staff profiles will shortly be added to the web site at The expanded team will consist of myself as full time course leader with contributions from Michael Whan, Mike Fitter, Elise Tate, Linda Hewines, Lisa Urbanic, Liz Igoe and Jeff Harrison. Other people may be invited to make occasional contributions. Our external moderator remains Annie Waldsax.


The Buddhist psychology distance learning programme is undergoing a major revision this year. Whilst the programme may still be taken as a two year sequence, we are introducing flexibility to allow those registered on the main attendance programme to make some choices about which units they take. For people who do not register as students there will be an option to take individual modules or learning units without signing up for the full programme. We plan to expand the range of distance learning units so that people can take them on an ongoing basis and study different aspects of Buddhist psychology, therapy theory and personal growth. For more details see Applications for October 2012 should be made by September 2012.


The recent Ten Directions course block took place at Amida France last month. We had a lovely week, working in the woods and fields of the centre. It was good to return after the winter and explore the spaces which we used in the spring. The rich environment gives opportunities for the different dimensions of the work to emerge. The ten directions model is grounded in the first two dimensions: embodied presence (1)  and sacred space (2). By consciously grounding ourselves and bringing respectful attention to the places in which we work, we experience and offer holding for the therapeutic work. Within this container, the other-centred principles (triangular relationship (3) and object related mind (4)) help us to navigate a variety of methodologies exploring both the conditioned aspects of personal story (5) and collective myth (6), and the other-focused aspects of encounter (7) and creativity (8). The final dimensions are vibrancy (9), our energetic presence, and embedded living (10), our lifestyle choices. You can read more about the model on the web site at The next Ten Directions block will take place in France in August.


If you would like to combine learning about Buddhist psychology with time in the sun, what better could you do than attend our Buddhist psychology summer school in France this summer. This year the teaching will focus on the skandhas. The five aggregates can be seen to describe a cycle by which we attach to ‘objects’, thus building identity. Each of the five, Rupa, vedana, samjna, samskara and vijnana, represent a stage in this process, and each gives opportunities for exploration and therapeutic work. This summer school will include theory and experiential sessions and makes a good introduction. This course carries credits for the psychotherapy training programme.

Other events in France can be found at


June 23 is the date for the next therapist’s forum. These bi-monthly gatherings have proved a popular and significant meeting point for all those interested in the inter-face between Buddhism and psychotherapy. Our previous meetings have been particularly rich. Practitioners, some trained on our programme, others from elsewhere, discuss their work and raise dilemmas and theoretical questions for shared debate. The forum is followed by a retreat day on the Sunday. I will be leading the retreat day on 24th, offering a day of practice outdoors to explore our relationship to the natural world. (For those who enjoy this retreat there are five more days of retreat in nature in France in early July


The second weekend of training for hospital chaplains will take place at The Buddhist House June 9-10. Anyone interested in getting involved in hospital chaplaincy should contact me if they want to join us. Hospital chaplaincy is gradually moving towards a system of multifaith endorsement and this training is run in conjunction with the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group which is leading this process for the Buddhist community.


A new initiative taking place at The Buddhist House is the establishment of a new counseling service. Offering both full and low cost counseling, we hope to both provide a local service and offer placements to students who want to work in an other-centred or Buddhist model. It will also be possible to do therapy intensives, staying at the house and having daily therapy sessions. If you are looking for counseling or psychotherapy please contact us.


Forthcoming retreats:

June 24th 10.00-4.00 Narbrough ‘Retreat in Nature’.

 July 1st 10.00-4.00 Narborough ‘Introduction to Pureland Retreat’

July 2nd -6th Residential France ‘Sacred Space’ retreat.

Please book for retreats in advance. For more information on any of our events please contact  

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Besides offering training and retreats, Tariki Trust is involved in chaplaincy, environmental action and community support. No one in Tariki is salaried and all work including teaching is voluntary or offered at rates which are well below the professional norms.


Friends, family and loved ones: greetings, and thank you for joining us for this celebration of the life of Perry Isadore Igoe.

Though we gather here today, bound by sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We were all privileged to live a life that has been touched by Perry. He possessed a number of extraordinary gifts, which he shared with us freely. None of these gifts, however, are more remarkable than his capacity for love in its purest, most sincere, and honest form. Love for his adored wife, his beloved daughters, his precious friends, and for nature that surrounds us all, especially the life breathed into us by the trees.

Perry was born August 1st 1963 and was very premature so spent the first six weeks of his life in an incubator where he captured the hearts of the nurses and midwives with his cuteness. The trademark infectious Perry smile is well known by all his friends and family so without a doubt, even as a baby he could melt hearts.

Growing up, he went to school in Braintree in Essex, where he lived with his mum Carol, his younger sister Tracey, and older brother Wayne.

Perry was severely dyslexic, so, as a young man, in a very lean job market, he looked for a practical career. He joined the RAF at 16 and served with them for 17 years in Biggin Hill, Brize Norton, Germany, and the Falkland islands. Perry was a peace loving soul and had no desire to ever take up arms, harm, or kill anyone. Since however there had been no wars for a long time, it felt like a fairly safe career for a fit young man. It suited Perry who loved to be part of a team.

When he was 23, Perry managed to search for and finally find his father, Isadore Griffin, who was Black American, which led to several visits to his father in the USA.  Sadly his father also died at an early age a few years later. But Perry has continued to keep regularly in touch with the American side of his family – he was always telling Liz that one day soon they would go to visit, what he jokingly called, - ‘the dark side’!

Perry then worked in logistics and stores for the RAF and was promoted to corporal but, as the Cold War ended, promotions in the RAF were increasingly hard to come by. So after 17 years Perry took voluntary redundancy, left the RAF and went to work for Motorola in Swindon. He bought a house with his then wife, Carrie, and lived in it with his two daughters Sian & Kylie and rather a lot of strange pets. 

Perry was a great believer in investing in property and at one point when he found his work hours cut down, he took on two other jobs and bought a house in Avebury, which he rented out for a while. He later moved to Avebury with his wife Antoinette and ran a B&B there. 

Avebury was a spiritual home for Perry – he loved the standing stones and he enjoyed the succession of eccentric, visiting tourists interested in the stone circles as well as the many crop circles that pop up in Wiltshire fields in the spring and summer months. Whilst Perry was there he was a member of a Wiccan coven and later a shamanistic group.

In 2007 Perry decided to train as a counsellor with the Buddhist Organisation, the Amida Trust – now re-named - the Tariki Trust. This was where he met Liz and they became good friends.  In 2009 they both qualified as counsellors. In his usual ‘speedy’ fashion Perry had completed the course in record time – under 2 years. He went on to work for an organisation which helped educate young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perry worked as a counsellor for several years before he finally fulfilled a life-long dream of buying a property ‘somewhere warm’.

In 2013 Perry moved again, lock stock and barrel, to the Serra De Estrella Mountains in Portugal where he quickly made a lot of friends among the ex-pats from the UK and Europe, all busy restoring old buildings and farming the land.

Perry and Liz met again accidentally in 2014 at the Buddhist House. They fell in love during a marathon 17.5 hour dinner and talked through the night and most of the following day. Since then Perry and Liz have been busy restoring their house in Portugal, affectionately named ‘The Ranch’ and have gone from having baths by candlelight in the goat shed, to a beautiful home with 3 bathrooms. Perry was never happier than when he was walking around the land working out watering systems and making sure the 150 trees he’d planted were growing well. Indicative of his altruistic personality and philosophy of sustainability, all the trees he planted at ‘The Ranch’ have been selected to provide for the next generations. A fan of tree nursing myself, I would often ask him about his trees and we would share videos and ideas for them. On a specific topic of his latest project, the Pecan trees, he mentioned how the earliest the small, 1-inch saplings would grow to bear fruit in 10 years, and it might be a good 20 before they reach maturity. “Perry,” I said, “that's ...a really long time.” To which he replied: “They aren't for me.”

And this is the type of person Perry was - always thinking of others first. Planning for the long term, working for a sustainable world, a world that works with nature, not against it. To paraphrase an ancient Greek proverb, “a wise man plants trees in whose shade he knows he will never sit.”

Perry had a great love of nature and the natural world, which he attributed to his Native American ancestors. His great love was trees, which he believed really spoke to him. So Perry returned to the Buddhist house to train in eco-therapy and shortly thereafter Perry and Liz started running eco-therapy and tree planting holidays in Portugal. Alongside his projects in Portugal, Perry joined several local eco-projects in Bristol.

On the 10th of July 2016, Perry and Liz married at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire in a beautiful hand-fasting ceremony with over a 100 family and friends. Neither of them stopped smiling and laughing all day long, and Perry tore up the dance floor in what seemed like a union of John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. Since then they have spent six months of every year at the Ranch in Portugal and have welcomed many family and friends as visitors there.

Perry loved life – he just loved being here on this earth. Many people on this Earth believe in a higher power or greater purpose. Perry was content being himself, in this world, right now, enjoying the greatest and the smallest life has to offer. A true “Zen master”, as I like to describe him to my friends.

Perry was the most gentle and kindest of men – a true gentleman. Perry never had a bad word to say about anyone – not a criticism or judgement ever passed his lips. He didn’t swear, he didn’t argue, and he also didn’t drink alcohol, smoke, or even take tea or coffee. That is one reason why his death has been such a shock for all of us. Perry’s life was about love, acceptance, and working with others as part of a team, and he lived that out with every breath he took.

We have been lucky to know Perry in this life, we regret his passing on so soon, and so young, but his spirit and his legacy will remain among us – youthful, lively, fun, and full of love, and that oh-so-special smile.  We honour him.   

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