Dancer Testimonials

The following testimonials are from  workshops offered by Prema Dasara and Anahata Iradah from 1992 to present

  • “I find the Green Tara practice (inspired by Tara and transmitted by Prema Dasara) to be a powerful, potent, ecumenical spiritual practice that is simple and profound.

    What I appreciate most about this Green Tara practice is its accessibility and potency. One need not be a Buddhist nor a dancer, merely a spiritual seeker who desires to develop a deeper authentic relationship with themselves and with others by developing a deep and authentic relationship with Tara who is our true essence.

    Om Tare!”
    Nicolette OConnor, Portland Oregon Oct 2011

  • “I have grown in many ways as a result of my Tara dance experience. Thank you for your generosity and awakening me to people as companions on my path.”
    Shash Broxson – Photographer, New Paltz, N.Y.
  • “Thank you for a magical weekend, and for your kind compassionate presence. Having you as a model of an american woman, having made the path work and seeing it’s results in your actions is a great inspiration for me & my husband both.”
    Janaki, Minneapolis
  • Thank you again for the workshop. It was definitely a life changing event”
    Barbara, Arizona
  • “Thank you for allowing me to watch your beautiful dancing. The movement is like a river, the emergence of each woman like a flower blooming, the rhythm like a heartbeat. But it isn’t all soft and mushy, the women expressed much verve and mystery and mischieviousness. It was wonderful to see the Dalai Lama drawn to it and bring his energy to the whole celebration.”
    Johanna Demetrakas – Videographer, L.A. Calif.
  • “I’m ever grateful for the gifts you left with all of us here. We’re all inspired when we see each other. I am continually empowered when I play the Tara tape buzzing around the roads of Kauai.”
    Lea Corr, Kauai, Hawaii.
  • “Thank you for your presentation. As the organizer of the Tara event in our community, I am still hearing how you touched many hearts. Thank you also for sharing your wisdom and the profound teachings on the path of Tara. Dancing twice with you and participating in the meditation has opened many levels of Spirituality I never imagined. I admire the courage and faith it takes to hear and present a ” different drummer.” Knowing you has helped me acknowledge and accept my power.”
    Lisa Henry, Prescott, Arizona
  • “You are truly a bringer of insight and compassion. You never cease to amaze me in your adaptability and gentle discipline.”
    Donna Conrad – Writer, Crestone, Colo.
  • “I so much appreciate how you lead and empower women, without the guru syndrome I see in some other situations.”
    Iris J. Stewart – Author, & Dancer, Petaluma, Calif.
  • “I want to tell you that after spending the weekend with you and the Tara dancers, I was profoundly changed. I was really blissed out for about 3 days! Everything I normally do in my life felt extremely easy and I felt really connected to everyone and everything. I try to cultivate that feeling now in my practice.”
    Heather Burkhardt, Pt. Arena, Calif.
  • “Often I call on the gifts you shared with us that weekend – I am forever grateful for what you have awakened in my spirit.”
    Heleen Ellmore, Annapolis, MD

The following testimonials are from a 1996 workshop offered by Prema Dasara and Anahata Iradah at the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, Calif.

  • “This is the 6th time I have done this dance prayer with Prema & each time it is a blessing. Her teachings deepen & become richer; community and spirit are alive & healing. The presence of “Tara” is definitely felt. I highly recommend it.”
    Bonney Meyer – Sacred Dance Teacher, Berkeley, Calif.
  • “It was an energetic wonderful exercise for body & mind.”
  • “It was a life transforming, uplifting and profoundly enriching experience. The teacher was authentic, sincere, engaging & inspiring. I hope to have the opportunity to learn more from her.”
  • “Too cool for school. I had a terrific time. Movement as a means of meditation and the study of qualities was very effective.”
  • “Prema’s love, compassion, and enthusiasm touched my heart more than I can express. The sacredness of the dance and the communion with goddess sisters will be with me for a long time.”
  • “Wonderful to meet with a group of women. The spiritual work was so good. Prema really knows her stuff. She is so knowledgeable and fun too! Prema comes prepared with all the jewelry and costumes for the whole group. We turned into Goddesses!”
  • “This was fantastic, healing, nourishing, enlightening, & joyful.”
  • “Excellent!!! Effortless, joyous, nurturing practice, prayer and a great service to the world.”
  • “This weekend has been very healing and powerful for me. Through the acceptance of Tara in my life, I have finally found the unconditional love of the Mother. I can now let go of the past and accept myself and those around me with compassion and love. I have started letting go of being so hard on myself, and I am finding my center of peace.” Marianne, Berkeley, Calif.
  • “I feel that the heavy weight of fears & anxiety have gone. I am in my body, but without the weight of those fears. I am lightly energized. It’s as if a higher, spiritual energy has come to clear and heal me.”
    Ana Extasie, Berkeley, Calif.
  • “I love to be with all these beautiful women. I always thought I had a problem with women (some women), but not with Tara women. I love every on of them! I love this experience, wearing a sari and everything that comes with it. But most of all I love the praise of Tara in every aspect of this workshop. Tara helped me to finally end a struggle of a part within myself, to let go and make peace!”
    Christel LaSando, Berkeley, Calif.
  • “The Tara Dance has awakened the sacred feminine within me. It amazes me how a group of such diverse women can come together with intention and create an exquisite design.”
    Patricia, Berkeley, Calif.
  • “My first participation in the Tara dance was a turning point. My life has taken on an incredible quality of compassion, peace, and abundance. The Tara dance fills my heart at times beyond breathing, and the connection that it establishes with myself, fellow Tara dancers and the rest of the world, is Blessed, Blessed, Blessed!”
    Stephanie, Berkeley, Calif.

The following testimonials are from students of Mekare Fiske of North Carolina, 2010. Mekare is a 3rd Level Tara Dhatu Mandala Teacher

“Many years ago I invited Mekare to teach the Tara Dance  at one of my workshops.  I sat stunned as before my eyes this lovely, bright woman transformed into an emissary of Tara in all Her many aspects.  I have since invited Mekare to many of the groups I have taught, including in Europe, for both men and women~ and the reaction is always the same. People respond to her clear, articulate teachings and to the passion and authenticity she embodies when she invokes Tara . Even shyness disappears as Mekare invites the Tara in everyone to come forth and join the dance. I recommend her program without qualification. ”  ~ Gloria Karpinski, International Teacher, Author and Holistic Counselor

In this time of great transformation and turmoil, the world needs spiritual messengers — carriers of inclusive, joyous, relevant Wisdom of our Ancestors. In this realm Mekare is exemplary. Not only is she a spiritual messenger, she is a profoundly insightful and gifted healer. All these gifts are woven into her sacred expression of the Tara Dance. Anyone who understands movement as an important aspect of human experience, anyone who understands that the divine works through the gift of our bodies, will be deeply inspired and illuminated by Mekare’s offering of the Tara Dance. No matter what tradition you might use to connect to self or to the divine aspect of human experience, I strongly recommend you attend one of Mekare’s immersions into the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara!  ~ Jeffrey D. Schmitt, Biochemist And Musician, Translational Science Institute and the Center for Integrative Medicine

Several years ago I was initiated in the Yungdrung Bon tradition of Buddhism, and for over a year I practiced very deeply and with great dedication. Somewhere along the way the energy shifted and I moved away from the practice. It was an unsettling move away, as I felt like something was missing. Today, I experienced a reconnection with a more living/dancing/moving/breathing version…an amazing amplification and homecoming. Thank you Mekare. This is such beautiful, important work.~ D. Ciesco, Sound Healer, Teacher, Performer