Born in Kyushu, Japan, Mari Tanaka was raised in Shinto and Japanese Zen philosophy. After a near-death experience, Mari explored ancient techniques for her own self-healing and began studies of energy work in earnest. She is a lifelong practitioner of meditation, fascinated by the nexus of mind, body and spirit.
Mari also explores the potential of sound to effect consciousness, utilizing the Indian classical drone instruments, the tanpura and shrutibox, to create sonic spaces for meditation and journeying. From Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall, Mari has collaborated in a wide range of musical projects with notable musicians like NEA Jazz Master Reggie Workman, Brandee Younger, Amir El Saffar, and Eric Whitacre
“I have many words but I will use this: streams. This whole valley is full of incredible streams. I came as a part of YTTP retreat this past weekend and loved how the valley of Menla just belonged to each and everyone one of us, together and alone at the same time, I stayed at Dragon house and loved how at home you are made feel though no one really is there guiding you, you are your own guide. I will remember this stay for a long time, the 2 days will last a life time. I hope to return one day. Thank you!”
“Usually you expect basic accommodations for a Retreat Center, but the deluxe room I stayed in was amazing. All the nature around is very special, and don´t forget to book a massage at the wonderful Spa!”
“Of all the places I have traveled for retreats, Menla is the BEST!