Meditation Retreat for Everyday Life

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette and Shastri Ethan Nichtern

March 6 - 21, 2014

It is challenging times like ours that make us more interesting people. But to live in the challenge, we need a game plan that's not based in shallow inspiration or lukewarm conviction. It must have genuineness that stems forth from deep internal wisdom that is constantly radiating forth.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle

This two-week retreat will explore our “internal wisdom” through mindfulness-awareness meditation, which increases our ability to stay present for our life and other people with precision and wakefulness, and Shambhala Meditation, which supports us being who we are from the very nature of our being.

Group retreat is a powerful way to deepen our meditation practice and develop kind and wakeful community. The retreat is open to everyone, and will include:

  • Daily sitting and walking meditation

  • Individual meditation instruction

  • Contemplation

  • Group discussion

  • Contemplative meals

  • A short work period, called Rota

  • Silence practice

  • Exploring the garden, forests and meadows of Karmê Chöling

  • Study

  • Celebration

To complement meditation practice and its application to our everyday lives, the retreat will explore the path of basic goodness and wakeful community, drawing from The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

The entire retreat fulfills one-half of the one-month practice requirement (or dathün) for the Shambhala path. Each week (or weekthün) fulfills one-quarter of this practice requirement. Participants may attend, at minimum, one week of the retreat. Please see the weekthün registration pages for this option.


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Full Program Fee: $1365
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.

Discounted Program Fee: $970
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.

Please Note:
Price includes meals and basic accommodations on the shrine room floor.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.

Online registration is not currently open.

For information on registration, pricing, childcare, transportation and other issues, see our Frequently Asked Questions.


About Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette

Suzann is an Acharya, a senior teacher and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  She has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974. A former co-director of Karmê Chöling, Suzann is currently Resident Acharya for the center and a core faculty member of Karmê Chöling’s Mukpo Institute. She is also Rupa Acharya. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining and fostering the sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala.

Acharya Duquette teaches widely. She respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning to manifestation, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines in all her teaching. The Acharya is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong, a Lujong or Warrior Exercises instructor in the lineage of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche, and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. She lives with her husband, Jan, in Barnet, where they own a bed and breakfast, Blue Skies Guesthouse.

About Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the Shastri in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is is the author of the acclaimed dharma book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs, 2007), the forthcoming The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (Farrar Straus and Giroux, January 2015) and the Novella/Poetry collection,  Your Emoticons Won’t Save You (Nieto Books, 2012).

He is also the founder and former Director of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

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