Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Andrea Darby

June 23 - 30

Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship, the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for contemplative practice and social action.

This program is offered as one continuous retreat, but each level can be taken separately. Each level is a prerequisite for the next one.

Level I: The Art of Being Human

Practice sitting and walking meditation and learn the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. Rediscover the good energy present in all of our experience. This basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

Intensify the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to work with the obstacles that arise as meditation practice develops. Explore how habitual ways of thinking and experiencing obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in and our own genuineness and tenderness. Moving forward out of these habitual patterns, we learn to work with the fear that arises.

Level III: Warrior in the World

Bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake.

Recommended Text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The entire offering of Levels I-III begins at 7:30pm on June 23, 2017. June 30th is a departure day; you are free to leave at any time.

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color or are an educator, M.Ed. student, health care professional, or full-time artist you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.


Pricing

Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

FULL PRICE: $960
Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $780
To encourage all to study, we offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations provide the funding to make this pricing option available. We thank our donors for their generosity.

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

By pressing “Register,” you agree to allow Karmê Chöling to charge any balance owed for this program two weeks prior to the program start date against the card you use to make your deposit unless you make other arrangements with Karmê Chöling prior to that date.

Online registration is not currently open.


Teachers

About Shastri Andrea Darby

Andrea Darby is Shastri for the Shambhala center in Northampton, Massachusetts.  She is a learning disabilities specialist at a public school, with a professional interest in the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning. She lives in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts with her husband, close to her three adult children and two new granddaughters. She enjoys hiking, dance, theater and writing.

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