Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III

with Shastri Kit St John

September 16 - 23, 2017

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.

Each Level may be taken individually.

Arrival & Departure

Please arrive between 3:00pm and 6:00pm to check-in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. September 23, 2017 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.


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.

Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

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.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Shastri Kit St John

Christopher (“Kit”) St. John first went to Karme Choling in 1982 for one day of a sesshin led by Taizan Maesumi Roshi. He was a founding member of the Brunswick (ME) Dharma study group in 1985 and attended Vajradhatu Seminary in 1990. He has served in many positions in the Brunswick/Portland Shambhala  Center including co-coordinator , Director of Practice and Education,and since 1995 Resident Director of Shambhala Training.  He was a member of the Karme Choling Board of Directors 2000-2005 and was appointed Shastri by the Sakyong in 2016.
He was a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance 1975-1994, was the founding director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy 1994-2011, and presently consults with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington DC, assisting state groups advocating tax and budget policies that promote social welfare and fiscal balance.

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