LIVESTREAM: Mudra Space Awareness Weekend*

with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron

May 16

This will be a one-day intensive.

Wake up to your inherent freedom...

Inspired by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s early education in Tibetan monastic dance, Mudra Space Awareness is an immersive mind-body discipline that awakens by disrupting entrenched physical and emotional patterns.

Mudra today is a marriage of imagination and physical activity. Profound and creative exercises look into the face of today’s disruptive forces and intensity to evoke confidence and transformation in our spiritual and professional lives.

Through a combination of intensive physical training, contemplation, sensory awareness and discussion, Mudra addresses living in the 21st century.

This weekend will be a complete immersion in Mudra Space Awareness. It will combine focused sensory awareness with physical training that leads to a radical shift in our understanding of the mind-body relationship in all aspects of our lives.

Senior Mudra teachers Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron will present the broad scope of these experiential teachings that conveys their application to spiritual awakening, lifestyle balance and professional development.

Dr. Craig Smith, Chairman of Mudra Institute, via video, will lecture on the Mudra Manifesto, which proclaims how these teachings respond to the groundlessness of our current moment.

What about Mudra?

“Mudra opens me to my life and the dharma in the most profound ways.”

“Getting a taste of different energies, styles and personalities was very rich and inspiring. The co-creation of practice made the possibility to embody mudra principles in my life very real.”

“Fills out the other teachings. So subtle and so deep and profound.”

“Extremely valuable, opportunity to experience different teachers and styles, approaches.”

The five-day retreat, including the weekend, has three dimensions:

  • Vision: Mudra provides an experiential glimpse of non-dual perception, in which self and other co-arise in a moment of perception. Practitioners can gain a pragmatic and accessible understanding of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, Tibetan Buddhism’s highest non-dual teachings, in which self and other co-arise in each moment.
  • Method: Exercises and postures train the practitioner to make inner “gestures” – subtle actions – that rework the mind/body relationship and alter sense perceptions while restoring balance. These result in a refreshing level of flexibility and awareness that is applicable to every situation.
  • Applications: First presented as theater training and a vital complement to meditation and contemplative practices, Mudra has evolved to be applicable to everyday life - professional development, e.g. health, family, education, art and entrepreneurship. Applied Mudra can be activated in both digital and physical settings.


The weekend is open to everyone who has at least participated in a Mudra introductory evening or afternoon.

As noted by Acharya John Rockwell,

"The Vidyadhara's teachings on Mudra Space Awareness are one of Shambhala's hidden treasures. The cycle of exercises embody his creative genius in making the vajrayana teachings accessible and penetrating. He begins at the beginning -- how to be in space -- then takes us step by step through how to stand, walk, relate with things, and interact with people. So simple, yet so revealing! "

Arrival & Departure


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.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

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If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

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Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Dr. Craig Warren Smith

Professor Craig Warren Smith, became the first teacher of Mudra Space Awareness after receiving transmissions of the practice directly from CTR in the early 1970s. After introducing the practice to Naropa in 1974, he then began teaching the program in dozens of Shambhala Centers, culminating in the Dathun with Mudra at Karme Choling, co-taught with Suzann Duquette. At that time, under his leadership, the three-part (Vision-Method, Application) structure of Mudra began to emerged. After graduating with honors at Stanford University, he became Harvard Professor of Technology Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He later became an advisor to world leaders regarding the regulation of the internet. Currently, he advises the Republic of Indonesia on implementation of an ethics based model, called Meaningful Broadband. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Warren_Smith). In recent years his approach to digital dynamics merged with Mudra, e.g. by using Muda visual exercises for content creation in virtual reality. A leader of the gay rights movement in the 1970s, he introduced the topic of “queer dharma” to Shambhala Centers in the 1990s.

About Acharya Suzann Duquette

Acharya Duquette has been a student in the lineage of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for 45 years and has served as a leader and teacher since the 1980s. Former co-director of Karmê Chöling, she is currently the center’s Resident Acharya. She is also Rupa Acharya, responsible for Shambhala’s liturgical forms, which includes the training of umdzes and chöpöns through the Shambhala Ritual Academy. Acharya Duquette respects the power of body awareness in deepening spiritual awakening and emphasizes body disciplines in her retreats and programs. She teaches widely, including Mudra Space Awareness and Daoist-Qigong.

About Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by author and Buddhist teacher Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman, and is the Executive Director of Green Zone Institute, dedicated to her work. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Warren Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique (www.mudrainstitute.org). In 2007, Greg co-taught with Professor Smith to graduating students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg returned recently from a tour teaching Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness in Holland, Poland and Ukraine. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Retreat Center

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