Advanced Programs

Indicates Program with Prerequisites


October 14 - 25

Scorpion Seal: Year 7 *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Eve Rosenthal
Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received.


November 30 - December 8

Government Pillar Retreat, by special direct invitation from Minister Arthur only *

with Jane Arthur
By special invitation only. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a concentrated period of time in which senior leaders, through individual and collective practice, can connect with the mind of the Sacred Governance lineage of Shambhala.


December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Werma & Scorpion Seal Intensive: Ashe, The Essence of Life *

with Acharya Christie Cashman
Relax into the vast space and profound teaching of the Werma Sadhana through this study and practice retreat. Scorpion Seal and other experienced Werma practitioners may attend all or part of this retreat.


January 13 - 19, 2018

Scorpion Seal 9 Practice Intensive *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Practicing SSA-9 in a group retreat is a wonderful way to deepen these unique and penetrating transmissions.

January 21 - 29, 2018

Primordial Rigden Ngöndro Retreat *

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
The Primordial Rigden ngöndro enters us into the magical heart of Shambhala. It is the gateway to this sacred world and leads us to receive the Rigden Abhisheka and enter the Scorpion Seal path.


February 2 - 5, 2018

Shambhala Training: Golden Key *

with Shastri Donna Williams
Drawing wisdom from the Shambhala root text The Letter of the Golden Key, learn the practice of enriching presence.


May 4 - 6, 2018

Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 *

with Rupa Acharya Suzann Duquette, Timothy Quigley and Andrea Doukas
This Regional Shambhala Ritual Academy 2 (RSRA 2) will build on the view of ritual presented in the first International Shambhala Ritual Academy and emphasize hands-on training for chöpöns and umdzes.


June 4 - 15, 2018

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
This group retreat with the Sakyong is for vajrayana practitioners who are inspired to move toward the solitary Scorpion Seal retreat in the future.

June 4 - 15, 2018

Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two *

This retreat, to be led by Shambhala Acharyas, will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices that were received at Scorpion Seal Assembly 1, as well as the reading transmission of a significant volume of teachings.