Advanced Programs

Indicates Program with Prerequisites


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 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 4 - 7, 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.

May 20 - 31, 2018

Scorpion Seal: Year 10 *

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
With Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Modeled after the traditional drupchen - great accumulation - this retreat will focus on intensive group practice of the Werma Sadhana and other practices received. Karmê Chöling is closed to the public at this time.


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 *

The Sakyong has asked participants who have completed the first Scorpion Seal Assemblies to gather at practice centers for a second year program.

June 27 - July 1, 2018

Kyudo: Japanese Archery Intensive *

with Don Symanski
For intermediate and advanced practitioners of the Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha school of kyudo. The aim is not the target, but synchronization of awareness and body in the present moment. It is meditation in action.