Series Classes

Art of Conversation Study Group

with Sydney Hall & Cindy Kava
Five Tuesdays, 2/27-3/27, 6-8 p.m.
Study group by registration
From the ground of conversation arises the magic of our relationships. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Art of Conversation is a five-week course inspired by the Sakyong's new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation. Join us!
How do you connect with the people in your life? What does meditation have to do with conversation? In this series, we will practice shamatha meditation (“peaceful abiding”) and develop trust in our basic goodness. From this ground, we will learn to work with both the delightful and painful aspects of our lives. When we know our own basic goodness, we can help create enlightened society which begins when two people engage in conversation. Conversation is more than just talking; it is an art which allows people to connect to feelings and emotions. Good conversation helps us to synchronize the mind and heart, individually and collectively. With mindful conversation, we create peace and experience a sense of coming home. This class is interactive and experiential, with a mixture of meditation, dialogue, video, discussion, and readings. 
Level: Everyone is welcome. This course is beneficial to new and experienced practitioners alike.
Registration: kindly complete payment below or email Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options
Suggested donation
Hosted by the Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Wednesdays, February 28-April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The women's circle is a sacred space for sharing, growth, and friendship. We practice Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan. It is a joyful and invigorating practice. Everyone can do it. 

The theme for the upcoming series is flexibility. Through physical practices called kriyas and focused periods of meditation, we will explore flexibility of body, mind, and spirit. We will move, breathe, and explore stillness. We will reflect on questions such as: When do I feel adaptable and open in my life? In what ways am I rigid in my relationship with myself and others? Join us for yoga, pranayama, meditation, chanting, and expressive arts that inspire flexibility and an open heart.
Level: women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
Registration: kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options. Installment plans or work trade available.
Suggested donation
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.

Yin Yoga Series

Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Four Tuesdays, March 6-27,  9-10:30 a.m.

Yin Yoga is a wonderful practice for rebalancing your energy and gaining flexibilty at all levels: mind, body and spirit. This four-week series is an opportunity to release blocked winter energy and create space for the new spring season. Each class begins with a centering meditation to connect with the body, breath, and mind. This inward focus is carried into the postures (asanas), all of which are done on the floor. You will explore forward and backbends, twists, and lateral stretches, holding each posture for 3-5 minutes. Yin is a practice of letting go into each pose, letting gravity and time do the work for you. Yin increases flexibility in the joints, detoxifies the body, and cultivates clarity in the mind. Each class ends with a deep relaxation (savasana) to restore balance at all levels.
Level: Everyone is welcome.
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options. 
Suggested donation

Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Mondays, March 12-April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us for an open-hearted exploration of meditation and community. Social Meditation is a powerful practice that guides us in developing a culture of “nowness” and a space to relate authentically with one another. In this practice, we explore what it feels like to speak and listen from our present moment experience. We practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives and experience our individual and collective goodness as a community and a society. 
During each gathering, we will practice sitting meditation, engage in Social Meditation, and conclude with tea and socializing. There will be tea available at 6:15 p.m. To support the practice environment, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. If you are running late, please enter quietly up until 6:45 p.m. 

Participants of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual traditions are welcome. No prior meditation experience required. 

$5-10 suggested drop-in donation. There is no advance registration.
About the facilitators: Beverly Feldt was introduced to Social Meditation through a weekend retreat with Shastri Nick Kranz at Rockland Shambhala in September, 2017. She notes, “I love the deep listening and deep sharing fostered by Social Meditation and am inspired by the idea that this is a model for a wider community of love and generosity." Maggie Karoff first practiced Social Meditation at the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center in 2013 and has been consistently inspired by the powerful ripple effects of this practice in her relationships and communities.
Social Meditation was developed by Shastri Nick Kranz, under the mentorship of Acharya Adam Lobel, over the last 10 years. It is currently practiced at Shambhala Centers around the world. 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

with Shastri Christopher St. John
Tuesdays, April 17-May 15, 6-8 p.m.
"When we are fearless, even problems can spark inspiration." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Fear is rampant in our world. On a societal level, we experience uncertainty about the future of our planet and our civilization. On a personal level, fear can manifest as anything from a nagging sense of self-doubt to a static background of anxiety.
No matter how fear presents itself, it is necessary to examine how we cope. Do we drown our anxieties in vices or distractions? Does a fear-based worry prevent us from feeling confident in who we are? 
In this course, we'll open ourselves up to the possibility that we can have a relationship with fear through the practice of meditation. We'll explore the exhilarating sensation of "just being" with our fears as a first step towards developing genuine, unshakeable self-confidence. We'll learn to trust that even our problems can spark inspiration.
This course will present practical tools for acknowledging and understanding fear. We will explore the Shambhala view that skillfully working with fear can actually serve as a stepping stone for personal transformation. Rather than hide from our own existence, we will look directly into the uncertainty of our lives and get our first taste of unconditional fearlessness.
The classes are experiential and interactive, creating a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. We train in meditation and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts throughout the classes.
Class Topics
Class 1: Fear and Fearlessness
Class 2: Contemplating Death and Impermanence
Class 3: Working with Fear Itself
Class 4: Letting Go
Class 5: Unconditional Confidence
Fearlessness in Everyday Life is the fourth class in The Way of Shambhala program. This course of study is a practice and study path that presents the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and explores how we can apply them in day-to-day life. There are five everyday life classes and five level trainings in the curriculum.
Shastri Christopher St. John has been practicing, studying and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982. He has been Resident Director of Shambhala Training at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 1995. Christopher was named Shastri (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2016.
Prerequisites: Participation in at least one of the everyday life classes and/or Shambhala level trainings. 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class. Thank you!
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).