Special Events

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sundays, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17
9 a.m. to noon
We are delighted to offer extended sitting on the third Sunday of the month. This is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can come for as much, or as little, of the morning practice as you'd like. Kindly enter and exit quietly. The morning will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. There is a timekeeper but no instruction.
Everyone is welcome! 
Suggested donation: $5-20. 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694. 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Winter Solstice Yoga & Live Cello

with Taylor Ackerman & Robin Lane

Thursday, December 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Winter Solstice is a time of turning towards the light. Join Taylor and Robin for a special yoga class with live cello music and candlelight! Come experience synchronicity of breath, rhythm, and gentle yoga flows. The practice will end with a deep relaxation to soothing cello sounds. We hope you can join us.

Everyone is welcome! 

Suggested donation: $20-30

Robin Lane is a classically trained cellist who branches out into jazz, blues, electronic/digital, and more. He uses his music to provoke conscious thought, bringing peace to the mind of the individual, society, and the environment in which we live in. Robin records, engineers, and produces his own music, as well as music for a growing number of musicians in the midcoast area. He serves as the Operations Manager at Midcoast Music Academy. 

Photo credit: Tim Sullivan

$7 for 7 Days of Yoga!

with The Dancing Elephant yoga teachers
January 1-7, 2018
Yoga in the New Year! Join us for yoga all week long. Pay $7 at your first class and come to as many classes as you'd like. This is a great opportunity to give yourself a New Year's wellness gift, while trying out different classes. We hope the week will inspire you to continue practicing wtih us throughout 2018. 
Tuesday, 1/1, 9-10:30 a.m., Yin Yoga w/ Kelsea
Tuesday, 1/1, 5:30-7 p.m., Advanced Hatha Yoga w/ Ann
Wednesday, 1/2, 9-10:30 a.m., Mindful Vinyasa w/ Courtney
Thursday, 1/3, 9-10:30 a.m. All Levels w/ Alanna
Thursday, 1/3, 5:30-7 p.m., Gentle Yoga w/ Ann
Saturday, 1/5, 8:30-10 a.m., Advanced Hatha Yoga w/ Ann
Saturday, 1/5, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Prenatal Yoga w/ Erin
Sunday, 1/6, 4:30-6 p.m., Community Yoga w/ Taylor
Monday, 1/7, 9-10:30 a.m., Mindful Vinyasa w/ Courtney
Monday, 1/7, 5:30-7 p.m., All Levels Yoga w/ Alanna
We hope to see you there!

Dharma Talk: Four Noble Truths

with Shastri Kit St. John
Thursday, February 7, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
When the Buddha attained enlightenment through sitting meditation, he doubted that he could explain what he had experienced. His companions from his earlier aesthetic practices, seeing how he changed, begged him to share his experience. The Buddha then taught the Four Noble Truths: suffering as the nature of existence, how suffering arises, how suffering can be extinguished, and the “middle way” path which can be practiced to wake up. Join Kit for an engaging conversation about the Buddha’s guide to the path of awakening. 
Everyone is welcome. 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
Shastri Christopher "Kit" St. John has been practicing and contemplating the Buddhist teachings for over 35 years. Kit has been Resident Director of Shambhala Training at the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center since 1995. He was named Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2016. 

Dharma Talk: The Paramitas

with Rachel Nixon
Thursday, March 7, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
Are you patient, disciplined, and generous in your day-to-day life? The six paramitas -- generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom -- are enlightened qualities of the heart. The Sanskrit word paramita means to cross over to the other shore. When we practice the paramitas in daily life, we cross over the sea of suffering and confusion to the shore of joy and awakening. We reconnect with our true nature and live with compassion. But, it's not always easy. We may notice our habitual tendencies and selfishness creeping in, and when we do, we can be gentle with ourselves and cultivate the paramitas.
In the winter of 2018-2019, Rachel spent seven weeks studying with Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The theme of the retreat was the paramitas. In this dharma talk, Rachel will invite the group's exploration of these enlightened qualities of the heart. 
Everyone is welcome. 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to the Shambhala teachings in 1999 through Pema Chodron's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and trained at Shambhala Centers in Maine, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. In 2015, Rachel helped to bring Shambhala programs to Rockland where she now coordinates and facilitates programs regularly. As the Director of Rockland Shambhala and a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor, Rachel is committed to sharing the Shambhala teachings on Basic Goodness with the community. In addition to teaching, Rachel loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Dharma Talk: Collective Change

with Marit Wilson
Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
“Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” – reverend angel kyodo williams
With the aspiration to create an Enlightened Society comes a string of difficult questions. What does 'enlightened' look and feel like? Who decides? What are the obstacles to good society? How can we manifest with integrity when there are so many deeply-entrenched patterns of exclusion and oppression which propel us toward disconnection? Can we look deeply at these patterns, in ourselves and in our communities? How can we apply our practice to the dissolving of these "societal cocoons"? Can we feel the disorientation and discomfort of these questions as an invitation to look closer? How to stay in touch with ourselves and each other through it all?
This talk will provide no answers to these questions and instead invite participants to consider their own experience, thoughts, feelings, biases, and inspirations. 
Everyone is welcome. 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
Marit is a white, cis-gendered woman, born and raised in Maine. She has recently returned to Maine after two years of living and working at Karme Choling, a Shambhala retreat center in Vermont. At KCL, she worked as a representative of the Shambhala Office of Social Engagement and served on the Shambhala White Awareness Council. In other times, she has taught yoga, worked on farms, and taught high school. 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.