Special Events

Dharma Talk: True Perception

with Shastri Ellen Rook
Thursday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month! The evening includes meditation practice, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
What does true perception mean to you? On May 3, join Shastri Ellen Rook for an open-hearted exploration of this question and the path of Shambhala Art. The great Tibetan meditation teacher and founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, practiced calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), and poetry. He encouraged his students to have a contemplative relationship with life and to create works of art that were direct, unselfconscious, and compassionate. His aim was, in his own words, to bring "art to everyday life" and to inspire true perception, an opening of our senses to the phenomenal world. Today, Shambhala Art is an international arts program that invites us all to wake up to the goodness and dignity of each moment. Come learn the history of this tradition and join in a practice that has the power to awaken and liberate. 
Shastri Ellen Rook encountered the Shambhala teachings in upstate New York in 1980. She has studied with both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, Ellen served as Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany. She was appointed by Sakyong Mipham to the position of Shastri, or senior teacher, in 2012. Ellen is married with three adult daughters. She recently retired from her position as Director of Application Development for the State of New York. Ellen enjoys gardening, writing poetry, jogging, and flower arranging. She is authorized as a teacher in the Sogetsu ikebana tradition.
Everyone is welcome.
Suggested donation: $15-20
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Yoga & Relaxation

with Lindsay Crawford
Monday, May 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Experience the joy and nourishment of movement and deep relaxation. This class will begin with an all levels yoga flow followed by deeply restorative postures to help you settle into BEing. Yoga and relaxation allow us to tune into ourselves and let go of the stress, chatter, and worries in our minds. When we settle into deep rest, we switch from “fight or flight” response into “rest and restore”. With most of us living in a constant state of DOing, it’s now even more imperative to carve out some time for self-care and self-awareness. We will weave breathwork, chanting, and meditation throughout the practice.
Everyone is welcome!
Suggested donation: $15 or class pass

Yoga & Live Music

with Taylor Ackerman & Robin Lane
Saturday, May 19, 4-6 p.m.
Join Taylor and Robin for a special yoga class and live cello music! Together, we will enjoy hatha flow yoga with cello accompaniment. Come experience synchronicity of breath, rhythm, and creative posture flows. The practice will end with a deep relaxation to soothing cello sounds. You will leave feeling revitalized and happy. Come experience the beauty of live music during your yoga practice!
Everyone is welcome!
Suggested donation: $15-25

Summer Solstice Yoga Class

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Thursday, June 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Celebrate summer! Join us for a beautiful evening of yoga, meditation, chanting, and relaxation. We will breathe deeply and move through gentle, warming yoga flows to release tension and stress. Chanting will inspire and uplift us. The evening will end with a nourishing deep relaxation. Hope to see you there!
Everyone is welcome.
Suggested donation: $15 or class pass