Workshops

Deep Relaxation Retreat

with Lisa Diane, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, December 15, 3-5 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome too!
 
Treat yourself to an afternoon of bliss before the holidays. Yoga Nidra, translated as yogic sleep, is an ancient practice that brings you to the deepest level of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. The workshop will begin with gentle yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama) to warm the body and release tension. You'll then be guided to relax into the blissful practice of yoga nidra. Visualization cues and affirmations will create an environment for deep healing of body, mind, and spirit. At the end of the workshop, you will wake from this amazing experience feeling revitalized and renewed. 
 
Level: Perfect for students of all levels, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Drop-ins are welcome as well.
Suggested donation

Gentle Yoga & Singing Bowl Retreat

with Taylor Ackerman & Lori LeBlanc
Saturday, January 19, 2-5 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome too!
 
“Our bodies are mostly water, therefore the sound vibrations move through our cells like a wave - a deep sonic massage.” Lori LeBlanc
 
Join us for an extraordinary afternoon of gentle yoga, meditation, and sound healing. We will explore yoga postures and movements that support the body's ability to let go and relax into wellbeing. Gentle twists, forward bends, and supported backbends will nourish the body and promote flexibility. Periods of meditation will bring deep peace to the mind. We will be bathed in the therapeutic vibrations of the sacred Tibetan Singing Bowls. The bowls invite us to open our hearts, clear our minds, and enter into a deep well of silence. The retreat will support the body's desire to heal and restore balance at all levels. Come as you are and relax into a deep sonic massage.
 
Lori LeBlanc is a Sound Healer and Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994. She is Certified in Polarity Therapy, BioSonic Repatterning, and Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy. As an artist and musician, Lori’s passion for music led her to explore the healing power of sound. Lori offers private sessions in Belfast and group events throughout Maine. The consecrated seven metal alloy singing bowls were handmade in Nepal more than 100 years ago. During their creation, prayers and mantras were offered to support the bowls' healing intention and for inspiring the awakening of consciousness.
 
To learn more about Taylor, click here.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation

Shambhala Level I: Art of Being Human

with Shastri Veit Weber
Friday, January 25, 7-9 p.m. PUBLIC TALK @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, January 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated.
 
(Note: Snowstorm back-up weekend is February 1-3.)
 
Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.
 
This weekend retreat – the Art of Being Human – is the first in a series of five trainings in the Way of Shambhala Series. Level One introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual meetings with instructors. The environment is relaxed and friendly with time to share meals and conversation.
 
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. We learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to experience ourselves as genuine and compassionate human beings. 
 
The weekend opens with a PUBLIC talk on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
 
Recommended text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Copies available for purchase at the training.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome!
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are 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. Thank you!
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email the coordinator John Meyer at [email protected]
 
Veit Weber was appointed Shastri, or senior Buddhist teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2010. He oversees Shambhala Practice & Education in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Canada. Veit is a third generation blacksmith. He runs Weber's Ironworks in Nortondale, New Brunswick.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Healing Yoga Retreat

with Courtney Cease, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, February 16, 2-5 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome too!
 
Difficult life events can disrupt our natural balance. Whether illness, death of a loved one, or loss of a job/relationship, challenging events also offer an invaluable opportunity to heal at a deeper level. They unveil our superpowers and transform us into a more aligned and authentic version of ourselves. 
 
This retreat offers support to those exploring a conscious healing path, by bringing together yoga and ceremonial-grade cacao from the Guatemalan highlands. Used for hundreds of years by the Maya people, cacao is an ancient plant medicine that facilitates deep healing by energizing and oxygenating the body. The workshop will begin with an introduction to cacao and cacao ceremony, transition into a gentle yoga flow, and conclude with guided contemplation and discussion. The practices will help release physical and emotional densities so that we may become more present, focused, and connected. Together, we will unearth patterns and blockages and find deeper meaning and purpose in our struggles and lives. 
 
Courtney studied cacao shamanism with a revered cacao shaman in Guatemala (www.keithscacao.com). She is experienced in conducting formal ceremonies. For more information, contact Courtney at [email protected]
 
Note: Contraindications for cacao include pregnancy, serious heart conditions, and anti-depressants / SSRIs at medium to high dosage. Those with these conditions are still very much welcome but will be invited to drink less cacao. 
 
Level: All are welcome.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
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Yoga & Live Cello Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & Robin Lane
Saturday, March 16, 2-5 p.m.
 
Join us for an delightful afternoon of yoga, breathwork, meditation, and the healing sounds of live cello. The afternoon will open with a guided meditation into the heart center. Inspired by the rhythms of the breath and soothing cello vibrations, we will move into gentle yoga postures and flowing movements to warm the body. We will relax into our hearts and our bodies, with self-love and compassion. The retreat will include a spacious period of quiet, nourishing yoga postures that allow the body to let go and relax into deep peace. The combination of gentle yoga and therapeutic sound will open up space in our hearts, minds, and bodies. Ending with a long period of relaxation, the retreat will restore balance at all levels. Come as you are and let go into the healing environment.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
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. 
 

Shambhala Level II: Birth of a Warrior

with Alex Vlasic
Friday, March 22, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated.
 
The Way of Shambhala curriculum was designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche based on the Shambhala Teachings of his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity.
 
Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I training, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. 
 
The Birth of the Warrior weekend looks at how to recognize the habitual patterns that prevent us from opening to the experience of basic goodness. The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual interviews with instructors.
 
Recommended text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Copies available for purchase at the training.
 
Level: Open to all who have completed Level I.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are 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. Thank you!
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email the coordinator Cindy Kava at [email protected]
 
Alex Vlasic has been practicing meditation and studying dharma within the Shambhala Buddhist lineage for 8 years as a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is a facilitator, writer, emerging Shambhala teacher, and assistant teacher to the UnTraining White Liberal Racism program. She lives in Plainfield, VT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Ikebana: The Art of Flowers

with Shastri Ellen Rook
Sunday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please register by March 15th.
 
Japanese flower arranging, also called Ikebana, can be practiced as a contemplative art. Under the guidance of Shastri Ellen Rook, students will learn to create flower arrangements and experience Ikebana as a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. Like meditation, Ikebana teaches us to really look at and work with what is before us. 
 
The day-long workshop is an opportunity for participants to create arrangements, practice, and learn together. The program also includes meditation, talks, and a reception to celebrate the day's creations.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome.
 
Group size: Limited to 10 participants; registration by March 15th is recommended to save your space.
 
Registration/payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
 
Note: If you are able to pay $125, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are 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. Thank you!
 
What to bring: A materials list will be provided at the time of registration or at least two weeks before the program. The cost above includes $25 worth of flowers and some other supplies.
 
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, Shastri Rook served as Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, and was appointed by Sakyong Mipham to the position of Shastri, or senior teacher, in 2012. Married with three adult daughters, she works in the Information Technology field as a Director of Application Development for the State of New York. She enjoys gardening, writing poetry, jogging, flower arranging and was recently authorized as a teacher in the Sogetsu ikebana tradition.
 
Photos below: Inspiring work at our last Ikebana workshop with Shastri Rook in the Spring of 2017.
 
          

 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3

with Beth Latchis
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
 
Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi or internal energy to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.  Qigong is also an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons who have physical challenges. Talks on qigong, Chinese medicine and Taoism will be included.
 
This intensive is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." 
 
This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. Beth Latchis has received the transmissions from Dr. Eva Wong.
 
The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.
 
In the Level 3 training, students will learn:
 
Hua Tu's Five Animals Calisthenics and tendon-changing Techniques. The five animal forms covered are: tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird. The tiger form trains tendon strength, the bear form trains bone strength, the deer form focuses on preserving generative energy, the monkey form trains agility, and the bird form trains balance. Part 1 of Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation. More standing qigong postures from Wang Xiangzhai's Yiquan System.
 
Level: Open to all who have completed Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
 
Note: If you are able to pay $240, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are 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. Thank you!
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email the coordinator Adam Rawn at [email protected]
 
Recommended readingNourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism by Eva Wong
 
International Qigong websitewww.limitlessgate.com/
 
Beth Latchis first connected with the Shambhala teachings in Austin, Texas in 1991. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Beth is a former Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of White River, a certified meditation instructor, and an employee-owner at Hypertherm in Lebanon, NH. She is authorized by Dr. Eva Wong to teach her Daoist Qigong Levels 1, 2 and 3. She has been practicing and studying Qigong with Dr. Wong for nine years and is grateful for the opportunity to share these precious, health-enhancing practices with others. In addition to Daoist Qigong, she also practices Jin Shin Jyutsu (a form of healing touch from Japan) and enjoys swimming, bicycling and kayaking.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).
 
Image at top right: Daoist "inner landscape" diagram of the human body.
 

Shambhala Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Andrea Darby
Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated.
 
The Way of Shambhala curriculum was designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche based on the Shambhala Teachings of his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity.
 
Shambhala Training Level III, Warrior in the World, is the part of our path that draws upon our newfound strength and insight to help us negotiate the larger world of relationships, work, and life in general. Everyday choices become clearer as we learn to step out of our conditioning and open to the freshness of each new moment. We find ourselves responding creatively to even the most difficult situations as we discover a range and depth of inner capacities we never knew we had.
 
The weekend training invites us to bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake. The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual interviews with instructors.

Recommended text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Copies available for purchase at the training.

Level: Open to all who have completed Level I & II.
 
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 Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are 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. Thank you!
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email Cynthia at [email protected]
 
Recommended text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
 
Shastri Andrea Darby has been a student of Buddhadharma and Shambhala dharma since 1982, under the guidance of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, the Vajra Regent, Osel Tendzin and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Ms. Darby has served in the Dorje Kasung, Practice and Education pillar and as a Warrior of the Lodge. She currently teaches Way of Shambhala, Buddhadharma classes, and week long retreats.  She has a particular passion for guiding new teachers on the path of becoming a Shambhala Educators. Professionally, she is a learning specialist with an interest in guiding teachers to create equitable learning environments in the public school setting. She lives in Western Ma with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter in a multi-generational household.
 
 
 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).