Workshops

Hurricane Island Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor & Lover of Islands
Friday, August 31, 4 p.m. to Monday, September 3, Noon
 
The retreat is full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email [email protected]
 
Join us for a spectacular weekend retreat on beautiful Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay! Tune in to the rhythm of the tides, the wind and waves, and the vast sky all around. Connect with yourself, breathe deeply, and relax.
 
Our days will include yoga and meditation, as well as island exploration and discovery. We will enjoy connection and laughter, as well as periods of stillness and silence. There will be plenty of time to rest and unwind. We will enjoy delicious, healthy meals sourced from local farms and fishermen. You can choose an invigorating dip in the ocean or a glorious outside shower at the bathhouse (indoor showers available, too). We will sleep in shared cozy cabins nestled in the trees beneath the stars.
 
The 3-night retreat is a special opportunity to live and practice in harmony with the natural world.
 
Schedule
Friday, August 31. We will depart Rockland at 4 p.m. and make our way to Hurricane Island in time for dinner, orientation/settling in, and an evening circle.
 
Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2
6:00 a.m.             Sunrise Hike & Dip (optional)
7:00 a.m.             Yoga & Meditation 
8:00 a.m.             Breakfast
9:30 a.m.             Island Exploration
12:30 p.m.           Lunch
1:30 p.m.             Rest & Free Time
3:30 p.m.             Silent Island Walk
5:00 p.m.             Yoga & Relaxation
6:30 p.m.             Dinner
8:00 p.m.             Evening Meditation
9:30 p.m.             Lights Out
 
Monday, September 3. We will rise for our morning hike, dip and yoga and meditation practice and then enjoy a farewell breakfast together. We will depart Hurricane at 10 a.m., returning back to Rockland by noontime.
 
Veggies from the Hurricane garden. Yum.
 
Registration: Space is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.
 
Cost: The retreat is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected] $375. Includes roundtrip transportation to Hurricane Island from Rockland, three nights lodging/facilities, eight healthy meals, daily yoga and meditation classes. Pay in full or make a $125 deposit with the balance of $250 due by August 27. If you need an extended payment plan, email [email protected]
Payment options
 
The Island: Hurricane Island is located 10 miles southeast of Rockland and 2 miles southwest of Vinalhaven. The island is home to the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership, a sustainable, off-the-grid educational community. There will be two other programs on the 125-acre island during our stay (plenty of room for everyone).
 
Weather: Rain or shine, fog or clear skies….. we are going! There are indoor practice spaces for yoga and meditation.
 
What to bring: A packing list will be sent with registration.
 
          
Cozy cabins                                                                Yoga yurt
 
 
Hurricane Island, large forested island in foreground. Camden Hills in background.

Shambhala Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Mary Lang
Friday, September 14, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, September 15, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
The Way of Shambhala 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. 
 
Awakened Heart is the fourth in a series of five trainings in the Way of Shambhala program. The weekend retreat takes a further step toward precision and openness. We learn that everything that arises in meditation practice is a catalyst to bring us back to the present. Appreciating this – that everything can be going on and we can still practice – we experience being awake. An awakened heart allows us to live without resentment or expectation.
 
We learn to open our hearts so we can communicate fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to regenerate habitual patterns, we can use them as reminders to wake up more fully. When we allow ourselves to meet the world without hope and fear, we find resources of steadiness and energy.
 
This weekend workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews, and group discussions. 
 
Level: open to all who have completed Levels I, II & III
 
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 Rachel 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 Rachel at [email protected]

Recommended textShambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Mary Lang is a photographer, artist and a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has taught at Shambhala centers throughout New England for more than 25 years. She is known for the clarity, warmth and humor of her teaching style.

 

 

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

 

Shambhala Level V: Open Sky

with Shastri Christine Heming
Friday, November 30, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
The Way of Shambhala 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. 
 
Open Sky is the final training weekend in the Way of Shambhala program. In the retreat, we learn to communicate with the world gently and fearlessly. Our awareness is sharpened. We find the open, clear sky of mind -- a delightful source of wisdom and uplifting energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment. Our hearts soften, and we appreciate the sacredness of our daily lives.
 
With our body resting on the earth -- no different from the earth -- and with our mind resting in the sky -- no different from the sky, we encounter the vastness of heaven joined with the primordial depth of earth. We experience how they come together in our very own being. This state serves as the basis for our activity in world.
 
This weekend workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews, and group discussions. 
 
Level: open to all who have completed Levels I-IV
 
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 Rachel 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 Rachel at [email protected]

Recommended textShambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Christine Heming is a Shastri, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She was a student of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master and founder of Shambhala, and she is now a student of his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Christine moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family in 1982 to help establish a dharma centre. She earned a Ph.D. in Speech Science & Pathology and taught at Dalhousie University for nine years. Fostering genuine communication has been a major part of her life’s work. Christine completed a three-year retreat in the Kagyu Buddhist tradition. Now retired, she devotes her time to promoting the Shambhala principles of basic goodness and enlightened society in Nova Scotia. Christine lives in Annapolis Valley with her husband. She is an avid gardener and beachcomber, and a proud grandmother.

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