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. 
Shastri Christine Heming is a 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. 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.
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. 
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Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!

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

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


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 Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Drop-ins are welcome as well.
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