Workshops

Fall Yoga Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, October 28, 2-5 p.m.
Early registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome too!
 
Fall is a wonderful time to turn inward and reflect. Yin Yoga is a beautiful practice of letting go. Join us for a relaxing and deep afternoon of release, self-reflection, and renewal. We will breathe and soften and explore simply being in the present moment. In Yin, we settle into each posture and let gravity and time do the work for us. We practice stillness and learn to surrender. Through the experience, the body, mind, and spirit receive a deep cleansing. There will be periods of meditation and self-reflection throughout the afternoon, and the retreat will end with savasana, a nourishing period of deep relaxation. 
 
Level: Perfect for students of all levels, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694. Drop-ins are welcome as well.
Suggested donation

Fall Meditation Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & The St. Johns
Sunday, November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Half-day option available.*
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
We are delighted to offer this fall meditation retreat with Shambhala Guide Rachel Nixon and senior teachers Shastri Christopher St. John and Eunice St. John. Our invitation to you: come practice, get to know your mind and heart, and explore the practice of peace. We hope you can join us.
 
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tea and a light breakfast. The practice starts at 9 a.m. The morning includes shamatha meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, and sharing/discussion. There will be a potluck lunch from noon to 1 p.m. with delicious vegetarian soup provided. Registration for the afternoon begins at 12:45 p.m. The afternoon practice includes shamatha yoga, sitting and walking meditation, and one-on-one meditation instruction for those who are interested. There will be a closing talk and discussion at 3 p.m., followed by a reception.
 
Shastri Christopher St. John and Eunice St. John have both been practicing, studying and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982. Eunice served as Director of the Brunswick Shambhala Center from 2000-2005. Christopher 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.
 
 
 
 
Level: Open to everyone, including beginners and experienced practitioners; students in any tradition are welcome.
 
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.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay the full amount, 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!
 
A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.

Qigong Levels I & II

with Beth Latchis
Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, nourishes internal organs, stimulates circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Qigong is not only for healthy individuals; it is an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons with physical challenges. Qigong also helps build a strong foundation for sitting meditation.
 
Participants will be introduced to several basic practices of qigong that include self-massage, stretching, standing postures, and meditation. The forms presented in this program draw from two unique lineages, the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. The weekend program is the introduction and foundation for a progressive program of qigong instruction presented by Eva Wong and authorized instructors, exclusively through Shambhala Centers.
 
Image to the right: Daoist "inner landscape" diagram of the human body
 
Level One (Saturday)
Students will be instructed in techniques of outer and inner qiqong. Outer qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones and the spinal column. Techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage and calisthenics will be taught. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating qi, or internal energy.
 
Level Two (Sunday)
Students will learn the Nine Self-Massage Techniques and the Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing system in their entirety. The Self-Massage Techniques focus on stimulating the meridians and acupuncture points; the Twelve Deva forms focus on recovering flexibility, strength and softness in the tendons and muscles.
 
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.

 
 
Who should attend? Everyone is welcome. Students need to have taken Level One in order to take Level Two so the whole weekend is required. Please note that students should not teach any form of Xiantianwujimen or Yiquan Qigong without permission from the Lineage.
 
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.
Suggested donation

Note: If you are able to pay $240 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!

 

A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.

Deep Relaxation Retreat

with Lea Smith, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, November 18, 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.
Suggested donation

Winter Weektun

with Shastri Christopher St. John & Eunice St. John
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Partial attendance is strongly encouraged if you are not able to come for the full week. The full week is required to fulfill prerequisites of the Shambhala Buddhist path. 
 
Turn over the New Year with clarity, stability, strength, and a strong sense of community.
 
Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators. The program is carefully designed to support participants in deepening their mindfulness-awareness practice. The week includes: group and individual meditation instruction, dharma talks from the teachers, group discussion, movement exercises, and walks. Meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world.
 
You can plan for full days (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and some evenings, ending with a proper New Year’s Eve feast and enjoyment of the first day of the New Year in silence and contemplation. You can choose from attending the whole week, any three days, or individual days. 
 

Shastri Christopher St. John and Eunice St. John have both been practicing, studying and teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1982. Eunice served as Director of the Brunswick Shambhala Center from 2000-2005. Christopher 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

 

 
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.
 
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.
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!
 

A program of Rockland Shambhala, under the auspices of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center.