Workshops

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. Specifically, participants will learn and explore Shambhala Meditation, an experiential practice of Feeling, Being, and Touching. During Weekthun, 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 5 p.m.) and evening programs until 8:30 p.m. on 12/27 and 12/29. The Weekthun will end with a proper New Year’s Eve feast and practice until midnight on 12/31 and then enjoyment of New Year's day in silence and contemplation. You can choose from attending the whole week, part of the week, or individual days.
 
Schedule
Day 1, Tuesday, 12/26, 8:30 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Day 2, Wednesday, 12/27, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  (Wednesday evening: Shambhala Meditation Transmission by video, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)
Day 3, Thursday, 12/28, 8:30 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Day 4, Friday, 12/29, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Day 5, Saturday, 12/30, 8:30 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Day 6, Sunday, 12/31, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 midnight
Day 7, Monday, 1/1, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.
 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps 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. (Due to space limitations and program considerations, preference is given to people who sign up for at least three days. If you would like to sign up for one day, please send an email with the date you have in mind. Thank you!)
Suggested donation
 
Meals: The program fee includes a light breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner on the days that include evening programs. Lunch will be on your own each day (you can bring a lunch or go out in town). The New Year's feast will be a potluck.
 
Housing: We have several housing options for out-of-town participants. Contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to learn more.
 
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!
 

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

 

 

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