Workshops

Spring Yoga Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, April 28, 2-5 p.m.
 
Spring is a wonderful time to tune in to what our body, heart, and mind need. Yoga gives us the space to explore how we are feeling, to release tension, and to cultivate prana, our life force. In this afternoon retreat, we will enjoy gentle yoga, spacious breathing, guided meditation, and deep relaxation. The practices will nourish and replenish us. Hope to see you there!
 
Level: everyone is welcome, including beginners
 
Registration: kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options
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Shambhala Level III: Warrior in the World

with Shastri Veit Weber
Friday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
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.
 
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 Lindsay 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!
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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 Lindsay at [email protected]

Recommended text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
 
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).

Joyful Discipline: A Meditation Retreat

with Bryan Mendiola, Shambhala Instructor
Sunday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Half-day option available*
 
Whether we are new to meditation or have years of practice, we seek ways to deepen our awareness of ourselves and others in order to be of benefit to this world. Join us for a day of practice exploring joyful discipline and the path of the Boddhisattva Warrior. 
 
In the morning, we will delve into the discipline of meditation as a way to more fully connect to ourselves and discover how "discipline brings joy” — in this case, the joy of being in relationship with each other and with our world in an awake and engaged way. The Bodhisattva Warrior views meditation as a means of making oneself ever more present and available for the benefit of others. Meditation instruction will be provided.
 
In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to engage in a group dialogue practice known as social meditation. Together, we will more fully explore connection, presence, and understanding in relationships, particularly when it comes to social-cultural identity. What are the personal, emotional, and societal obstacles to authentic relationships with those different from ourselves? How can we use the practice of meditation to realize more gentleness, openness, awareness, and honesty, even in our most challenging relationships? These are questions at the heart of the Bodhisattva Warrior and the path of joyful discipline.
 
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tea and a light breakfast. The practice starts at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break mid-day. Afternoon registration begins at 12:45 p.m. 
 
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 Lindsay 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!

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

 
 

Yin Yoga & Tibetan Singing Bowl Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & Lori LeBlanc

Saturday, June 9, 2-5 p.m.

“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 yoga, meditation, and sound healing. We will explore Yin Yoga, a quiet, nourishing practice that supports the body's ability to let go and relax into wellbeing. The postures, all of which are done on the floor with long holdings, promote deep release in the connective tissues and deep peace in 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.

 

Level: everyone is welcome, including beginners

Registration: kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options

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