Workshops

Yin Yoga & Tibetan Singing Bowl Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & Lori LeBlanc
Saturday, October 20, 2-5 p.m.
 
The retreat is full. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email [email protected]
 
“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 Rachel at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options
 
The retreat is full. Please only pay below if you have already received a confirmation by email.
Suggested donation

Shambhala Level I: Art of Being Human

with Shastri Bill Brauer & Ella Reznikova
Friday, October 26, 7-9 p.m. PUBLIC TALK @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.
 
This weekend retreat – the Art of Being Human – is the first in a series of five trainings in the Way of Shambhala Series. Level One introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual meetings with instructors. The environment is relaxed and friendly with time to share meals and conversation.
 
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. We learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to experience ourselves as genuine and compassionate human beings. 
 
The weekend opens with a PUBLIC talk on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 
 

Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.

 
 
 
Ella Reznikova is a translator, meditation teacher and the Scholarship Manager at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Originally from Ukraine, she serves as a mentor for the Shambhala community there. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and is trained in Transformative Mediation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Level: Everyone is 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 $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!
 
 
 
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. 
 
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. 
Suggested donation

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.
Suggested donation