Workshops

Cabin Fever Reliever Yoga Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Saturday, March 3, 2-5 p.m.
 
Let's energize and synchronize! Let's shake off winter and cultivate radiance! Join us for a community practice to uplift, invigorate, and heal. Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness as taught by Yoga Bhajan. Everyone can do it. Through energizing breathwork, invigorating kriyas, mantra, and meditation, you will release blocked winter energy and tap into your essence, your life force, and your creative power. Bring your family and friends for this joyful and uplifting retreat!
 
Level: students of all ages and levels are welcome, including beginners
 
Registration: kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options
Suggested donation

Shambhala Level II: The Birth of a Warrior

with Mark Seibold & Elizabeth Peterson
Friday, March 16, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
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.
 
Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I training, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. 
 
The Birth of the Warrior weekend looks at how to recognize the habitual patterns that prevent us from opening to the experience of basic goodness. 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
 
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
 
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!
 
Mark Seibold has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1981. He has studied at several Tibetan monasteries in India and Nepal, and he is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee. Mark is currently working on a new translation of the sacred biography of Padmasaṃbhava, known as the Padma Kathang. He teaches Tibetan at Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi Connecticut Center. Mark is a member of the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center in Northampton, MA, and he teaches classes and weekend retreats at various Shambhala centers. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth Peterson, in Greenfield, MA. He loves to ride bikes and by all acounts, he makes a mean sauerkraut.
 
 
Elizabeth Peterson is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has been practicing, studying, and engaging with the Shambhala community at the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center in Northamptom, MA since the early 2000s. Elizabeth is a self-employed chiropractor. Her householder life revolves around the earthy daily practice of integrating and balancing meaningful work, spiritual practice and community, as well as being a parent of young adults and a daughter of aging parents. Elizabeth loves cycling, cooking and gardening. She lives in Greenfield, MA with her husband and dharma brother, Mark Seibold.
 
 

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

Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat

with Lindsay Crawford, Yoga Instructor
Saturday, March 24, 2-5 p.m.
 
The Spring Equinox is an auspicious time of rebirth, fertility, and renewal. It is time to emerge from the darkness of winter and ignite a new phase of growth.  Come celebrate in a circle of yogis and experience asana, pranayama, meditation, and chanting. We will flow through meditative posture sequences to release blocked energy and open space for new beginnings. There will be time and space for creativity and ritual to plant seeds of intention. The retreat will close with a deep period of relaxation. You will leave refreshed, inspired, and ready for Spring!
 
Level: everyone is welcome, no experience necessary
 
Registration: kindly complete payment below or contact Lindsay at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options
Suggested donation

Qigong Levels I & II

with Beth Latchis
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22
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 Lindsay 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.