An Introduction to Ikebana, with Jay Wohlen

Ikebana is the contemplative practice of expressing gentleness and elegance through the art of simple flower arrangement. The word “Ikebana” literally means “give life to flowers”. This art form began in 11th century Japan when flowers were presented in shrines and temples.

Much more than just arranging flowers, this practice mirrors the sacredness in the mind of the arranger, both in the arrangement and in the experience of the observer. Through this art form, students learn to train their perceptions to open to the harmony and natural order of the world.

Watch an Ikebana demonstration video.

August 15: Tuesday Introductory Talk
Sitting at 7; Tea at 7:45; Talk at 8:00 pm
Suggested donation: $10

August 19: Saturday Hands on Class
11:30 am -3:30 pm

Saturday session open to all, includes all materials.
$30 registration, includes Tuesday talk donation. Click here for more information and to register.


Contentment in Everyday Life: Stepping onto the Shambhala Path


Five Wednesdays: Sept. 20-Oct.18; 7:00pm-9:00pm

Can meditation help us find contentment? Giving our mind a break might help us accomplish something useful in our search for contentment: the ability to be friendly to ourselves.

The Shambhala teachings on basic goodness as the primordial ground of every human being will guide and inform the discussion. The class introduces body movement, interpersonal dialogs and guided contemplations, in addition to instruction in mindfulness meditation, talks and discussions.

Click here to learn more and to register. Learn more about the Shambhala Path of practice and study.

Read a Huffington Post article about the class by Lodro Rinzler.


Windhorse Retreat Center

What’s happening at Windhorse:

Windhorse is the only Shambhala retreat center in the Midwest and is just 50 minutes north of Milwaukee. Located in a beautiful glacial area adjacent to the 15,000-acre Kettle Moraine State Forest, it offers an array of programs, solo and group retreats and rental opportunities for outside groups.


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Shambhala Training, Level I: The Art of Being Human

stlevel1Friday, September 8, 7-9pm;  Saturday, September 9, 9am-6pm.

In this time of great confusion and doubt, the Shambhala teachings present the view that human beings, at their core, are awake and worthy. By training in meditation, we learn to access our basic goodness, slow down, and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

This weekend program is the first step on the Shambhala Path of meditation practice and study but may be taken as a stand alone program. The workshop includes instruction and practice, talks by senior teachers, personal interviews and group discussion.

Click here to learn about our 2 for 1 offer and to register.



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