Level I: The Art of Being Human

September 8th—September 9th (2017)

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  • $110 Program Price
  • $130 Patron Price

Great for beginners and open to the public!

Special Fall 2-for-1 Discount!

This special weekend retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means of developing mindfulness and awareness in daily life.  Sign up with a friend and you each pay half price! (Make a notation in the comment field when you register online and pay at the door.)

In this time of great confusion and doubt, the Shambhala teachings present the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally 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.

We discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. When we give ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and even the awareness of thoughts across our minds — we discover how to live and be in the world with a clear mind, gentle heart, and sense of humor.


This retreat is the first of a series of weekend retreats but may be taken as a stand alone program. The day includes an introduction to sitting meditation practice, talks by a director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussion. 

We welcome people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path. It is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom. 

Those who have already taken Shambhala Training Level 1 may repeat this program for half price.  (Make a notation in the comment field when you register and pay at the door.)

Our generosity policy makes our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price". Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the cost for others who are not able to pay the full price.

If you have questions about this course, please contact the Way of Shambhala coordinator, Diana Luepke.