Program Details

The Shape of Awake--Weekthun with Hope Martin

with Hope Martin
February 17 / 8:00 AM - February 23 / 6:00 PM

The Shape of Awake with Hope Martin

February 17 - February 23, 2013

Sunday through Saturday, 8:00 am—6:00 pm

There will be some evening hours TBD

Feb. 16th is an arrival day. The Weekthun starts promptly at 8am on Feb. 17th.

$320 Members/$375 Non-Members

Lodging available for out of town participants

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"To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. 

When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind,

so there is no need to try to attain some special state." Suzuki Roshi

We welcome the return of Hope Martin for the fourth year, leading this weekthun at the Atlanta Shambhala Center.

Read an interview with Hope about her work with meditators here, posted on the Shambhala Times, April 2012 

For personal reflections by participants on the unique benefits of this program, please read about:

- the 2011 weekthun here -- Shambhala Times, July 2011, and

- the 2010 weekthun here - Shambhala Times, Feb. 2010

This week is a unique opportunity to befriend habitual patterns and explore the principles of alignment and letting go in the context of intensive meditation practice.

Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it's a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this week of intensive meditation practice we will learn principles from the Alexander Technique to cultivate ease, equilibrium, and non-striving in our meditation sessions and in our lives. The week will provide ample time to develop awareness of and befriend habits that result in tension, pain, fixed posture and mind-set, and to learn skills to shift to a more open, expansive, and balanced way of being. 

Accessing non-verbal "felt senses" through the practice of Focusing will be introduced to help participants make a more loving relationship to habitual stuck places and to experience the wisdom and forward life movement they hold.

This week is highly experiential within a safe, supportive and caring environment. In the context of intensive meditation practice it includes experiential exercises, instruction on basic body mechanics and alignment, and a lot of personal attention in the form of gentle hands-on guidance from the instructor to help release unnecessary tension.

The Atlanta Shambhala Center provides a tranquil, urban practice environment with a large and beautiful meditation hall. Open to new and experienced practitioners, this Weekthun counts toward one week of Dathun and fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for attending Sutrayana Seminary on the Shambhala Buddhist path, as well as Shambhala Guide Training requirements.

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for more than 25 years in the United Sates and abroad. She maintains a lively private practice, is a Senior Teacher training Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing Trainer. Her particular passion is in assisting her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness.

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