Program Details

Shambhala Training Level 1 Meditation Retreat

with James Sacamano
January 18 / 7:00 PM - January 20 / 12:00 PM

This is the first of a series of contemplative workshops, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.  The simple yet profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is open to people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

Way of Shambhala I - Shambhala Training is organized into five weekend workshops called Shambhala Training Levels I to V, and a series of complimentary week night classes that include meditation training and practice emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, dignity, and bravery within the complexity of everyday life.

Level I Meditation Retreat: The Art of Being Human

In this weekend, by opening to our own minds with gentleness and appreciation we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. By settling our minds, we also begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters.

By the end of the weekend you will be very familiar with the meditation technique and can practice it at home in order to enrich your everyday life.

The program begins with a public talk on Friday evening, 7:30 PM, which is open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends.

Saturday morning the Director will give meditation instruction, and practise with the group. For the rest of the program there will be more practice, discussion groups, opportunities to meet privately with a meditation instructor, as well as talks.

The retreat ends at noon on Sunday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Participants in Level 1 who wish to do Dr. Sacamano's Sunday workshop may do both programs for a total suggested donation of $150.

Prerequisites: None

James Sacamano
James Sacamano has practiced emergency medicine and psychiatry since 1969.  He became a student of acclaimed Buddhist meditation master and founder of the Shambhala Training program, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1971 and served as representative of Trungpa Rinpoche to centers in Berkeley, California and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He has taught meditation to students, patients, and organizations throughout the United States and Canada and to psychotherapists at conferences of the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations. 

Dr. Sacamano recently published his first book, Getting Back to Wholeness: The Treasury of Inner Health and the Power of a Meaningful Life, which addresses the role that mindfulness can play in health and the healing process.

For questions about registration please contact Peggy Eyre.

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