Program Details

Spring Meditation Retreat (Weekthun), with Shastri Rayna Jacobson


with Rayna Jacobson
April 27 / 8:30 AM - May 3 / 9:00 PM

This non-residential group retreat will provide the framework for deepening our meditation practice of "calm abiding" as taught in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Putting us further in touch with the natural powers of basic goodness, this week of intensive practice will strengthen the ground for effective compassionate action in our life. At least six months of previous meditation experience highly recommended.


The retreat includes:



  • Group & Individual Meditation Instruction

  • Sitting Meditation interspersed with Walking Meditation, Contemplation & Physical Exercises

  • Dharma Talks & Group Discussion

  • Silence & Functional Talking

  • Group Work ROTA

  • Silent Contemplative Meals

  • A Final Celebration


We may have some out-of-town participant billeting available. For housing or other information, contact Abbey Pleviak, Registrar.


Daily Schedule:
  8:30 am - 11:30 am: Morning Session
11:30 am -   1:30 pm: Silent Contemplative Lunch & Work Period
  1:30 pm -   4:30 pm: Afternoon Session (Most talks will take place during this period)
  4:30 pm -   6:00 pm: Work Period & Silent Contemplative Dinner
  6:00 pm -   9:00 pm: Evening Session


Full participation will count toward the Weekthun requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly or Warrior Assembly.


Shastri Rayna Jacobson, longtime Shambhala teacher and meditation instructor, studied under the founder of Shambhala Training, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now studies with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who has just appointed her Shastri for the Portland Shambhala Center. In her professional life, Rayna is both a Registered Nurse and Licensed Acupuncturist.  She maintains a private practice in addition to volunteer work. Rayna is married to a gifted cabinetmaker, Mac McDowell.


Price includes Lunch & Dinner. For this retreat, our generosity policy may be applied down to 50% of the tuition. Please contact the registrar ahead of time to arrange generosity policy.

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