Seven Day Intensive Retreat: Enlightened Society in the City
with Emily Bower
August 9 / 7:00 PM - August 16 / 7:00 PM
What prior retreatants said:
"This was the best thing I have ever done for myself. Really deepened my meditation practice."
"Acharya Bower is warm, wise, so approachable - a great example of humility and dignity."
"Thank you for this week, it has changed my life."
Seven Day Intensive Retreat: Enlightened Society in the City, Cultivating Kindness To Ourselves
Enjoy the depth, insight, and joy of a week of meditation retreat. Without leaving New York City! Our annual Seven Day Retreat is a way to deepen meditation practice within a caring and supportive environment. The retreat includes regular dharma teachings, and opportunities for individualized meditation instruction. Dive in for the full week or join by the day!
Full participation in this retreat fulfills the weekthun requirement for attending Enlightened Society Assembly.
This meditation intensive includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation. People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited, but please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional Buddhist and Shambhala chants.
Approximate Daily Schedule
8 - 8:30 Morning tea/coffee
8:30 - 11:30 Morning practice session
11:30 - 12:30 Contemplative Lunch
12:45 - 2 Rest & Work Period
2 - 4 Afternoon practice session I
4 - 4:30 Tea break
4:30 - 6 Afternoon practice session II
6 - 7 Contemplative Dinner
7 - 8:30 Evening practice session
Please note: Retreat Orientation is Friday evening, August 9th, from 7-9pm. This orientation is very important, and we ask that you make every effort to attend.
Those who are only planning to participate for 2 days or less do not need to attend this orientation.
If you are new to meditation in the Shambhala tradition, you must attend the first full day, Saturday August 10th, when meditation instruction will be offered. If you are already an experienced Shambhala practitioner, you are welcome to join one or more of the later days of the retreat (if you are not attending the full retreat).
To register for the full retreat, scroll down and click "Click Here To Register".
If not attending the full seven days, click the appropriate link directly below to register only for the day or days you wish to attend (please note that full daily participation is required and expected):
There is no online registration for Day Seven. If you wish to attend Day 7, you must also attend at least Days 5 & 6.
A monetary teacher's gift for Acharya Bower will be collected during the course of the retreat. This teacher's gift is optional and traditional.
: Our generosity policy
supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can truly offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our costs to offer the program. To take advantage of our generosity policy
you must contact us in advance at: (212) 675-6544.
We do not accept pay-what-you-can at the door, so please pre-arrange. Thank you!
Emily Bower was appointed as an Acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist community by her teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in 2004. She has been an editor of Buddhist books (and books on many other topics) for 15 years. She worked closely with the Sakyong on his first book, TURNING THE MIND INTO AN ALLY, as well as on several other books, liturgies, and poems while serving in his office from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 through 2010, she worked full-time as an acquiring editor at Shambhala Publications, and she recently retired from that job in order to serve more fully as an acharya and to go on retreat. She started meditating at the Berkeley, California, Shambhala Center in 1987.