Program Details

Our Original Playground


with Nicholas Kranz
June 1 / 9:00 AM - June 1 / 4:00 PM

"This world of water, trees, rocks, sky and earth is our heritage. This natural wonderment is our originalplayground." -Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Aspiration of Shambhala

Away from the demands and stimulation of the modern lifestyle, we often find that we are most able to get in touch with who we really are when we're outdoors in nature. This one-day outdoor retreat will explore the experience of resting our minds naturally in an outdoor setting. Utilizing a variety of experiential exercises, including meditation practice, listening and tuning into the world around us, opening our sense faculties, and exploring the world with childlike wonder, this retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to spend a summer day outside and cultivate awareness and presence. Whether you feel most at home and at peace out "in nature", or simply aspire to do so, please join us!


There is a $4 admission fee to the sanctuary that is not included in the program registration.

This program will take place at Ipswitch River Sanctuary. Participants will meet there (see directions here) and not at the Shambhala Center. Please bring a large water bottle, a bagged lunch, sunscreen, bug repellent, and anything else you might need for a day outside!

Nicholas Kranz has been practicing and studying meditation for fifteen years, and teaching meditation for nine years in a variety of settings — including Shambhala Centers, universities and hospitals, adult education and investment firms. He is the founder of Mindful in the Midst, which offers on-site training in mindfulness meditation for organizations and individuals. Nicholas is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and lives and works in Boston, MA. 

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