Program Details

Shambhala Training Level II Weekend Retreat


with Margaret Drescher
March 7 / 7:00 PM - March 9 / 2:00 PM

Shambhala Training LEVEL II continues the discipline of meditation practice, enabling participants to work with obstacles that may have arisen as meditation practice develops. We explore how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world, and we open to our own genuineness. Finally, we learn how to work with fear as we cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses.


Shambhala Training provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity within the complexity of daily life. Each workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, individual or small group conversations with program directors and full group discussions.


This LEVEL II is part of the Way of Shambhala curriculum and is followed by an optional five-week course entitled 'CONTENTMENT in Everyday Life'. While the weekend level emphasizes a deeper experience of meditation, the CONTENTMENT course emphasizes how we can apply the teachings to our daily life situations. 


Pre-requisite: Shambhala Training Level One



Margaret Drescher moved to Nova Scotia in the fall of 1979 with seven other pioneers to establish the Buddhist Study and Meditation Centre (now the Halifax Shambhala Centre). She lived there raising her family, practicing, studying and teaching for 11 years before moving with her husband and children to the South Shore of NS where she co-founded Windhorse Farm and co-directed the Shambhala Meditation Center of the South Shore. She has been practicing and teaching earth stewardship through apprenticeships in gardening, landscaping, agriculture and food systems for 23 years. The language is nature and human nature and how they converse with each other.


She is also core faculty for the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALiA) Master Class, which deepens the insights arising from meditation practice through cutting-edge leadership methodologies, creative process and contemplative practice in nature.



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