Program Details

City Meditation Retreat Week (Weekthun)

with Sandra Ladley
August 17 / 9:00 AM - August 23 / 7:00 PM

The practice of sitting meditation slows our torrent of thoughts and distractions and uncovers the stable, clear and potent quality of our mind. Adapted from the month-long Shambhala dathun, the city weekthun is an opportunity for us to connect deeply with meditation while relating it directly with our regular life. Beginners and seasoned meditators, as well as meditation practitioners of any silent tradition, are all welcome.

The week will include meetings with meditation instructors, short talks, contemplative lunches, and plenty of time to let your mind rest from the hectic pace of life. Full participation in the program will count toward the dathun requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly. Two consecutive sessions per day can be counted as the requirement for Shambhala Guides. To receive credit toward your dathun, you must register for this program and attend all sessions, all seven days.

We invite practitioners of all levels to join us in this week of spacious mind -- for the entire week or one or more FULL days. Please, no partial days. 

From last year:  ""The weekthun I attended in 2012 was a precious gift of restful, healing meditation. It was a very helpful boost to my practice, spent with a room full of calm, centered, loving souls on the Shambhala path. What better way to spend the week?"

Please register by Friday, August 2nd so we can arrange staff.

Daily schedule:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Morning chants and meditation

Noon - 1:30  Lunch Break

1:30 - 4:30 PM   Meditation

4:30 - 5:00 PM   Tea

5:00 - 7:00 PM   Meditation and closing chants

We are charging $450 for the week and $75 for a full day.  $450 is our base or sustainable rate and those who can are warmly invited to pay our patron rate of $600 to help us fund scholarships for those who cannot pay the full price.  If you are unable to pay the full amount; no one will be turned away - register and then contact Megan Murphy: to make special financial arrangements.

For other questions, please contact Larissa: 

Housing:  If you are coming from out of town we are sometimes able to offer overnight accomodations with local members for free or a fee of $35-$75 per night.  The Rodeway Inn within walking distance is filling up fast.  It gives a 15% discount to Shambhala (Code is LMGR15) and may have twin and four-person rooms available for as little as $130 per night after the discount is taken. 

Shastri Sandra Ladley is a senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher.  She holds an M.A. in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.  Sandra draws on wide ranging life experiences as an artist, therapist and business manager to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching.  Her current focus is leading meditation-based classes, groups and retreats on topics including Radical Acceptance and Dharma Art. Sandra lives in the Bay Area in Albany, California. 

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