Program Details

Shambhala Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jason Ruvelson
September 6 / 6:30 PM - September 7 / 6:00 PM

Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness—rather than confusion—is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This weekend retreat introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. There is a fundamental, good energy present in all of our experience, and this basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature as well.   The retreat includes meditation instruction with periods of sitting and walking meditation practice, formal talks, and discussion.

Shambhala Training Level I is part of The Way of Shambhala, a structured path of training in authentic meditation practices and teachings that is open to people of all religious backgrounds as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.

We encourage Level I participants to also take Meditation in Everyday Life, a 5-week course that is a companion to the weekend retreat.


Shambhala Training Level I has no prerequisites – everyone is welcome!


Generosity Policy: Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can 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 pay-what-you-can policy, please contact us in advance at: (360) 483-4526 or

We cannot accept pay-what-you-can at the door, so please pre-arrange. Thank you!
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