Program Details

Half Dathün

with Benoît Côté
November 1 / 5:00 PM - November 17 / 6:00 AM

This group meditation retreat is an occasion to experience fully mindfulness-awareness practices as taught within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Each day consists of periods of sitting and walking meditation, body-mind exercises, study and contemplation, chanting, and a short work session. Meals are taken in silence in the shrineroom. Each participant receives individual meditation instruction. Talks and group guidance are offered regularly. The study component covers basic teachings on calm abiding and insight meditation, within the context of the Shambhala view of warriorship and enlightened society.

This two-week retreat is also offered in two one-week segments, that can be attended separately. Arrival time for the second week is before 5 pm on Friday, November 8. Departure day for the first week is Saturday November 10.


Full program tuition not including accommodations: $890  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition  not including accommodations: $490  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan: $88 per month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $88 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $188/month.

 Free tuition option: only pay lodging and materials fee

Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. For winter programs, double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms are available in Gyatso Lodge for $45 per night, so for this program the lodging cost would be an additional $720.  Huts and Cabins are not available as lodging options for winter programs. 

 All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.

To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085

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