Program Details

Shape of Awake--Weekthun


with Hope Martin
March 23 / 8:00 AM - March 29 / 6:00 PM

Sunday through Saturday, 8:00 am—6:00 pm


There will be some evening hours TBD


Mar 22nd is an arrival day. The Weekthun starts promptly at 8am on the 23rd.


$390 Members/$450 Non-Members


Lodging available for out of town participants.


Register online below.


"To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind,so there is no need to try to attain some special state." Suzuki Roshi


We welcome the return of Hope Martin for the fifth year, leading this weekthun at the Atlanta Shambhala Center


Read about last year's weekthun in an article published on Shambhala Times here.

Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body can transform your practice!

Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it's a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this week of intensive meditation practice Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will offer both verbal and hands-on instruction to help you develop ease and non-striving in meditation and other activities.  

Through Hope's hands-on work, making subtle adjustments to the relationship between the head, neck and back, you'll learn to access effortless, balanced posture—light and grounded. The process teaches awareness of  habits that result in pain, fixed posture and mind-set and teaches the skill of shifting on the spot to a more open, balanced way of being.

Principles from the practice of Focusing will be introduced to help participants befriend habitual stuck places and to access the wisdom that resides in the holding pattern.

Read a 2012 interview with Hope about this program.

This week is highly experiential within a safe, supportive and caring environment. In the context of intensive meditation practice it includes experiential exercises, instruction on basic body mechanics and alignment, and plenty of personal attention in the form of gentle hands-on guidance from the instructor to help release unnecessary tension.

Read articles about The Shape of Awake 2011 and 2010.

Testimonials about The Shape of Awake:

"My whole body has relaxed in a powerful and deep way, in my life and in my meditation practice in particular. My back has changed shape. This week of practice has had a myriad of effects, including decreased physical pain, improved rest and sleep, and increased ability to be present with others. I feel more connected to myself and through this, to others. I also have an increased trust of the process of receiving whatever messages my body gives me, typically through discomfort. If my body speaks, I listen more attentively now. It was a beautiful step in the process I am engaging in through ongoing practice." --Ingrid

"Those of us who have worked with Hope know how beneficial her guidance is.  I rarely sit in meditation without some gentle 'correction' by Hope bringing more ease to my practice!" --Valerie Morvan, Shambhala Buddhist practitioner

The Atlanta Shambhala Center provides a tranquil, urban practice environment with a large and beautiful meditation hall. Open to new and experienced practitioners, this Weekthun counts toward one week of Dathun and fulfills a portion of the group practice requirements for attending Enlightened Society Assembly on the Shambhala Buddhist path, as well as Shambhala Guide Training requirements.

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for more than 25 years in the United Sates and abroad. She maintains a lively private practice, is a Senior Teacher training Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio, hopemartinstudio.com, in New York City. She is a Meditation Instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing Trainer. Her particular passion is in assisting her students to discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. 

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