Program Details

Mudra Space Awareness Retreat

with Lee Worley
April 5 / 5:00 AM - April 12 / 6:00 AM



Unlock inherent confidence and create a radical shift in your mind-body relationship to space.

Mudra Space Awareness is a way to synchronise body, feeling and consciousness in space. This sensory awareness practice combines focused awareness movement exercises to increase our confidence in all aspects of life. They serve to develop fearlessness and the discovery of being whole in space - to simply be in all situations, stressful or not.

Try something new and enhance your awareness of how to be in a group and work together joyfully. Learn to enjoy how to communicate through acting, working with the senses and improvising movement and speech. Discover a tool to establish continuity between formal meditation and worldly situations.

Throughout the week, you can expect periods of sitting meditation interspersed with formalized exercises working with body and mind. There will be improvisations in how to channel fearlessness and remain flexible to changing situations. We will also work with methods aimed at enhancing awareness of perception, sound and speech, working with sound cycles originally written by Chogyam Trungpa.

Defined literally as ‘gesture’ mudra refers to the central issues of theatre, broadly defined to include performance art, dance, bodywork, music, visual arts and design principles. Developed by Chogyam Trungpa in the early 1970’s, the mudra space awareness exercises were a colloboration of Tibetan monastic dance and experimental theatre aimed at developing authenticity. Since then, this unique practice has been taught primarily in theatre and education at Naropa University, Colorado as a support to sitting meditation practice.

"The Vidyadhara's teachings on Mudra Space Awareness are one of Shambhala's hidden treasures. The cycle of exercises embody his creative genius in making the vajrayana teachings accessible and penetrating. He begins at the beginning-how to be in space-then takes us step by step through how to stand, walk, relate with things, and interact with people. So simple, yet so revealing! "
-Ashe Acharya John Rockwel



There are no prerequisites to register for this programme. It is open to all who are willing to try something new and discover the unbound fearlessness that lies in us all.



Lee Worley began as Head of Theatre Studies Programme at Naropa University from the beginning in the 1970’s. Here she studied the Mudra Space Awareness Practices and helped guide the programme through its infancy under the direct guidance of the founder, Chogyam Trungpa. She is currently Professor of Theater  and Contemplative Education at Naropa University.


This programme starts on Saturday April 5 at 20:00 and ends on Friday in the evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on Saturday April 12.



This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.

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