Program Details

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

with Sandra Ladley
October 10 / 7:00 PM - October 12 / 6:00 PM

Trusting our true nature and letting go into the present moment.

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We learn to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

This weekend workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. Open Sky is the fifth in a series of five weekend workshops.

The Weekend Retreats
The weekend retreats are opportunities to deepen one’s practice of meditation in a powerful environment that meets the needs of a work-week and family life. Rather than having to go away for meditation experience, we provide this training in local communities.

Within each module, the courses or weekend retreats are designed to be taken sequentially. For example, within the Shambhala Training weekend retreats, participants progress from level I through Level V in sequence. You may begin with any of the first three modules listed above.

All are welcome to participate. The Way of Shambhala is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action in the world.

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I
Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II
Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III
Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

Sandra LadleyShastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time practitioner and Senior Shambhala teacher. As a teacher, she draws on a varied professional life as a counselor, manager and teacher in business, technology, health and creative arts settings. Sandra studied art and music at Bard College and received her BA in Painting from San Francisco State University and her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She currently leads creative and psycho-educational groups on topics including Radical Acceptance and Art in Everyday Life. Sandra is part of the team that is bringing the Karuna Training contemplative psychology program from Europe to Northern California. She lives near Berkeley in Albany, CA.


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