Program Details

10-Day Mahamudra and Trekcho Retreat

with Richard John
March 6 / 7:00 PM - March 17 / 8:00 AM


Mahamudra, the "great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, and is revered as the most powerful support for all other tantric practices.

It is also extremely simple and direct. It is focused on recognizing, becoming familiar with, and gaining confidence in the true nature of one’s mind through direct experience. This is the essence of all vajrayana practice. In this ten-day group retreat, tantrikas will practice Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, the famous practice instructions of the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.

The retreat will follow the general guidelines set down for the Mahamudra in the Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, using silence and a disciplined schedule to create the ideal container for practice. The pre-requisite is attendance at Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary.

This retreat is appropriate for tantrikas at all levels of practice. Participants who have attended Scorpion Seal Assembly will have the opportunity to do the trekcho practices during this retreat. All participants must enter the retreat at the very beginning and commit to the entire time. Students who have previously completed a Mahamudra retreat may request permission to leave earlier, if necessary.


Patron program tuition not including accommodations: $765 USD, $9940 Mx  We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Patron tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations. 

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $695 USD, $9035 Mx   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses. 

Discounted program tuition not including accommodations: $465 USD, $6050 Mx  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 Casa Werma operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan not including accommodations: $80 USD, $1040 Mx per month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this option.  

Scholarships and other payment plans available. Please email to make arrangements.


Accommodations are available at a variety of price points, from $5 usd a night to camp in your own tent on in our sacred garden oasis to $85 usd a night for a suite with private bathroom onsite. Please email to make arrangements.

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options.



An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After completing three months of Mahamudra practice within the first Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, he established a 49-Day Mahamudra Retreat at Karme Choling, and now leads the annual Ten-Day Mahamudra Retreat at Dorje Denma Ling, in Nova Scotia.

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