Program Details

Art Weekthun

with Lance Brunner
December 12 / 7:00 PM - December 21 / 7:00 AM

A weekthün is designed for intensive meditation practice. This program, which open to all, provides both a powerful introduction to mindfulness-awareness meditation as well as an opportunity for seasoned meditators to deepen their practice.

 The core daily practice of consists of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation with time for talks, study, and a short work period. This particular weekthün has an arts component that will allow one to connect meditative awareness to artful expression.

 Within the context of the weekthün practice, the theme of contemplative arts allows for an exploration of how working intensely with the mind/body unity can become the ground of discovering elegance and leading a more artful life. These activities may be seen as enriching or extending the basic mindfulness-awareness practice, not substituting for it or taking away from it.

This particular weekthün is not meant solely for practicing or aspiring artists, nor is it meant to substitute for parts of the formal Shambhala Art program, which is taught separately by authorized teachers. Exercises and activities involving contemplative arts will be incorporated into the schedule on a limited basis to explore how meditation practice can be extended into our daily lives, whether we are making a cup of tea, having a conversation, painting on canvas, or writing a poem or novel. Whether or not we are practicing artists, when we wake up, we can all lead our life as a work of art. Weekthün provides a powerful way of realizing and manifesting this.

Silence and functional speech are observed. Each participant will regularly receive individual meditation instruction.

This Weekthün fulfills the practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.



Patron program tuition not including accommodations: $480 usd, $6200 mxn  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: $435 usd, $5600 mxn   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: $290 usd, $3750 mxn  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: $50 usd, $650 mxn 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.


About Lance Brunner
Lance Brunner is an experienced teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition, having directed Shambhala Training and contemplative arts programs and retreats for over twenty years in a variety of settings in North and South America and Europe. He served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement and was a member of the International Shambhala Art Council. He combines his interests in the arts, meditation, and action in the world through his consulting and facilitation, having worked with health professionals, businesses, leadership organizations, and within prisons. A Kellogg National Fellow (1985-88) and the founding Director of the Commonwealth Fellowship Program for community leaders in Appalachia (1990-96), he has been a professor of music history at the University of Kentucky since 1976.


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