Program Details

Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level I - The Art of Being Human

with Gayle Van Gils
August 23 / 9:00 AM - August 24 / 5:00 PM

The Shambhala Weekend Retreats are opportunities to deepen one’s practice of meditation in a powerful environment that meets the needs of someone with a busy life. Rather than having to go away, we create the meditation experience for you right here in our beautiful center. Level I: The Art of Being Human is the first in a series of five weekend retreats. These retreats are taken in sequence.

In Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level I: The Art of Being Human we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence through the practice of meditation. As we open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Every Shambhala Weekend Retreat Level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, one-on-one meetings to clarify questions, talks by senior teachers, group discussions and a concluding reception.

This program is open to everyone. There are no prerequisites required.

Our Generosity Policy

The Shambhala St. Petersburg Center is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and supported by the generosity of its members and program participants.

It is our commitment that everyone, regardless of financial resources, feels welcome at all our programs and events. In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy.  If the “program price” is an obstacle for you, decide what you can offer and place the amount in the comment field when you register.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

 About the Way of Shambhala:

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.

Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. This series offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our community and our whole society.

The Way of Shambhala is composed of Shambhala Weekend Retreat Levels I-V, each followed by a five-week course, titled In Everyday Life series that expands upon what was offered in the weekend and brings the practice of meditation into everyday life.

Please click here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala.


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