Program Details

Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala Retreat

with Melissa Moore
November 21 / 5:00 AM - November 28 / 7:00 AM

Join Acharya Melissa Moore at Casa Werma, the best kept secret in the Shambhala Mandala, for a rich exploration of the profound teachings of the Sacred Path.

The Sacred Path presents a vision of Shambhala as a living example of a sane society and introduces warriorship practices that extend the meditation training given in the first year of the Way of Shambhala. In particular, the Sacred Path introduces students to the first text of the Shambhala Terma, or treasure teachings. These treasure teachings present a societal vision and aspiration to help the world in these difficult times.

The beauty of this retreat is the depth to which the power of windhorse and the magical quality of drala can be explored and experienced, particularly in the sacred gardens of Casa Werma, in the heart of Patzcuaro, Pueblo Magico. The topics are completely interrelated and meant to be understood as a whole. Therefore we encourage full participation.


Great Eastern Sun

The vision of the Great Eastern Sun is the entrance into sacred world and the practice of creating an uplifted and sane society. This program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists.


Participants study the Vidyadhara's terma text, The Letter of the Black Ashe, which gives the instruction for "raising windhorse." The practice of windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. It is a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur.


Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.


These programs may be taken individually or as one continuous retreat.

Pre-requisites: Shambhala Training Levels I - V (some exceptions may be made for individuals who have yet to complete Level V). The In Everyday Life series, Rigden Weekend and Basic Goodness series are recommended, but not required for participation in this retreat.


This program is taught in English. Spanish interpretation can be made available. Please register as early as possible to allow us to organize an interpreter, if needed. Thank you.


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.  

Program tuition for one individual program not including accommodations: $170 usd, $2200 mxn.

  • Great Eastern Sun: 21-24 Nov.

  • Windhorse: 23-26 Nov.

  • Drala: 25-28 Nov.

Materials fee: $70 usd, $900 mxn for Letter of the Black Ashe text and supporting materials.

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.


Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979,and connected to The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche through being a student of the Contemplative Psychology program at Naropa University, then Naropa Institute. She received her Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa and later a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

She attended 1985 seminary, and has been teaching Internationally in Shambhala since 1990. She was empowered as a Shastri in 2010 for the Northern California Bay Region, and made an Acharya in the summer of 2012.

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