Program Details

Adult Rites of Passage: Awakening to the Stages of Life

with David Whitehorn & Conner Loomis
September 26 / 6:30 PM - September 28 / 5:00 PM

Adult Rites of Passage: Awakening to the Stages of Life

A new weekend retreat program designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

"Every ten to twenty years, we can participate in a ceremony that awakens us to the fact that we are progressing through life. These rites of passage act as a reminder. If we are not occasionally reminded to stop and look around, it is difficult to tell what direction we have taken in life. Therefore, the rites of passage are not only a public ceremony marking our journey through life, but also a time of self-reflection and orientation." --Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

We are honored and delighted to inform you about an important addition to Shambhala culture: Adult Rites of Passage.

Rites of Passage at age eight and sixteen have been an integral part of our community for many years.  At the request of his students, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, during his year-long retreat, wrote two texts that provide new teachings regarding how the experiences of different stages of adult life can be incorporated in the Shambhala path of awakening, as well as guidelines for a weekend program culminating in a formal Rite of Passage Ceremony for adults.

The weekend program, called “Awakening to the Stages of Life”, includes contemplations and practices that bring forth the experiences of participants and connect them with the Shambhala vision.  The program concludes on Sunday afternoon with a formal Rite of Passage Ceremony to which participants can invite family and friends.

The program is open to anyone with a strong connection to the Shambhala teachings, and has “recently” attained the age of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100.

Note: Because this is the second time the program has been available in Halifax, there is considerable flexibility in regard to age and anyone who feels that they are at a point in their life where participation in the program would be beneficial is encouraged to apply.

The program will be led by David Whitehorn and Conner Loomis*.

* David Whitehorn, a Shambhala practitioner since 1971, is founding chair of the Shambhala Working Group on Aging, the group that formally supplicated Sakyong Mipham in 2009 to provide these teachings.

* Conner Loomis bio forthcoming.

Prerequisite: strong connection to Shambhala Teachings

~ Program Pricing ~

For those who can offer more than the regular 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. Tax receipts are offered for all amounts above the regular program price.

Generosity policy does not apply. If you would like to discuss scholarships or other payment options, please contact Bob, please contact Bob Hastey, 420-1118 ext 113 or email

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