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Location: Philadelphia Shambhala Meditation Center

2024 Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors: Weekend One (online)


2024 Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors is a series of three weekend trainings that are designed as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, as well as meditation practitioners who are interested in developing as Meditation Instructors. Each weekend is designed to support those interested in sharing the practice of meditation with others to cultivate the understanding and skills to assist others along their meditation path. 

Prerequisites: Weekends One and Two are open to all. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only. You do not need to attend all three weekends.

 Weekend One 

Weekend One includes discussion on how to give initial meditation instruction and will include time for questions, answers and insights by participants. Presenters will also address the following topics that are a part of current culture:  

  • Meditation instruction online
  • How meditation apps can fit in 
  • Reclaiming attention from social media
  • Working with anxiety and depression

Sunday will focus on unpacking Shamatha-Vipashyana, including: 

  • The difference between mindfulness (Shamatha) and awareness (Vipashyana)
  • How awareness develops over time
  • The fruition of meditation practice (authentic presence)

Location: Shambhala Online will offer this weekend live via Zoom. It will also be recorded.


This course / retreat is in collaboration with Shambhala Online. When you register, you will be given the option to select a Center and enter a Revenue Share code. Philadelphia Center will then receive 50% of the net revenue. You do not have to be a “member” of the Philadelphia Center to share with us.

Registration is through the Shambhala Online website. Please use the link(s) below and enter:

Center: Philadelphia
Revenue Share Code: 2024CONTINUING50

Weekend 1 with Dale Asrael and Gaylon Ferguson, April 13-14, 2024
Weekend 2 with Erika Berland, May 4-5, 2024
Weekend 3 Janet Solyntjes and Elaine Yuen, June 22-23, 2024

Price per person: $108.00

The Philadelphia Shambhala Center and Shambhala Online are committed to making the Dharma accessible. If you are experiencing financial hardship, there is a link to request a discount before you register.

About the Teachers – Weekend One

Dale Asrael has been a practitioner of meditation, Buddhism, and the Shambhala teachings for over 45 years. She became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973 and, after his death, continued to study with other teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. She also trained with the Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck during the last twelve years of her life.

Dale teaches dharma programs and leads meditation retreats internationally, and served as an Acharya (senior teacher) for twenty years. She is an authorized teacher of traditional Daoist qigong in the Xiantianwujimen lineage of Eva Wong.   

Dale is a Professor at Naropa University, where she founded and is the lead teacher for Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, which just completed its twentieth annual cycle of training programs.

Her writing is published as chapters in three anthologies: “Love of Wisdom Puts You on the Spot” in Meditation in the Classroom, “No Hidden Corners” in Shadows and Light and “Compassionate Abiding” in Brilliant Sanity.


Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has led group meditation retreats since 1976. He taught at Stanford, the University of Washington, and Naropa University, where he was a Core Faculty Member for fifteen years. The author of two books, Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness as path to manifesting bravery), his articles have appeared in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma magazine. He contributed the foreword to the pioneering collection Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala, 2020).

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