Shambhala Training Weekend I: 'The Art of Being Human'
with Orhun Cercel & Tessa Watt
January 19 / 9:00 AM - January 20 / 6:30 PM
Open to all!
We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on can lead us to a deeper and more enduring happiness. This is the path we set out to explore in this weekend as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are.
The Shambhala Training Level 1 introductory weekend explores and deepens the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters. We experience the power and fulfillment of resting in the present and begin to make friends with ourselves.
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About this Programme
Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again (aka The Art of Being Human) is the first weekend retreat in Shambhala Training. This mindfulness meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake.
Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.
With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, we'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more.
About Weekend I
Shambhala Training Weekend I is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice. Our senior teacher will incorporate teachings on awake living into meditation instruction and informative talks. Students leave with the tools they need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into their daily lives.
Shambhala Training Weekend I includes:
Guided meditation practice
Mindfulness meditation talks
Optional one-to-one meditation instruction
Concluding Sunday reception
About Shambhala Training
Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.
The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.
This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.
About the teachers
This course will be taught by Acharya Orhun Cercel and Shastri Tessa Watt.
Acharya Orhun Cercel has been meditating since 1990 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His varied career has taken him from investment banking to psychotherapy and acupuncture. He spends much of his time travelling in Europe teaching Shambhala programmes.
Shastri Tessa Watt has been a member of the London Shambhala Centre since 1992 and a teacher since 2012. Tessa also teaches mindfulness in the UK’s Houses of Parliament and a range of other workplaces. Tessa is author of Introducing Mindfulness (2012) and Mindful London (2014). She was a leader of the Mindful Nation UK report (2015) launched by the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness. She is an Associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and co-founder of Being Mindful which runs MBSR courses for the public. In her earlier career she was a BBC Radio Producer, making documentary features around the globe. Tessa has a PhD in History from Cambridge and an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS, University of London where she also lectures. She lives in Balham and has two daughters.
To reserve a place on this course please register and pay in full. Early registration is advised - places are limited to ensure quality support, and we anticipate this course will be fully booked.
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Payment Terms and Conditions
Please register and pay in full on registration, ensuring you click on the relevant price option to go through to PayPal where you can also pay by credit/debit card. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 18th January after which no refund is granted.
The early bird registration fee of £110 is available until 5th January after which time the fee will be £130. A concession fee of £80 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000. Please contact [email protected] to request a concession.
Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9am, start 9.30am. Finish 6.30pm
Lunch will be provided, any allergies please include details in the comment box on the registration screen.
For further information please email: [email protected]