Program Details

Shambhala Training Level 5 - Open Sky

with Simon La Haye
May 25 / 9:00 AM - May 26 / 6:00 PM

Shambhala Training

Developed by Chogyam Trungpa in 1976, Shambhala Training offers teachings based the vision that every human being has a natural source of innate wakefulness that we can discover, cultivate and express in our life.

This path is open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness that is used can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

Meditation practice helps us to examine our states of mind without trying to change them. This practice encourages openness to oneself and what’s around us. It transforms the way we habitually see our life and our world. Our old habits and patterns become more transparent, leaving room for a more direct appreciation of situations.

The “Heart of Warriorship" curriculum consists of five weekend programmes that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions.

Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humour, and dignity within the complexity of daily life.

Level V: Open Sky

In this level, we continue to expand our awareness, finding the open clear sky of mind - a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. As our awareness is sharpened, and through trusting our nature, we can let go into the present moment.

In the programme: walking and sitting meditation, talks, silent periods, group discussions. This programme is taught in French. Free translation in English or other languages needs to be confirmed. Important: translation services are possible only if you register your request at least two months in advance of the programme.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Level IV. This programme completes the first series of Shambhala Training levels.

Practical Information

This programme starts on Saturday 25th May at 9:00 and ends Sunday 26th May at 17:00 after the festive tea break.

The regular price of your stay is €155; it includes programme fee (€100) and full board (€55): accommodation on Saturday evening + all meals Saturday and Sunday. Early bird and concession options on the regular price of the programme may also apply if you fulfill the conditions (see below).

Registration and online payment: if you are in the normal case above, you may proceed to online registration and pay now by credit card or other means.

Please be aware that there will be a material fee of 20 € to be payed during registration.

Special cases

  • If you have a long trip, it is possible to arrive Friday evening. The extra night and dinner will cost €25.50.

  • If you choose not to sleep and dine here the Saturday evening, the all inclusive price (programme + meals Saturday noon and Sunday noon) will be reduced by €25.50 (i.e. €129 with regular price of programme).

Registration and deferred payment: our online registration form is not fully adapted to these particular cases of accommodation for the Shambhala Training weekends. However, we recommend that you proceed with online registration with default accommodation and we will come back to you to finalise price and payment. At the end of the form (page 4), please indicate your specific needs for accommodation in Comment box. Select the payment method 'bank transfer' in order to differ payment. The final payment will be charged on day of arrival.

For students and unemployed

Shambhala Training offers a solid foundation to make meditation a part of everyday life and we’d like to make it accessible to all.

  • We propose the reduced all-inclusive price of €65 for students and the unemployed (programme + accommodation Saturday evening + meals).

  • Without accommodation and dinner on Saturday, the price offered will be €40 (programme + meals).

Registration: in the case of students and unemployed, proceed as outlined above (registration and deferred payment).

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