Summer 2019 Way of the Moon Retreat with Acharya Dale Asrael, in Victoria, Australia
19 January - 23 January 2019
We are delighted to announce the Australian launch of Way of the Moon, a program of study and practice of the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. In particular, we are cultivating our understanding and experience of bodhicitta, the awakened heart of the warrior.
We begin the Way of the Moon with a 5-day intensive residential program led by Acharya Dale Asrael.
Participants explore a wide range of study topics that emphasize various aspects of Mahayana teachings.
The Way of the Moon revisits the teachings on the three levels of being, or court—outer, inner and ultimate—and Windhorse and Drala. We revisit or, for some, are formally introduced to the wisdom text on which Shambhala rests: The Letter of the Black Ashe. This retreat will also include transmissions from the Shambhala Sadhana of Kindness.
This program of study and practice is offered to graduates of the Rigden Weekend or Level V, together with completion of a half-dathun (two-week) Shambhala meditation retreat.
The program will commence at 9.30 am on Saturday 19 January and conclude at 12 noon on Wednesday 23 January.
Acharya Dale Asrael
Dale is an Acharya (Senior Teacher) in the Shambhala lineage. She became a student of the founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973, and worked closely with him for several years, and then became a student of the current leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has taught in the field of contemplative education for more than thirty-five years, and is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counselling Psychology and Master of Divinity programs. She is the founder and teacher of Naropa’s Mindfulness Instructor Training program.
In addition to her teaching at Naropa, she leads meditation retreats and dharma programs internationally, and trains meditation instructors. Dale has been appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as the Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International, responsible for the training, supervision, and support of all meditation instructors. Dale is a practitioner of the ancient contemplative body-mind practice QiGong and has been appointed to teach in the Xiantianwujimen and Yiquan lineages by Daoist lineage holder, Eva Wong.
Program fee includes all food. Food preferences are taken into account as far as possible, and meat, vegetarian, and vegan options are available. Accommodation is a separate charge (see below).
The Full Fee is 0; the Concession* Fee is 0.
*Concession fees are intended for people who are full-time students, on pensions/health care cards or on low income (under ,000, i.e. 50% of 2017 median Australian income).
It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a heart gift at the program.
Accommodation is available in shared dorm rooms, single rooms, or single ensuites.
Single ensuite rooms are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, with preference given to participants attending the full half- dathün. Reservation of an ensuite room requires a 50% deposit toward accommodation.
Students are requested to bring their own bedding. Laundry facilities are available.
If bringing your own bedding is not possible (particularly for international travellers) please let us know at registration and we will aim to make other suitable arrangements.
Limited camping and caravan sites are also available, and are charged at the shared room rate per person.
About the Venue
The Way of the Moon retreat will take place at a peaceful residential retreat centre 25 minutes outside of Euroa, Victoria, 1.5 hours north-east of Melbourne at the foot of the Strathbogie ranges.
The closest airport is Tullamarine in Melbourne. There is also a train station at Euroa.
The retreat concludes at 12 noon on Wednesday 23 January and will be followed by lunch. Participants should plan to leave the venue on the early afternoon of 23 January. Lifts to Euroa will be offered, and shared lifts to Melbourne may be possible (we will be clearer once registrations are complete).
Materials for the retreat
Study Materials: $ to be advised.
Registration for the 5 day retreat requires a deposit of AUD0.
Full payment is required by no later than 30 November unless other arrangements have been agreed.
Deposits are non-refundable after 30 November except in exceptional circumstances.
Program fees are non-refundable after 21 December except in exceptional circumstances.
Please pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment to our bank account.
Account Name: Shambhala Australia
BSB: 033 686
Account Number: 559490
Use ‘Yourname7’ as the payment reference.
(Please note this program is hosted by Shambhala Australia and this account is the Australian account. Please disregard the Melbourne account information on the registration page).
Credit card payments will be processed through paypal and will incur an additional fee. If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Sue DiPietro ([email protected]) to receive an invoice and Paypal details.
We endeavor to make Shambhala programs accessible to people in all circumstances. We can offer options for overcoming financial obstacles, including payments plans that spread the cost over time.
Please contact Jeff Herd at [email protected] for more information about payment plans or financial assistance to attend the program.
After you have registered, we will contact you by email for more information about your meditation practice and any medical conditions which might affect your participation.
In the meantime, for queries regarding venue, transport, accommodation or the program, please contact Jeff Herd at [email protected]