Program Details

Mahamudra: HUM, ASHE, and All the Elements


with John Rockwell & Barbara Märtens
August 22 / 2:00 PM - August 31 / 9:00 AM


Earth, water, fire and all the elements,
The animate and the inanimate, the trees and the greenery and so on,
All partake of the nature of self-existing equanimity,
Which is quite simply what the Great Wrathful One is.



We embody the full spectrum of elemental and emotional energies - from the groundedness of earth, to the movements of water, fire, and wind, to the unmoving vastness of space. In our vajrayana practices, we invite these energies to come forth from our heart and manifest on the spot.


In this weeklong vajrayana retreat, we will have a full mandala of practices from ngöndro to Scorpion Seal Assembly. We will do our individual practices and together practice Ashe Mahamudra and The Sadhana of Mahamudra. There will be talks, discussion, silence, qigong, walking outside, and spontaneous arisings. Summer is a wonderful time to connect with the energy of the sangha in retreat and renew our elemental heart.


Prerequisites: Completion of Sacred World Assembly or Vajrayana Seminary.


Practical information


Arrival day (Thursday 22 August): Intro talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.


End of programme (Friday 30 August): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.


Departure day (Saturday 31 August): You may leave anytime (no programme). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.


This programme is taught in English. Free translation into French or other languages needs to be confirmed. Important: We need 2 months notice of translation requests. If you are registering late, please contact us directly about translation.

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