Program Details

The Art of Being Human - 1 Day Retreat

with Jil Amadio
June 22 / 10:00 AM - June 22 / 4:30 PM

Saturday June 22
10:00am - 4:30pm

CHECK IN AT 9:30 (Tea, coffee and light breakfast)

Open to all!
For new meditators and those looking to reconnect with meditation practice

Feedback from recent courses

"Loved the talks, and everyone was so open to each other’s opinions and experiences"

"I got all the answers I came for and am excited about my practice"


"Impressive support by staff and volunteers!"

About this Program

Tea/coffee & CHECK IN AT 9:30 on Saturday
We start the program promptly at 10am and we finish at 4:30pm

We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but this weekend we learn about how meditation practice 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.

This 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.

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax in the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and an experienced meditation instructor, we'll discover that mindfulnesss meditation 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.


  • Guided meditation practice

  • Mindfulness meditation talks by experienced teachers

  • Optional one-to-one meetings with a teacher

  • Tea, coffee, light breakfast and snacks

  • Concluding celebration (light meal)

About the teacher

This program will be taught by senior teacher Shastri Jil Amadio. Jil has been a student of Buddhism since 1989 and is a much-loved senior Shambhala teacher based at the Toronto Shambhala Meditation Centre. Known for her warm heart and keen insight, she provides  She served previously as Practice and Education Director inToronto before being appointed Shastri, and is inspired to work towards creating a more enlightened society, and supporting the development of local meditation teachers. Jil’s career is in communications, working in areas such as crisis and change management, corporate branding, and media skills training. She also sits on the board of an international NGO that works in child rights advocacy.

Registration and Payment

To reserve a place in 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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Patron Price: 0
(This price supports our Meditation Centre's operating costs, thank you for your generosity)

Repeat Students:

Generosity Policy:
We believe that no one should be prevented from participating due to financial hardship.  We encourage you to give as generously as you’re able and we understand that your current circumstances will determine what you can afford. If you are unable to pay the full fee due to financial hardship, please let us know in the comment section during online registration and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For more information, please see the Generosity Policy tab at the top of this page.

More about the Shambhala Path of Study

The Art of Being Human is the first weekend retreat in the Shambhala Path of Study. Shambhala offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibetian Buddhism and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala path consists of 5 weekly classes and 5 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, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.



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