Program Details

Introductory Meditation Retreat - Shambhala Teachings Weekend I in Eagle Rock (2-for-1 Discount)

with Ruth Wallen
September 7 / 8:30 AM - September 8 / 4:30 PM

By learning to rest in the present moment through mindfulness meditation, we connect with our own inherent sanity and worthiness despite what's happening in our world.  This special weekend retreat provides a foundation for establishing a meditation practice in your daily life.

Special Fall 2-for-1 Discount!

Sign up with a friend and you each pay half price! Simply call our office to register and take advantage of this special offer: 323-255-5472


In this time of great confusion and doubt, the Shambhala teachings present the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake and worthy.  By training in meditation, we learn to access our basic goodness, slow down, and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

We discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. When we give ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and even the awareness of thoughts across our minds — we discover how to live and be in the world with a clear mind, gentle heart, and sense of humor.

This retreat is the first of a series of weekend retreats but may be taken as a standalone program. A continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday are included. The day includes an introduction to sitting meditation practice, talks by a director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussion. 

We welcome people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path. It is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom. 

Those who have already taken Shambhala Training Level 1 may repeat this program for half price.  (Make a notation in the Comment field when you register and pay at the door.)


Shastri Ruth Wallen has been a student and teacher of Shambhala for almost forty years. She is a mother, artist, and professor of art.  Her art and writing is dedicated to encouraging dialogue around ecology and social justice. Interweaving image and text, she works in public and virtual spaces as well as the gallery, often at the borders—of art and science of various artistic media, and in the San Diego/Tijuana region where she resides. The Shambhala teachings have been integral to her efforts to listen carefully and pay close attention, to address the heart as well as the mind, and formulate questions that spark imagination, reaching beyond disciplinary boundaries.


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