Program Details

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human


with Ruth Wallen
January 11 / 9:00 AM - January 12 / 5:00 PM

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. The weekend 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.


Shastri Ruth Wallen has been a student and teacher of Shambhala for many years.  She is a mother, artist, and professor of art.


*We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you in your current situation, and offer what you can. Your generosity in offering whatever you can is greatly appreciated. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.


People who have taken this program are welcome to repeat the class at a discounted rate. Please register using the "Pay what you can afford" option.

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