Noel McLellan

Acharya Noel McClellan and his son Gabe

Noel McLellan grew up in Shambhala and began practicing meditation when he was 12. He has lived at several meditation centers and has served in roles from wood-stacker to meditation instructor. He has trained in a variety of contemplative arts, including kyudo (Zen archery) which he practiced for 15 years.  In 1999 Noel was an attendant to his teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and traveled with him in North America, Europe, and India. He was appointed an acharya, or “honoured teacher” in the Shambhala tradition, in 2011.

In addition to leading meditation and dharma programs, Noel is Dean of Mindfulness and Contemplative Learning at the Shambhala School, where he teaches middle and high school English and History.  In his teaching and life, Noel strives to unify Shambhala principles with cultural awareness, as well as social and ecological justice. He is the author of Teaching With Bravery: Meditation and Heart Advice for Teachers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his two children, Gabriel and Esmé.

Teaching Topics

Shambhala Meditation
Shambhala Sadhana
Teaching From the Heart: Basic Goodness in Education
Soothing All Beings: The Practice of White Tara
Rigden: Unconditional Confidence
Awakening Society: Personal and Social Transformation
Sacred Family


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