Programs

Programs


Mindful Kayaking Retreat

With Roger Guest

May 26 - 28, 2017
Human beings share a cellular kinship with water. Watery noise is particularly soothing, perhaps because it calls forth unconscious memories of aqueous origins. When we listen to a waterfall or to waves stirring a gravel beach, an intangible intimacy with nature is aroused and such sounds can be a beautiful portal into a more awakened state.I see lakes as living shrine rooms and kayaking as a practice of meditation. A kayak is essentially a floating meditation cushion upon which mind simultaneously settles and expands. A still lake amplifies the fragility and sacredness of life and the nowness of phenomenal existence.…

Illuminating Basic Goodness Retreat: Exploring Personal- Social- and Environmental Transformation.

With Shastri Holly Gayley

May 26 - 30, 2017
“In these challenging times, the flame of basic goodness has nearly been extinguished by the storm of concepts, and the spirit of humanity has been so dampened that we experience our goodness as a faint echo. As brave people, we must find the courage to gently blow on this ember of goodness.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Illuminating Basic Goodness explores the connection between personal, social, and environmental transformation, based on Shambhala and Buddhist teachings. There are three modules that are combined into this five day training: Illuminating Basic Goodness: Who Am I? Exploring Identity and Belonging How do we develop…

Spring Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

With Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

June 2 - 6, 2017
An intensive 4 day program including flower arranging demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado practice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as “practicing flowers is understanding how society works.” “Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago.  When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers.”  Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is. Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The…

Being Taoist and a Leader + Spirit of Taoism

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 10 - 11, 2017
Sky Lake
Being Taoist and a Leader Open to All! What does it mean to be a Taoist and a leader? In the Taoist wisdom tradition, to be a leader is to embody the view of vastness. Leadership is not about controlling things to go our way or dragging everybody else behind us. Rather, it is inspiring and leading by example. Most important, it is the skill of knowing when to let things run their natural course and when to guide them along. This is the principle of “wu-wei”, the path of effortlessness. To maintain a view of vastness, a leader needs…

Spirit of Taoism: Five-Element Diet- Tea & Appreciating the Seasons

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 10 - 11, 2017
Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and harmony, are the goals of Taoism. More people are turning to the Taoist arts of healthy and harmonious living for inspiration and guidance in everyday life. Join Eva Wong in exploring the spirit of Taoism in qigong, Taoist practices of mind expansion, tea appreciation, and the five-element diet for healthy living through the seasons. Wander the beautiful surroundings of Sky Lake to commune with the energies of the land, experience the natural world as teacher and healer, and immerse yourself in the spirit of Taoism. Participants in the program please bring a water…

Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing + Animal Forms Intensives

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 11 - 15, 2017
This program is now closed for registration. If you are interested in being considered for any spots that open up, please be sure to email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list. You can also call 845-658-8556. The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular skeletal system – tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. In this program students will learn: 1. The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms. These qigong postures were used traditionally by the warrior Daoist monks of Wudang Shan monastery to build muscular-skeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the…

Qigong Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 11 - 13, 2017
This program is now closed for registration. If you are interested in being considered for any spots that open up, please be sure to email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list. The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular skeletal system – tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. In this program students will learn: 1. The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms. These qigong postures were used traditionally by the warrior Daoist monks of Wudang Shan monastery to build muscular-skeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the martial arts. 2. To apply…

Being Taoist and a Leader

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 11, 2017
Open to All! What does it mean to be a Taoist and a leader? In the Taoist wisdom tradition, to be a leader is to embody the view of vastness. Leadership is not about controlling things to go our way or dragging everybody else behind us. Rather, it is inspiring and leading by example. Most important, it is the skill of knowing when to let things run their natural course and when to guide them along. This is the principle of “wu-wei”, the path of effortlessness. To maintain a view of vastness, a leader needs to understand the natural, human,…

Qigong Animal Forms Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 14 - 15, 2017
This program is now closed for registration. If you are interested in being considered for any spots that open up, please be sure to email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list. You can also call 845-658-8556. Many Daoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, collect, transform, circulate, and store internal energy. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. The techniques of embodying animal energy were developed further by Daoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity. In this program…

Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

With Shastri Trinley Busby and Shastri Nicholas Kranz

June 30 - July 2, 2017
These dignities describe how the warrior’s skill develops as setting sun mentality completely falls away. Abandoning personal agendas, the outrageous warrior acts spontaneously and without strategy; as all sense of boundary and petty mind dissolves, the inscrutable warrior creates even greater benefit for others. The program begins at 7:30pm on Friday, June 30th and ends on Sunday, July 2nd at dinnertime. Prerequisites: Everyday Life Series, Levels I-V, Rigden Weekend, GES, Windhorse, Drala, Meek and Perky.

Sacred Path: Golden Key

With Shastri Trinley Busby and Shastri Nicholas Kranz

July 2 - 5, 2017
Drawing on wisdom from The Letter of the Golden Key, a Shambhala root text that addresses our relationship to the phenomenal world and our sense perceptions, we will learn the practice of Enriching Presence, the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within ourselves, phenomena and the natural world.  This program begins Sunday, July 2nd at 7:30pm and will close Wednesday, July 5th at dinnertime. Prerequisites: Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable

Monarch Retreat

With Shastri Myra Woodruff

July 28 - August 6, 2017
The Monarch Retreat is a sealed retreat. Attendance is by invitation from the Kalapa Court to senior leaders of Shambhala. For information about attending, please contact David Brown, Executive Secretary to the Sakyong, [email protected] The prerequisite for this retreat is that you are a senior leader, who is invited to attend, and that you hold the transmissions for the Werma Sadhana, The Roar of the Werma. Please join us: To deepen our connection and understanding of the unique practice of Shambhala Leadership To deepen our connection to the Sakyong To learn from each other Please note: Partial participation will not…

Perking Up- Calming Down- Just Being: A Weekend for Families

With Allison Pepper and Roger Guest

August 25 - 27, 2017
Sky Lake
Come and enjoy being together with family at Sky Lake for a weekend retreat of play, presence, and kindness this summer! In the contemporary world, family life is often a whirlwind of competing priorities. Every moment has its demands and the basic joy of being together can get lost. Celebrating space and relaxing into natural awareness– each according to our age, who we are, and our place in life– helps us to optimize our time together and to cherish our connections. This program includes short periods of meditation, discussion, mindfulness activities, play and art. Parents, grandparents, and children of all…

Looking Down the Well at Sky Lake – A Qigong Evoking Worlds Program

With Dr. Eva Wong

October 31 - November 6, 2017
  Requirement: Qigong and Meditation Retreat. This program features the Taoist technique of Evoking Worlds to journey through realms of consciousness. The Red Phoenix Calisthenics system and the magical land around Sky Lake Shambhala Center allow us to slip between different states of being as we wander, appreciate, and explore our consciousness in lucid wakefulness. Join Dr. Eva Wong in this unique program that unifies Taoist awareness practice and spirit, energy, and the sacred natural world. This program is highly recommended for those aspiring to walk the Qigong Path of levels 1-9. Limited to 30 participants.