• Camping on Sky Lake grounds – $235.00
  • family room – $395.00
  • No Lodging - Commuter – $195.00
  • Quad – $279.00
  • Shared Room – $279.00
  • Shrine room – $235.00
  • Single room- please check availability before paying in full. – $415.00
  • Waiting list for shared lodging. We often have cancellations - register with this and we will try to fit you in! – $195.00

Location: Sky Lake

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

With Roger Guest, Donna Stephens and Alison Pepper

August 25 - 27, 2017

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 ages are most welcome to participate in the program and to enjoy all that Sky Lake and upstate NY has to offer in late summer.

Parents are asked to attend to the unique needs of children under age five.


Roger Guest
Roger Guest is a seasoned meditator in the Vajrayana Buddhist and Shambhala lineages. He has been leading Silent Kayaking Retreats for over 5 years and has been teaching meditation since 1976. He is the author of The Tender Heart of Sadness, a book of reflections on the Spiritual Warriorship tradition of Shambhala.
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Donna Stephens
Donna has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala tradition since 1985. She served as director of Karmé Chölling’s Family Camp for eleven years and currently serves on the Family Camp Council. Donna is a registered nurse working with young adults with addictive disorders.
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Alison Pepper
Alison Pepper is a practicing child and family therapist, art-girl, teacher, and coffee lover. She has been practicing with the Shambhala lineage for the last ten years as well as teaching children at the NY Shambhala Center, Portland Shambhala Center and with Karmê Chöling’s Family Camp off and on for the last six years.
Learn more about Alison Pepper