• No Lodging - Commuter – $470.00
  • Shared Room – $570.00
  • Shrine room – $570.00

Date & Time Details: Arriving/Check-In in the evening on Friday, January 5th at 5pm followed by dinner. Departing after breakfast on Wednesday, January 10th.

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Cultivating Dignity: People of Color Meditation Retreat

With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Shastri Charlene Leung

January 5 - 10, 2018

Program is fully booked

“Whether or not we can understand one another linguistically, culturally, and emotionally, if we all have an immovable conviction in our worthiness to occupy the human heart, then naturally we will feel connected. We can use our interconnectedness to cultivate human dignity — the bedrock of all diversity.”  – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle

Join us in cultivating human dignity, the necessary ground for healing personal and social oppressions. As people of color, it’s difficult to avoid the socially constructed, racial hierarchy that disconnects us from ourselves and others. Through practices of feeling, being and touching basic goodness, we can re-discover our shared humanity. The intimate, winter setting at Sky Lake Lodge offers a transformational quality. Our mornings will focus on meditation practice and our afternoons will also include contemplation, movement, Social Presencing Theater and experiential exercises. 

Open to self-identified people of color with all levels of meditation experience, from any tradition.

To help make this program financially accessible, partial and some full financial assistance is available.  Please click HERE to request assistance.  Early submission deadline is October 15, notifications will be made by October 22.  Subsequent application deadline is November 15, notifications will be made by November 22.


Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University’s core faculty and the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. Additionally, his article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 and his essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book, Mindful Politics.
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Acharya Arawana Hayashi
Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, trained in both Japanese and Western art forms. She is also an Acharya (a senior teacher of meditation) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. From her career’s inception, her work as an artist and meditation practitioner has been intertwined with innovations in community building and education.  Since the 1970s her focus has been on using non-verbal collaborative improvisation methods to increase personal presence and group performance. Arawana is a founding member of the Presencing Institute ( and is currently on the faculty of the ALIA Institute ( in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
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Shastri Charlene Leung
Shastri Charlene Leung has been Chairperson of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group since 2009. She was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Berkeley/SF Bay Area, CA in 2010. She first became a student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983. As well as directing Shambhala Training Levels over the years, she has led parenting as path programs and the 8 year old Rites of Passage Ceremony. She currently facilitates workshops for healing personal and social oppressions for a Shambhala inspired organization called the UNTraining. Professionally she practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong. She lives in…
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