• Camping on Sky Lake grounds – $235.00
  • No Lodging - Commuter – $195.00
  • Shared Room – $279.00
  • Shrine room – $235.00
  • Single room- Based on availability. Please check before paying in full. – $415.00
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Perking Up, Calming Down, Just Being: Family Weekend

With Roger Guest, Donna Stephens, Barbara Bash and Rebekka Henriksen

August 24 - 26, 2018

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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Barbara Bash
Barbara Bash is a calligraphic artist who has been exploring the mixing of Asian sensibility with Western art forms for many years. She creates group experiences of creative aliveness with brush, ink and simple ritual. She is a Shambhala meditation instructor and has collaborated with musicians, storytellers, and dancers in fresh forms of visual learning. Her circle brushstroke is the new Eileen Fisher Company mark. Website – Visual blog –
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Rebekka Henriksen
Rebekka is a long time Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and meditation instructor, and mother of three young children.  She has been involved in the development and teaching of family dharma programs and Parenting as Path for the last decade. She currently leads Family Programming and teaches at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, NY.
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