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

Roger Guest, Donna Stephens and Alison Pepper

March 10 - 12, 2017

  • $195.00 – First adult, commuter
  • $235.00 – First adult, shared room

The program will begin 6:00 pm on Friday evening with dinner, and continue through Sunday lunch. All meals and tuition are included in all prices. Shrine room accommodations are available, please inquire for more information.

Come and enjoy being together with family in a sane and joyful environment. 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 time outdoors.

Parents, grandparents and children of all ages are most welcome to participate in the program and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Sky Lake. Parents are asked to attend to the unique needs of children under age five.

This Family Weekend begins Friday evening with dinner at 6 PM and concludes with lunch on Sunday. Please register early as indoor housing is limited. Tenting on the lovely Sky Lake grounds is an option, although weather may be cold/wet. All meals are included in the program fee.


About the Teachers


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.

Donna Stephens

Donna Stephens

Donna Stephens has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala tradition since 1985. She served as Director of Karmê Chöling’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.


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.  

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