Programs


Awakening Engaged Compassion in Body, Speech, and Mind

With Acharya Melissa Moore

October 16 - 20, 2020
Engaged compassion is the practice of transforming our desire to help others into practical actions that support a more awake world. This four-day program offers experiential, concrete, learnable practices, and skills that support our relationships, livelihood and aspirations to be of benefit to others and our communities.  This program helps us discern concrete ways to stay centered in a world that continually objectifies and commodifies experience. Through meditation and contemplative psychology exploration, we will discern our personal values and how these values can be embodied rituals in our body, speech, and mind.    Due to the uncertainty of the current…

Moonbeams of Mahamudra: Eliminating Deviations and Straying

With Elizabeth Callahan

November 6 - 8, 2020
We are delighted to announce that the esteemed translator Elizabeth Callahan will be returning to teach a series of mahamudra intensives at Sky Lake in 2020. This program is restricted to tantrikas who have previously attended Elizabeth’s mahamudra program, or who have had other extended study of mahamudra (by the permission of the instructor). The program is a series of three weekends, each providing a robust opportunity for group study, discussion and practice of mahamudra. Elizabeth will provide commentary on the text, Moonbeams of Mahamudra by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, which she translated and which is available through Amazon or Shambhala…

Activating Your Energy Centers With Qi Gong

With Dr. Eva Wong

November 13 - 15, 2020
Our bodies are filled with qi, the essence of life. Nourishing and circulating qi are the keys to health and longevity. Some of the most important aspects of Xiantianwujimen qigong are designed to activate energy centers that gather, store, and nourish this life force. The lower, middle, and upper Gates are control stations that move qi along the spinal column. The lower, middle, and upper Dantiens are containers that store, transmute, and purify the generative, vital, and spirit energies. Various cavities (called xue) are areas where energy is concentrated and focused. Some parts of the body, such as the kidneys…

Alchemist, Warrior, Meditator

With Dr. Eva Wong

November 15 - 19, 2020
Alchemists seek the path of health and longevity. Martial artists walk the path of the warrior. Meditators live a life of stillness and clarity. All three paths embrace simplicity, virtue, and impeccability in thought and action. For centuries, internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation have been practiced by Taoists to enhance health, build discipline, and cultivate mind. In many ways, the key to the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind lies in the crossing-training of internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation. Join Eva Wong for a four-day retreat in integrating the alchemist, warrior, and meditator within you. Experience how martial…

Embodying the Tao in your Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 4 - 9, 2021
From the oneness of Tao yin and yang emerged. From yin and yang the five elements metal, wood, water, fire, and water were created. From the 5 elements, the bagua, the eight building blocks of the universe arose. As it is externally, so it is internally. This cosmology of the universe parallels the creation and circulation of energy (qi) in our bodies. In this program, we will use the practices of qigong to embody and understand the energies of yin and yang, the five elements, and the bagua in our body. Experience the display of energy in the meridians, internal…

Refining Your Consciousness with Huatu Five Animals Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 6 - 8, 2021
Huatu’s Five Animals Qigong is not only a collection of qigong exercises. It is simultaneously a system of development of physical health, a map of consciousness refinement, a guide to enriching consciousness, and a model of what it means to live a lifestyle that balances health, personal development, community consciousness, and appreciation of the natural world. Join us for 2 days of in-depth exploration and practice of the Huatu Five Animals as we cultivate physical and energetic health, and adventure and play with our consciousness. Wander the magical surroundings of Sky Lake Meditation Center as a tiger that prowls the…

Breath Regulation Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 8 - 10, 2021
The regulation and control the breath is the foundation for preserving, cultivating, transforming, circulating vital energy (qi). In this 2-day program students will how to pump the Bellows, and practice the Fish Breathing and Fetal Breathing techniques that are designed to enhance the circulation of qi. When qi is plentiful and its movement is unhindered, the body will be revitalized and the mind will be clear. The prerequisite for Breath Regulation Intensive is the Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive. This program is a prerequisite for Qigong Level 6. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, we are not accepting payment…

Standing Qigong Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 10 - 12, 2021
Standing qigong is one of the most powerful and challenging practices for preserving, collecting, transforming, circulating, and storing internal energy. In this 2-day program students will: - Learn the Twelve Wudang Standing Qigong Forms. - Receive intensive instruction on the eight postures of Yiquan Zhangzhuan. - Learn how to combine the standing qigong techniques of Xiantianwujimen into a unified method of circulation of internal energy. The prerequisite for Standing Qigong Intensive is the Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive. This program is a prerequisite for Qigong Level 6. Due to the uncertainty of the current situation, we are not accepting payment or…