Programs


White Tara Series

With Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Open Dates
Join us for White Tara practice, through viewing and study of the Shambhala Online White Tara course, taught by Acharya Judith Simmer Brown.  The lung (reading transmission) will be provided at the first class. If you have not received the lung please do your best to attend this class. The course will be comprised of practice sessions and talks on compassion practice and the tradition of White Tara. This course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is…

Moonbeams of Mahamudra Series: Connate (Co-emergent) Mahamudra

With Elizabeth Callahan

January 24 - 26, 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…

The Gourd and Cauldron: Chinese Medicine and Qigong

With David Stone

January 31 - February 2, 2020
Requirement: Qigong 1 and 2 Chinese Medicine and Qigong enjoy a long history of relationship, mutually influencing each other in their approach to health and longevity. The Gourd is the symbol of Chinese medicine, and the cauldron is the symbol of the Taoist arts of health and longevity. Your introduction to the Gourd and the Cauldron begins with Hua Tu Five Animals Qigong, one of the most well-known systems of health practices. Hua Tu was the founder of Chinese medicine, and his animal qigong forms are designed to enhance both physical and energetic health. In this qigong, the tiger trains…

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human

With Elizabeth Reid

February 14 - 16, 2020
Open to all! We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on can lead us to deeper and more enduring happiness. This is the path we set out to explore in Level 1 as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are. The Shambhala Training Level 1 introductory weekend explores and deepens the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds we begin to see the…

Vajrayana Don Season Retreat

With Acharya Christie Cashman

February 17 - 23, 2020
The vajrayana teachings are renowned for providing the strongest medicine in times of the greatest confusion. But it’s also during these times that practices such as invoking the deity, resting in the nature of mind, or engaging in sacred perception can feel very remote. Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.  Practitioners of ngondro, Werma, mahamudra, Vajrayogini and Scorpion Seal are welcome. The program will include discussions with each group of practitioners, talks and personal interviews. The protector chant sessions will include…

Family, Earth, Sky: Creating the Sacred House of Feathers

With Laura Simms and Cynthia Spencer

March 6 - 8, 2020
Through story, Dharma Art, drumming and natural exploration, families bring to life an epic story as traditional wisdom cultures have done since the earliest times. The House of Feathers is a myth of the Orinoco Peoples of the Amazon about the power of basic goodness. Throughout the weekend, the story will unfold and together we will create landscapes, dances and soundscapes culminating in the making of a sacred House of Feathers adorned with our own tales. This program is open to children, parents, grandparents and caregivers of all ages. Please register early as space is limited. For any questions about…

Milarepa Day

March 8, 2020
Milarepa Day falls on Sunday, March 8th this year. Milarepa Day is a day of practice remembering his parinirvana, his death and enlightenment.  Why is Milarepa so important? Mostly because he travelled the entire path, in one lifetime, from a murderer to complete enlightenment (!),  so he provides a moving example of the power of the teachings when they meet with our exertion and devotion. We actually do a special practice invoking Milarepa as the way of opening and closing the day. The main substance of Milarepa Day is the chanting of portions of The Rain of Wisdom.  This is…

Qi Gong Levels 4 & 5

With Sophie Léger

April 3 - 7, 2020
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 2, 2020.
Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." Eva Wong is the 19th-generation carrier (quanren) of this lineage. The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is best known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. One of Master Wang's students was the…

The Three Lords of Materialism

With Acharya Melissa Moore

April 17 - 21, 2020
When the world has become materialistic, how do we continue to value ‘just being’ and not turn our lives into mindless material, psychological and spiritual consumption?  This four-day program experientially explores our relationship to consumption, to ideas of self-improvement, to theism and non-theism, and toward discerning value in a world that continually objectifies and commodifies experience. Through meditation and contemplative exploration we will discern our personal values and how these values map on to rituals in our daily lives. 

Moonbeams of Mahamudra Series: Sustaining Mahamudra

With Elizabeth Callahan

May 1 - 3, 2020
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 1, 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 Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 5 - 7, 2020
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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

June 7 - 11, 2020
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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…

Refining Your Consciousness with Huatu Five Animals Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 7 - 9, 2020
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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 9 - 11, 2020
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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.

Standing Qigong Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 11 - 13, 2020
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 11, 2020.
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.