Community

Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society.

 

Queer Dharma Family Giving Thanks

con Eve Rosenthal

November 23 - 30, 2019
Casa Werma
In this retreat we will gently explore our identity: How do I define myself? How am I perceived? How does this influence my relationship to others and society?

From Sacred Outlook to Sacred Activism

con Martin (Marty) Janowitz

December 14 - 21, 2019
Casa Werma
This is a time when uncertainty, menace, and perhaps defenselessness are vivid sensations in our world, affecting us, others, and our environment near and far. What can we do as practitioners to be a force for peace, safety and compassion? What could enlightened engagement, protection and activism mean? The goal of this program is to stimulate and challenge us to engage powerfully and creatively in the emergence of a truly sustainable and basically good world - supporting, enduring and enriching personal communal and global pathways.

EcoDharma: Rediscovering Our Environmental Wisdom

con Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio and Mayela Manasjan

April 4 - 9, 2020
Casa Werma
In this program we will explore the links between ecology and dharma through a variety of readings, meditation, and contemplation exercises. We will also learn about our climate crisis, evaluate our personal carbon emissions and create our own personal climate action plans.

Riding the Energy of Emotions

con Dale Asrael

April 15 - 22, 2020
Casa Werma
Our human emotions can be a spiral of confusion or a vehicle of awakening. This retreat engages practices drawn from Buddhist meditation which reveal the wisdom inherent within the direct experience of emotional energy. Meditation, contemplative movement, inquiry, and exploration of sense perceptions form the basis of this retreat.