10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

with Acharya Richard John

March 1st—March 12th

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  • $795 Pay-It-Forward Tuition
  • $695 Full Program Tuition
  • $ Subsidized Tuition
Room: El Solarium
Program Registration is Closed.

Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly.

This annual Mahamudra Retreat at Casa Werma will be structured according to the Ashe Mahamudra, a profound new practice by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This retreat will align the traditional investigation and pointing out instructions of mahamudra and trekcho with the wisdom of Ashe and the path of the Four Dignities. The lung for this new practice will be given at the beginning of the retreat.

Mahamudra, the "great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. Revered as a powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the true nature of mind through direct experience.

This retreat is appropriate for Shambhala tantrikas at all levels of practice. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do those practices in separate sessions. 

All participants must enter the retreat at the very beginning and commit to the entire 10-day retreat.


Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $795 usd  We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Pay-It-Forward tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations. 

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $695 usd  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses. 

Subsized program tuition not including accommodations: $485 usd  For those who cannot afford the Full Tuition, we offer this subsidized rate. By paying at this level, you contribute to the costs of the retreat and to Casa Werma operating expenses.

Please email [email protected] with any further questions.


The first and last program dates for any program at Casa Werma are considered primarily travel days. We start with dinner on the first listed program day, followed by orientation and opening remarks by the teacher. On the final listed program day, there will be no program activities and a light, continental breakfast will be available to all participants.

Accommodations are available at a variety of price points, from $10 usd a night to camp in your own tent on in our sacred garden oasis to $85 usd a night for a suite with private bathroom onsite. Please email [email protected] to make arrangements.

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options.


 An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Chile. Having completed the first Three-Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, he now leads annual Ten-Day Mahamudra Retreats at Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia and Casa Werma in Mexico.