Drala at Casa Werma: A Rigden ngondro & Werma practice retreat at the birthplace of the Werma Sadhana

with Acharya Daniel Hessey

March 18th—March 26th

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  • $515 Pay-It-Forward Tuition
  • $445 Full Program Tuition
  • $310 Subsidized Tuition
Room: El Solarium
Program Registration is Closed.

Currently, registration for this program is closed as we have reached the maximum participant numbers we can accommodate. Thank you for understanding.

This week will give us an opportunity to delve deeply into the Shambhala path. As a group, we will practice Shambhala Meditation and Shambhala Sadhana to lay the ground for creating a community based on kindness and shared journey. On that foundation, we will engage our current practice—whether it be ngöndro or Werma practice.

The view of Shambhala is the same for all of us, so we will study the foundations of advanced Shambhala practices together, and then break-out into groups to study each practice.

Please join us for a real community drala experience, in which we can appreciate ourselves, each other, and invite the profound dralas of Casa Werma to our worlds.

Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $515 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: $445 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: $310 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.

About Acharya Dan Hessey


Daniel Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) the following year. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri for Shambhala Mountain Center and Fort Collins.


Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last ten years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. In his spare time he plays jazz standards haltingly on his guitar. He is currently employed as a residential mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and the proud father of his daughter Emma, now attending high school.