Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, and Drala Retreat
with Stephen Vosper
The Sacred Path presents a vision of Shambhala as a living example of a sane society and introduces warriorship practices that extend the meditation training given in the first year of the Way of Shambhala. In particular, the Sacred Path introduces students to the first text of the Shambhala Terma, or treasure teachings. These treasure teachings present a societal vision and aspiration to help the world in these difficult times.
The beauty of this retreat is the depth to which the power of windhorse and the magical quality of drala can be explored and experienced, particularly in the sacred gardens of Casa Werma, in the heart of Patzcuaro, Pueblo Magico. The topics are completely interrelated and meant to be understood as a whole. Therefore we encourage full participation.
Great Eastern Sun
The vision of the Great Eastern Sun is the entrance into sacred world and the practice of creating an uplifted and sane society. This program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists.
Participants study the Vidyadhara's terma text, The Letter of the Black Ashe, which gives the instruction for "raising windhorse." The practice of windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. It is a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur.
Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.
Pre-requisites: Shambhala Training Levels I - V (some exceptions may be made for individuals who have yet to complete Level V). The In Everyday Life series, Rigden Weekend and Basic Goodness series are recommended, but not required for participation in this retreat.
This program is taught in English. Spanish interpretation will be made available. Please register as early as possible to allow us to organize an interpreter, if needed. Thank you.
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.
Subsidized program tuition not including accommodations: $315 usd If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate if you can. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round.
Materials fee: TBD
Scholarships and other payment plans available. Please email [email protected] to make arrangements.
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.
Please visit our Accommodations page for more info about housing (not included in tuition).
We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options.
About the teacher Steve Vosper:
Steve Vosper is a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been practicing and studying the Shambhala and Buddhist paths for four decades, and has been teaching in those traditions for nearly 30 years.
Mr. Vosper was the first Dean of the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies in Boulder, and a lead teacher on the pilot teaching team for the entire Way of Shambhala curriculum. He is also a Director for the complete Shambhala Training Heart of Warriorship and Sacred Path programs.
Steve is the chair of the Sakyong’s Advisory Panel on Shambhala Environments, and he has his own design firm, Fresh Space Studio in Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his wife Jane. Their daughter Marissa lives in New York City with her husband Steve and their brand new son Hart.