Programs at Casa Werma

Rates for Full Tuition plus Accommodation
  • Colibri Suite - programs – $903.00
  • Leoncita – $777.00
  • La Casita Shared Lodging – $630.00
  • Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín – $525.00
  • Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size – $840.00
  • Off-site Estancia de la Era - La Suite – $910.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Single – $721.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Double – $847.00
  • Off-site Posada Mandala – $602.00
  • Commuter – $469.00

Date & Time Details: *** THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. ***

Location: Casa Werma

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Awakening the Heart of Compassion: A People of Color Community Retreat – CANCELED

con Gaylon Ferguson

March 23 - 30, 2019


With the support of members of the Shambhala People of Color Leadership, Casa Werma is offering this Awakening the Heart of Compassion: A People of Color Community Retreat.

In a time of so much suffering in our communities and countries, it is all the more important to gather and connect with our heart of basic goodness in a practice of community.

In this retreat our practices will include mindfulness-awareness, sending and taking (tonglen) and Shambhala vajrayana practices of ngondro and sadhana. Dharma talks and contemplation will offer an opportunity to explore and embody Mahayana teachings that we share – allowing a deep sense of kindness, wisdom, wholeness, and joy to emerge.
Intensive practice, guided group contemplation and experiential exercises, one to one meditation instruction will be offered.

All our meditation practices are about learning to recognize our basic goodness in the immediacy of the present moment, and then nurturing this recognition until it seeps into the very core of our being. The practice begins on the cushion and goes beyond the cushion into every aspect of the retreat — including meals, activities during open periods, mandala support roles (cleaning or food prep) and rest.

This retreat will be lead by an acharya, other senior teachers and meditation instructors.
This retreat will meet weekthun practice requirements.

This retreat will meet group practice requirements for Primordial Rigden ngondro, werma and Scorpion Seal practitioners.

This retreat is for any Shambhala practitioner who identifies as a person of color.

Retreatants will receive a list of practice and study materials to bring.

Travel Arrangements:

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options. Visit our How to Get Here page for more info.

Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $563 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. Please select Pay-It-Forward Tuition Add-On in Registration.

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $455 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: 30% off Full Tuition  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round. Unfortunately, Casa Werma is not able to offer work/trade options at this time. Please type “SUBSIDIZED” in Discount Code in Registration.

If further assistance is needed, please connect with Shambhala People of Color Scholarship Fund for more info about and  how to apply for some assistance.

Please email with any further questions.

Teacher / [email protected]

Gaylon Ferguson
Soon after reading Meditation in Action, Gaylon heard the Vidyadhara teach several summer seminars in Vermont. In 1973, after giving a “particularly panic-stricken and disorganized ” open house talk, Gaylon joined Tail of the Tiger Buddhist Community (now Karme Choling) where he worked in the garden, set the tractor on fire, and took people into retreat. After attending the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, Gaylon taught briefly at The Naropa Institute, led a dathun at the now deceased Padma Jong, and finally returned to Karme Choling, first as a staff member in the practice and study department, and then as Executive Co-director. In…
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