Programs at Casa Werma

Rates for Full Tuition plus Accommodation
  • Agave Suite – $1,368.00
  • Leoncita – $1,071.00
  • La Casita Shared Lodging – $840.00
  • Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín – $675.00
  • Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size – $1,170.00
  • Off-site Estancia de la Era - La Suite – $1,280.00
  • Off-site Estancia de la Era - La Casa Arriba – $1,632.00
  • Off-site Hotel Pueblo Magico – $1,159.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Single – $983.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Double – $1,181.00
  • Off-site Posada Mandala – $796.00
  • Commuter – $587.00
  • *** ALL ABOVE POSTED RATES INCLUDE $565.00 FULL PROGRAM TUITION ***

Date & Time Details: The first and last program dates for any program at Casa Werma are considered primarily travel days. We start with dinner on arrival day, followed by orientation and opening remarks by the teacher. On all other program days, we start before breakfast with opening chants and practice at 7:00 a.m. and end after dinner with practice and closing chants by 9:00 p.m. There is a two-hour midday break daily. On the final listed program day, departure day, there will be no program activities and a light, continental breakfast will be available to all participants

Location: Casa Werma

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10-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

con Acharya Richard John

February 28 - March 11, 2019

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 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 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 two separate sessions for the SSA “morning practices.”

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


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: $673 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: $565 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.

Please email casawerma@gmail.com with any further questions.

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Acharya Richard John
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 North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  
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