Programs at Casa Werma

  • La Casita Shared Lodging – $645.00
  • Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín – $525.00
  • Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size – $917.00
  • Off-site Hotel Pueblo Magico – $877.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Single – $749.00
  • Off Site El Gran Hotel Double – $893.00
  • Commuter – $461.00
  • (All prices include $445 base amount)

$553 Pay-It-Forward Tuition ~ $445 Full Program Tuition ~ $311.50 Subsidized 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

DETALLES DE FECHA Y HORA: El primer y ultimo días son la llegada y salida para el programa. Favor de llegar a las 5:00 pm el primer día. Habrá cena el primer día. Vamos a servir el desayuno todos los días hasta el ultimo día, pero no hay actividades del programa para ese día de salida.

BECAS: Disponibles para aquellos que las necesiten. Por favor nos contacta para preguntar acerca de las becas en

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Weekthun: Illuminating Basic Goodness / Iluminando la bondad fundamental

con Acharya Holly Gayley and Rick Merrill

December 15 - 23, 2017

*** Vamos a ofrecer en inglés con interpretación al español. Español abajo. ***

In these challenging times, the flame of basic goodness has nearly been extinguished by the storm of concepts, and the spirit of humanity has been so dampened that we experience our goodness as a faint echo. As brave people, we must find the courage to gently blow on this ember of goodness.  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Through this immersive weeklong program, the practice of meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world. Daily dharma talks, guided sessions of Shambhala Meditation, and contemplative movement will allow us to connect with our bodies, sense perceptions, and the world around us–allowing a deep sense of connection, healing, and joy to emerge.

lluminating Basic Goodness explores the connection between personal, social, and environmental transformation, based on Shambhala and Buddhist teachings. The three modules are combined in this Half-Dathun.
Illuminating Basic Goodness: Who Am I?
Exploring Identity and Belonging
How do we develop a sense of self as separate from the world around us? Does adopting certain identities, personal and social, require us to leave parts of ourselves behind in order to belong? This module explores the classic Buddhist teachings on ego, alongside contemporary considerations of social identities and their relationship to systemic injustice in our society.
  •  Opportunities to practice the Shambhala Sadhana will be available.
  • This program will be taught in English with full Spanish interpretation.

Iluminando la Bondad Fundamental 1: ¿Quien soy yo?
Explorar la identidad y la pertenencia 
¿Como nos desarrollamos un sentido del ser que nos separa del mundo que nos rodea? ¿Cuando adoptamos unos identidades particulares, como personal y social, nos requiere a dejar atrás algunas partes de nosotros mismos para que encajamos? En este módulo, exploramos las enseñanzas clásicas del budismo del ego, junto a unas reflexiones contemporáneas de las identidades sociales y las relaciones a la injusticia sistemática en la sociedad.

Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $553 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.
Please email with any further questions.

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.


Acharya Holly Gayley
Acharya Holly Gayley is an Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, having completed a Masters at Naropa University in 2000 and Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2009. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition for more than twenty years and regularly leads meditation retreats and workshops as a senior teacher or shastri. Holly has frequently traveled to eastern Tibet for her research on contemporary Buddhist movements and enjoys trekking in the Himalayas and Rocky Mountains. Her first book, Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet, came out in November 2016. For more information, visit…
Learn more about Acharya Holly Gayley
Rick Merrill
RICK MERRILL is professional dancer and choreographer. He performed and taught for many years in New York City and Europe and most recently served as faculty in the Theatre and Dance Department of Western Washington University. A member of the Shambhala Buddhist community since 1974, Rick teaches meditation and embodied contemplative movement.
Learn more about Rick Merrill