Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Level 1

with Acharya Charlene Leung & Cody McGough

March 3rd—March 4th

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  • $175 Program Price
  • $225 Patron Price
  • Or pay in accordance with your circumstances. Suggested minimum $50.
Room: Meditation Hall

This intimate meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake. It is open to all. 

Opening to oneself fully is opening to the world.
—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 

Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training Level I is the first weekend retreat in The Way of Shambhala, an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings.

This weekend retreat is designed for those looking to begin Shambhala Training and/or new and returning meditators looking for a venue to explore and deepen mindfulness-awareness meditation.

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring. Shambhala Training presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake.

With the guidance of senior Shambhala teacher Shastri Charlene Leung and Northern California Regional Director, Cody McGough, along with group of experienced meditation instructors, you will discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence—the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

During this weekend, Charlene Leung and Cody McGough will incorporate teachings on awake living into their meditation instruction and informative talks. You will leave with the tools you need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into your daily life.

Shambhala Training Weekend I includes: 

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Mindfulness meditation talks

  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction

  • Concluding Sunday reception

About Shambhala Training
Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education. It is rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created specifically for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. It is open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.


Shastri Charlene LeungShastri Charlene Leung became a student of the Viyadhara Chogyam Trungpa in the early 1980’s and is currently a student of the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She serves as the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International since 2009.

In addition to teaching and mentoring in Shambhala, she co-facilitates groups for the UNtraining  an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. She practices Chinese medicine and teaches qigong in the East Bay. Charlene and her partner raised their two, now adult sons in Shambhala.

Cody McGoughCody McGough is a student of and personal attendant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is currently serving as Regional Director of Northern California Shambhala and assisting the Sakyong with the publication and use of new practice liturgies, texts, and writings within the Shambhala community. Born and raised in Northern California, Cody is currently living in Albany, CA.

Program Price: $175
Patron Price: $225
Repeater Price: $50 (select the write-in option for registration)
Or pay in accordance with your circumstances. Suggested minimum $50.

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If you have any questions, contact Irv: kirschi3 [at] gmail [dot] com

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