Summer Meditation and Contemplative Arts Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Kelsey Blackwell

August 25th—August 31st

Date details +
  • $450 Program Price
  • $525 Patron Price
  • $420 Student/Early Registration
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: Meditation Hall


In the context of dharma art, dharma is the state before you lay your hand on your brush, your clay, your canvas— very basic, peaceful and cool, free from neurosis. Art refers to all the activities of our life, including any artistic disciplines that we practice. It refers not only to the formal practice of art, but to the artistry of life itself—our whole being. In dharma art these two are inseparably joined.
–Chogyam Trungpa, from True Perception  

Newcomers and experienced students are both welcome at this week-long meditation retreat. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.

No previous meditation experience is required. This retreat is for everyone. Come for a day or more.

Our week together will include:

  • sitting meditation
  • walking meditation
  • dharma talks
  • periods of silence
  • movement exercises
  • individual meeting with a meditation instructor
  • contemplative arts sessions
  • morning and afternoon tea
  • optional evening sessions
  • a closing celebration

The program will meet Weekthun requirements for students on the Shambhala path. It will include a Vajrayana group track that will meet group practice requirements. We hope to see you there!

ShSandra Ladleyastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time meditation practitioner and a senior Shambhala Buddhist resident teacher for the Bay Area.  Sandra teaches Shambhala and contemplative arts and psychology programs internationally. She is the Program Director and a core faculty member for the Karuna Training program in Contemplative Psychology in North America. Sandra draws on a wealth of experience as a manager, counselor, and teacher in business, technology, mental health, hospice, and creative arts settings to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching.  

Kelsey BlackwellKelsey Blackwell is a writer, lifelong dancer and embodiment facilitator. She works at the intersections of spiritual practice, social justice and creative expression. As the Berkeley Director of Social Engagement, Kelsey facilitates internal and external churning for creating a more equitable society. Her writing has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Southern Living and The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society. Kelsey currently teaches the class InterPlay for Artists, Activists and Dabblers, which offers body-wise practices for expression, health and resiliency. She is a Certified InterPlay Leader and holds an MS in Magazine Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Sample Schedule

9:00Opening Chants, Daily Opening Remarks, Group Practice
10:00Practice Session (Breakout according to Practice)
12:30Contemplative lunch in the Meditation Hall (brown bag)
1:30ROTA Work Tasks; On your own: Rest, Walks
2:00Practice Session (breakout according to Practice), Meditation Instruction
4:30Contemplative Arts & Talk, or Practice
6:00Closing Chants
6:30Optional: Dinner Period (on your own)
7:30Optional: Evening Practice
8:30Optional: Evening Close


Cost                       .
Program Price: $425
Patron Price: $500
Early Registration $395 (If you both register and pay prior to June 24th)

All prices will have an added $25 materials fee at check out.

Generosity Policy Applies. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you have any questions, please contact Arelly, arela [dot] pineda [at]