Summer Weekthun: Community Meditation and Contemplative Arts Retreat

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

August 25th—August 31st

Date details +
  • $425 Program Price
  • $500 Patron Price
  • Write in an amount here for partial attendance or tuition reduction.
Room: Meditation Hall

Day-long and weekend-long attendance is now open. You can now register for any part of the retreat you are able to attend. Our only request is that you commit to a full day of practice. See details below. (Scroll down to register)

In these times of groundlessness and overwhelming activity, spending a week in deep meditation retreat is a radical act of self care. Come together with community, precious teachings, and practices of self expression to explore a place of stillness and connection with yourself and your world. Weekthun means a week-long period of practice. It is a still point in your year where you can settle down, experience some space, and touch into your heart. Come exactly as you are. Everyone is welcome. 

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.
― Pema Chödrön from Practicing Peace in Times of War

Newcomers and experienced meditators are both encourage to attend this week-long, summer retreat. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of being in retreat while also being in community. No previous meditation experience is required. This retreat is for everyone. Come for a day or more. We hope to see you there!

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.

Our time together will include:

  • sitting meditation

  • walking meditation

  • dharma talks

  • periods of silence

  • movement exercises

  • individual meeting with a meditation instructor

  • daily contemplative arts session

  • morning and afternoon tea

  • optional evening sessions

  • a closing celebration


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. 

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

Sample Schedule




Opening Chants, Daily Opening Remarks, Group Practice


Practice Session (Breakout according to Practice)




Contemplative lunch in the Meditation Hall (brown bag)


ROTA Work Tasks; On your own: Rest, Walks


Practice Session (breakout according to Practice), Meditation Instruction




Contemplative Arts & Talk, or Practice


Closing Chants


Optional: Dinner Period (on your own)


Optional: Evening Practice


Optional: Evening Close


Cost                       .
Program Price: $425
Patron Price: $500
Student and Senior Rate: $300
Day Rate: $80
Weekend Rate (Saturday & Sunday): $140
Or pay what you can afford.

Please write in the notes what days you will be attending.

All prices include a $25 materials fee.

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

Please note that for the Berkeley Shambhala to cover program costs, the minimum price is approximately $20 per day per person. Any amount beyond that is a contribution to the center.

**It is possible to register for one day, multiple days, or non-consecutive days. However, there will be no partial-day attendance. You must commit to a full day.

Instructions for writing in your payment
Please select a radial button when your register. If you are paying an amount othere than what is pre-set, there is one field where you can write-in any amount. Please use this for your day rate (number of days x $80), weekend rate ($140), or your reduced-tuition amount.

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Oxman, education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org

Volunteers are still needed. If you are interested in staffing the weekthun, please contact Elena, elenaoxman [at] hotmail [dot] com

Please register and pay online in advance of the program. This way you will receive a welcome email with details about the retreat. Also, online payment in advance of the program is extremely helpful to our staff and enables the program to begin on time.