Five Wisdoms: Understanding the Feminine and Masculine of Who We Are

with Irini Rockwell

February 21st—February 23rd -Date postponed or cancelled

Date details +
  • $200 Program Price
  • $220 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford (write in the amount ; suggested minimum $100 ; nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Room: Meditation Hall

About the Program
Welcome to the Dynamic Play of the Five Wisdoms Mandala!
The feminine and masculine manifest in every aspect of human experience: personal, relational, and societal. Habitually we see them as oppositional. With the ultimate skillful means of the Five Wisdoms mandala, we could heal this fragmentation and
welcome the rich mix of energies in and around us.

4 Slogans
1. See both the feminine and masculine within yourself
2. See society as a dynamic mandala transcending duality
3. See everything as just energy—constricted or flowing, predictable or surprising
4. Learn to lean into the powerful energy of the constriction to see the wisdom

This program engages us in the immediate experience of our embodied energy and the dynamic energies of our world. We will practice the Five Wisdom postures and do experiential practices individually, in couples, and with the group. In a community of trust and kindness, we can come into our wisdom.

Watch Irini Rockwell talks about the Five Wisdom Energies in this video.


6:00 Check - in
  Discussion: Feminine and Masculine in Everyday Life
Experiential 1
7:00 Talk : Invoking the Feminine and Masculine
7:30 Buddha Posture, Invoking, Mind Mapping
8:30  Talk : Five Wisdoms Embodied


9:00 The Practice of Embodied Wakefulness and Five Wisdoms Embodied
9:45  Vajra Posture, Invoking, Mind Mapping
11:15 Break
11:30 Talk : EVAM: Feminine and Masculine Dynamics
12:15 Experiential 2
12:30 Lunch together at the Center
1:30 Sitting Meditation
2:00 Padma Posture, Invoking, Mind Mapping
3:30 Tea Break
4:00 Experiential 3
4:30 Talk : The Feminine Principle
5:30 End


9:00 Sitting Meditation and Meditation Interviews
10:00 Karma Posture, Invoking, Mind Mapping
11:30 Experiential 4
12:30 Lunch together at the Center
1:30 Sitting Meditation and Meditation Interviews
2:30 Ratna Posture, Invoking, Mind Mapping
4:00 Talk : Feminine and Masculine on the Spiritual Path
5:00 Reception


About the teacher
Irini Rockwell has been internationally recognized for over 30 years as a Buddhist teacher, author, Life Coach and body-centered psychotherapist. She founded the Five Wisdoms Institute in 2002. [email protected], her signature personal and professional development training, engages people in the personal work needed to genuinely serve others. Formerly a professional dancer, she holds an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy and a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University. She was director of dance and dance therapy at Naropa in Boulder and directed her dance company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books are The Five Wisdom Energies, a Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions and Relationships (in 10 languages)and Natural Brilliance.

For questions contact Robert Fox: education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] com

Please register and pay online in advance of the class to ensure your space and so that the coordinators know to expect you.
This will also allow Irini to bring the necessary amount of teaching materials for each participant!

Generosity Policy
Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Your donations of any amount help support the Berkeley Shambhala Center & it's continued offerings.
*Paying the Patron Price helps support particpants who cannot afford the full fee.



Program Policy
Our program policy has changed to reflect the current situation with online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Generosity Policy
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Most programs include a base program price as well as a sliding scale.

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What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option. By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

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If you are unable to attend a program for which you have pre-registered and paid, and contact us to cancel participation at least one week (7 calendar days) prior to the start of the program, you are entitled to either receive a refund less the cost of processing the payment, or you can apply the full payment amount to the cost of an upcoming program of your choice.

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No refunds will be given for cancellations after a program has begun.

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