Winter Weekend Meditation Retreat (In-Person)

with Jesse Miller

December 30th—December 31st (2023)

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $195 Patron Price
  • $125 Limited Income Price
  • Or pay what you can afford; please write-in an amount.
Room: Meditation Hall

In-person only meditation retreat Presented by the Berkeley Shambhala Center

Join us in the Berkeley shrine room for our Winter Weekend Meditation Retreat 

“Winter is the most ‘yin’ of all the seasons. Animals hibernate. The days are darker, and people spend more time indoors. It is a time of stillness and quiet, and the best time for retreat.”
— Daoist wisdom

Please join us in the beautiful Berkeley Shambhala shrine room for a practice-oriented retreat to mark the transition to a new year. The retreat will focus on the practice of sitting meditation and will include training in the three main shrine room supporting positions (time keeper, hall keeper, and gate keeper). There will be opportunities to take those positions, for those interested. 

Please contact Jesse Miller, for further information at shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] com

This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites. Meditation instruction will be available. Beginners and experienced meditators will practice together. Partial attendance of a full morning or full afternoon session is fine.


Retreat Schedule

(Subject to change)


  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Practice
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm   Practice
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm   Tea
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Practice


  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm   Practice
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm   Practice
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm   Tea
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Sadhana of Mahamudra


Our Teacher

photo of Jesse MillerJesse Miller is a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has also studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön. One of the Northern California region’s most beloved senior teachers, Jesse has taught widely at centers on the West Coast, New Zealand, and Australia. 


Winter Weekend Meditation Retreat

In-person only at the Berkeley Shambhala Center

December 30 to December 31 • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Retreat is open to all with no prerequisites • Partial attendance of a full morning or full afternoon session is fine. Meditation instruction will be available.

Please contact Jesse Miller, for further information at shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] com

  • $150 Program price
  • $195 Patron price
  • $125 Seniors, students, limited income price
  • Pay what you can afford – write in dollar amount in space
  • $60-$75 sliding scale ‘per day’ rate – write that dollar amount in the space

Registration & welcome letter  Please register and pay in advance to make certain you receive all the relevant information before the retreat. A Welcome letter containing all pertinent information will be sent to you after you register with your payment.

Program Policy

In-Person Attendance  Please be vaccinated and boosted for the safety of yourselves and others. The meditation hall is large, well-ventilated and served by two very high quality air filters. Seating will be well-spaced. Masks are optional and available. If you are feeling unwell on the day of the program, out of consideration for others please stay home.
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