Big Sky, Big Mind: Contemplative Astronomy Workshop

Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup

September 5–7, 2014

Tuition $190 + 2 nights
Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer

A Four Seasons Program

Jim Tolstrup

Jim Tolstrup

Throughout history, we have looked to the skies to follow the rhythm of the seasons and to ponder life’s mysteries. This workshop will reignite our passion for the stars by using interactive, kinesthetic astronomy to experience the movement of the celestial bodies. We will combine periods of contemplation; presentations of the astronomical lore from Celtic, Tibetan, and Native American traditions; and a guided walk to observe the interplay of the sun and seasons with the land. Come deepen your meditation practice and take home a personal connection to the night sky. No astronomy background required.

Four Seasons Program: Earth & Sky

The retreat groups for Being with the Land and Contemplative Astronomy will join together for two short sessions over the weekend to share in exploration of our connection to both earth and sky. This collaboration is part of our new Four Seasons program—an exciting series of interdisciplinary, nature-based programs bringing together the expertise of scientific disciplines and wisdom traditions to celebrate and understand our sacred Earth.

For more information on the Four Seasons Program, click here.

 

 

 

Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer, PhD, is an astronomer with the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, Colorado. Having collaborated with NASA on programs such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager missions, she balances her work with her personal practices of stargazing, yoga, and meditation.

Jim Tolstrup

Jim Tolstrup, a director of Shambhala Training, has been a practitioner of indigenous wisdom traditions since 1977. Jim is the past president of Cankatola Ti Ospaye, a non-profit that supports Native American elders. As the Executive Director of the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland, Colorado, he works with land developers to “restore nature where we live, work and play.”

 

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.