Dorje Kasung Dön Season Retreat

Khenchen Sara Lewis

February 20–23, 2020

Lodging and Tuition: $189 for lodging in Shotoku Seasonal Dorm. You must be Dorje Kasung to attend this program


If you are unable to arrive Thursday evening, please come for the weekend ($135 for 2 nights lodging in Shotoku Seasonal Dorm).

To register for 3 nights, click on “Register Now” and register like normal.

To register for just the weekend (2 nights), please click on the “Register Now” button above and use the “Comments” box to type “weekend,” and for Payment select “Personal Check” from the dropdown list to bypass payment. This will register you, automatically notify us, and will not charge your card. We’ll edit your arrival date and finances, and contact you for credit card information. Thank you!

The Great Nyen Platoon of Shambhala Mountain Center and the Colorado Chrysanthemum Regiment of the Dragon Region are delighted to invite you to the 2020 Dön Season Retreat.  Dön season is regarded as a time of danger and unpredictability, and the general advice is to hunker down and avoid engaging.  However, as protectors, the Dorje Kasung choose to amplify our engagement during Dön season.  We take this opportunity to gather for practice, deepening, celebrating and WAKING UP!

This year, we are thrilled to have Khenchen Sara Lewis, as the director of the retreat.  The weekend will incorporate practice, drill, discussion, outdoor exploration, training, and celebration.  We hope to see you there.

  • Who:        All Dorje Kasung
  • Uniform:Barrack 5A & 5B/Field 6A & 6B (including Commando sweater)
  • Cost:       Total cost for the full program is $189; this includes tuition, meals and lodging in the Shotoku Seasonal dormitory

Please note that bedding is not provided in the Shotoku seasonal dorm. All Dorje Kasung are requested to bring their own sheets, blankets, pillows and bath towels.

Any Kasung who would like to upgrade their lodging to stay in the Rigden or Shambhala Lodge can do so for a 25% discount on standard nightly lodging rates. Please contact SMC guest services directly to arrange for a lodging upgrade: 888-788-7221 x 0

If the program fee is an obstacle, please contact Dragon Region Commander, Mark Curtin at or SMC Rusung Tseten Zalichin at and we will make arrangements.  As an expression of gratitude to the Dorje Kasung, Shambhala Mountain Center has made it clear that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.



Khenchen Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis has served on the Trident Core Group as the Executive Officer since 2016. She has served previously within all three arms of the Dorje Kasung as a Shabchi-in-training, and as the center Desung of New York City and Boston. Most recently, Khenchen Lewis served a year term on the Shambhala Interim Board, where she was the chair of the care and conduct committee and liaison to the Dorje Kasung. She is an associate professor of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University.

Program Details

All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive between 2:00-5:00 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations.

The program concludes just after lunch on the departure date. 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.