Month-Long Winter Meditation Retreat: Simplicity Dathün

Acharya Daniel Hessey and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 15, 2018–January 13, 2019

Tuition $0 + 29 nights

Please note: Shastri Janet Solyntjes will be co-teaching Weeks 1-2 only

Dathun, Tibetan for “moon session,” is an intensive group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. Composed of four week-long segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend 1, 2, 3, or 4 full weeks.

In this immersive experience, mindfulness practice goes beyond the meditation hall, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world. Practices include: sitting meditation, walking meditation, daily chants, silence, contemplative silent meals, and light chores supporting the retreat.

If you have not attended a week or more of Dathun previously, please plan on entering the retreat at the beginning. Register for either Week 1, Half Dathun 1, or the full Dathun.

Click below to register for 7-14 days:

Week 1
Week 3
Half Dathun 1
Half Dathun 2

Acharya Daniel Hessey

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong lineage holder and translator of classical Chinese texts. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center.

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

Shastri Janet Solyntjes joined the Shambhala community in 1986 and began teaching in 1994. She is a certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and serves as a faculty member for the UMass Center for Mindfulness leading silent retreats for MBSR teachers-in-training.

Janet lives in Longmont, CO with her husband, Jeff Price. They co-founded The Center for Courageous Living which offers a variety of programs, retreats, and trainings throughout the Front Range and internationally.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.