Enlightened Society Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Margaret Drescher

July 6–21, 2013

Tuition $420 + 15 nights
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell


Margaret Drescher

Margaret Drescher

Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society, practices that rouse bodhichitta and compassionate openness, and confident activity that engages fully in the world. In particular, living up to its name, this Assembly will focus on how we can create enlightened society on the spot, at home, in our city and nation, and wherever we go.

Tuition for this program is $420. This does not include the materials fee. Please take this in to account when budgeting for your program (estimate fee is a minimum of $100).


Application Process:

In order to attend Enlightened Society Assembly  you must apply and be accepted into the program. NEW THIS YEAR: Application and acceptance through Shambhala International is required before registration with Shambhala Mountain Center. Once you have received your acceptance letter, please register with SMC. Please click here to apply through Shambhala International.

If you applied and were accepted to the Enlightened Society Assembly in 2012 that was cancelled due to the High Park Fire, you must notify Maggie Colby via email shambhalaprograms@gmail.com of your desire to transfer your application to the 2013 SMC Enlightened Society Assembly before registering with SMC.

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of the Shambhala and Buddhist path for over 40 years. His main inspiration is to help people open their heart and senses through meditation and bring awareness to everyday life, the natural world, and social change. He also practices and teaches Daoist qigong to loosen up the body for sitting still and moving with ease. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Rhiannon Wells, and travels internationally to teach.

Margaret Drescher

Margaret Drescher lives and works with her husband Jim, at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Shambhala Principle is expressed there through “The Windhorse Way of caring for the land, hosting the community, and training leaders in meditative/contemplative/conversational practices.  A long-time student of both Sakyongs, Margaret is trained as a landscape horticulturist and works in the fields of social innovation and women’s leadership in North America and abroad.  As one of the “Group of 6” pioneers, she was instrumental in establishing the seat for the Druk Sakyong in Nova Scotia in 1979. She never looked back.  She is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 5.

Program Details

Date and Time Details: Arrival and registration is between 10am and 5pm on July 6th. Departure will be after breakfast on July 21st.

Financial aid is available for this program.