Enlightened Society Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Acharya Melissa Moore

July 26–August 10, 2014

Tuition $420.00 + 15 nights

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell


Acharya Melissa Moore

Acharya Melissa Moore


Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required

Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due on June 26th, 2014, 30 days prior to your arrival date.

Shambhala Benefits: Please note that the following are current benefits that are subject to change in 2014. Shambhala Benefits are for full or part-time paid employees of Shambhala (benefits differ). Shambhala Benefits are for Tent Double housing. If you would like to upgrade your housing, you must pay the upgrade. If you have questions about Shambhala Benefits, please send an email to registrar@shambhalamountain.org. If you are eligible for Shambhala Benefits, please select Tent Double as your housing, write your intention in the Comments/Special Needs section of the SMC registration form, and choose “Pay by check.”

Cancellation Policy: This cancellation policy for Enlightened Society Assembly supersedes all other SMC cancellation policies.

Upon cancellation of registration for any reason, participants will incur a cancellation fee of the greater of $100 or 10% of the total reservation charges. 

Cancellations made before June 15th, 2014 will be refunded, minus the cancellation fee. Cancellations made after June 15th will not be refunded but will be applied to program credit, minus the cancellation fee. In cases where a registrant waives a refund and accepts program credit as compensation, they will receive full credit plus 10%. This credit can be used on other programs at SMC within two years of the initial registration date.

Financial Aid: Please apply for Financial Aid through Shambhala International, using the form provided within the program application here. Financial aid cannot be combined with any other form of price-break. If it is, we will choose the lesser of the options.

Materials Fee: There will be a materials fee in addition to the tuition that all participants need to pay prior to the Assembly. This fee is currently being finalized.  You will be informed of the exact amount in your acceptance letters.  (In previous years, the materials fee was approximately $150.)


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.

Acharya Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, PhD.,  has been a Shambhalian since 1979.  She received her Master’s degree from Naropa and a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She became an Acharya (most senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition) in 2012. She co-founded, and is a head teacher in, The Karuna Training, a two-year professional training program in contemplative Psychology now offered in 7 Countries. Dr. Moore has worked in community behavioral health for several years and was the founding director of The Felton Institute, a mental health research and training Institute in San Francisco from 2005 – 2016.

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