Insight Meditation Retreat: Grief, Joy and Awakening

David Chernikoff

July 24–30, 2019

Tuition $0 + 6 nights

The primary focus of this retreat will be the practice of sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will be dharma talks, meditation instruction, and small group interviews with the teacher. In addition, we’ll do some interactive exercises, guided meditations, and mindful movement practices (qigong) that are designed to deepen our understanding of the powerful role of grief and joy in the process of spiritual awakening.


Please Note
  • Your payment to Shambhala Mountain Center pays for your lodging and meals only. It does not include compensation for the teacher or the assistant teacher. The teacher and the assistant teacher will be paid in accordance with the traditional Buddhist practice of dāna, a Pali term meaning “generosity freely given”. At the end of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer a financial contribution as an expression of appreciation for the teachings and to support the teachers. In that every participant’s situation is unique, there is no suggested amount and offerings of any size will be gratefully accepted.
  • This program takes place on our Red Feather Campus. Those interested in staying near the majority of retreat activities may wish to book a tent or Red Feather Cabin.


To get to know David and his style of teaching, visit his website with free dharma talks here.


David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff has been a student of meditation since 1971. He has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1988 and now teaches workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. David taught meditation and psychology at Naropa University for many years and currently has a private practice as a spiritual counselor and life coach in Boulder, Colorado.

For more information about David’s work, please see his website,

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