The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Susan Skjei

February 14–16, 2020

Tuition $150 + 2 nights

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings. This program is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.

You will receive a copy of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

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Thank you for your interest in serving your fellow community members through program staffing! Program staffing is a unique opportunity to deepen your practice by following the path of service, soak in the teachings, create a container for wonderful beings to practice, and so much more. It is inseparable from the Bodhisattva way of life as the program staff directly facilitate participants’ ability to work with mind. It is also an opportunity to spend time at Shambhala Mountain Center, which is a gift in and of itself!

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Tentative Program Schedule

(Schedule is subject to change.)

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Registration and settling in
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:45 pm – 9:15 pm Orientation, welcome talk
10:30 pm Sleep well…

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Teachings, meditation instruction and meditation
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Meditation and short one-on-one meditation meetings
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Tea snack
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Meditation and teachings
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:45 pm – 9:30 pm Q&A and discussion groups
10:30 pm Sleep well…

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Meditation
10:15 am – 11:00 am Discussion groups
11:00 am – 11:15 am Meditation
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Teachings and Q&A
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Celebratory lunch

Acharya Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei, Ph.D., is an educator, coach, and organizational consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. In 1972 Susan began her studies with the Vidyadyhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She attended the 1974 seminary and early Kalapa Assemblies and, at his request, became the first Shambhala Training resident director in the San Francisco Bay Area. Later, she became a student of the Sakyong and served on the Shambhala Board of Directors for over 10 years. During that time she was also Vice President of Human Resource Development and Chief Learning Officer for a large high-tech company.

Susan has taught extensively and has provided mentoring, training and facilitation to many Shambhala Centers in North America and Europe. Currently, Susan is the director of the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University and a founding member of the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute in Nova Scotia. She also consults internationally with leaders of non-profit organizations and businesses worldwide through her company Sane Systems. She lives with her husband, Jim Pascucci, in Longmont, Colorado.


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2 - 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. 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.