The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

September 6–8, 2019

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.


Tentative Program Schedule
(Schedule is subject to change.)

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

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

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

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is Core Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria. He is the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening (2016), and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He has led group retreats in mindfulness-awareness meditation for 40 years. He is an acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. His essay “Buddhism and The Politics of Race” appeared in the collection Mindful Politics. His article “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in the series The Best Buddhist Writing.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.