Open Heart, Clear Mind: A Week-Long Meditation Retreat

Susan Piver, Kevin Townley and Crystal Gandrud

March 15–23, 2019

Tuition $0 + 8 nights

Susan Piver

Kevin Townley

Crystal Gandrud

All the world’s wisdom traditions counsel retreat practice in order to return to life strengthened, softened, and fully engaged. In this spirit, will take a deep dive into the sitting practice of meditation. Each day will begin 7 a.m. and end at 9 p.m. While the majority of time will be spent in meditation (sitting and walking) there will be plenty of space for rest, meaningful conversation, celebration, and taking delight in the incredible natural beauty that surrounds Shambhala Mountain Center.

Open to new and experienced practitioners.

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. This program ends after dinner on the day before departure. 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.

Financial aid is available for this program.

Teachers

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. Her latest book is The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships.

Piver has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2005.

She teaches workshops and speaks all over the world on meditation, spirituality, communication styles, relationships and creativity. She wrote the relationships column for body + soul magazine, and is a frequent guest on network television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and CNN. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Parade, Money, and others.

In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with more than 20,000 members who practice together and explore ways to bring spiritual values such as kindness, genuineness and fearlessness to everyday life.

www.susanpiver.com

Kevin Townley

Kevin Townley is a writer and performer. Since 2010 he has been studying in the Shambhala tradition as well as with the SokukoJi Zen Center. He completed the Interdependence Project’s teacher training program in 2012. He is passionate about exploring the interplay of meditation and art-making and encouraging others to bring their own innate humor and insight to their meditation practice.

Crystal Gandrud

Crystal Gandrud is a writer, installation artist and editor based in London. Her recent work can be found in INQD, The Encyclopedia Project, and The Brooklyn Women Anthology. She has created many installation-novels, exhibited in the UK, Ireland and France. She is also the creator of Dream of the Drawing for Everything, an online installation concerning the oneiric. In 2017, she co-founded Lionheart Press with the mission to publish marginalized Buddhist thought-influencers to a more mainstream audience. She has practiced Tantric Buddhism for twenty years and taught meditation for fifteen.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.