Scorpion Seal Assembly II

Acharya Christie Cashman

July 13–24, 2019

Tuition $975 + 11 nights



If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for an available option and then indicate your lodging preference under “Room Waitlist.”  If your lodging preference becomes available we will offer you the upgrade. Lodge Housing will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Land Closure Policy:

Due to the nature of this program, family members or friends of Scorpion Seal participants are not permitted to stay at Shambhala Mountain Center from July 13th to July 24th.

Apply as Staff:

Click HERE to apply for a program staff position.


Participation in the entire Assembly is required.


To reserve your spot, 50% of lodging cost and 50% of tuition deposit is due upon registration.

The full remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival date

Cancellation Policy: 

If you cancel 14 or more calendar days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a 5% processing fee). If you cancel between 13 and 2 calendar days prior to your scheduled arrival date, nonrefundable program credit in the amount paid will be available for you to use for two years from the initial date of issue.  Program credit may not be applied to any amounts previously paid for past or future programs.No credit or refund is available (1) if you cancel the day prior to your arrival day or on your scheduled arrival day, (2) if you do not show up, or (3) if you leave a program or event early. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content. These provisions also apply to the cancellation of (1) additional nights booked before or after a program’s official arrival and departure dates and (2) housing downgrades.

Materials Fee:

The materials fee for the 2019 SSA II has yet to be confirmed but is estimated at $170.00 USD, not including shipping. This is a required cost, not included in the tuition.

Financial Aid:

Shambhala Mountain Center encourages all financial aid applicants to seek financial support from The Offering Bowl or other similar fundraising website. You may apply for Financial Aid using the form provided by clicking here. Financial aid cannot be combined with any other form of price-break.Financial Aid applications are due June 13, 2019. 

Shambhala Benefits:

Please fill out this form. Please note that the following are current benefits that are subject to change in 2018. Shambhala Benefits are for Tent Double housing. If you would like to upgrade your housing, you must pay the upgrade. Please select Tent Double as your housing, write Shambhala Benefits in the Comments/Special Needs section of the SMC registration form, and choose “Pay by check.”


No laundry service will be provided during this program.

Acharya Christie Cashman

Acharya Christie Cashman first studied the dharma with Suzuki Roshi at age 18, while attending at Cal Berkeley. Then, in 1971 she entered the Shambhala Buddhist path, dedicating herself to intensive study and meditation retreats, while teaching a range of courses from meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes. She was employed within the Shambhala administration for 17 years while working closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design and implementation. From 1999 to 2003 she served as International Executive Director of Shambhala Training. Today she is chaperone to the Sakyong’s central text on Vajrayana practice of visualization, which enriches and eases the journey of students walking the sacred path of pure appearance. As a Werma Acharya, Christie assists the Sakyong in teaching Scorpion Seal Assemblies. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.