Thanksgiving Retreat & Autumn Celebration: The Richness of the Warrior’s World

Janet Solyntjes

November 23–26, 2006

Tuition $0 + 3 nights

Beginning with an elegant Thanksgiving dinner, this holiday weekend will offer opportunities to practice for both new and experienced meditators. Children’s activities, yoga, meditation instructions, Shambhala arts, hiking and a community celebration with poetry, songs, music, dance and performance arts will be woven throughout the program.

Participants will have an opportunity to practice in the The Great Stupa, visit the Kami Shrine, learn more about the path of the Shambhala warrior and explore their own expression of basic goodness within community. Tantrikas are invited to practice in the upper level of the stupa, and we will also have dedicated space set aside for ngöndro practice.

We will also be offering some inspiring talks. Tentatively scheduled are The Wealth of Living at Peace, Chögyam Trungpa’s Relationship with the Shinto Tradition (includes visit to the Kami Shrine); The Expressive Warrior: Spontaneity and Discipline; A Glimpse into the Heart of Chögyam Trunpa; and Tiger, Lion, Garuda, Dragon: Instructions for Daily Living. Janet Solyntjes will be leading this retreat, accompanied by Eamon Killoran and other special guest instructors.

Join us in the powerful setting of Shambhala Mountain to give thanks and celebrate our connection to contemplative practice, the phenomenal world and each other.

Please note that there is no tuition for this retreat. The cost of the retreat is for housing and food only. Families are warmly welcome. Children 12 and under are free; teens 18 and under are $60 when staying with their parents. Childcare will be offered for three hours per day for children three and older.

We ask you to register as early as possible to help our cooks plan the meals.

Janet Solyntjes, MA, teaches mindfulness practices at Naropa University, Shambhala Meditation Centers and Omega Institute. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines for 28 years, she has trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Janet Solyntjes

Janet Solyntjes, M.A. is a senior teacher (Shastri) in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and has offered mindfulness courses at Naropa University, Omega Institute, Hollyhock, Shambhala Mountain Center, and in corporate and non-profit workplaces. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and is a Certified MBSR Teacher and faculty member of The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. Janet leads MBSR courses in Colorado and offers mindfulness seminars and retreats in the U.S. and internationally. She is the co-founder of the Boulder-based The Center for Courageous Living and is a teaching faculty member of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.