Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions

Jenny Bondurant, Valerie Lorig and Sashi Gerzon-Rose

May 15–19, 2019

Tuition $225 + 4 nights

Experience Awakening & Develop Compassion

Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening. This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures that perpetuate emotional confusion and meditation practices that foster clarity and insight. Revealing that even the most painful emotions offer us an opportunity to develop genuine compassion, these practices also give us a glimpse of the pure energy that is the essence of emotion. We will have daily contemplative movement and dharma art practices to explore what it means to trust our emotions.

This retreat will be predominantly silent, except for scheduled teaching sessions and discussions, and individual and group meditation instruction meetings. Silence can enhance retreat practice by allowing us to stay in touch with our own experience as it occurs, free from the habit of translating it into words for social conversation. At the same time, practicing silence with others can foster a special kind of closeness.

Please note:

  • This program ends at 5 pm on the final day. The SMC shuttle service is only available the following morning. Please book an additional night if you plan to book travel assistance. Select “add extra night- 25% off” in the upper right hand corner of the registration page.
  • This retreat will be held at the Red Feather campus.
  • Naropa students taking this course for college credit can register for housing HERE. 


Primary Teacher

Jenny Bondurant

Jenny Bondurant has been a dharma teacher for 30 years, both in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and in the tradition of Anam Thubten from whom she received ordination as a teacher.  An adjunct faculty member in the Contemplative Psychology Department at Naropa University, she leads retreats on Maitri Space Awareness and working with the energy of the emotions. www.jennybondurant.com




Supporting Teachers

Valerie Lorig

Valerie Lorig, M.Ed, LPC, has practiced and taught Buddhism for over 30 years. A faculty member at Naropa University in the Contemplative Psychology Department, she integrates meditative disciplines with contemplative psychology. Naropa’s founder, Trungpa Rinpoche, empowered her as a holder of the feminine principle. She utilizes this training by teaching experientially as well as intellectually. Valerie has a psychotherapy practice at Auspicious Coincidence Counseling in Boulder, Colorado, using Mindfulness and Awareness, Hakomi, EMDR, Brainspotting, and PACT to help clients connect with their innate goodness. Earlier in her career she was the art director for Silver Wave Records and designed CD art for Grammy award-winning Native American musicians.

Sashi Gerzon-Rose

Sashi Gerzon-Rose is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher in Boulder, Colorado, and serves as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University. For the past 8 years, she has studied closely with Diane Musho Hamilton, Roshi, in the Zen Buddhist lineage. Before that, Sashi got all 500 hours of her yoga teacher training from the ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) Yoga Studio in New York City with Yogiraj Alan Finger. A lover of poetry, dance, unanswerable questions, and the far-reaching potential of the human mind/heart/body, she aims to approach everything, from psychotherapy to yoga to relationship, with the inclusion of curiosity, wonder, precision, and a sense of humor.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5:00 p.m. to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:30 p.m. after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program ends at 5pm on the final day. The SMC shuttle service is only available the following morning. Please book an additional night if you plan to book travel assistance. 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.