7-Day Urban Meditation Retreat
with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Online registration is now closed. Please register upon arrival.
A weeklong meditation retreat in New York City?
Most people think of going on retreat as a chance to get away; staying at a remote retreat center surrounded by nature. But what happens once the retreat is over and you have to return to your normal routine in a busy, crowded city? It can feel as if all the peace, clarity and connection cultivated during retreat evaporates as soon as you jump back into city life.
With this in mind, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is happy to once again offer one of our of most popular and anticipated programs — The 7-Day Urban Meditation Retreat.
By participating in deep practice in our home city we are better able to incorporate the rich rewards of retreat into our daily lives and see the magic in our usual surroundings; allowing the benefits of retreat practice to stay with us long after the retreat is over.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, senior teacher Acharya Suzann Duquette will gently guide retreatants through a week of group practice designed to support and sharpen our everyday mindfulness and awareness in a safe space where we can settle our busy minds and begin to make friends with ourselves.
Open to all levels of practitioners, anyone may attend the whole week or join the retreat for a day or two.
This program includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation. People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited, but please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.
Approximate Daily Schedule:
9:00 - 11:45am Morning Practice Session
11:45 - 12:00pm Break (with optional restorative yoga)
12:00 - 12:45pm Contemplative Lunch
12:45 - 2:00pm Rest & Work Period
2:00 - 4:00pm Afternoon Practice Session I
4:00 - 4:30pm Tea Break
4:30 - 6:00pm Afternoon Practice Session II, Talk from Acharya Duquette
6:00 - 7:00pm Contemplative Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm Evening Practice Session
Here are comments from some of last year’s participants:
"This was one of the best things I have done for myself. Really deepened my meditation practice."
"Thank you for this week, it has changed my life."
“This week has been profoundly illuminating on multiple levels. There simply isn’t enough space here to describe.”
"This is my third year doing the retreat!”
“So glad I did this! I’m only beginning to realize the true value of this week to my practice and life, and I know it’s effects will continue to unfold long after the last day.”
“So grateful to be here again and thanks to all the teachers. Wonderful presence and feeling cheerful.”
“The kindness, wisdom and generosity of the Acharya [head teacher], the Meditation Instructors and Staff was/is astounding. Truly.”
“I’m not Buddhist but so glad I did it. Got so much out of it.”
"Been looking for something like this for forever..."
Acharya Duquette teaches widely, and has led numerous month-long and week-long retreats. In all her teaching, Acharya Duquette respects the power of embodiment in bringing conceptual learning into daily living, and emphasizes body awareness and disciplines.
She is a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Dr. Eva Wong, a Lujong instructor in the lineage of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, Rinpoche, and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.