7-Day Urban Meditation Retreat

with Acharya Suzann Duquette

August 22nd—August 29th (2014)

Date details +
  • $400 Patron
  • $320 General
Room: Main Shrine Room

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..."


Other details to consider:

What would it be like to be in New York City without the frantic pace of deadlines, personal obligations and an oppressive to-do list?

How would it feel to eat daily meals as a practice, with fellow participants in silence and mindfully?

What would you learn by spending a week just being, finally settling down and connecting with yourself by synchronizing body and mind?

What would it be like to have optional one-to-one meetings with senior teachers throughout the week to discuss questions about meditation or things that come up during practice?

What would it be like to do an outdoor walking meditation practice called "aimless wandering" in the city where you’re usually so busy running errands to notice the beauty and humanity that surrounds us everyday?

What would it feel like to participate in “functional talking” (only speaking when necessary) for a whole week? 

How would a week of meditation practice effect your personal relationships at work and at home?

Win a full scholarship to our week-long meditation retreat here in New York City. Click here for more info and to enter the drawing!

(ATTENTION Way of Shambhala students: Full participation in this retreat fulfills the weekthun requirement for attending the Shambhala Enlightened Society Assembly.)
For single day registrations ($75 a day), click the corresponding link below:
Day One - Saturday, August 23rd
Day Two - Sunday, August 24th
Day Three - Monday, August 25th
Day Four - Tuesday, August 26th
Day Five - Wednesday, August 27th
Day Six - Thursday, August 28th
Day Seven* - Friday, August 29th
*Day Seven is only open to participants of a previous day of the 7 Day Meditation Retreat.
Suzann Duquette has been a student, leader, and teacher in the Shambhala lineage since 1974, and is an Acharya, senior teacher and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Former co-director, Suzann is now Resident Acharya and faculty for the Mukpo Institute at Karme Choling Meditation Center in northern Vermont.

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.
Generosity Policy:
It is our sincere wish that no one be prevented from participating in programs at the Shambhala Center due to financial considerations. If you are unable to attend the program due to financial hardship please contact the center registrar at 212-675-6544 before August 18th to discuss payment plans or other options for this program.