Urban Retreat: Seven Days of Mindfulness Meditation

with Acharya Daniel Hessey

August 18th—August 25th (2017)

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  • $525 General
  • $420 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

Open to All 

Even when the speed and stress of daily life can feel all-consuming, the depth of the present moment is always available to us.

The week of August 18th, commit to caring for your mind and heart through deep retreat. Give yourself the time and space to truly heal yourself, those around you, and society as a whole.

This summer, discover how a settled mind can unlock the power of the present moment.

Can't participate in the entire week? Register for a single day or the first weekend: 

The First Weekend: Friday the 18th - Sunday the 20th 

Day One: Saturday, August 19th 
Day Two: Sunday, August 20th
Day Three: Monday, August 21st 
Day Four: Tuesday, August 22nd 
Day Five: Wednesday, August 23rd 
Day Six: Thursday, August 24th 
Day Seven*: Friday, August 25th

*Day Seven is only open to participants of a previous day of the retreat. 

Approximate Daily Schedule:

9:00 - 11:45        Morning Practice Session
11:45 - 12:00pm  Break (with optional restorative yoga)
12:00 - 12:45pm  Contemplative Lunch
12:45 - 2:00pm    Rest 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 Hessey
6:00 - 7:00pm      Contemplative Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm      Evening Practice Session 

People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited. Please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.

Attention Way of Shambhala students: Full participation in this retreat fulfills the weekthün requirement for attending Enlightened Society Assembly.

Urban Retreat Training: Free with any sign up to the Urban Retreat! Each Tuesday, a group of meditators who have committed to a day, a weekend, or a week of the Urban Retreat will gather together for a group sitting, conversation, and support. Guest teachers, guides, and instructors will offer instruction and inspiration.

About the Teacher: 

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. Dan is a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center. Since 2004, he has studied and translated the I Ching from the classical Chinese texts. 

Here is a message from Acharya Daniel Hessey on the power of the Urban Retreat: (Disregard dates mentioned in this video.) 


"This was one of the best things I have done for myself. Really deepened my meditation practice." 

"Thank you for this week, it has been life-changing."

“This week has been profoundly illuminating on multiple levels. There simply isn’t enough space here to describe.”

"Extremely valuable. An experience that has deepened and softened me and made me more aware of my thoughts and how they affect others and wider society in general.”