Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again

with Ethan Nichtern & David Nichtern

January 19th—January 21st

Date details +
  • $275 Patron
  • $225 General
  • $180 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

This weekend is filled and registration is now closed. Please join us for the Friday Evening Talk with David Nichtern and Ethan Nichtern on January 19th, 7-9pm.  Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again be offered again March 2-4 with Dr. Shante Smalls.


"You can always start again. Especially when everything seems stuck. Take some space, and just start again. Treat the present moment as if 'now' is the dawn of time." – Ethan Nichtern 

About this Program

Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again is the first weekend retreat in Shambhala Training. This mindfulness meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake.

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

With the guidance of senior Shambhala teachers Shastri Ethan Nichtern and David Nichtern and a group of experienced meditation instructors, we'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more.

About Weekend I

Shambhala Training Weekend I is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice. Shastri Ethan Nichtern and David Nichtern will incorporate teachings on awake living into meditation instruction and informative talks. Students leave with the tools they need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into their daily lives.

Shambhala Training Weekend I includes:

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Mindfulness meditation talks

  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction

  • Concluding Sunday reception

  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

Friday Night Public Talk 

If you'd like to participate but cannot make the full weekend, you can register for just the Friday Night Public Talk.  

About the Teachers 

Ethan Nichtern Shambhala New York City Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the senior teacher in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is the author of several books, including The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG North Point) which made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. His most recent book is 'The Dharma of The Princess Bride. 'He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, and mindful arts. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

David Nichtern David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice for OM yoga. David has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and leads meditation workshops around the world. He is also a well known composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee.


"What a profound weekend; perspective shifting." – Andy, 37

"It feels like everything has changed, even though my life is exactly the same as it was on Friday." - Sarah, 32 

"I had been meaning to take this for a long time. It was a much deeper experience than just coming to the weekly talks. I have a new appreciation for retreats." - Robert, 51