Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

September 14th—September 16th (2018)

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  • $275 Patron
  • $225 General
  • $180 Members

Open to All

This weekend retreat is an immersive experience designed for new and returning meditators looking to explore and deepen a mindfulness meditation practice. It is also the starting point for those looking to begin Shambhala Training. 

About this Program

Shambhala Training Weekend I: Feel Human Again is the first weekend retreat in the renowned Shambhala Training series. This weekend provides an opportunity to learn and practice the simple yet profound technique of mindfulness-awareness meditation. 

Through short, repeated sessions of sitting and walking, we will deepen our comfort being with ourselves, and experience the possibilities that exist when we settle fully into the present moment. 

Interspersed lectures present the Shambhala view of meditation practice: to cultivate compassion for ourselves and others, and restore our inherent sanity amidst a chaotic world. Through a healthy balance of instruction and practice, we grow our understanding of the how and the why of meditation. 

Under the care and guidance of our Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, we'll learn to carry our mindfulness practice off the cushion and into every aspect of our lives.

Shambhala Training Weekend I includes: 

  • Instructions on sitting and walking meditation 

  • Guided and silent sessions of sitting and walking meditation

  • Talks and small group discussions

  • Optional one-on-one discussion with a qualified meditation instructor

  • Concluding Sunday reception

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

Together we'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to our work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence.

Friday Night Talk

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

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.


"This weekend gave me kindness and more patience with myself." - Kim, 47

"The weekend was transformative, beyond my expectation. A valuable addition to my existing meditation practice." - Charles, 51

"What a profound weekend; perspective shifting." – Andy, 36

"Although my life hasn't gotten less messy, my knowledge of how to walk through the mess has grown immensely." Holly, 25

"I felt it was immersive without being overwhelming and I felt really cared for by the Shambhala staff. There was an extremely supportive environment for learning, excellent instruction, and ample sitting time. I learned a lot." - Laura, 39

About the Teacher

Acharya Eric Spiegel grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side in a lefty family that he describes as "fundamentalist atheists." In 1971 he met and became a student of  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has worked in the financial sector for decades and in 2002 he left Wall Street to devote more time to teaching. The following year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed him an Acharya, which means "senior teacher." He is the Acharya for the New York Shambhala Community and teaches and has students in NYC, around the US, and internationally. He has worked extensively with people facing death and with issues related to death and dying. He also works and teaches within the Shambhala tradition on developing a more awakened attitude toward wealth and money.