Meditation In The City Retreat: Winter Weekthün 2018

with David Perrin

February 2nd—February 9th

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  • $650 Patron
  • $525 General
  • $420 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

Open to All

We typically 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 we return to our 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 we jump back into city life. 

With this in mind, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is pleased to announce the Meditation In The City Retreat: Winter Weekthün 2018.

By participating in deep practice in the heart of the 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.

Modeled on the structure of a traditional weekthün, this program is made up of consecutive sessions of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, movement, mindful eating, and silence as practice. People of all faiths and traditions are warmly invited. Please note the practice days will begin and end with a few traditional chants.

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

The First Weekend: Friday the 2nd - Sunday the 4th 

Day One: Saturday, February 3rd
Day Two: Sunday, February 4th
Day Three: Monday, February 5th
Day Four: Tuesday, February 6th
Day Five: Wednesday, February 7th
Day Six: Thursday, February 8th
Day Seven*: Friday, February 9th

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

Approximate Daily Schedule (subject to change):

9:00 - 12:00pm    Morning Practice Session
12:00 - 2:00pm    Contemplative Lunch & 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
6:00 - 7:00pm      Contemplative Dinner
7:00 - 8:30pm      Evening Practice Session

Note: Completion of the full Meditation in the City retreat satisfies the weekthün requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly.

About the Teacher

David Perrin is a teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition. David has held various posts in Shambhala Governance and Leadership at the Center. Trained in the disciplines of dharma art, as well as creative arts therapy, David has collaborated with youth and adults across a variety of therapeutic, recreational, and educational settings. With over twenty-five years experience working in the third sector he has served in various governance, administrative, and field posts ranging from direct-service to social change philanthropy. David lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Testimonials from Past 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 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.”

“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.”

“I’m not Buddhist but so glad I did it. Got so much out of it.”