Snow Lion Winter Meditation Retreat

December 27th—January 2nd

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    Room: Online

    This Program has a Pay What You Can option 



    Snow Lion Winter Meditation Retreat

    An invitation to join us Online and at Sky Lake Lodge to practice meditation together. During the darkest days of the year, this annual holiday retreat has brought joy and light to meditators for years. This year we are delighted to be able to spread this cheerfulness and friendliness throughout the Shambhala mandala, and beyond.

    Led by Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Archarya Gaylon Ferguson

    As another challenging year comes into the holiday season, we invite you to the annual Sky Lake Lodge Winter meditation retreat. We take the time to appreciate our struggles, resilience, and tender-heartedness during this year. This meditation retreat offers an opportunity to receive meditation instruction and to practice with others, even as we are in our own homes. The retreat can support our strength and cheer as we enter 2022.
     
    We will practice mindfulness-awareness (online of course) while sitting and walking and time to engage in compassion practice for others. This practice invites appreciation of simplicity and embodied presence, while opening to our emotions as part of the path of awakening.
     
    Please join us in this quiet celebration, either for one day or all five days.

    Schedule

    All listed times are Eastern Standard Time Zone. To check the times in your location, plase see this Time Zone Converter.

    Monday, December 27
    10 – 10:30                   Orientation and Welcome to Sky Lake and the program
    10:30 – 12:30              Opening Talk and Initial Meditation Instruction: WELCOMING and MINDFULNESS OF BODY
    12:30 – 2:00                Lunch Break
    2:00-3:15                     Meditation instruction review and sitting meditation: GUIDED REVIEW
    3:15 – 3:30                  Break
    3:30 – 4:30                  PRACTICE: RESTING WITH A SENSE OF BEING
    4:45 – 5:15                  Sitting practice and closing chants
     
    Tuesday, December 28 
    9:00-9:45                     Opening chants and sitting meditation
    10:00 – 10:30              Sitting practice
    10:30 – 12:00              Talk and meditation instruction with Acharya Arawana Hayashi: BASIC GOODNESS AND MEDITATION
    12:00 – 12:30              Sitting practice
    12:30 – 2:00                Lunch Break
    2:00 – 3:15                  Sitting meditation and movement practice
    3:15 – 3:30                  Break
    3:30 – 4:30                  Short talk and breakout rooms for discussion
    4:45 – 5:15                  Sitting practice and closing chants
     
    Wednesday, December 29
    9:00 – 9:45                 Opening chants and sitting meditation
    10:00 – 10:30              Sitting Practice
    10:30 – 12:00              Talk, practice and Q&A; SYNCHRONIZING BODY AND MIND
    12 – 12:30                    Sitting
    12:30 – 2:00                Lunch
    2 – 3:15                       Sitting Meditation and Contemplation: MINDFULNESS OF FEELING
    3:15 – 3:30                  Break
    3:30 – 4:30                 Guided practice
    4:45 – 5:15                  Sitting practice and closing chants
     
    Thursday, December 30
    9:00 – 9:45                 Opening chants and sitting meditation
    10:00 – 10:30              Sitting practice
    10:30 – 12:00              Talk and meditation instruction with Acharya Arawana Hayashi: GENUINE HEART OF SADNESS
    12:00 – 12:30              Sitting practice
    12:30 – 2:00                Lunch Break
    2:00 – 3:15                  Sitting meditation and movement practice
    3:15 – 3:30                  Break
    3:30 – 4:30                  Sitting and discussion with Acharya Hayashi
    4:45 – 5:15                  Sitting practice and closing chants
     
    Friday, December 31
    9:00 – 9:45                 Opening chants and sitting meditation
    10:00 – 10:30              Sitting practice
    10:30 – 12:00              Talk: MINDFULNESS OF MIND AND AWARENESS 
    12:00 – 12:30              Sitting practice
    12:30 – 2:00                Lunch Break
    2:00 – 3:15                  Sitting and Movement
    3:15 – 3:30                  Break
    3:30 – 5:00                  Closing talk with both Acharyas, WHAT COMES NEXT ending with closing chants
    5:00                             Time for socializing, etc.
     

    About the Teachers

    Acharya Arawana Hayashi          

    Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Working with Otto Scharmer and colleagues at the Presencing Institute, she brings her background in the arts, meditation and social justice to creating “social presencing” that makes visible both current reality and emerging future possibilities.

    Her dance career ranges from directing an interracial street dance company formed by the Boston Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs in the aftermath of the 1968 murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, to being one of the foremost performers of Japanese Court Dance, bugaku, in the US. She has been Co-Director of the Dance Program at Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and founder-director of two contemporary dance companies in Cambridge. MA. She continues to perform in a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble, originating out of Naropa University and the ALIA Institute, where she currently teaches in leadership programs.

    Arawana is an acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala – a global network of meditation centers dedicated to applying mindfulness to “creating enlightened society.” She teaches both meditation and art based on bringing out the basic goodness of individuals, of relationships and of society.

    Acharya Gaylon Ferguson               

    Soon after reading Meditation in Action Acharya Gaylon Ferguson heard the Vidyadhara (Chögyam Trungpa) teach several summer seminars in Vermont. In 1973. He joined Tail of the Tiger Buddhist Community (now Karmê Chöling) where he worked in the garden, set the tractor on fire and took people into retreat. Acharya Ferguson attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary and taught briefly at The Naropa Institute. He returned to Karmê Chöling in 1979 as a staff member in the Practice and Study Department, and then as Executive Co-Director In 1979. For the Spring Semester of 2006, Acharya Ferguson was Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Naropa University. His article, “Making Friends with Ourselves” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist writing: 2005. He is the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We are Born With, and Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening. In 2006 he joined the core faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa. Acharya Ferguson has a B.A in African Studies from Yale and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.