Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors: Weekend Three (Online)

with Janet Solyntjes & Elaine Yuen

June 22nd—June 23rd

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    Room: Online

    Hosted by Shambhala Online

    Prerequisites: Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only. 

    Weekend Three includes a Saturday overview of mental health, meditation, and the role of the Meditation Instructor tailored for people who are not mental health experts. Presenters will address the following topics: 

    • An overview of therapeutic modalities in contrast to meditation 
    • The role of meditation 
    • When to refer patients for mental health support


    Sunday will focus on investigating the personal journey of a Meditation Instructor framed in terms of the four dignities of meek, perky, outrageous, and inscrutable. Topics that will be addressed are:

    • Modesty and the development of confidence
    • Maintaining lungta and offering that to our local communities
    • Community building across the Meditation Instructor community - supporting each other and mentoring new MI’s


    Weekend Three is the last of a series of three training sessions for those interested in sharing the practice of meditation with others. These programs are designed to cultivate the understanding and skills to assist others along their meditation path. This series can be taken as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, and can serve as initial training for people who are practicing meditation and are interested in developing as Meditation Instructors.

    This course is being offered through Shambhala Online. In order for Shambhala New York to receive a portion of the course price, please select "New York" as your center upon registration and use the course code 2024CONTINUING50. Should you run into any issues, please contact us at [email protected].

    If you are interested in forming a study group to discuss these teachings with other NYC-based class participants, please reach out to [email protected].  We are happy to put you in touch with others taking the same course.

    About the Teachers:

    Janet Solyntjes has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1984 and began directing Shambhala Training levels in 1993. She has led dathuns as well as co-directed Warrior Assembly and Enlightened Society Assembly. Janet has served as a meditation teacher on the faculty of Naropa University, Center for Mindfulness, Engaged Mindfulness Institute, and Mindful Leader. Janet and her husband, Jeff Price, are co-founders of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living.

    Elaine Yuen is an educator, chaplain and researcher. She has been a student and teacher in the Shambhala community since the early 1970’s. Between 2012 and 2020 she was a professor at Naropa University where she taught courses on pastoral caregiving (chaplaincy), contemplative education and Buddhist studies. Elaine is deeply interested in how we shape our social interactions with caring and authentic presence. She teaches nationally and internationally, continuing to explore the interfaces between Buddhism, meditation, creativity, and contemplative care-giving. Her website on Contemplative Chaplaincy can be found at