Special Events

Solstice Yoga & Singing Bowls

with Rachel Nixon & Lori LeBlanc
Thursday, June 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
Come celebrate the longest and lightest day of the year! Join us for an evening of gentle yoga, meditation, and relaxation, all to the nourishing sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. We will breathe deeply and move through gentle, warming yoga flows to open our hearts and welcome the summer season. The healing vibrations of the singing bowls will inspire and soothe us. The evening will end with a peaceful deep relaxation. Hope to see you there!
 
Everyone is welcome!
 
Preregistration is not required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
 
Suggested donation: $15-30
 

Lori LeBlanc is a Sound Healer and Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994. She is Certified in Polarity Therapy, BioSonic Repatterning, and Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy. As an artist and musician, Lori’s passion for music led her to explore the healing power of sound. Lori offers private sessions in Belfast and group events throughout Maine. The consecrated seven metal alloy singing bowls were handmade in Nepal more than 100 years ago. During their creation, prayers and mantras were offered to support the bowls' healing intention and for inspiring the awakening of consciousness.

Mindful Hike at Beech Hill

with Cindy Kava
Saturday, July 13, 8:30-10 a.m.
 
Join sangha member, Cindy Kava, for a mindful walk in the glorious summer air! The group will meet at beautiful Beech Hill in Rockport. In the spirit and tradition of walking meditation, the group will walk slowly and silently— to feel and experience the earth, the breeze, and the sky through the five senses. There will be time for walking, sitting, sharing, and generally enjoying the morning together.
 
Open to everyone comfortable with hiking on a moderate sloping dirt road. Please wear walking/hiking shoes and bring a water bottle.
 
Meet at 8:15 a.m. at the trailhead parking lot on Beech Hill Road, just a short distance from the intersecton with South Street in Rockport.
 
There is no preregistration.
 
Free.
 
With thanks to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. 

Third Sunday Sit

with sangha friends
Sundays, July 21, August 18, September 15
9 a.m. to noon
 
We are delighted to offer extended sitting on the third Sunday of the month. This is an opportunity to practice with a group in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can come for as much, or as little, of the morning practice as you'd like. Kindly enter and exit quietly. The morning will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Everyone is welcome, including beginners and experienced practitioners. All meditation traditions are honored. There is a timekeeper but no instruction.
 
Everyone is welcome! 
 
Suggested donation: $5-20
 
For more information or to set up one-on-one meditation instruction, please contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694. 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Dharma Talk: Spark Creativity

with Rebekah Younger, MFA
Tuesday, July 23, 6-8 p.m.
 
"Wise, provocative, and playful..."
 
Join us for an evening talk and discussion with artist and author Rebekah Younger. Her new book, Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity, includes dozens of unique prompts, introspective exercises, and hands-on activities designed to inspire expression in any medium—from movement and collage to photography and poetry. Rebekah will talk about the book’s origins and offer a taste of the book’s multidisciplinary exercises designed to bring mindfulness to any creative activity. You’ll learn to tap into the power of your direct experience of the moment, without judgment, for a fresh perspective and spontaneity of expression. 

Rebekah Younger is a multidisciplinary artist, entrepreneur, designer, and Shambhala Art instructor. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches photography, creating, and meditation. Rebekah will have books available for purchase. 

Everyone is welcome!

Suggested donation: $15-20

To learn more about her work and the book, click here. For anyone interested in deepening their creative journey, Rebekah will be offering a day-long workshop at the Brunswick Shambhala Meditation Center on July 27.

What other creators are saying about the book:

“Rebekah’s voice is wise; her advice, practical; her insights, profound.” Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work/Buddhist teacher/coach

Be, Awake, Create is sure to become a classic, for no other book presents meditation/mindfulness as the complete ground from which to access our creativity, while leading us through the whole experiential path.Pat Donegan, poet/author of Haiku Mind

 “Rebekah Younger has composed an elegant, accessible, and profound collection of practices, insights, and personal stories for those who are curious about contemplating and creating.Miriam Hall, author of Looking and Seeing: Nalanda Miksang Photography/contemplative arts instructor

“Wise, provocative, and playful, I highly recommend this book to all those interested in exploring and deepening their awareness of and creative response to the worlds in which we live.” Ruth Wallen, artist/professor/Buddhist teacher

“The Artist’s Way for the twenty-first century..." Nancy Coleman, PhD, clinical psychologist, writer, facilitator, and teacher

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Midsummer Yoga & Live Cello

with Rachel Nixon & Robin Lane
Thursday, July 25, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
We hope you can join us for an evening of relaxation and rest during the busy summer season. Through gentle yoga postures and guided meditation, we will let go into deep peace. The healing sounds of the cello will nourish and support us. The class will include a long period of relaxation, restoring balance at all levels. Take a break this summer and treat yourself to a very special evening.
 
Everyone is welcome!
 
Preregistration is not required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
 
Suggested donation: $15-30
 
Robin Lane performs classical, jazz, and contemporary works throughout Maine. He records, engineers, and produces his own music, along with the music of a growing number of local musicians, out of his home studio in Rockland. Robin’s music provokes conscious thought, bringing peace to the minds of the individual, society, and the environment in which we live. As Operations Manager at Midcoast Music Academy, he supports young musicians and encourages music education in the community.

 

Summer Sangha Gathering

with sangha friends
Tuesday, July 30, 6-8 p.m.
 
Gather with new and old friends for an evening of meditation, sharing, and a relaxed summer potluck. Everyone is welcome. Free.
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.
 

Deep Relaxation Yoga & Singing Bowls

with Rachel Nixon & Lori Leblanc
Thursday, August 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
 
Treat yourself to a delightful evening of gentle yoga, meditation, and deep relaxation to the healing sounds of the Tibetan Singing Bowls. The class will begin with peaceful yoga poses and breathwork to release tension and promote ease. You will soften and stretch from head to toe. From there, you will be guided into deep relaxation to promote calm and balance in the body, mind, and spirit. The healing vibrations of the singing bowls will promote letting go at all levels. They will inspire and soothe us. 
 
Everyone is welcome!
 
Preregistration is not required. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
 
Suggested donation: $15-30
 
Lori LeBlanc is a Sound Healer and Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994. She is Certified in Polarity Therapy, BioSonic Repatterning, and Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy. As an artist and musician, Lori’s passion for music led her to explore the healing power of sound. Lori offers private sessions in Belfast and group events throughout Maine. The consecrated seven metal alloy singing bowls were handmade in Nepal more than 100 years ago. During their creation, prayers and mantras were offered to support the bowls' healing intention and for inspiring the awakening of consciousness.