Workshops

Hurricane Island Retreat

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor & Lover of Islands
Friday, August 30, 4:30 p.m. to Monday, September 2, 2 p.m.
 
Last year was so much fun! We're going back... 
 
Treat yourself tothree days of rest, renewal, friendship, fresh air, and inspiration. You deserve it. Hurricane Island is magical. The wind, waves, and vast sky will inspire and nurture us. Hope you can come!
 
Our days on Hurricane will includeyoga and meditation, as well as island exploration and discovery. We will enjoy connection and laughter, as well as periods of stillness and silence. There will be plenty of time to relax and unwind. We will enjoy delicious, healthy meals sourced from local farms and fishermen. You can choose an invigorating dip in the ocean or a glorious outside shower at the bathhouse (indoor showers available, too). We will sleep in shared cozy cabinsnestled in the trees beneath the stars.
 
The three-night retreat is a unique opportunity to practice and live in harmony with the natural environment. There is nothing more nourishing and healing!
 
Schedule
Friday, August 30. We will meet in Rockland at 4:30 p.m. and then make our way to Hurricane Island in time for dinner, orientation/settling in, and an evening circle.
 
Saturday-Sunday, August 31-September 1
6:00 a.m.             Wake Up
6:30 a.m.             Yoga & Meditation Class
8:00 a.m.             Breakfast
9:30 a.m.             Island Exploration Practice
12:30 p.m.           Lunch
1:30 p.m.             Rest & Free Time
4:30 p.m.             Yoga & Relaxation Class
6:00 p.m.             Dinner and Sunset Hike
8:00 p.m.             Free Time and Star Gazing
9:30 p.m.             Lights Out
 
Monday, September 2. We will rise for our morning yoga and meditation practice, have some free time to explore in the morning, and then enjoy a farewell lunch together. We will depart Hurricane at 1 p.m., returning back to Rockland by 2 p.m.
 
Explore the island... and swim, if you are brave!
 
Registration: Space is limited. Early registration is highly recommended. To register, kindly pay the deposit or pay in full via the link below.
 
Cost: $400. Includes three nights lodging/facilities, nine healthy meals, daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as roundtrip transportation to Hurricane Island from Rockland. Pay in full or make a $150 deposit with the balance of $250 due by August 1. If you need an extended payment plan, email [email protected]
Payment options
 
The Island: Hurricane Island is located 10 miles southeast of Rockland and 2 miles southwest of Vinalhaven. The island is home to the Hurricane Island Center for Science & Leadership, a sustainable, off-the-grid educational community. There will be two other programs on the 125-acre island during our stay (plenty of room for everyone).
 
Weather: Rain or shine, fog or clear skies….. we are going! There are indoor practice spaces for yoga and meditation.
 
What to bring: A packing list will be sent with registration.
 
          
Cozy cabins                                                                Yoga yurt
 
 
Hurricane Island, large forested island in foreground. Camden Hills in background.

Social Meditation Retreat

with Nick Kranz
Friday, September 20, 7-9 p.m. PUBLIC TALK @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Join us for a weekend retreat to explore the engaging and timely practice of Social Meditation.
 
As human beings, we’re wired for social interaction. We want to connect. We want to belong. Social Meditation illuminates and strengthens our innate connectedness in the present moment. The practice also fosters emotional resonance, helping us connect with our own wisdom, as well as the collective wisdom of the group. Together, we create a culture of care that is a powerful support for individual practice, as well as a support for the community. When we feel a sense of belonging, our meditation journey is more joyful, meaningful, and sustainable.
 
Over the course of the weekend, we will practice sitting meditation and Social Meditation. Through dialog and talks, we will work with our social patterns in a transformative way.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous experience required. 
 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $175, you will help someone else participate! Thank you.
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!
 
Nick Kranz has been a student of Buddhism since 1997. He is an experienced and dynamic meditation teacher with a passion for sharing authentic wisdom. Nick has developed an approach to cultural transformation through the practice of Social Meditation. He is interested in the intersection of social entrepreneurship, awakened intentional community, and collaborative right livelihood. To learn more about Nick, visit to: nickkranz.com.
 
 

 

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Fall Weekthun - The Paramitas

with Rachel Nixon
Thursday evening, November 7, 6-8 p.m.
Friday-Thursday, November 8-14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Additional evening program on November 9 and 11 until 8:30 p.m.
Early registration is greatly appreciated.
 
Join us for a joyful and supportive week-long meditation retreat open to new and experienced practitioners. Come for the whole week or as much of the week as is possible! Weekthun includes group and individual instruction, sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, group discussion, and shared meals. The program is carefully designed to support participants in deepening their mindfulness-awareness practice and cultivating an open heart. Practicing in community for a full week is a gift. We hope you can join us!
 
The theme for the fall Weekthun is the Paramitas. What are the paramitas? They are techniques that guide us on our path of waking up to ourselves and our world. A teaching of Mahayana Buddhism, the paramitas help us learn to let go and open our hearts further. The six paramitas include generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom. The Sanskrit word paramita means to “cross over to the other shore.” When we practice the paramitas in daily life, we cross over the sea of suffering to the shore of awakening. We connect with our true nature. But, it's not always easy. We experience the messiness of life. We notice our habitual tendencies and selfishness creeping in, and when we do, we can be gentle with ourselves and put the paramitas into action. Each day will include a dharma talk and discussion on one of the paramitas. Readings will be provided. 
 
For the full retreat experience, we encourage you to sign up for the entire program. If that is not possible, we welcome you to sign up for as much of the week as you are able. Participants can plan for full days (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and additional evening programs (until 8:30 p.m.) on Saturday, 11/9 and Monday, 11/11. Silence will be held for several days of the retreat. See full schedule below.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience necessary.
 
Registration: Early registration is greatly appreciated. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options, including cost/payment for registering for part of the week.
Suggested donation
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!
 
Service: Weekthun is self-staffed meaning that participants help with registration, meal prep/clean up, timekeeping, cleaning, etc. Participants will be invited to contribute a “crock pot” soup lunch for the group.
 
Meals: The program fee includes tea/coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/snacks, and dinner on the days that include evening programs.
 
Housing: We have several housing options for out-of-town participants. Contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to learn more.
 
Weekthun Schedule
Opening Talk, Thursday, 11/7, 6-8 p.m. – The Paramitas
Day 1, Friday, 11/8, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Prajna
Day 2, Saturday, 11/9, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Generosity
Day 3, Sunday, 11/10, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Discipline
Day 4, Monday, 11/11, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. – Patience
Day 5, Tuesday, 11/12, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. – Exertion
Day 6, Wednesday, 11/13, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Meditation
Day 7, Thursday, 11/14, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Bodhisattvas in Everyday Life
 
Daily Schedule
8:00 a.m. Registration and tea/coffee
8:30 a.m. Morning practice session
11:00 a.m. Talk and group discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch and fresh air
1:30 p.m. Afternoon practice session
3:30 p.m. Tea break
4:00 p.m. Discussion and closing sit
5:30 p.m. Dinner and evening talk (11/9 and 11/11 only)
 
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to Buddhist teachings in 1999 through Pema Chödrön's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and has trained at Meditation Centers in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Rachel attended the seven-week Winter Yarne Retreat with Ani Pema Chödrön and the monastic community at Gampo Abbey in 2019. The theme of the retreat was the Paramitas. She currently serves as the Director of Rockland Shambhala, and she is a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor. Rachel loves sharing the Buddhist teachings on compassion with the community. In addition to teaching, she loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.