Workshops

Ikebana: The Art of Flowers

with Shastri Ellen Rook
Sunday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Limited to 10 participants. Please register by March 15th.
 
Japanese flower arranging, also called Ikebana, can be practiced as a contemplative art. Under the guidance of Shastri Ellen Rook, students will learn to create flower arrangements and experience Ikebana as a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. Like meditation, Ikebana teaches us to really look at and work with what is before us. 
 
The day-long workshop is an opportunity for participants to create arrangements, practice, and learn together. The program also includes meditation, talks, and a reception to celebrate the day's creations.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome.
 
Group size: Limited to 10 participants; registration by March 15th is recommended to save your space.
 
Registration/payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
 
Note: If you are able to pay $125, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
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!
 
What to bring: A materials list will be provided at the time of registration or at least two weeks before the program. The cost above includes $25 worth of flowers and some other supplies.
 
Shastri Ellen Rook encountered the Shambhala teachings in upstate New York in 1980. She has studied with both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, Shastri Rook served as Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, and was appointed by Sakyong Mipham to the position of Shastri, or senior teacher, in 2012. Married with three adult daughters, she works in the Information Technology field as a Director of Application Development for the State of New York. She enjoys gardening, writing poetry, jogging, flower arranging and was recently authorized as a teacher in the Sogetsu ikebana tradition.
 
Photos below: Inspiring work at our last Ikebana workshop with Shastri Rook in the Spring of 2017.
 
          

 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level 3

with Michael Busby
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 
Qigong is designed to cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through Taoist practices that integrate movement, breath, and qi or internal energy to promote health and longevity. A form of gentle, relaxing exercise, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, increases flexibility, stimulates the circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity.  Qigong is also an excellent way to gently introduce mobility and relaxation to persons who have physical challenges. Talks on qigong, Chinese medicine and Taoism will be included.
 
This intensive is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages, the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." 
 
This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. Michael Busby has received the transmissions from Dr. Eva Wong.
 
The cultivation of body needs to be balanced by the cultivation of mind. Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the program.
 
In the Level 3 training, students will learn:
 
Hua Tu's Five Animals Calisthenics and tendon-changing Techniques. The five animal forms covered are: tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird. The tiger form trains tendon strength, the bear form trains bone strength, the deer form focuses on preserving generative energy, the monkey form trains agility, and the bird form trains balance. Part 1 of Chen Xiyi's Red Phoenix Calisthenics System. This system combines tendon-changing, calisthenics, self-massage, and breath regulation. More standing qigong postures from Wang Xiangzhai's Yiquan System.
 
Level: Open to all who have completed Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels 1 - 2.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
 
Note: If you are able to pay $240, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
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!
 
Housing: If you are coming from out-of-town and would like help finding a place to stay, please email the coordinator Adam Rawn at [email protected]
 
Recommended readingNourishing the Essence of Life: The Outer, Inner, and Secret Teachings of Taoism by Eva Wong
 
International Qigong websitewww.limitlessgate.com/
 
 
Michael Busby is authorized to teach by Dr. Eva Wong -- 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Daoism and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of Yiquan. He has been practicing and studying qigong with Dr. Wong for ten years and is grateful for the opportunity to share these precious, health-enhancing practices with others. In addition to Daoist Qigong, he also studies meditation, marital arts and in general interested in living a contemplative and simple life. He runs a tea company called byotea, created in accord with Daoist tea appreciation. Michael lives with his wife Trinley and cat Buster in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).
 
Image at top right: Daoist "inner landscape" diagram of the human body.