Workshops

Yin Yoga & Singing Bowl Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & Lori LeBlanc
Saturday, April 20, 2-5 p.m.
 
There is still time to sign up! Drop-ins welcome too.
 
“Our bodies are mostly water, therefore the sound vibrations move through our cells like a wave - a deep sonic massage.” Lori LeBlanc
 
Join us for an extraordinary afternoon of yoga, meditation, and sound healing. We will explore Yin Yoga, a quiet, nourishing practice that supports the body's ability to let go and relax into wellbeing. The postures, all of which are done on the floor with long holdings, promote deep release in the connective tissues and deep peace in the mind. We will be bathed in the therapeutic vibrations of the sacred Tibetan Singing Bowls. The bowls invite us to open our hearts, clear our minds, and enter into a deep well of silence. The retreat will support the body's desire to heal and restore balance at all levels. Come as you are and relax into a deep sonic massage.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $50, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
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.
 
 

Yoga Fundamentals Clinic

with Ann Hedly
Saturday, April 27, 3-5 p.m.
 
Are you curious about the how's and why's of yoga? Do you want to take a bit more time with a particular posture? Join Ann for an experiential yoga clinic and dive into movement fundamentals, yoga postures, and philosophy. Through demonstration and hands-on experience, you will explore what yoga means to you in your body, heart, and mind. This will be an inspiring and dynamic workshop with time and space for contemplation and questions. The environment will be relaxed and fun. To integrate the experience, the clinic will end with relaxation and meditation.
 
Limited to 8 participants. The small group size will foster individual feedback and support.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $40, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!

Love: What's meditation got to do with it?

with Andrea Darby
Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Public Talk @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Join us for a weekend retreat to explore radical loving-kindness and the Four Immeasurables: equanimity, love, compassion, and joy.

How does love show up in our lives? Can we learn to love ourselves and others? Can we make love the engine of our activity? Over the course of the retreat, we will rediscover the warmth and love in our hearts. We will connect with the best of ourselves and each other. And, we will look deeply at the notion of radical love. In a world wrought with suffering, can we turn the tide and reawaken the flow of loving-kindness in our families and communities?
 
The ancient Buddhist teachings give us the Four Immeasurables, also known as the Four Limitless Qualities, as an antidote to the pain and disconnection in our modern world. Can we cultivate unlimited love, unlimited compassion, unlimited joy, and unlimited equanimity for ourselves and all sentient beings? This is a radical concept with no boundaries. We must first be honest about our own blocks and limitations, our biases and dislikes. We must look at our obstacles, not as problems, but as doorways to love. This takes work. We hope you will join us.
 
The workshop will include talks, shamatha meditation, contemplation practice, and discussion. Instruction will be provided on meditation techniques. The environment will be warm-hearted, inclusive, and spacious in support of rediscovering the power of love.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation 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 [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 donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can.  Thank you!
 
Andrea Darby has been a student of Buddhadharma and Shambhala dharma since 1982. She teaches Way of Shambhala, Buddhadharma classes, and weeklong retreats. Ms. Darby has a particular passion for the intersection of mindfulness and activism. Professionally, she is a learning specialist with an interest in guiding teachers to create equitable learning environments in the public school setting. Ms. Darby lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter in a multi-generational household.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Four Immeasurables
May all sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May they not be separated from the great joy, devoid of suffering.
 May they dwell in great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.

Refuge Vow Preparation Class

with Rachel Nixon
Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
 
This preparation class is being offered in advance of the Refuge Vow Ceremony with Acharya Eric Spiegel, June 21-23 at Portland Shambhala Center.
 
Taking Refuge in the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha -- the Precious Three Jewels -- is a ceremony at which one formally becomes a Buddhist. By taking refuge, we commit ourselves to freedom. Having exhausted our strategies of distraction, denial, and escapism, we find that learning to experience reality directly through the path of meditation is a life-affirming choice.
 
The Three Jewels refer to the Buddha as the teacher and inspiration for realizing our own inherent wakefulness, the dharma as the wealth of teachings guiding us along the path of personal realization, and the sangha or community who we practice meditation with and work with on generating selfless compassion.  
 
Taking Refuge Vows represents making the formal commitment to following the path of the Buddha in one's life and therefore becoming a Buddhist. Taking these vows enters you into the larger Buddhist community of any lineage, not limited to the Shambhala or Tibetan Buddhist community. We welcome anyone who feels inspired to participate.  
 
Requirements: For those who are planning to take the Refuge Vow in June, attendance at the preparation class in Rockland (May 14), Portland (April 20), or Brunswick (May 18) is required. The class will include practice and study, interviews, and discussion. If it is not possible for you to attend one of these gatherings, please contact us as soon as possible. A letter of recommendation from your meditation instructor is also required. If you do not have a meditation instructor, there will be an opportunity to meet with one during the class.
 
Readings: The Refuge Vow Sourcebook will be available for purchase for $22.00 at the class or you can order it online. We also recommend The Decision to Become a Buddhist by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 
 
Questions: If you have any questions about taking Refuge Vows, feel free to email Rachel at [email protected] or call 594-1694.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
Suggested donation
 
Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can.  Thank you!

Spring Renewal Yoga & Cello Retreat

with Rachel Nixon & Robin Lane
Saturday, May 18, 2-5 p.m.
 
Sign up early to save your space!
 
Spring is a time of renewal and growth! Join us for an energizing and relaxing afternoon of yoga, breathwork, meditation, and the inspiring sounds of live cello. The retreat will nourish and enliven you. It will wake you up to your potential.
 
The afternoon will open with a centering meditation and breathwork to clear space. The cello will guide us into flowing yoga sequences to awaken the spine and strengthen the body, mind, and spirit at all levels. The practice becomes a dance of the breath, postures, and the healing vibrations. The afternoon will close with a quiet period of calming yoga poses and deep relaxation. Come as you are, and let go into Spring!
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: If you are able to pay $50, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
 
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.
 
 

Yoga & Forest Therapy Retreat

with Kelsea Anderson & Rachel Nixon
Saturday, June 1, 3-5:30 p.m.
at Fernald’s Neck Preserve, Camden
 
Limited to 12 participants. Sign up early to save your space!
 
Experience the forest in a whole new way! Join Kelsea and Rachel for an afternoon of movement and stillness in the natural world.
 
The workshop will open with a gentle hike through the fields and into the woods at Fernald’s Neck. Beneath the trees, we’ll gather in a circle for a guided meditation to set our intentions. Rachel will lead breathwork and yoga postures to warm the body and inspire our connection with the landscape— the earth, trees, rocks, water, and sky. Kelsea, a certified forest therapy guide, will offer a series of forest therapy invitations, encouraging us to slow down and experience a stronger sense of presence through the opening of our senses. The retreat will close with a silent hike back out of the woods.
 
Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice known as "shinrin-yoku" which translates roughly to “forest bathing.” The practice offers a deepening of our intimacy with the land, all while receiving the scientifically proven physical and emotional healing benefits that the outdoors offers.
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation

Note: If you are able to pay $45, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!