A Winter Meditation Retreat (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

December 26th—January 1st (2018)

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  • $475 Program Price
  • $575 Patron Price
  • Register for individual days: Enter the correct amount below ($80/day)
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

Designed for both newcomers and experienced students, this week-long meditation retreat or weekthün draws on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  

The daily schedule includes sitting and walking meditation and instruction, dharma talks, silence, movement, individual sessions with a meditation instructor, contemplative art experiences, meals, snacks, a hearty afternoon tea, and a closing celebration. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community. 

This retreat is open to all. No previous meditation experience is required.   Attend one or more days or the full week. (Cost per day is $80 for those not doing the full retreat.  Please register and indicate in the Comment field which days you will be attending.  You can pay online or at the door.)  


Within the context of the weekthün practice for this retreat, contemplative art exercises will allow us to explore how meditative awareness and peaceful abiding can become the ground of seeing things as they are, discovering the ordinary magic of our everyday lives. These exercises are seen as enriching or extending the basic mindfulness awareness practice, not substituting for it or taking away from it.  No previous art experience is required.  The retreat is for everyone. 

On New Year's Eve, weekthün participants may leave at the conclusion of the practice day after dinner or may stay until midnight to ring in the New Year with our annual Silence and Celebration event (at no additional cost).  

The retreat will conclude with a closing celebration on New Year's Day 2018 — a great way to begin the year! 


323 255 5472 (Mon-Fri, 11-3pm).



Shastri Sandra Ladley

Shastri Sandra Ladley is a Senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher and long-time practitioner.  She is the Program Director and a core faculty member for the Karuna Training program in Contemplative Psychology.  She has an MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. Sandra teaches widely and leads creative, psycho-educational, and social presencing groups. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Please note: Practitioners who are seeking weekthun credit for Enlightened Society Assembly and/or Shambhala Guide Training must attend the full program, including dinner and the evening practice session.  Attendance is required through 8:30 pm to receive credit, except for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

8:30 AM: Light breakfast, coffee & tea

9:00 AM: Opening Chants, Daily Opening Remarks, Group Practice

10:00 AM: Practice Session (Breakout by Practice)

12:00 PM: Movement

12:30 PM: Lunch Provided

1:30 PM: ROTA work tasks, On your own: Rest, Walk

2:00 PM: Practice Session (Breakout by Practice), Meditation Instruction

4:00 PM: Tea

4:30 PM: Practice Session, Talk or Contemplative Art Exercise

6:00 PM: Closing Chants (All together)

6:30 PM: End of Day
Optional only for those not seeking weekthun credit:

6:30 PM: Dinner available for those who sign up

7:30 PM: Evening Meditation

8:30 PM: Evening Close  

Please indicate in the comment field when registering if you want to stay for dinner.

New Year’s Eve we will close the retreat practice at 4 pm to prepare for our New Year’s celebration. All are welcome.
New Year’s Day we will conclude the retreat with a festive lunch and closing by 4 pm.     


Full participation in the program will satisfy the weekthün requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly and Shambhala Guide Training. To receive full credit you must register for this program and attend every session. 

NOTE: THERE WILL GROUP VAJRAYANA PRACTICE during the weekthün. Exact schedule will be forthcoming.  Vajrayana students will begin the day with the group in the main shrine room, join back in for lunch, and have the option of participating in the afternoon contemplative art exercise.  If you are registering as a vajrayana participant, please be sure to note your practice (ngöndrö, werma, scorpion seal #) in the comments section of the registration page along with the days you will be attending. 


For any questions regarding this retreat, including help with finding lodging for out-of-town participants, please contact Coordinator Alicia Vogl Saenz, [email protected]



"Magic in this case is power. Not power over others but power beyond ‘over others.'  It is the power within oneself.  You have enough strength and exertion and energy to view things as they are, personally, properly, and directly. You have the chance to experience the brightness of life, and the haziness of life, which is also a source of power.... It is not true that there is no magic these days, that we are in the dark ages.... The only magic that exists is this life, this world, the particular phenomena we are all experiencing right this moment.  Right now, right here, you are in this magic…. Magic is direct and personal and lingers in our state of being.... It is choiceless magic"

~ from True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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