Winter Meditation Retreat: Finding Peace in Challenging Times (Eagle Rock)

with Shastri Marcia Henry-Fink

December 26th—January 1st

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  • $375 Program Price
  • $475 Patron Price
  • Register for individual days: Enter the correct amount below ($60/day)
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

Our aim is to fully awaken our heart and mind, not just for our own greater well-being but also to bring benefit, solace, and wisdom to other living beings.
–Pema Chödrön

The inspiration for this winter retreat comes from Pema Chodron's first book in seven years: Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World Her newest teachings make an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times. This will be the source book for our winter retreat and copies will be available to purchase at the center or you may choose to purchase your copy in advance to bring with you. 

A Weekthün is an intensive weeklong group meditation retreat under the guidance of a senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage. This retreat is open to all; there are no pre-requisites.  Designed for both newcomers and those experienced in meditation, it will include sitting and walking meditation, contemplations, dharma talks, individual sessions with a meditation instructor, discussion and experiential exercises so that students may discover a personal connection to these profound teachings.. 

You are encouraged to participate for the entire week, but you are also welcome to attend for one or more days. Partial day attendance will not be permitted. Please register in advance.  

Attending the full retreat meets the Weekthün requirement for Enlightened Society Assembly and Warrior Assembly. Vajrayana practitioners are welcome to participate and will have a separate space for practice and study sessions.

What's Included: 9am-7pm includes light breakfast and a hearty afternoon tea.  (Program price: $375, Patron price: $475, Daily rate: $60/day.) Lunch will be provided on Day 1 and the retreat will close on Day 7 with a festive celebratory lunch.  Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase something in the neighborhood on Days 2 through 6.  For Daily participants, please indicate in the Comment field when you register which days you will be attending.   


Please note: Practitioners who are seeking Weekthün credit for Enlightened Society Assembly and/or Shambhala Guide Training must attend the full program every day and be present for all sessions.

8:30 AM: Light breakfast, coffee & tea

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

10:00 AM: Practice Session 

12:00 PM: Movement

12:30 PM: Lunch 

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

2:00 PM: Practice Session, Meditation Instruction

4:00 PM: Tea

4:30 PM: Practice Session

6:45 PM: Closing Chants

7:00 PM: Evening Close

About the teacher:

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1977 and is a senior teacher at the LA Shambhala Center. She has led retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center, and worked with diverse religious communities as a member of the LA Buddhist and Interfaith Councils. Trained in both science and the arts, she is currently applying her experience as a stress management consultant to bringing mindfulness/awareness to the business community.


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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