Silence and Celebration: A New Year's Eve Retreat and Party [Online]

with Shastri Marilyn Moore

December 31st—January 1st

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  • $20 Program Price
  • $30 Patron Price
  • Generosity Policy

If you aspire to meditate more this year—or to learn how to meditate—it's not too late! Everyone is welcome to join this mini-retreat as we transition from the old to the new. Come for the entire evening, or for any part of it, to meditate and celebrate with old friends and make new ones.

Meditation instruction is available at all times during the evening. No prior meditation experience required.

Throughout the evening there will be two concurrent Zoom rooms available: one with ongoing meditation (“Silence Room”) and the other with an opportunity to socialize with whomever shows up at any given time (“Celebration Room”). You get to choose how much silence and how much celebration you want! When you register you will be sent an email with Zoom links to both and with these two separate links you will be able to enter and leave the two rooms. If you encounter any technical difficulties, there will be Zoom Hosts available to offer assistance.

At 5-6pm and again at 9-10pm we will be watching a video teaching in the Celebration Room with a facilitated discussion following the viewing. 

The Celebration Room will close at 11pm. Meditation will continue in the Silence Room until midnight with an opportunity afterwards to chat and exchange New Year's greetings with anyone who is still awake!


About the Teacher: Shastri Marilyn Moore has been a member of the Los Angeles Shambhala community since 1997. She served as Center Director during the move to the current Eagle Rock location and later took on the role of Head of Practice for several years.. In 2016 she was appointed as one of three Shastris, or senior teachers, for the greater Los Angeles area with a special commitment to cultivating the OC Shambhala community. Before retiring, she enjoyed working in a university art gallery for almost thirty years. During this time of isolation, she is appreciating a simpler life with much less time spent in traffic on the Los Angeles freeways.


Zoom Access: This course will be offered online via Zoom at the dates and times (in Pacific Time Zone) listed above; use The Timezone Converter to determine your local class time. After registering for the course, you will receive instructions for joining course meetings.

Important Note: Please log in with, or consider creating, a Shambhala account on the registration page (located on the right side of the page) to receive the program's Zoom meeting information immediately. This is especially important for participants who register close to the program start time. That said, registering now is strongly recommended—and an act of kindness for our teachers and coordinators!

Pricing Information and Generosity Policy: We are committed to making our programs and classes accessible to everyone, and we will not turn anyone away due to financial concerns. If the Program Price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer what you are able to pay. You do not need to apply for the Generosity Policy in advance, but if you have questions, please contact us.


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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