BACK TO BASICS ~ “The Art of Being Human” ~ Way of Shambhala Level I

with Dan Peterson & Jenny Warwick

January 12th—January 13th

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  • $75 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
  • $50 Deposit
Room: Main Shrineroom

Bring a Buddy and connect to Basic Goodness!  
Re-experience the profound Level I teachings, or hear them for the first time.
Come home to Shambhala.

Bring a Buddy and introduce them to Shambhala! 

Register together and get two-for-one registration!

Invite a friend to join you in "The Art of Being Human" weekend.  Registration is $75 for the two of you, if you are new to Shambhala.  Or, if you have taken Level I before, you are welcome to join us at the "Repeater" discounted price of $50.

If you are bringing a "buddy", BOTH of you should register at the same time on the website. In the "comment box" on the registration page, each will write the other buddy's name, but only ONE of you needs to pay. Select the $75 price for this.

Also make a note in this comment box if you are a "Repeater" (have already taken Level I), and you will be given the $50 discounted price. Select the "Deposit" field of $50 for this.)

The "Patron" price of $100 is available for those who are able and wish to support our volunteer Center.  It also helps to support those who are unable to pay the full price for programs and take advantage of our Generosity policy.

This intimate meditation retreat weekend presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake. It is open to all.

Shambhala Training Level I: Back to Basics - "The Art of Being Human" is the first weekend retreat in The Way of Shambhala, a profound path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings.

This weekend retreat is offered for those looking to begin Shambhala Training and/or new and returning meditators looking for a venue to explore and deepen mindfulness-awareness meditation.  To bind the community together, this weekend will bring focus to our great good fortune to practice as a sangha. Practitioners at all levels are welcome to join us to revisit the teachings on Basic Goodness and to celebrate the connections that weave us together.

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring. Shambhala Training presents the view that human beings and human society are fundamentally good.

With the guidance of teachers Dan Peterson of Seattle and Jenny Warwick of Bellingham, along with a group of experienced meditation instructors, you will discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence—the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and the awareness of thoughts in our minds.

During this weekend, our teachers will incorporate the seeds of the Shambhala teachings into their meditation instruction and informative talks. You will leave with the tools you need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into your daily life.

Shambhala Training Weekend I Includes:

  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks
  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Concluding Sunday reception

About Shambhala Training


NO pre-requisites! - Everyone is welcome. 

Note: Although this weekend retreat is a standalone workshop, it is also a "gateway" class to the Shambhala path and a pre-requisite to further Way of Shambhala teachings. It would be required before being able to participate in Level II weekend retreat. 

About the Way of Shambhala Training Series

This program does count toward the Way of Shambhala requirements. Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education. It is rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created specifically for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. It is open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

This weekend is a standalone workshop, sufficient unto itself, and requires no further commitment. Should you wish to continue further, Shambhala training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship, the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life into our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

The Way of Shambhala path offers a vision of how meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation practice can expand to impact our community and our whole society. Please click here for a full description of the Way of Shambhala.


Bellingham Shambhala Center, 2825 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Program Price: $75 (for new students)
Patron Price: $100
Repeater Price: $50 (Please use "Deposit" field for this option when registering. Enter a note in the comment box that you are repeating)
Invite a Buddy! (The buddy should be a newcomer to Shambhala. Both register, each enter the other buddy's name in the comment box. Only one of you needs to pay.)

Please register and pay in advance of the program to let us know you intend to come. This will help us to plan and expedite our registration process on Saturday morning.

Testimonials from previous Shambhala Training Weekends:

"What a profound weekend; perspective shifting." - Andy, 37

"It feels like everything has changed, even though my life is exactly the same as it was on Friday." - Sarah, 32

"I had been meaning to take this for a long time.  It was a much deeper experience than just coming to the weekly talks.  I have a new appreciation for retreats." - Robert, 51

"It changed my life." - David