The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I in Portland

with Andrea Darby

February 1st—February 3rd

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  • $125.00 Sustaining
  • $150.00 Patron
  • My Price
Room: Portland

Please join us for this mindfulness meditation retreat presenting the view that human beings at their core, including ourselves, are fundamentally awake and good. This program is open to all.

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

February 1-3 at the Portland Shambhala Meditation Center at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME

with Shastri Andrea Darby.

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I is the first of the five levels of training curriculum, a seminal path of ancient meditation practices and wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition - created for the challenges of today's modern, everyday existence.

This retreat is designed for those looking to:

• learn mindfulness meditation
• explore the Shambhala path
• deepen an existing mindfulness-awareness meditation practice

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, at the core, are fundamentally awake and good.

With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher, 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 yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

Shambhala Training Level I includes:

  • Instructions on sitting and walking meditation 
  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks by a senior teacher
  • Small Group discussions
  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction

Schedule for the weekend is:

Friday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

You will leave with the tools you need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into your daily life.

Pre-registration greatly appreciated.

For questions or additional information please contact Claire Schroeder at [email protected]



Andrea Darby

We are delighted to have Shastri Darby return to Portland for this weekend retreat. 

Shastri Andrea Darby has been a student of Buddhadharma and Shambhala dharma since 1982, under the guidance of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, the Vajra Regent, Osel Tendzin and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Ms. Darby has served in the Dorje Kasung, Practice and Education pillar and as a Warrior of the Lodge. 

She currently teaches Way of Shambhala,  Buddhadharma classes, and week-long retreats. 

She has a particular passion for guiding new teachers on the path of becoming a Shambhala Educators.

Professionally, she is a learning specialist with an interest in guiding teachers to create equitable learning environments in the public school setting. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter in a multi-generational household.



Repeat Fee

Students who have already taken this Level and are interested in attending again are welcome to pay a " 50% Repeat Fee".

Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more, we invite you to pay more to help cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.