Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
with James Drescher
Jim Drescher of Windhorse Farm, Nova Scotia, returns to Columbus, Ohio! (see bio below)
Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.
In Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human, we will learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.
This first weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala series introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. There is a fundamental, good energy present in all of our experience, and this basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature as well.
The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individualized instruction.
Harry C. Moores Building/Campus Center
(& 2nd floor Weiler Conference Suites 1-4)
Scholarships are available on request.
Jim Drescher is senior faculty and, with Margaret Drescher, co-founder of Windhorse Farm, a residential centre for education in various aspects of sustainability in forestry, agriculture, energy, and community health. He is the Executive Director of Windhorse Education Foundation and the Chair of Four Filters Ecological Foundation. Within the context of meditative and contemplative disciplines, residents at Windhorse Farm pursue a path of earth stewardship. Jim’s principle interests are in the enrichment of the lives of individuals and communities, particularly through seeing nature as a mirror of mind and ecosystems as a natural metaphor for healthy human communities. He has been a practitioner and teacher of Shambhala meditation for over 35 years, and is a longtime friend and contributor to the ALIA Institute and Art of Hosting community.