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Dharma Moon Windhorse Retreat: Raising Power and Energy to Meet the Challenge of Living

May 01 - May 05, 2024

David Nichtern

Dr. Sará King

Larry Mermelstein

Life can often feel like an uphill battle. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and "life admin", but by the end of the day, it can feel like our very life force has drained out of us.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is an ancient practice called lungta, or Windhorse. Its central image is of a mythical flying horse representing a vital life force or energy we can harness to face life's challenges — personal, communal, and even societal.

These simple but powerful exercises allow us to cut through layers of doubt, fear, and hesitation and invite the magic of our world and the melody of circumstances to manifest right on the spot.

Windhorse practice is like having a special tool available whenever we need it to help us work through obstacles, challenges, and conflicts in a confident and engaged way without getting dragged down by whatever life throws at us.

In the Spring of 2024, join senior Buddhist teacher, David Nichtern, and the global Dharma Moon community for our first in-person retreat. For five days, we'll gather at the beautiful Menla retreat center in Phoenicia, New York, to experience the magic of coming together in person to learn the transformative Windhorse practices to connect with our unconditional confidence, natural vitality, and one another!

Retreat schedule:

May 1st, 2024: Welcome session

May 2nd-3rd, 2024: Practice immersion

May 4th-5th, 2024: Lectures, awareness practices, contemplative exercises, mindful movement, nature walks, and an introduction to the unique art of "aimless wandering."

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early - and stay tuned for announcements about very special retreat guests!

This page is for in-person attendance registration. Click here to register for Online attendance with Menla Online.


ScheduleWednesday, May 1Check-in Day: Welcome
  • 3 - 6 pm Arrival and Check-in
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Welcome Session with David and Team
Thursday, May 2Day 1: Practice Immersion
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm Morning Meditation Session and Talk by David:
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2:30 - 5:30 pm Afternoon Meditation Session and Talk by David
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Evening Meditation Session and Talk by David
Friday, May 3Day 2: Practice Immersion
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm Morning Meditation Session and Talk by David
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2:30 - 5:30 pm Afternoon Meditation Session and Talk by David
  • 6 - 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm David gives Windhorse Talk
Saturday, May 4Day 3: Windhorse Transmission and Practice
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am Morning Meditation Session
  • 10:30 am - 12 pm David gives the Windhorse Transmission
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
  • 2 - 3 pm Afternoon Meditation Session
  • 3 - 4:30 pm David leads a “Raising Windhorse” session
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm Aimless Wandering Practice with Windhorse
  • 6- 7 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 - 9 pm Windhorse Raising Community Event
Sunday, May 5Check-out Day
  • 7 - 11 am Check-out of Rooms
  • 8 - 9 am Breakfast
  • 10 am - 12 pm Final Talks, Practice and Program Close
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

David Nichtern

David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher and CEO and Founder of Dharma Moon, practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his ar...

Dr. Sará King

Dr. Sará King is an internationally recognized neuroscientist, artist, political and learning scientist, education philosopher, social impact entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. She is passionate about catalyzing humanity’s c...

Larry Mermelstein

Larry Mermelstein became a close student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar. He has been a senior teacher in the Vajradhatu/Shambhala community for many years. He is a founding member and the executive director of the Naland...

UPCOMING EVENTS

MENLA

375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
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