Schedule

New England JamNew England Jam
Wednesday, February 25  - Sunday, March 1, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Simplicity, in an Age of Complexity
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, March 3  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

To live a modern life, even of the most ordinary kind, is no simple matter. To fulfill our most basic obligations--to support our family, take care of aging parents, attend to our own body, pay our bills, stay connected to sangha and practice, please our employer, answer our correspondences, finish school—involves ...

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
with Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, March 7  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Simplicity, in an Age of Complexity
with Elizabeth Monson
Sunday, March 8  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck.

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Practice in Times of Perceived Social Injustice.
with Lama Rod Owens
Tuesday, March 10  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Lama Rod will continue his series on practice during periods of turbulence and apparent social injustice.

 
Valley Insight Meditation Society Annual RetreatValley Insight Meditation Society Annual Retreat
with Doreen Schweizer
Friday, March 13  - Sunday, March 15, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Sustainable EmpathySustainable Empathy
Buddhist practices to prevent compassion fatigue
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, March 14  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
555 Forest Avenue Portland ME

How can we deepen compassion, but not become so identified with the suffering of others that we lose touch with our own health and balance? In short, how can we make empathy sustainable? In this workshop, we will learn meditations and methods of interpersonal work adapted from the from the heart-cultivation (lojong)...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Gesture of Awareness
with Jane Moss
Tuesday, March 17  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The body is a doorway to the adventure of Being. Being is not hovering out in space; it is right here, throughout the body. Pioneered by Charles Genoud, an Associate Teacher of NDF, Gesture of Awareness is a unique way of exploring our true nature through the medium of the body. Indeed, Gesture of Awareness is one tr...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
with Lama Samten
Tuesday, March 24  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Subject to be announced.

 
The Bodhisattva's Way of LifeThe Bodhisattva's Way of Life
Sangha Weekend with Yogi Lama Gursam
with Yogi Lama Gursam
Friday, April 3  - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Beloved Yogi Lama Gursam Rinpoche will be in residence this month for the Sangha Weekend. Friday through Sunday he will offer teachings.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Way of the Bodhisattva: Awakening through Compassion and Wisdom
with Yogi Lama Gursam
Friday, April 3  - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Join us for a morning of meditation, contemplation, and study followed by a community potluck.

 
Bodhi Path Sangha Retreat with Lama Tsering NgodupBodhi Path Sangha Retreat with Lama Tsering Ngodup
with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Friday, April 10  - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

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Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Gesture of Awareness
with Camille Hykes
Tuesday, April 14  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The body is a doorway to the adventure of Being. Being is not hovering out in space; it is right here, throughout the body. Pioneered by Charles Genoud, an Associate Teacher of NDF, Gesture of Awareness is a unique way of exploring our true nature through the medium of the body. Indeed, Gesture of Awareness is one...

 
DevotionDevotion
An Urban Weekend Retreat
with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, Lama Willa Miller
Friday, April 17  5:00 pm - Saturday, April 18, 2015 5:00 pm
Episcopal Divinity School Chapel

As an experience, devotion might be described as, "letting go into humbleness." As a practice, devotion is not a solitary quest, but rather a journey of relationship, which can open our hearts and minds to deeper levels of truth. Whether you are a student of a teacher or learning from life itself, the practice of dev...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
To be announced
with Lama Rod Owens
Tuesday, April 21  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Subject to be announced.

 
Yin-Yang Yoga and Meditation RetreatYin-Yang Yoga and Meditation Retreat
with Janine Grillo-Marra
Friday, April 24  5:00 pm - Sunday, April 26, 2015 3:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Experience balance and wholeness through yin yoga and other movement practices, meditation and social silence. Yin yoga is a deep and passive practice while the yang style is gently flowing with a slow and therapeutic approach. Shake Your Soul® is a playful dance-based program. Mindfulness activities, journaling and...

 
Brendan Kennedy RetreatBrendan Kennedy Retreat
with Brendan Kennedy
Sunday, May 3  5:00 pm - Sunday, May 10, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

The awareness itself is the greatest gift and treasure which we all have right now. Actually we are the awareness itself. It contains everything we could ever wish for. Importance of awareness is that nothing can exist without it but the awareness itself can exist without anything. It itself is totally empty of anyth...

 
Tuesday Night Teachings: Transforming Self, Transforming SocietyTuesday Night Teachings: Transforming Self, Transforming Society
Being a Bodhisattva in the Modern World
with David Loy, Sensei Josh Bartok, Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, May 5  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Mahayana path encourages us to transform the self as a path to transforming society. While the archetype of the bodhisattva has been an inspiration for generations of an engaged, compassionate activist in the world, the practice of meditation requires a commitment to examining the inner life, a slowing down and s...

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, May 16  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
One Taste: Discovering Stability in Diverse Experiences
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, May 17  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck.

 
NDF Meditation Teachers RetreatNDF Meditation Teachers Retreat
with Lama Willa Miller
Friday, May 22  5:00 pm - Monday, May 25, 2015 1:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Annual retreat for NDF Meditation Teachers and Mitras.

 
Breathing Through the Whole BodyBreathing Through the Whole Body
with Will Johnson
Friday, June 5  5:00 pm - Sunday, June 14, 2015 10:00 am
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Part of Natural Dharma Fellowship's Body Series, Will Johnson introduces us to his unique modality, Breathing Through the Whole Body. This embodied Mahamudra retreat incorporates meditation, movement and bodywork to unleash the potential for freedom in the body-mind continuum. In this 10-day retreat participants will...

 
Miraculous ExpressionMiraculous Expression
Natural Meditation and the Creative Process
with Hojin Osho Kimmel, Lama Samten Drolma
Thursday, June 18  5:00 pm - Sunday, June 21, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Each moment, an invitation into the heart of the world is offered through the doors of the senses. Touching the heart of things we enter intimately with our innate wisdom, love, and compassion. We discover these qualities as the basis for all life, and entrust ourselves, with our entire being, to the path of awakenin...

 
Embodied CompassionEmbodied Compassion
Buddhist Practices for Awakening the Heart
with Lama Willa Miller, Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan
Friday, June 19  - Monday, June 22, 2015
Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center

Learn to access the compassion that lives below the surface of your thoughts and feelings. This inherent compassion is a source of strength and resilience, with the possibility to heal, restore, and even free you from suffering. Real compassion is not a state of the heart that drains you of energy. It is energizing r...

 
Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
with Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, June 27  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
Non-Meditation
with Lama Samten
Sunday, June 28  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck.

 
First Annual Natural Dharma Fellowship DathunFirst Annual Natural Dharma Fellowship Dathun
Month-long Practice Intensive
Tuesday, June 30  4:00 pm - Friday, July 31, 2015 11:00 am
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Join Natural Dharma Fellowship's sangha for the First Annual NDF Dathun, a month-long practice period. The Dathun provides an opportunity for the sangha to enter into intensive retreat practice together in noble silence, with a structured schedule, meals, practice periods, dharma teachings and yoga support provided.

The Spark of Freedom
with Lama Willa Miller, Elizabeth Monson, Camille Hykes, Lama Samten Drolma
Tuesday, June 30  4:00 pm - Sunday, July 5, 2015 11:00 am

What sparks freedom of mind and how do we sustain freedom, once we experience a taste of it? In this weeklong meditation retreat, we will explore diverse methods of practice that spark insight (vipassana) into the heart-mind's stable and luminous nature. We will especially explore the role of the body in catalyzing a...

Love, Compassion and Wisdom
with Lama John Makransky, Bob Morrison, Julie Forsythe, Lama Samten Drolma
Monday, July 6  4:00 pm - Friday, July 10, 2015 11:00 am

The integration of love and wisdom is the essence of enlightenment. Join us for a week of deepening in the meditations of love, compassion and wisdom, with daily teachings from Lama John Makransky and meditations guided by his co-teachers Julie Forsythe and Bob Morrison. The retreat includes noble silence, a structur...

The Spark of Freedom
with Lama Willa Miller, Elizabeth Monson, Camille Hykes, Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, July 11  4:00 pm - Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:00 am

What sparks freedom of mind and how do we sustain freedom, once we experience a taste of it? In this weeklong meditation retreat, we will explore diverse methods of practice that spark insight (vipassana) into the heart-mind's stable and luminous nature. We will especially explore the role of the body in catalyzing a...

Vajrayana
with Lama Willa Miller, Elizabeth Monson, Lama Karma Chotso, Lama Samten Drolma, Lama Rod Owens, Joel & Michelle Levey
Friday, July 17  4:00 pm - Friday, July 24, 2015 11:00 am

This weeklong retreat is designed to support students in the practice of Vajrayana, with an emphasis on ngondro and yidam practice. Qualified resident teachers are available to lead practice, offer personal practice guidance and give transmissions as appropriate (Resident teachers specialize in the practices of ngond...

Vajrayana Level 3
with Lama Willa Miller, Elizabeth Monson, Lama Karma Chotso, Lama Samten Drolma, Lama Rod Owens
Saturday, July 25  4:00 pm - Friday, July 31, 2015 11:00 am

This retreat is Part Two of the transmission of Tummo, the first of the Six Yogas of Naropa.

 
The Art of ConsciousnessThe Art of Consciousness
A Retreat for Professional Artists
with Ernesto Pujol
Tuesday, August 4  5:00 pm - Sunday, August 9, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

This six-day retreat has been curated for those who identify as artists by profession. Combining the monastic styles of the East and the West, performance artist and meditation teacher Ernesto Pujol will wisely guide participants in "The Art of Consciousness" through an experience of the self and no-self. An ideal re...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Equal Taste
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, August 4  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Yoga of Equal Taste teaches that, while life seems to be a series of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, highs and lows, there is a thread of deep continuity running through it. In other words, joy and sorrow, rather than being entirely different, have an element of equal taste. To find that place of equal taste is ...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Non-Meditation
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, September 8  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

A wise teacher once said, "What is the secret to meditation? That’s easy—don’t meditate.” When we sit down to meditate, we arrive on our our cushion with an agenda, an idea of what we going to achieve and accomplish, as well as fears about what we might not achieve and accomplish. This attitude is not restric...

 
The Nature of Mind in BuddhismThe Nature of Mind in Buddhism
with Trungram Rinpoche, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller
Friday, September 18  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Details to follow.

 
Gesture of Awareness and QigongGesture of Awareness and Qigong
with Charles Genoud, Peter Wayne
Friday, October 2  5:00 pm - Friday, October 9, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Gesture of Awarenes is a meditation of inquiry and mindfulness, based mainly on awareness through sensations of the body. The practice of Qigong invites us to experience our natural, integrated wholeness through awareness of intention, gentle movement, breath and posture. This retreat with Charles Genoud and Pet...

 
The Wisdom of AgingThe Wisdom of Aging
Awakening More Deeply As We Grow Older
with Julie Forsythe, Anastra Madden, Jane Moss, Bob Morrison
Thursday, November 19  5:00 pm - Sunday, November 22, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

As we move into our 60th year and beyond, the reality of aging increasingly comes to bear on our inner experience and view of ourselves, others and the world. The aging process may become more pronounced for those who experience incremental loss of energy, stamina and resiliency. Others may be visited by illnesses ...

 
The Jewel of AwarenessThe Jewel of Awareness
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, November 28  - Monday, November 30, 2015
Barre Center For Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the Buddha offer a vision of deep peace and freedom from suffering as a real possibility in this life. With this attractive promise, many of embark on the path of meditation with an attitude of striving and searching. As we strive and search for peace, we often bring to the path the same thirst and ...