Program Listings

  • Covid Discount Single Rate $70 – CAD $840.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $990.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $940.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $740.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $890.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $690.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $865.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $690.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $565.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $565.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $490.00
  • (All prices include CAD $490.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Monday, June 7th by 5 pm. Departure Saturday June 12 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Dan Schreibman
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Six-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat 2021

With Acharya Richard John

June 7 - 12, 2021

Please Note: we cannot accept visitors from outside of the “approved regions” specified by the Nova Scotia Government. Please check the current Travel Guidelines on our homepage before registering. 

Restricted to Vajrayana practitioners who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Participants should commit to the entire retreat.

Mahamudra, the “great seal,” is among the most profound streams of teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism. A powerful support for all other tantric practices, it is also extremely simple and direct, focused on recognizing and gaining confidence in the nature of mind through direct experience. The Ashe Mahamudra liturgy by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche combines classic mahamudra instructions with the wisdom of Ashe and the Four Dignities. Our practice will be augmented by pith instructions from great mahamudra and dzokchen masters including Yeshe Tsogyal, Dilgo Khyentse, Jamgon Kongtrul, Rangjung Dorje, and Chögyam Trungpa.

The retreat will be mostly silent, with ample opportunity for Q&A and circle conversations. Each day will include the physical practices of Lujong, Shamatha Yoga, and Lungtse, and the Stroke of Ashe.

Tantrikas attending the retreat are also welcome to attend the Chariot of Mahamudra weekend June 4-6, immediately prior to the mahamudra retreat. These two days are devoted to deepening shamatha and vipashyana practice, the ideal preliminaries.

Special Note:

Vajrayana students of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche who wish to attend the Chariot of Mahamudra weekend and also the Sakyong’s Great Mandala of Blessings Zoom course may attend the first talks of that course with the European sangha the previous weekend, May 29-30.


All prices listed in $CDN.

Tuition: $390
Meals: $100
Accommodations: Extra. Prices vary according to your choice. (For a list of options, please visit the Registration Page.)


We are temporarily offering a discounted single occupancy rate on accommodations for those attending alone. This option defaults to a room in the Lodge. However, if you choose a single in a cabin or tent, we will adjust your invoice to reflect the Covid rate.

ONLY CHOOSE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY IF you are attending the program with a friend or partner, otherwise you may still be charged the single price for the room, cabin, or tent.

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Acharya Richard John
A longtime student of both the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 9-Day Mahamudra Retreats at DDL, Karme Choling, SMC and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax.
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