Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $405.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $315.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $385.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $305.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $365.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $285.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $355.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $285.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $235.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $235.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $205.00
  • (All prices include CAD $205.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday, September 17th, by 5 pm. Departure Sunday September 19th after afternoon tea.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Madeline Conacher
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Chariot of Mahamudra Weekend Retreat 2021

With Acharya Richard John

September 17 - 19, 2021

NOTE: Only register for this weekend program if  you are NOT taking the What Has Been Pointed Out vajrayana retreat. The Chariot of Mahamudra weekend is included already in the What Has Been Pointed Out.

Please check the current Travel Guidelines on our homepage before registering. 

This weekend retreat is open to all practitioners who wish to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the “great symbol,” is among the most profound traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct. This retreat will be a pre-vajrayana introduction.

We will deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. Acharya John will give an overview talk on Friday evening and lead the program all day Saturday and Sunday with commentaries and instruction. We will maintain silence during the day, with open discussion each afternoon.

Note that vajrayana students enrolled in the advanced Knowing What Is Being Pointed Out retreat will also be joining this weekend. Shamatha-vipashyana meditation is the foundation for all vajrayana practices. 


Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full weekend. The suggested prerequisite for the retreat is Level One or an introduction to meditation program at any Shambhala Centre, but any practitioner may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please email the Program Manager at [email protected].

Detailed schedules will be emailed to all registrants.


Tuition: $165 CAD
Meals: $40 CAD
Accommodations: Varies. Options can be viewed on the Registration Page.

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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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