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  • CAD $550.00 – Program Cost

Date & Time Details: Arrival Saturday, June 26 no later than 5 pm. Departure Saturday July 3 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

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(Online) Five Wisdom Energies: Understanding the Feminine and Masculine of Who We Are

With Irini Rockwell

August 21 - 28, 2021

NOTE: This is a hybrid on-land and online retreat. To join online, you should be available for all practice sessions and talks. A more detailed schedule will be posted at a later date. 

The Five Wisdoms, also referred to as the Five Buddha Families, are traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings relevant to these challenging times. They are a vehicle for self-discovery and a tool for working with others in everyday life, both personally and professionally.

Each of us possess all five energies. Depending on how awake we are to our fundamental nature, the energies can be expressed in ways that reflect our innate wisdom, or in ways that reveal our confusion. According to Buddhist teachings, we all possess both feminine and masculine qualities, so we can express each regardless of our sexual identity.

Through the practice of yogic postures, the energies of our outer, phenomenal world and our inner, psychological realm can be experienced and understood as five different qualities—simple presence, clarity, richness, passion and action—with infinite permutations.

Opening to our energy with gentleness and kindness allows us to develop unconditional confidence and a tender heart or maitri. We uncover our strengths and let them shine! We radiate a natural brilliance, our authentic presence.

For a further exploration of each of the five wisdoms, you are invited to explore the teacher’s website.

What to Expect

This program engages us in the immediate experience of embodied energy.

We will have talks and discussion, practice the Five Wisdom postures with coloured glasses, and do interactive practices.  Through moving, vocalizing, and role playing, we explore the dynamics further and have insights that cultivate of the best within and around us.

These practices help us develop personal integration through direct experience of the basic elements of our existence: our body, emotions, thoughts, psychology, the spiritual dimension and surroundings. Discovering our unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world yields enormous insight into our patterns: what we think, feel, say, and do.

More specific information about what to bring and expect will be emailed to participants prior to the program. If you have never been to Dorje Denma Ling before, please explore our website.

Who Should Attend

There are no pre-requisites for this course: everyone who is interested is invited to attend.

Please note, if you have significant physical challenges, you are still welcome to attend. You will be instructed as to how to modify the postures.


The Five Wisdoms Institute (Irini Rockwell’s website)

The Five Buddha Families (Lion’s Roar article)

Embodied Transformation (Shambhala Times article)


Tuition: $550 CAD

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Irini Rockwell
Irini Rockwell has been internationally recognized for over 30 years as a Buddhist teacher, author, coach, and trainer. Her writings include two books: The Five Wisdom Energies, a Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions and Relationships (in 10 languages; published in 2002) and Natural Brilliance (published 2012). Of her calling, Irini explains, “For decades I have been deeply interested in the essence of who we are and how we can bring out our best to serve the world. The Five Wisdoms have been the vehicle to bring together my training in Buddhist dharma, psychology, meditation, (mindfulness and awareness), compassion, psychotherapy, leadership, mind/body disciplines, movement, and…
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