Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,535.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $1,130.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $1,535.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,445.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,085.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,355.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $995.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,355.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $1,040.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $770.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $770.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $635.00
  • (All prices include CAD $635.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Sunday, June 10 by 5 pm. Departure Saturday June 19 after lunch.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral RoadTatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Dan Scheibman
[email protected]
902 657 9085 Ext. 20

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Annual Nine-Day Mahamudra Retreat

With Richard John

June 10 - 19, 2022

Mahamudra and the Dzogchen equivalent, Trekchö, are known as the “path of wisdom.” Based on the transmission of the nature of mind by the guru, these teachings are the epitome of the practice lineages, which value the simplicity of direct experience over scholarship.

This 9-day retreat will draw on the structure of Pointing Out the Dharmakaya by the ninth Karmapa, the liturgy used in the Kagyu three-year retreat. Our practice will be enhanced by pith instructions from Tashi Namgyal, Yeshe Tsögyal, Mipham the Great, Khenpo Gangshar and other lineage masters.

To be authentic, mahamudra must be infused with devotion, so each day will include supplications for Sakyongs I and II, Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsögyal, and a guru yoga of your choice.

What to Expect

This deep practice retreat will be mostly in silence, with ample time for circle conversation, lujong exercises, interviews and personal study. It will also include practice of the Stroke of Ashe.

Who Should Attend

Participants must be vajrayana practitioners who have received the pointing out transmission from the Vidyadhara, Sakyong Mipham, the Vajra Regent or the Dorje Löppön, Lodrö Dorje on behalf of the Vidyadhara. All participants must begin at the beginning and commit to the entire retreat.

Covid Considerations

The teacher for this retreat has requested that all participants be fully vaccinated. We therefore request that you register only if you are (or will be) fully vaccinated by the time the retreat begins. This will help us to provide a safe and comfortable teaching container for this retreat.

As stated in our Covid Policy, we strongly recommend that all visitors to the land be fully vaccinated, and we reserve the right to modify restrictions if a situation arises — such as this one, where it seems appropriate to do so. Please review all of the recommendations and conditions of our Covid Policy before visiting Dorje Denma Ling.


NOTE: All times listed are Atlantic Times. Go here for a Time Converter

June 10
Arrival Day
Dinner 6:30 pm
7:45 pm Orientation & Opening Talk 

June 11-18
7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Each day will include breaks for meals, mid-day break, and tea.

June 19
7:00 am to 1:00 pm (8 – 9:15 breakfast)
1:00 Lunch & Departure


All prices listed in $CDN.

Tuition: $500
Meals: $135
Accommodations: Extra. Prices vary according to your choice. (For a list of options, please visit the Registration Page.)

An Early Bird Discount of $50 is offered until April 15, 2022.

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Richard John
An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the first three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches Shambhala Buddhist meditation courses full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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