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  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $1,255.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $940.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $1,255.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,185.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $905.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,115.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $835.00
  • Wood Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $1,115.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $870.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $660.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $660.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $555.00
  • (All prices include CAD $555.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Begins with orientation July 14 at 7:45 after dinner. Departure late afternoon, July 21.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road, The Falls, NS B0K 1V0, Canada

Peggy Eyre
[email protected]
(902) 209-0065

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Mahamudra Werma Retreat

With Richard John

July 14 - 21, 2023

On October 15, 1980, the Dorje Dradul wrote the Roar of the Werma while residing at what is now Casa Werma in Patzcuaro, Mexico. The sadhana is adapted from The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun, the final Shambhala terma he received from the expanse of wisdom.

Many are familiar with the Werma Sadhana as an expression of lungta and enlightened society. But in essence it is also a manifestation of the subtle wisdom of mahamudra and dzogchen, which we will explore in depth with guidance from great lineage masters.

The retreat will comprise morning and afternoon practice sessions, talks and commentary, and time for discussion. Talk topics will include:

  • Ashe as Pointing Out Transmission
  • Windhorse as Abrupt and Gradual Practice
  • Three Kayas and Three Samadhis

During this retreat, in addition to practising the sadhana itself, we will  practise the pith instructions on recognizing and resting in the nature of mind.

Who Should Attend

Participants must be vajrayana practitioners who have received the pointing out transmission from the Vidyadhara, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or from the Vajra Regent or Dorje Loppön on behalf of the Vidyadhara.

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

Overview of the Schedule

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

July 14
Arrival Day
6:30 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Orientation & Opening Talk 

July 15 – 21
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Each day will include breaks for meals, mid-day break, and tea.
July 21 will be a shorter day, and conclude with a celebratory feast.


Tuition: $450 CAD
Meals: $120 CAD
Accommodations: Extra. Prices vary according to your choice. (For a list of options, please visit the Registration Page.)

Heart Gifts

As is customary at retreats, there will be an opportunity to offer a monetary heart gift for the teacher towards the end of this program. It is a wonderful way to express your gratitude for receiving the profound vajrayana teachings.

The heart gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration and financial means, and there is no suggested amount. We will provide an opportunity for you to offer a gift if you are inspired to do so.

Covid Considerations 

As conditions are as yet uncertain for 2023, we reserve the right to add covid restrictions as may be required. More information will be posted in the spring of 2023.

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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 traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has directed six Warrior Assemblies. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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