Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room – CAD $300.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy $55 – CAD $210.00
  • Lodge: Couple's Room – CAD $300.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy – CAD $280.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $200.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $130.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $100.00
  • (All prices include CAD $100.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday afternoon to set up the fire offering. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Departure Sunday, May 8, 2022, 5 p.m. Atlantic

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

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

Peggy Eyre
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Vajrayogini Weekend of Magnetizing 2023

With Mark Nowakowski and Rhea Colmar

May 5 - 7, 2023

Join Vajrayogini around the hearth to magnetize all good things for yourself and for Dorje Denma Ling.

Open to Vajrayogini sadhakas who have completed an Amending Fire Offering, this is a rare opportunity to engage in fire-offering practice for a weekend.

Fifteen years ago, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche gave us his blessing and permission to do this practice as a “rite-of-aid” for Dorje Denma Ling, Shambhala, and the entire world, and we have been doing so twice a year: Magnetizing in the spring, and Enriching in the fall.

For Magnetizing, we are attracting and gathering all good things, especially magnetizing the awake relationship between dharma teachers and students. This is a chance to deepen our practice, where everyone participates in the leadership roles of loppön, umdze, and chöpön. Please join us in this budding spring season for a powerful weekend practice.

Program Cost

$100 for the Fire Offering and meals; accommodations extra.

Daily accommodation prices range from $15 (shrine room floor) to $100 (single private room).


Arrival: Friday Afternoon to set up Fire Offering    Dinner: 6:30pm

Saturday Practice: 7am to 9pm

Departure:  Sunday afternoon after clean-up… around 5pm

What to Bring

  • Vajrayogini Sadhana and Fire Offering liturgy insert
  • Your Kagyü and Shambhala chants
  • Red clothes and cushion covers if you have them. (Dorje Denma Ling has some for participant use)

Please join us at Dorje Denma Ling for this powerful weekend practice.

Covid Considerations

Unfortunately Covid-19 is still around and still considered pandemic status.

At this time, to minimize the risk of a Covid outbreak during your retreat, we are asking participants EITHER to provide proof of full vaccination at registration, OR, proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. All participants will also be required to take a rapid test upon arrival, and to wear a mask until such time as the group feels comfortable that no one is carrying Covid.

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.


Mark Nowakowski
Mark Nowakowski met the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972 and has been his student ever since. He currently studies with other Kagyü and Nyingma masters. Mark is a senior member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and a senior teacher in the Shambhala mandala. He did his first Fire Offering in 1985, and his second that same year with the Vidyadhara, and with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche the following year. Since then he has led many Amending and Four Karma Fire Offerings. In 2006, he requested the Sakyong’s blessing and permission to do weekend rite-of-aid fire offerings to benefit our mandala…
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Rhea Colmar
Rhea Colmar, RN/BSN, LMBT weaves together years of experience in dance, yoga, qi gong, massage & bodywork, public health nursing, and mindfulness/meditation practices. Rhea began her journey at a young age as a dancer and yoga practitioner then became a massage therapist and began studying mindfulness/meditation practices in the 1990’s. Primarily practicing and studying Tibetan Buddhist approaches to meditation, Rhea is a student in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
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