Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room - $100 per Night – CAD $550.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy - $55 per Night – CAD $460.00
  • Lodge: Couple Room - $55 Each per Night – CAD $460.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy - $80 per Night – CAD $510.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy - $45 per Night – CAD $440.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $420.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $420.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 4 People - $25 per Night – CAD $400.00
  • Your Own Tent - $20 per Night – CAD $390.00
  • Off-Land Commuters - $10 per Day – CAD $370.00
  • (All prices include CAD $350.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday afternoon between 4pm-6pm. Departure Sunday after 5pm.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0

Lu Slone
902-657-9085 ext 10

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Kalapa Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging

With Stéphane Bédard

September 7 - 9, 2018

Ikebana is the Japanese art and contemplative practice of flower arranging dating back to the 6th century. As a “meditation in action,” Ikebana helps us connect to the present moment and wakes up our sense perceptions. Ikebana arrangements are both beautiful and thought-provoking, and practitioners of this ancient discipline experience it as profound, enriching, and deeply satisfying.

The Art of Ikebana retreat is a Kalapa Ikebana program, which means it is based on Shambhala Art principles. The program will consist of demonstrations and hands-on practice under the close guidance of Ikebana Master Stéphane Bédard. Instructions and guidance will be tailored to the participant’s level of knowledge, so you are welcome to attend whether you are a beginner or seasoned Ikebana student.

Please note: Participants should bring clippers. If possible, also please bring containers (10 to 12 inches in diameter) and kenzans (2 inch diameter minimum).

You will be able to take your arrangements with you and reconstruct them at home, so it would be preferable to have your own containers. However, Dorje Denma Ling does have limited quantities on hand if you do not have access to suitable containers.

There is a strict limit on the number of participants for this program, so register early if you intend to come!


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Stéphane Bédard
Stéphane Bédard is a student of the renowned Ikebana Master Seibi Watanabe Sensei. He has been teaching Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) since 1987. A senior Shambhala Art Teacher in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community, he also teaches Shambhala Art workshops, the Way of Shambhala programs, and holds the title of Kalapa Ikebana Master Instructor. Stéphane lives in Montreal, and regularly travels to teach in various locations, including Nova Scotia, where he has dedicated students.  
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