Program Listings

Register now and get CAD $50.00 off the program price. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2020.
  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room - $100 per Night – CAD $430.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy - $55 per Night – CAD $340.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy - $45 per Night – CAD $320.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy - $80 per Night – CAD $390.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $300.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Single Occupancy - $60 per Night – CAD $350.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $300.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 4 People - $25 per Night – CAD $280.00
  • Your Own Tent - $20 per Night – CAD $270.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $230.00
  • (All prices include CAD $230.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday, June 26 by 5 pm. Departure Sunday June 28 after afternoon tea.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Tamsyn Loat
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Shambhala Queer Dharma Retreat

With Acharya Eric Spiegel and Basia Solarz

June 26 - 28, 2020

All beings possess natural goodness, kindness and intelligence, noble qualities inherent in each of us. The Shambhala dharma is about gaining confidence in these innate qualities by means of meditation and infusing this confidence into our everyday lives. While this is true for everyone, the LBGTQ community faces particular challenges within society; this can be both an inspiration and an obstacle for each of us.

In this retreat we will gently explore our identity: How do I define myself? How am I perceived? How does this influence my relationship to others and society? Through personal inquiry and supportive discussion, we explore how to maintain the integrity of our identity while fostering compassion for others with diverse views. As we allow ourselves to relax into our inherent goodness, the boundaries that separate us from others may begin to soften.

Our weekend together includes meditation, movement, walks in nature and community celebration. Inspired and nurtured, we return to our lives with greater clarity, confidence and an open heart. This retreat for the LGBTQ community invites practitioners of all levels of experience, but no previous meditation is necessary.


$230 includes food. Accommodations are extra.
For a list of accommodation options, visit the Registration Page.
An Early Bird Discount of $50 is offered until March 31, 2020.



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Acharya Eric Spiegel
Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 40 years and has studied directly with both Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.   As an Acharya (which means “Teacher” in sanskrit) he is one of a small group of senior teachers empowered by The Sakyong to directly represent the Shambhala Lineage. In addition to a 40 year career in finance (from which he is retired!), Eric is known for his work with people with HIV and other life-threatening illnesses.  He teaches extensively on the topics of fearlessness in relating with Death and also on the place of “Wealth and…
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Basia Solarz
Basia Solarz, MAdEd, CPCC brings over 25 years’ experience facilitating conversations in educational, workplace, and community settings. Currently, she serves as the Consultant, Communications and Conflict Competence, for the award-winning Workplace Conflict Resolution Program at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In this role, she offers mediation, conflict coaching, and educational services across the province-wide organization. A Certified Transformative Mediator™ and Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), Basia is particularly interested in the moral-ethical dimensions of conflict transformation as well as the intersection of adult learning and the transformative approach (Bush & Folger) to working with…
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