Shambhala Training Level 1: 'The Art of Being Human'

with Acharya Orhun Cercel

September 16th—September 17th (2017)

Date details +
  • £130 Full Price
  • £110 Early Bird
  • £20 Deposit
Room: London meditation hall
Program Registration is Closed.

Shambhala offers a series of weekend retreats suitable for anyone interested in the practice of meditation as a way to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. Intensive practice over the course of a weekend is a very powerful way to strengthen your meditation and your motivation to develop a regular personal practice.

What is this course about?

In The Art of Being Human we see unconditional goodness as the basis of our existence, through the practice of meditation. As we relate with our own experience with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Meditation is presented as an opportunity to rest in what you already are — basic goodness, natural peace and clarity. It is how we train in being awake, placing the mind on the breath, in the present moment.

Through the simple, regular practice of sitting meditation, you learn to develop friendship with your mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humour. Slowly you can let the mind relax within itself, and let go of struggling with yourself.

What is involved?

Every Shambhala retreat weekend includes:

  • Detailed and regular meditation instruction
  • Periods of meditation practice
  • Individual support and advice
  • Talks on what we can discover through meditation
  • Opportunities to ask question
  • Group discussion activities

Some feedback from 'The Art of Being Human' May 2016

"Loved the talks, and everyone was so open to each other’s opinions and experiences"

"Having done retreats before I consider this venue and organisation excellent and will definitely come again"

"Fantastic talks … triggered important insights"

"I got all the answers I came for and am excited about my practice"

"Impressive support by staff and volunteers – very professional"

To reserve a place on this course please pay a £20 deposit upon registration.  Early registration is advised - places are limited to ensure quality support, and we anticipate this course will be fully booked.


Further Information

A concession fee of £80 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000 (including full time students).  Please contact [email protected] to request a concession.

 Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9am, start 9.30am.   

Lunch will be provided, any allergies please include details in the comment box on the registration screen 
For further information please email: [email protected]

This course will be taught by Acharya Orhun Cercel. Orhun has been meditating since 1990 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His varied career has taken him from investment banking to psychotherapy and acupuncture. He spends much of his time travelling in Europe teaching Shambhala programmes.