Winter Holiday Retreat - The Cradle of Loving Kindness - Weekthun

with Donald Eckler

December 27th—January 2nd

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  • $350 Program Price
  • Or pay what you can afford

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you would like to get on the waiting list, contact Donald Eckler at [email protected]

This seven-day retreat, also referred to as a weekthün in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, is an in-depth meditation retreat. It is a powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation -- a technique that transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life.

"Cradle of Lovingkindness" is founded on the Shambhala principle that everyone, at their core, is worthy and complete. From this point of view, meditation is not so much a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities, but a powerful way to connect with the inherent goodness and wisdom within our present experience. .

The daily meditation practice and routine of the retreat supports our journey of gently making friends with who we are and giving rise to our inherent fearlessness. The design of this program creates an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

This retreat is a "city retreat" and takes place at the Shambhala Meditation Centre of Toronto. Practice includes:

  • Sitting and walking meditation
  • Individual meditation instruction
  • Talks/Discussions
  • Study periods
  • Silence practice

Note: This program fulfills the weekthün practice requirement for those on the Shambhala Buddhist path.

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 Coffee/tea Preparation
8:30 Coffee and tea
8:55 Group clean-up
9:00 Chants/Practice
9:35 Walk
9:50 Sit
10:20 Walk/Yoga
10:35 Sit
11:10 Walk
11:25 Sit/Lunch rota set-up
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Walk in Park (?)
1:30 Study/Nap
2:00 Reading  
2:10 Sit/Walk
3:00 Sit/Tea Prep.
3:15 Tea
3:45 Sit/Tea clean-up rota
4:00 Reading Circle
4:30 Sit
4:45 Closing Chants
5:00 End

About Donald Eckler

Donald Eckler has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since the early 1970’s. For 37 years he was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board where he worked primarily with emotionally vulnerable children. He was responsible for designing and introducing the first class in the TDSB to integrate these sensitive, yet inherently good students into regular classrooms. Donald teaches regularly at the Toronto Shambhala Centre. He also teaches a weekly meditation group at St. Joseph’s Hospital for patients in the mental health wing, at Ryerson University for staff, and at Bereaved Families of Ontario.

More Retreat information

This retreat is open to everyone from beginning meditators to experienced practitioners.  This is a seven full-day retreat and participants are encouraged to attend the entire weekthün.

Retreat includes morning tea and coffee, and a full lunch. Suggested donation: $55 per day or $350 for the week.

If circumstances don't allow you to attend the full retreat, contact Donald Eckler at [email protected] to discuss options.

The retreat is also open to those who wish to do a two day retreat, December 27 and 28. If you want to attend the two-day retreat, please register on the two-day retreat page.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.

Online Registration

Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account. If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you would like to get on the waiting list, contact Donald Eckler at [email protected]