Feel Human Again: Shambhala Training, Level I

with Dr. John Smythe

October 19th—October 20th

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  • $190 Program Price
  • $220 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can afford

In Feel Human Again, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

The program includes meditation instruction, talks, periods of meditation practice, and discussion.

Feel Human Again (also known as "The Art of Being Human") is the first in the series of Shambhala Training retreats and the first program in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. The Way of Shambhala offers a structured path of meditation and a complete introduction to the foundations of Shambhala Buddhism. Open to people of any spiritual tradition, this series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, wisdom teachings, and physical practices rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism.

About Dr. John Smythe

Dr. John Smythe is a pediatric cardiologist in Kingston Ontario, his home town. He began meditating after a chance visit to Gampo Abbey in 1991 and he has taught meditation in the Shambhala community and to medical trainees for many years. John has completed numerous programs for meditation instructors, within and outside of Shambhala, including an internship at the University of Massachusetts in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and programs in Self Compassion Teacher training. He is a grateful student of Sakyong Mipham, and of his two daughters, who all still have much to teach him.


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.

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