Shambhala Training Level I - the Art of Being Human

with Geoff Crinean

March 16th—March 17th (2018)

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  • $80 Full Price
  • $70 Concession Rate
Room: Saxon Street

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Weekend I, is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life.

This first Shambhala Training Weekend presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

We'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

About Weekend I:

The Art of Being Human, Shambhala Training Weekend I is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice, and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom. 

Senior Shambhala teacher Geoff Crinean will incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and provide instructions for basic mindfulness-awareness meditation practice including posture, relating to thoughts, and breathing.

Geoff will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation.

Weekend includes:

  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks
  • One-on-one meditation instruction

This program is open to everyone. There are no prerequisites required.

About the Way of Shambhala:

Shambhala Training is a sequence of programs suitable for anyone interested in exploring meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world.

Each program involves the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—a path of nonaggression born from the willingness to meet our world without bias or judgment. This path shows how to take the challenges of everyday life as opportunities for contemplative practice and learning.


The course operates from Friday night to Saturday late afternoon.

Friday night, March 16, is the opening talk, from 7-9pm. This is free and open to the public. Saturday, March 17, is a full day, from 9am to 6pm, for which fees apply.


The Friday night talk is free and open to the public.

The cost of the weekend Level 1 is $80 full price, $70 concession and $40 for people repeating.

Tea, coffee and snacks are provided. Participants are requested to bring their own lunch for Saturday, or shop nearby the venue.


Saxon Street is a new community hub in Brunswick, located at 33 Saxon Street. This is an ex-school re-opened for community use. Saxon Street runs parallel to Sydney Road. Come in one of the entrances on Saxon Street and find your way to the kitchen for a cuppa.

In terms of parking, there is limited unrestricted street parking in Phoenix Street west of Saxon Street. Abutting Phoenix Street is a Woolworths and a paid car park with maximum periods of 4 hours. Nearby in Dawson Street, there is a car park next to the railway station that is paid until 6pm Friday and free on the weekends.

Tram 55 goes up and down Sydney Road, stop off at Dawson or Albert Streets, and the closest train station is Brunswick.


Geoff is a senior teacher in Shambhala. He has been teaching (and learning) for over 35 years. Following completion of his PhD in nuclear physics at Melbourne University in 1974 he left Australia to explore the world. In 1977 he found Shambhala Buddhism in London and helped form what is now a thriving Shambhala Centre there. He was fortunate to spend a lot of time with his main teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche, who asked him to set up the Dorje Kasung in Europe. In 1987 he moved to Halifax.  Following the death of Trungpa Rinpoche he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, who asked him to chair the Shambhala Board of Directors, which he did for 5 years. Geoff has worked his way through 7 careers and is now a coach and workshop leader based in Halifax. He is excited to meet new and experienced practitioners during his visit to Australia and to revisit places of powerful drala (spirit).

Further Information: 

If you have any further questions please contact Jeff on 0457056601 or [email protected]