Releasing into Presence: A New Year’s Meditation and Music Retreat
December 31, 2021 – January 2, 2022
December 31, 2021
 - 
January 2, 2022
with Lopön Chandra Easton and musical guest, Adrienne Shamszad
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Bring in the New Year with a rejuvenating weekend filled with meditation, music, and the time and space to release the old and welcome in the new. We’ll slow down and experience the benefits that meditation and music have to offer our body, mind, and soul.  

Buddhist teacher and scholar Lopön Chandra will offer expert guidance in meditation to help you release into grounded presence with ease and comfort. You will learn techniques for developing shamatha, “calm abiding,” meditation including the practice of mindfulness of breathing, which is an especially effective approach to soothing the body and calming the discursive mind, and the more advanced techniques for “settling the mind in its natural state.” We will also explore the meditative benefits of mantra recitation, another form of shamatha.

On Saturday night (New Years Day), Adrienne Shamszad, Iranian-American singer-songwriter, culture preserver, and teacher, will serenade us with her inspired music, singing us into the new year and setting our hearts on fire with longing and devotion. She will perform original pieces in English and traditional music in Farsi, evoking the spirits of the Iranian master poets such as Hafez and Rumi while accompanying herself on guitar and setar. She will also guide us through a meditative musical experience in one of our sessions.

In this weekend retreat, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn shamatha meditation for cultivating relaxation, concentration, and clarity.
  • Practice meditation inside and out in nature, gazing over the Pacific ocean. Chances are you will spot whales migrating south for the winter.
  • Learn gentle and accessible therapeutic exercises and movements to bring more comfort and ease to your meditation and your life.
  • Learn the “gentle vase breath,” jamlung, for developing greater levels of comfort and concentration.
  • Enjoy live musical performances and instruction with Adrienne Shamszad, Iranian-American singer-songwriter.

This will be a weekend of fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation to get you recharged for the year to come. Esalen is a truly magical experience this time of year, one that you will never forget. Whatever your spiritual path or meditation experience, you will benefit from the development of a more concentrated, relaxed, and clear mind. All are welcome.

People with mobility issues are welcome to sit in chairs and modify the yoga portions. Most of the yoga will be like gentle floor work on our backs and feet, and is accessible to almost anyone. Please let us know if you need additional assistance due to mobility issues.

Chandra Easton

Chandra Easton

Chandra Easton is a teacher, writer, and translator of Tibetan Buddhism. She has taught Buddhism and Yoga around the world since 2001, and was given the title of senior lead teacher, Dorje Lopön (Varjācharya) in 2015. Currently, she serves on the Tara Mandala Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Council and is writing a book on the 21 Taras in Buddhist Tantra.

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Adrienne Shamszad | Guest Faculty

Adrienne Shamszad | Guest Faculty

Adrienne Shamszad is an Iranian-American singer-songwriter, teacher and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sat 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

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COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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