Awakening the Heart of Compassion: A People of Color Community Retreat – CANCELED

  • Casa Werma Casa Werma
  • Libertad 80, Colonia Centro Patzcuaro, Mich. 61600 Mexico
  • Mar 23 - 30, 2019 (8 days)
  • Colibri Suite - $903.00 Leoncita - $777.00 La Casita Shared Lodging - $630.00 Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín - $525.00 Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size - $840.00 Off-site Estancia de la Era - La Suite - $910.00 Off Site El Gran

About us


With the support of members of the Shambhala People of Color Leadership, Casa Werma is offering this Awakening the Heart of Compassion: A People of Color Community Retreat.

In a time of so much suffering in our communities and countries, it is all the more important to gather and connect with our heart of basic goodness in a practice of community.

In this retreat our practices will include mindfulness-awareness, sending and taking (tonglen) and Shambhala vajrayana practices of ngondro and sadhana. Dharma talks and contemplation will offer an opportunity to explore and embody Mahayana teachings that we share – allowing a deep sense of kindness, wisdom, wholeness, and joy to emerge.

Intensive practice, guided group contemplation and experiential exercises, one to one meditation instruction will be offered.

All our meditation practices are about learning to recognize our basic goodness in the immediacy of the present moment, and then nurturing this recognition until it seeps into the very core of our being. The practice begins on the cushion and goes beyond the cushion into every aspect of the retreat — including meals, activities during open periods, mandala support roles (cleaning or food prep) and rest.

This retreat will be lead by an acharya, other senior teachers and meditation instructors.

This retreat will meet weekthun practice requirements.

This retreat will meet group practice requirements for Primordial Rigden ngondro, werma and Scorpion Seal practitioners.

This retreat is for any Shambhala practitioner who identifies as a person of color.

Retreatants will receive a list of practice and study materials to bring.

Travel Arrangements:

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options. Visit our How to Get Here page for more info.

Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $563 usd  We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Pay-It-Forward tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations. Please select Pay-It-Forward Tuition Add-On in Registration.

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $455 usd   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses.

Subsidized program tuition not including accommodations: 30% off Full Tuition  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round. Unfortunately, Casa Werma is not able to offer work/trade options at this time. Please type “SUBSIDIZED” in Discount Code in Registration.

If further assistance is needed, please connect with Shambhala People of Color Scholarship Fund for more info about and  how to apply for some assistance.

Please email (contact info blocked) with any further questions.

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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