Growing Brave: Shambhala Families & Children Conference

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Sangyum Wendy Friedman

October 6th—October 9th

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    Registration is open, please click here to register.
    The Registration deadline is September 5. Registration for this program is via Brown Paper Tickets, an external ticketing website. Click the link to register there.

    Children and families are an integral part of Shambhala and an integral part of creating Enlightened Society. 

    The Growing Brave Conference is for parents and caregivers, educators, leaders and anyone interested in supporting families & children in Shambhala and developing their path forward. The conference is also open to children. Children who attend will enjoy their own age-appropriate programs while adults are engaged in each day’s activities.

    Everyone will be on their own for meals except for one dinner that we’ll all enjoy together. We are keeping the cost low to make this conference financially workable for all who wish to attend. Please help us raise money to assist those needing scholarships. Donate Here. If you have questions before registration, please contact the Growing Brave committee at [email protected] We welcome your participation! 

    Highlights of the Growing Brave Conference Schedule:

    Friday, October 6th
    3 pm - 7 pm           Registration/meet & greet the community

    7 pm– 9 pm            Opening Talk: Acharya Lobel & Wendy Friedman

    Saturday, October 7th
    9 am - 5 pm            Open Space Technology
    7 pm – 9 pm           Evening Session activities with adults & children

    Sunday, October 8th
    9 am - 4 pm            Open Space Technology

    4:30pm                   Shambhala Sadhana and Celebration

    (OPTIONAL!) Monday, October 9th at Marpa House
    9:15 am – Noon       Discussion Board Groups

    If you're coming in from out of town for the conference and need assistance locating housing please contact Gayle Niss (click here to email Gayle). Please note: Gayle is on retreat and unable able to reply until July 10th.

    About the teachers

    Acharya Adam Lobel began the path of meditation when he was 16 years old after his first taste of real pain, outrage at social and ecological injustice, and wondering a bit too much about what reality was all about.  Adam soon encountered the writings and vision of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  Inspired by the path of warriorship and the vision of enlightened society, Adam pursued meditation retreats and training in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has an eight-year-old son, Javin, who is a Jedi Knight in training.
    Wendy Friedman
    was raised in a Shambhala family.  Ms. Friedman was made Director of the new Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum in 2010,  and a Minister on the Kalapa Council in 2015.  In 1985, the Dorje Dradul designated Ms. Friedman as a member of the Mukpo family and gave her the title Sangyum Drukmo Wangmo. Wendy lives with her husband and owns a clothing store and a home décor store in Halifax.  Wendy is active in civic duties and mentorship, loves hosting, and is an avid traveler.

    Rachel Steele will be Lead Teacher for the Children's Program during the conference.
    Rachel holds an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and taught at Alaya Preschool for over 15 years. Supporting opportunities for children and families to connect with the Shambhala teachings is a passion for her and she has been involved in family programing in Shambhala since 2002. She lives in Boulder Co with her husband Brian and daughter Wini and is currently fortunate to be a full time mom.


    Registration is open, please click here to register.
    Please note: registration for this program is via Brown Paper Tickets, an external ticketing website.