The Moon of Kindness: A Societal Winter Retreat (Berkeley)

with Acharya Melissa Moore

December 27th—January 2nd

Date details +
  • $425 Program Price
  • $505 Patron Price
Room: Cupertino

Many may feel that kindness is impractical: It doesn’t get us what we want; we have no time for it, or we have more important things to do. However, kindness is extremely practical, for it cuts through isolation, fear, and aggression...When we relegate kindness to mere social courtesy, we are handicapping our access to the ambassador of love and compassion—deeply held powers of the human heart.


Kindness is staying open in the face of radical disagreement. Through the power of meditation, we have the strength to encounter our differences, look at how we close our hearts and our own self-protective patterns and explore the potency of kindness in creating Enlightened Society.

With a juicy experiential and interactive teaching style, Acharya Melissa Moore invites us to deepen our societal practice of kindness to self, other and society, tapping into the potency of the heart to exchange self with others.

This weekthun will be exceptional in that in addition to hours of deep sitting practice every day we will explore the Sakyong's teachings on enlightened society including Shambhala Meditation, embodiment, the practice of conversation and the Shambhala Sadhana. We will also pilot the the Sakyong's unreleased Sadhana of Kindness, a communal liturgy exploring the exchange of self and other and the truth of heartfelt non-duality.

The retreat has a societal emphasis—Shambhala Meditation, group activities, starting and ending together, a New Year’s Eve Shambhala Sadhana Feast and dance party will all be part of this practice retreat. This retreat aims to bring us into deep community, yet allowing space for formal practice containers for those with varying Shambhala practices. All levels are welcome, including those new to meditation.

This retreat fulfills Shambhala Group Practice Requirements for Shamatha Vipashyana, Ngondro, Werma and Scorpion Seal.

Acharya Melissa MooreAcharya Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. She co-founded and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe.

Melissa is a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency of San Francisco and since 2005 has been the founding Director of The Felton Institute dedicated to research and training in community mental health services for marginalized populations suffering from mental illness. Melissa has a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Post-Doctoral degree from University of California San Francisco in Community-Based Research and Psychiatric Treatment. She has extensive experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders, and trauma-related illnesses.

Families and Children
Families and Children Welcome! Please visit our Family Program page for details.

Partial Attendance allowed, with stipulations:
Haven’t done a weekthun? Must attend the first day; partial attendance allowed*.
Have attended a weekthun? Drop-ins welcome through Sunday, December 31st*
*After Sunday, December 31st, no additional participants can join the retreat.

New Year's Eve
Shambhala Sadhana Feast and Dance Party on Dec. 31st will open to all. Stay tuned for more information.

Sample Schedule
(will vary)

9:00 AMOpening Chants, Opening Remarks, Group Practice
10:00 AMPractice Session (Breakout by Practice) or Talk
12:00 PMMovement
12:30 PMLunch
1:30 PMROTA, Outdoor Walk, Study
2:00 PMPractice Session (Breakout by Practice) or Talk
3:45 PMSociety Practice Session or Discussion or Talk
4:30 PMSociety Practice Session or Discussion or Talk
6:00 PMClosing Chants (All together)
6:30 PMEnd of Day
7:30 PMOptional: Community Activity
9:00Optional: End of Day

Lunch styles may include
a contemplative bag lunch, lunch out with your Delek (group), or on your own.

Tea and light snacks will be provided each afternoon.

There will be a festive dinner on December 31st.

Program Price:$425
Patron Price: $505
Day Rate: $75
Or pay in accord with your circumstance. ($250 suggested minimum for the week)

For more information contact Kate: krraddock [at] gmail [dot] com

Please pre-register in advance of the program, and pre-pay online. This helps our coordinators and streamlies our process.