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Rites of Passage 2016-CANCELLED

Northern California Shambhala

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM (PDT)

Rites of Passage 2016-CANCELLED

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
ALL ATTENDEES MUST PAY THIS AMOUNT- PARENTS, CHILDREN, SIBLINGS, ETC. This is the fee for 1 person's lodging and meals.
Ended $160.00 $4.19
Adult Tuition   more info Ended $150.00 $3.99
Child Tuition Ended $200.00 $4.99

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Rites of Passage 2016 for 8 –10 year olds: Adventure • Experience • Connection

Around age 8-10, children begin the developmental stage of becoming more independent and more self-aware. During this time of transition, it is important for communities and adults to honor and support this natural growth. During the Rites of Passage retreat, children are formally introduced to several contemplative practices such as meditation, ikebana (contemplative flower arranging), and kyudo (contemplative archery). Furthermore, they are given more freedom and acknowledged as capable, strong, worthy, and whole by their parents and the community around them. During the retreat, parents spend time practicing meditation and connecting with each other. By supporting a parents ability to let go a little more, we can help the children feel that sense of trust that we all long for, and which is our very birthright. By supporting children in cultivating mindful disciplines, we can help them to take responsibility for their own minds and hearts and thus become more confident, generous, compassionate, and awake. By coming together as a community to support life's natural transitions, we strengthen our own communal resiliency and our ability to nurture joy in each other's being.

Although Rites of Passage is based in the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness, wholeness, and inherent worthiness, one does not need to be of any particular tradition or spiritual background to take part in this program. We welcome children and families of all religions, traditions, and cultures.

This year's Rites of Passage will take place on the beautiful land of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. We invite everyone to camp on the land, although there will be other accommodations for specific circumstances. The days will be full of practice and play. There will be moments of being together as families, and periods of adults and children working on their individual paths separately. This weekend intensive is the first part of Rites of Passage. There will be a formal graduation ceremony at the Berkeley Shambhala Center on a date to be determined.

Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Each family member who plans to attend must register. There will not be special programming for siblings, so if they do need to attend, they will need to be under the care and supervision of parents at all times. Siblings will need to pay the lodging/food but not tuition. 

Cost Breakdown:
Room and Board: $160 per person
Adult Tuition: $150
Child Tuition: $200

Rites of Passage program fees include materials for all classes, meals & snacks for all participants, camping costs and space usage fees for everyone, ceremonial items, and teacher’s gifts for all participant classes. Should cost be a hardship for you, consider a crowdfunding campaign via If this is not accessible, contact us to make arrangements.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns:

Leslie Gossett/ lesliegossett (at) gmail (dot) com

Director of Family and Children's Programming

Northern California Shambhala

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your reservation more than 14 days prior to the program, you will receive a full refund less a $15 processing fee. If you cancel between 2 to 14 days prior to the program you will recieve a 50% refund. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 48-hours prior to the scheduled program.

Have questions about Rites of Passage 2016-CANCELLED? Contact Northern California Shambhala

When & Where

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
6367 Sonoma Mountain Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM (PDT)

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Northern California Shambhala

Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Sonora, Silicon Valley and Grass Valley. To locate a center near you, click here.

The Shambhala Lineage is a spirtual tradition founded on the principle that all beings are fundamentally good and deeply desire to create meaningful human society together. By bravely taking the time and space for self reflection we can both individually and communally awaken our inherent confidence, intelligence, and good will and desire for a better world.

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