Dharma Moon Windhorse Retreat: Raising Power and Energy to Meet the Challenge of Living

May 1 - 5, 2024 |

David Nichtern, Dr. Sará King, Larry Mermelstein

Life can often feel like an uphill battle. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and "life admin", but by the end of the day, it can feel like our very life force has drained out of us.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is an ancient practice called lungta, or Windhorse. Its central image is of a mythical flying horse representing a vital life force or energy we can harness to face life's challenges — personal, communal, and even societal.

These simple but powerful exercises allow us to cut through layers of doubt, fear, and hesitation and invite the magic of our world and the melody of circumstances to manifest right on the spot.

Windhorse practice is like having a special tool available whenever we need it to help us work through obstacles, challenges, and conflicts in a confident and engaged way without getting dragged down by whatever life throws at us.

On May 1st-5th, 2024, join senior teachers David Nichtern, Larry Mermelstein, Dr. Sarå King, and the global Dharma Moon community for a special five-day online retreat to learn the transformative Windhorse practices to connect with our unconditional confidence, natural vitality, and one another!

Retreat schedule:

May 1, 2024: Welcome session

May 2-3, 2024: Practice immersion

May 4-5, 2024: Lectures, awareness practices, contemplative exercises, mindful movement, nature walks, and an introduction to the unique art of "aimless wandering."

Can't attend the live sessions? Re-Plays are Provided!

This page is for online attendance registration. Click here to register for in-person attendance at Menla.

David Nichtern

David Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher and CEO and Founder of Dharma Moon, practicing and teaching meditation for over 40 years. He was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970.

David is also a business consultant with companies creating a variety of offerings integrating meditation in a larger health and well-being context; including Goldman Sachs, Journey Meditation, Creative Live, True Nature Meditation (Tokyo), Balanced Athlete, The Center for Health & Healing, Om Births, and Kobre & Kim law firm among others.

He has been featured in The New York Times, FOX News, Netflix's animated series The Midnight Gospel, Huffington Post, The Buddhist Geeks podcast, Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast, You Made it Weird podcast with Pete Holmes, and many others. David also hosts his own Podcast based on his book Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck.

David is the author of the critically acclaimed books Awakening From the Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha's Wheel of Life and Creativity, Spirituality & Making a Buck. He mentors individual students both in person and online, and leads meditation teacher training programs around the world.

He is also a highly regarded composer, producer and guitarist, as well as the founder of Dharma Moon Records and 5 Points Records. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and TV, he wrote the classic hit song "Midnight at the Oasis" and composed the score for Christopher Guest's film "The Big Picture". In recent years he has produced multiple records for and periodically tours with Grammy nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das.



Larry Mermelstein

Larry Mermelstein became a close student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar. He has been a senior teacher in the Vajradhatu/Shambhala community for many years. He is a founding member and the executive director of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over forty years and is a long-time consulting editor for Shambhala Publications. Larry is also a senior teacher of Dharma Moon, a mindfulness-based education platform and global community, where he teaches advanced dharma courses along with the founder & CEO, David Nichtern.

Dr. Sará King

Dr. Sará King is an internationally recognized neuroscientist, artist, political and learning scientist, education philosopher, social impact entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor. She is passionate about catalyzing humanity’s capacity to heal ourselves from the inside out and dedicated to creating contemplative practices at the nexus of art, music, and meditation as well as products that are the reflection of loving-awareness-in-action. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Public Health at the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion in Human Health and Social Justice at UCSD. She is also the co-director of Mobius, a home for the development of Liberatory Technology, and the founder of MindHeart AI, a contemplative tech company that she founded to develop AI-integrated platforms, applications, and courses grounded in neuroscience, “The Science of Social Justice” framework and the “Systems Based Awareness Map” (SBAM) which she developed to explore our capacity to heal intergenerational trauma and promote the well-being of "collective nervous systems”. In 2021, she was named “One-To-Watch” by Mindful Magazine, as well as she made the November cover of Yoga Journal Magazine as a “Game Changer” for her work bridging neuroscience, social justice and contemplative practices. In 2022, she was also named one of the "10 Most Powerful Women in Mindfulness" by Mindful Magazine.

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