When There's Trouble in Paradise... A Retreat on Ending Anxiety and Depression Once and for All

Lama Marut, Cindy Lee, Darin McFadyen & Claire Thompson

misty red roadJoin us, 2011, as American Buddhist monk Lama Marut, Buddhist teacher and yogini Cindy Lee, and fellow teachers from the Asian Classics Institute present a four-day retreat on the shores of paradise. At this retreat you will encounter time-tested wisdom that is both grounded in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and fully applicable to our modern lives.  You will be taking home tools and strategies to put to work immediately to create a happier life, as well as meeting other like-minded people, and enjoying the beautiful setting (and great food!).

The evening philosophy classes include teachings from Buddhist Master Shantideva’s foundational text on compassion, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, in an original translation from the Sanskrit by Lama Marut, whose teachings have changed the lives of so many people around the world.  Morning yoga and guided meditation will help us integrate the teachings from the night before at the deepest level.  The Meditation Basics and Art of the Spiritual Practice classes present the foundations of a spiritual life in a way that is appealing and fun, and we hope the kirtan music and fire ceremony will create some great memories to take home as well.  We really hope you will join us.

About the Facilitator(s)

Lama MarutVenerable Sumati Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, a Ph.D. of Comparative Religions, motorcycle enthusiast, a former surfer, and a fully ordained Buddhist monk.  Lama Marut has been teaching religion for 25 years. As a Sanskrit scholar and Professor of Comparative Religions, he taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Riverside.  His unique background and easy, down-to-earth style has attracted thousands of followers around the world of all ages and walks of life who gather to hear his call for a revolution of true and lasting happiness.  A perfect combination of warmth and wit, Lama Marut makes even the most esoteric brain-busters of Eastern philosophy work as practical tools for immediate transformation.

For more information about Lama Marut, please visit www.lamamarut.org

Cindy LeeCindy Lee began studying Buddhism in 1997.  With Lama Marut she has completed the 18 Foundational and 18 Advanced courses in Buddhism offered by the Asian Classics Institute, and studied the full Classics of Yoga curriculum of Yoga Studies Institute.  She has completed numerous meditation retreats and now teaches Buddhism, meditation & yoga with Lama Marut in the USA and abroad.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and also an Advanced Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media and has taught in university film and media programs in Australia, as well as having worked internationally as a digital artist, film editor and VJ.

Darin McFadyenDarin McFadyen studies under Venerable Sumati Marut, and has completed the 18 Foundational and 18 Advanced courses in Tibetan Buddhism offered by Asian Classics Institute, Los Angeles. He has praticed yoga for 12 years, and received the 200 Hour training in Yoga Philosophy offered by the Yoga Studies Institute (www.yogastudiesinstitute.org).

He is also know internationally as music producer and touring DJ FreQ Nasty.   He has remixed and/or collaborated with artists as diverse as Kelis, Santigold, Fatboy Slim, KRS One, avant classical composer Steve Reich and reggae legend Jnr Delgado.  He draws from this experience to create his teachings on music, the arts, and Buddhism.   Hear his music at www.facebook.com/DjFreQNasty.

Claire ThompsonClaire Thompson has completed the 18 Foundational and 18 Advanced courses in Tibetan Buddhism offered by Asian Classics Institute (www.acidharma.org). She has received the 200-hour training in the Classics of Yoga through the Yoga Studies Institute, and was a founding teacher of the Mahasukha Yoga program at the Mahasukha Center in Los Angeles.  She has been a massage therapist for 12 years.

Claire has completed solitary silent meditation retreats ranging from 1 day to one month, and has studied meditation under the guidance of Lama Lauren Benjamin in LA.  See her ongoing meditation classes at: www.ustream.tv/meditation-basics-with-claire


Workshop Fees

EARLY BIRD RATE:  Receive $80 discount off published rates if paid by April 21st!

Fees include workshop, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including pool, hot tub and sauna.

Fees per person: Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
6 - Cottage n/a n/a
5 - Tropical Loft n/a n/a
4 - Tree House Room n/a n/a
3 - Bungalow Room $ 725 $ 855
2 - Lodge Room (private bath) $ 665 n/a
1 - Lodge Room (shared bath) n/a n/a

Payment option 1: Installmant plan:

First installment, 1/3 of total cost, due with registration.
Second installment, 1/3 of total cost, due before April 21 to receive early bird price.
Remaining 1/3 due by Jun 21st.

Payment option 2: Pay all-in-one, total cost due at time of registration.

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Please make checks out to Claire Thompson and send to:
Claire Thompson
129 Newgate Road
East Granby, CT 06026
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Prices subject to change without notice.