Growing Brave: Families and Children in Shambhala - Conference Sessions

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Teachers : Acharya Adam Lobel & Sangyum Wendy Friedman & Rachel Steele
Price per person: $60
Patron Price: $75
Price for Centers: $200
Price for Groups: $100

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

The Growing Brave Conference  invites all Shambhala members currently working with, interested in, or articulating the role and path of families & children in a society.  Together we are creating an awake container of goodness, wisdom, kindness and strength. We are coming together to contemplate our developmental and interrelational path, and how the culture in our households dovetails with sangha and society. The conference will be held in Boulder, CO October 6-9, 2017.

There are two ways you can join us online.


Live Online participants can join our conference in real time for the following sessions via Zoom:

(To verify the start times in your location, click here.)

Friday October 6, from 7pm to 9pm Mountain Standard Time

Welcome, The View with Acharya Adam Lobel and Minister Wendy Friedman, and Introductions by the Growing Brave Committee

*Participants can join live via Zoom to hear the presentations and be included in Q&A. If this time zone doesn’t work for you, this Zoom session will be recorded and will be available to you shortly after the session. You will then have time to view it before joining for Saturday’s Session.

Saturday October 7th

From 9am until 12 pm Mountain Standard Time (session for North, Central, and South America)

From 11am until 3pm Paris Time (session for Europe, Asia, and Oceania)

Open Space Technology

*Participants will join online communities for meditation, introduction to Open Space Technology, and Breakout Groups based on what is alive and of interest to each respective group. These sessions will not be live with the Boulder participants but scheduled based on time zones and self contained online and relevant to online participants. There will be included in each session a time for a harvest. These harvests will be fed back into the main conference’s harvest which happens on Sunday.

Sunday October 8th, from 2:30pm until 4pm Mountain Standard Time


*Physical and online participants will engage in a harvest of the open space groups and what has come out of the gatherings. If you cannot be present in real time, then there will be ways for you to submit harvests, communications, and reflections to the facilitators to be fed into the real time harvest.


Shambhala Online will be recording the following sessions. You will be able to view them in your own time. Breakout groups will be organized via Zoom for those who wish to participate in a conversation with others live in the months following the conference.

Friday Evening - Welcome, The View with Acharya Adam Lobel and Minister Wendy Friedman, and Introductions by the Growing Brave Committee

Saturday Morning - Introduction to Open Space and What’s in the Room

Sunday Afternoon - Conference Harvest

*These recordings will be posted after the conference. Links and schedules to follow-up discussions will be sent via email.

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 Options: $60 individuals / $75 Patrons / $200 Centers / $100 Groups.

Centers and Groups: Please use your Shambhala account to register. To create an account, see instructions here.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are in US Dollars . Request a discount before you register to allow for exchange rates or other discounts.

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