Continuing Education for MIs: Weekend 3

June 22nd—June 23rd

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  • $108 Program Price
Room: Main Meditation Hall

2024 Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors: Weekend Three

22 Jun 2024 - Shambhala Online -

Registration: Registration is through Shambhala Online. To register for this program, go to its page at Shambhala Online:

When you register, please list, Lexington, as your Revenue Share Center, and type in, 2024CONTINUING50, for the Revenue Share Code. We get 50% of your payment returned back to Lexington Shambhala.

Coordinator: Craig Sargent, [email protected]. Please let him know once you've registered with Shambhala Online.




June 22-23

12:00-3:00 pm Eastern

About the Training

Weekend three of this training is part of a series of three weekend trainings that are designed as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, as well those who are being mentored into that role.

You do not need to attend all three weekends. These weekend trainings are ideal for Groups and Centers to include within a mentoring program for those seeking a Meditation Instructor authorization at a local level. 

Weekends One and Two are open to all. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role.

Weekend 1 with Dale Asrael and Gaylon Ferguson, April 13-14, 2024
Weekend 2 with Erika Berland, May 4-5, 2024
Weekend 3 Janet Solyntjes and Elaine Yuen, June 22-23, 2024

Weekend Three includes a Saturday overview of mental health, meditation, and the role of the Meditation Instructor tailored for people who are not mental health experts. Presenters will address the following topics: 

  • An overview of therapeutic modalities in contrast to meditation 
  • The role of meditation 
  • When to refer patients for mental health support

Sunday will focus on investigating the personal journey of a Meditation Instructor framed in terms of the four dignities of meek, perky, outrageous, and inscrutable. Topics that will be addressed are:

  • Modesty, while at the same time the development of confidence
  • Maintaining lungta and offering that to our local communities
  • Community building across the Meditation Instructor community—how can we help and support each other and mentor new MI’s


Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only. 

About the Teachers

Janet Solyntjes has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1984 and began directing Shambhala Training levels in 1993. She has led dathuns as well as co-directed Warrior Assembly and Enlightened Society Assembly. Janet has served as a meditation teacher on the faculty of Naropa University, Center for Mindfulness, Engaged Mindfulness Institute, and Mindful Leader. Janet and her husband, Jeff Price, are co-founders of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living.

Elaine Yuen is an educator, chaplain and researcher. She has been a student and teacher in the Shambhala community since the early 1970’s. Between 2012 and 2020 she was a professor at Naropa University where she taught courses on pastoral caregiving (chaplaincy), contemplative education and Buddhist studies. Elaine is deeply interested in how we shape our social interactions with caring and authentic presence. She teaches nationally and internationally, continuing to explore the interfaces between Buddhism, meditation, creativity, and contemplative care-giving. Her website on Contemplative Chaplaincy can be found at