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Mudra Space Awareness: The Full Scope with Dr. Craig Warren Smith, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron

May 11 @ 5:00 pm - May 18 @ 8:00 am



Come join us in the Karmê Chöling Shine Room for seven days of practice, and experience for yourself the magic of Mudra—making your own full gesture in response to your world.

This week-long retreat will present the full scope of this profound mind-body discipline. Everyone is invited to attend. A half century after being introduced by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the intensive physical and sensory exercises of Mudra Space Awareness have coalesced as a definitive practice applicable to both personal and professional life.

This program has three dimensions:

  • Vision: Mudra provides an experiential glimpse of non-dual perception, in which self and other co-arise in a moment of perception. Practitioners can gain a pragmatic and accessible understanding of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, Tibetan Buddhism’s highest non-dual teachings, in which self and other co-arise in each moment.
  • Method: Exercises and postures train the practitioner to make inner “gestures” – subtle actions – that rework the mind/body relationship and alter sense perceptions while restoring balance. These result in a refreshing level of flexibility and awareness that is applicable to every situation.
  • Applications: First presented as theater training and a vital complement to meditation and contemplative practices, Mudra has evolved to be applicable to everyday life – professional development, e.g. health, family, education, art and entrepreneurship. Applied Mudra can be activated in both digital and physical settings.

Senior Mudra teachers Acharya Suzann Duquette and Greg Heffron will present the broad scope of these experiential teachings that conveys their application to spiritual awakening, lifestyle balance and professional development.

Dr. Craig Smith, Chairman of Mudra Institute, via video, will lecture on the Mudra Manifesto, which proclaims how these teachings respond to the groundlessness of our current moment.

This program will include intensive physical training, sensory exercises, meditations, talks and discussions.

“Mudra opens me to my life and the dharma in the most profound ways.”

“Getting a taste of different energies, styles and personalities was very rich and inspiring. The co-creation of practice made the possibility to embody mudra principles in my life very real.”

“Fills out the other teachings. So subtle and so deep and profound.”

“Extremely valuable, opportunity to experience different teachers and styles, approaches.”

Who Should Attend this Mudra Retreat?

  1. All who are interested in gathering for this unique practice of Mudra Space Awareness (May 11-18)
  2. Those attending as trainees to become Mudra Space Awareness facilitators – by invitation only (May 11-18)
  3. Weekend: Those who have previously done a Mudra weekend or retreat or are part of an ongoing Mudra group are welcome to join for the weekend. (May 15-17)

The retreat is open to all who are interested – from new practitioners to most advanced.

Those invited to participate in the facilitator training have attended numerous trainings and retreats and will be attending to be authorized to establish and lead Mudra practice groups and selected introductions to this transformative discipline.

Mudra facilitator training is a pre-requisite for the upcoming full teacher training – the first of its kind – to be held at Karmê Chöling in the fall of 2020.

As noted by Acharya John Rockwell,

“The Vidyadhara’s teachings on Mudra Space Awareness are one of Shambhala’s hidden treasures. The cycle of exercises embody his creative genius in making the vajrayana teachings accessible and penetrating. He begins at the beginning — how to be in space — then takes us step by step through how to stand, walk, relate with things, and interact with people. So simple, yet so revealing! “

More About Mudra

As part of this immersion into Mudra, we asked Mudra teachers some questions about their relationship to this transformative mind-body discipline. See their answers on our BLOG, available HERE.

Also see a collection of videos and articles about the practice of Mudra on the Mudra Institute website at www.mudrainstitute.org

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3-6pm on Monday, May 11, 2020, to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. Monday, May 18th is a departure date, you may leave at any time.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.



Craig Warren Smith

Craig Warren Smith, became the first teacher of Mudra Space Awareness after receiving transmissions of the practice directly from CTR in the early 1970s. After introducing the practice to Naropa in 1974, he then began teaching the program in dozens of Shambhala Centers, culminating in the Dathun with Mudra at Karme Choling, co-taught with Suzann Duquette. At that time, under his leadership, the three-part (Vision-Method, Application) structure of Mudra began to emerged. After graduating with honors at Stanford University, he became Harvard Professor of Technology Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He later became an advisor to world leaders regarding the regulation of the internet. Currently, he advises the Republic of Indonesia on implementation of an ethics based model, called Meaningful Broadband. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Warren_Smith). In recent years his approach to digital dynamics merged with Mudra, e.g. by using Muda visual exercises for content creation in virtual reality. A leader of the gay rights movement in the 1970s, he introduced the topic of “queer dharma” to Shambhala Centers in the 1990s.


Suzann Duquette

Suzann Duquette has been a student and leader in the Shambhala lineage since 1974, the same year she first trained in Mudra. The Acharya respects the power of embodiment as a means to bring non-conceptual learning into manifestation. Suzann has been teaching Mudra for 20 years and integrates the principles and practices of Mudra and body awareness in all her teaching. She co-taught the first Dathün with Mudra at Karmê Chöling in 2004 with Craig Warren Smith. A former co-director of Karme Choling, Suzann is currently the organization’s Resident Acharya. As Rupa Acharya, she oversees the area of ritual and form in Shambhala. She is also a Qigong instructor in the lineage of Eva Wong. Suzann lives with her husband, Jan Enthoven, in Barnet, where they run Blue Skies B&B.

Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by author and Buddhist teacher Acharya Susan Gillis Chapman, and is the Executive Director of Green Zone Institute, dedicated to her work. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Warren Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Professor Smith to graduating students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg returned recently from a tour teaching Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness in Holland, Poland and Ukraine. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Retreat Center


May 11 @ 5:00 pm
May 18 @ 8:00 am
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