Waking Up Together: Taking Your Practice into the World (Berkeley, CA)

Join Lama Tsomo of the Namchak Foundation and Aaron Stern, Founder and President of the Academy for the Love of Learning, for a weekend workshop weaving together inner and outer work through guided meditations, experience-based reflective exercises, and interactive dialogues.

Event Details

Date: October 5th - October 7th, 2018
Time: Multi-day Event
Location: Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
Notes: Ticket prices vary: $200 general participant tickets, $100 first-time participant, student, or 65+ senior tickets
Friday the 5th October | 6:30pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday the 6th October | 10:00am - 6:00 pm
Sunday the 7th October | 10:00am - 6:00 pm

Academy Founder and President Aaron Stern and joins Lama Tsomo of Namchak Foundation for a special workshop focused on bringing your inner practice into everyday life. Among the goals: creating the habit of staying in connection with your true self and others, whatever comes your way.

Who this is for

Whether you’re reeling from national news and events, are struggling with a transition, or feeling a lack of meaning in your everyday life, the practices taught and experienced at this workshop will help equip you to transform your inner and outer relationships at home, at work, and in community. No prior experience required! You’ll emerge with greater perspective and new skills – ready to show up in the world with authenticity and leadership.

What to expect

Lama Tsomo and Aaron Stern bring their practices together to create a curated experience that weaves together inner and outer work through guided meditations, experience-based reflective exercises, and interactive dialogues. Participants can expect time for solo and shared reflection, as well as nourishing snacks and tea.

Practices will include:

An introduction to 7-point mind training a Buddhist practice designed to hack everyday challenges into opportunities for growth and happiness.

Modern techniques for increasing awareness in real time and redirecting action, based on the Academy’s ‘Learning as a Practice for Waking Up’ approach.

The ancient Buddhist practice of Vipassana meditation, taught Tibetan style by Lama Tsomo.


Berkeley Shambhala Center
2288 Fulton St, Ste 202
Berkeley, CA 94704


Friday, October 5: 6:30 – 9 pm

Saturday, October 6: 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, October 7: 10 am – 6 pm


Use promo code community for 50% off tickets purchased before October 1st. 

$200 general participant admission

$100 for first-time workshop participants, students, and 65+ seniors

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact Jessica@namchak.org.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are available. Please contact Jessica@namchak.org for more information.


Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.

About the teachers

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. She followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo learned Tibetan to study with her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, and now shares the teachings of the Namchak lineage in the US and abroad. Lama Tsomo holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is the author of the award-winning book, “Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? An Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.” She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.

Aaron Stern, President and Founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning, is a musician, teacher, and internationally recognized consultant on learning. As the Academy’s creative and educational leader, Stern designs and directs its core curriculum and faculty, guides program development, and offers select trainings. Stern works throughout the US and other parts of the world, and serves as a member of the Board and Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, co-founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

About Namchak

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreat, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.


Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
2288 Fulton St #202, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

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