Our communities have been forever changed by the effects of social media, computer technology and globalization in a way that has reduced the amount of time we have to spend with family and friends and changed the way we communicate with them. We are often communicating in sound bites and photo captions that do not create a sense of real connection with the people we care about. In fact, some feel we have lost the art of communication.

Sakyong Mipham shows us a way to do better. 

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Toronto invites you to a profound weekend program that will give you insights to the importance of conversation, tools to improve your conversation ability, and practice in the art of good conversation.

Join us for the Friday night meditation and discussion with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and guests to hear a variety of perspectives on the vision and practicalities of using conversation to benefit our own lives and the world. When we are armed with a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom and compassion of others, we can take our first steps towards being helpful to the world as a whole.

Then on Saturday, Lodro Rinzler will host a day-long retreat with teacher Fleet Maull, featuring a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

The full retreat includes the live events on Friday and Saturday and a six-week online companion called The Cushion Tour.  The online event features exclusive content and behind-the-scenes footage from the tour as well as the live talks and live panel discussions with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from every stop in Denver, New York and Toronto.


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. More >>



Lodro Rinzler, a senior Shambhala teacher, is the award-winning author of six books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL, NYC's premier drop-in meditation studios. More >>


Friday night guest panelist

Tara slone

Tara Slone is a Juno-nominated musician and an award winning TV host. Slone achieved success with the band “Joydrop”, and can be seen on Sundays as co-host on Rogers Hometown Hockey. Tara is a long-time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. More >>


Featured Teacher

Acharya fleet maull

Fleet Maull, PhD is an internationally renowned social activist, meditation teacher, author and founder of numerous engaged organizations including Prison Mindfulness Institute, who leads retreats and trainings worldwide. More >>


Friday night guest panelist

Michelle Latimer

As a filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally. More >>

The Toronto retreat will focus on the role of conversation in society and how it shapes media, film and diversity, as well as our international communities and political environments. 

Full Retreat

Friday and Saturday

Full retreat includes:

  • Ticket to Friday night meditation and panel discussion
  • Saturday all-day retreat
  • Free bonus: Access to the six-week online Cushion Tour including exclusive content with the Sakyong, Lodro Rinzler, Ethan Nichtern, Susan Piver and Fleet Maull as well as behind-the-scenes footage and live streaming of Sakyong Mipham at the events in Denver, New York and Toronto. 

Friday Night Event

Friday Night Only

Meditation and Discussion

See the Sakyong with Lodro Rinzler, Fleet Maull and guests as they discuss the current state of conversation, why conversation is important, what it means to them in their lives, and what we can do to improve our conversations in our own lives in what will surely be a rousing discussion. 



Beanfield Center, Lakeside Room

100 Princes' Blvd
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3