St. John’s Shambhala Meditation Group

120 Le Marchant Road
St. John’s, NL A1C 2H1

Facebook: St. Johns Shambhala Group


To assist individuals in cultivating the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world genuinely.

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Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

At the St. John’s Shambhala Meditation Group, they offer programs in Buddhist teachings, meditation and other contemplative disciplines, as well as free individual meditation instruction.

Ocean Yoga: Ocean Yoga is owned by Jody Williams, a community member and Meditation Guide with the St. John’s Shambhala Meditation Group.

  • All Ocean Yoga’s classes are accessible to all levels, with a focus on breath and body awareness. Ocean Yoga will hold classes at the St. John’s Shambhala Centre on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5:45. Visit for more details.

Learn to Meditate: Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides are offering “Learn to Meditate” sessions every Tuesday at 7:30PM.

  • Anyone interested who isn’t free on Tuesday nights can make an appointment for another time by emailing

Wednesday Evening Meditation: Group meditation practice; the format provides 25 mins sitting, 10 mins of walking meditation, and ending with a final 25 mins of sitting. Sitting begins at 7:30 pm; all are welcome.

Thursday Evening Heart of Recovery: The Heart of Recovery meeting is a gathering of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and commitment to abstinence, as we understand it, are recovering from compulsive, addictive behaviours and diseases.

  • They welcome everyone who wants to make the effort to abstain from their compulsive addictive behaviours, and wants to integrate the strength, clarity, and basic goodness of Buddhist meditation into their recovery.

Sunday Morning Meditation: Join the group for sitting meditation practice at any time. They generally alternate 25 mins of sitting meditation with 10 mins of walking.

  • If you wish to attend morning chants please arrive for 09:00. After this time joining the group for meditation is best done by arriving during any of the walking periods.
  • Click here for more information on the Sunday Schedule.

Way of Shambhala: An extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training.

  • This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism. Click here to view “Way of Shambhala at a Glance”.

Contemplative Arts: Contemplative Arts comprise a number of secular disciplines and activities, including flower arranging and photography that integrate art and culture with everyday life.

  • Shambhala Art is art that springs from clear perception and pure expression. See or check out Shambhala Art on Facebook.

Membership: Although membership is not required to participate in much of what the Center has to offer, without our community’s financial and volunteer support, they would not be able to offer all the wonderful programs, practice sessions, and events that they do. Click here to view the Membership Form.

Keep an eye on their Monthly Calendar to stay up-to-date on special programs; in the month of August 2017 they hosted Mindful Relationships Talks.