Ongoing Offerings

St. Margarets Bay Shambhala Centre offers an array of weekly ongoing offerings free to the public. No prior meditation experience required to attend. Most programs offer meditation instruction upon request. All are welcome.

Open Public Sitting Hours

Sunday Community Meditation Practice
Sunday  9:30 AM — 12:00 PM
Everyone if invited to practice sitting meditation and walking meditation on Sunday mornings for as long as you like.

The practice begins at 9:30 am with chants (copies provided).

Initial meditation instruction is provided regularly on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Or you can contact Jeani Mustain at (902) 826-1158 or to arrange an alternative time for individual instruction.

Mindfulness in Action: Group Meditation and Book Study

Join us on Wednesday evenings for group meditation followed by readings and discussion based on the book: Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche–a pioneer in presenting the teachings of mindfulness in North America and the founder of Shambhala. This meditative tradition continues at Shambhala Centres around the world, now led by his son and lineage heir Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

In mindfulness meditation we are trying to achieve a mind that is stable and calm. What we begin to discover is that this calmness or harmony is a natural aspect of the mind. Through mindfulness meditation practice we are just developing and strengthening it, and eventually we are able to remain peacefully in our mind without struggling. An important point is that when we are in a mindful state, there is still intelligence. It’s not as if we blank out. What we are talking about is very practical. Mindfulness meditation practice is simple and completely feasible. And because we are working with the mind that experiences life directly, just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount. (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)

No previous experience with meditation is required. The program is free and open to the public, and drop-ins are welcomed each week. Books are not required, but offered for purchase if you wish.

Initial Meditation Instruction available at 7:00 pm each Wednesday evening.

Please do not wear scented personal care products to the centre. There is a medical service dog working in the community. Please 100% ignore the service dog for the safety and independence of the owner.
Everyone is welcome to come and you may leave at any point of the evening.

  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Introductory meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation practice.
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Reading, contemplation and discussion.


You can view the monthly schedule here.

Find how to get to St. Margarets Bay Shambhala Centre here.