A Weekend of Contemplative Arts

with Shastri Alexander deVaron

April 26th—April 28th

Date details +
  • $175.00 Patron
  • $135.00 Sustaining
  • $75.00 Subsidized
Price description +
Room: Main Shrine Room

Join us for a weekend of contemplative practice with Shastri Alexander deVaron. To participate in the full weekend, register on this page.

Mindfulness and Singing
Friday evening + Saturday

Through mixing mindfulness and singing, we synchronize body, speech and mind, and reveal our innate human goodness. Recent research has proven what people have known for centuries: singing brings a myriad of benefits to anyone who sings at any level. Specifically, it rouses one’s energy and opens one’s heart. In addition, singing together is one of the oldest, most widely practiced, and most effective ways of building community.

This workshop will include meditation practice, individual vocal exploration, group warm-ups, improvisation, rounds and songs.

To register for Mindfulness and Singing only, please click here.

Coming to Our Senses

Reducing stress and building resilience doesn't have to be a solitary project. We can invite the world to help us. Everything we see, hear, smell, taste and touch helps us to let go of habitual thoughts and emotions that prevent us from enjoying our life.

As we come more fully into our senses, life is more fun. Enjoying the richness of the present moment, we can fully appreciate a bite of food, or a song, or a color that catches our eye.

This workshop will mix brief talks, discussion, experiential exercises and meditation. It will benefit experienced meditators and those new to the practice.

To register for Coming to Our Senses only, please click here.



Cancellation & Refund Policy


You are strongly encouraged to pre-register and prepay for all of our programs. We will cancel programs that do not have a minimum number of registrations by 7 days prior to the program start date.


You can read our cancellation and refund policies here.

Alexander deVaron has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1986. He has served as a Shastri (senior teacher) in Shambhala, as well as a teacher of stress management for the Penn Program for Mindfulness. For the last six years, he has led singing workshops that join the gentleness, acceptance and precision of mindfulness with an open and supportive atmosphere that encourages all types of vocal expression. He currently teaches music at Temple University and leads a monthly mindfulness group for Temple employees.