Workshops (In-Person & Online)

All programs are online; a select number are hybrid (both online and in person) based on the discretion of the instructor. Please register as early as possible in order to ensure that your workshop will run, as programs must meet minimum enrollment conditions. Our suggested registration deadline for workshops is one week in advance. After you enroll, a faculty member will send you the link to join online — usually this is sent about a day before the date of the workshop. 

Winter and Early Spring WORKSHOPS

Winter Term / 4 weeks: January 8  – February 3, 2024


The Four Energy Centers Workshop (KNR444)

January 20th (Saturday): 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PT

Online Only

Kum Nye works with four energy centers- head, throat, heart and navel. Each one has distinct qualities that impact us in negative or positive ways, depending on the energy flow through them. In this workshop, we will familiarize ourselves with each center, and learn how to awaken each and balance the energy flow between them. The result is a greater sense of calm vitality and access to knowing ourselves better. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost: $50. Registration: 


Early Spring Term / 8 weeks: February 11 – April 6, 2024


How to Meditate Workshop (MED401)

February 24th (Saturday): 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PT

Online & In-person at the Nyingma Institute

This class will offer instruction in sitting, standing and walking meditations.  It is for beginners, as well as for those who have had previous instruction, or who wish support for an ongoing or lapsed practice.  We can change habit-patterns, and the way we live our lives when we incorporate meditation into our daily routine, through expanding awareness of body, breath, and mind itself; beyond thinking, active mind. We can learn to relax more deeply at will, quieting and calming the mind, and integrate body/mind energies through slow, easy, gentle movement meditations (Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga).  By attending to our experience in the moment as it is, no matter what it is, with an attitude of acceptance and non-judgment, and even compassion, something transforms; awareness expands beyond my body, my mind, my emotions, to a wider view, from a more peaceful center; from one’s own heart.

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50. Registration: 


The Perfections of Meditation and Wisdom (DHS414)

March 2nd (Saturday): 10:00 AM–1:00 PM, PT

Online and In-person at the Nyingma Institute 

For this workshop, we will read chapters 8 and 9 of Śāntideva’s Bodhicharyavatara. We study the verses on perfecting meditation and wisdom to glimpse the profound wisdom that underlies the compassionate way of life. We also will work with some Tibetan commentaries that describe meditations associated with the Bodhisattva path. Open to anyone interested in the Bodhisattva Way of Life. 

Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Registration: 


 Turning the Mind to the Dharma (DHS403)

March 16th (Saturday): 10:00 AM–1:00 PM, PT

Online and In-person at the Nyingma Institute

We study the “four thoughts” that turn the mind to the Dharma: freedom and good fortune, impermanence, suffering, and karma. Reading will be from Zhechen Gyaltsab’s Path of Heroes published by Dharma Publishing. Open to all. 

 Instructors: Mark Henderson and Hugh Joswick. Cost: $50. Registration: 


Meditations to Awaken Compassion for Self and Others (MED477)

March 23rd (Saturday): 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, PT

Online & In-person at the Nyingma Institute

In this time of conflict and increasing polarization throughout the world, it is possible to connect more deeply to the richness of resources within our own being, in order to transform negative energy into healing and harmonizing compassion, for the benefit of all beings. Nyingma Psychology Instructor Olivia Hurd will lead the group through meditation practices, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, visualization and chanting – to touch, heal and open our hearts and minds. Tarthang Tulku writes, Through self-nurturing and development, we establish a friendship with ourselves; our hearts then open naturally, and compassion arises from within. As self-confidence and self-healing begin to develop, we start to show real kindness to ourselves and to others.  Regular meditation practice is recommended as a prerequisite; or by consent of the instructor.

Instructor: Olivia Hurd. Cost: $50. Registration: 


Beginning Kum Nye Workshop (KNR411)

March 30th (Saturday): 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, PT

Online only

Learn the basics of this inspiring and unique mind/body relaxation practice. Whether you are looking for simple stress relief or an aid to deepen your meditation practice, Kum Nye presents highly effective ways to awaken reservoirs of healing energy. We will use postures, breathing, some self-massage and work with the senses. Based on the first Kum Nye book, Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga, by Tarthang Tulku. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Anita McNulty. Cost: $50. Registration: