April, 2020

05AprAll Day07FeaturedSerenity Ridge Dialogues: Body, Breath & MindSerenity Ridge, Shipman, VA


Event Details


with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Guests


When we bring our attention to our body, our breath and our mind, what happens and why? How does our relationship to sensations, thoughts and perceptions change through spiritual or energetic practices? Can science and medicine inform what and how we practice?

Join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, leading scientists, physicians and practitioners at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in deep conversations on these and other questions at the intersection of scientific and spiritual knowledge about body, breath and mind.

Medicine, philosophy, neuroscience, physiology, yoga and other movement-based and contemplative traditions are at the heart of this event. The symposium begins with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche guiding meditation and then talking with Daniel Aitkin, CEO of Wisdom Publications, about the role that our embodied, breathing being has on mind and spirit, and vice versa. Each session the following two days includes a presentation on recent scientific or medical findings, a moderated discussion, and time for questions and answers. Meditation and movement practices reflecting what is being discussed are interspersed throughout each day.

This event builds and expands on the science and spirituality conferences that Ligmincha International has hosted since 2010. The Dialogues format facilitates in-depth explorations of themes vital to understanding human well-being. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an evolving dialogue that probes the intersections of contemporary science and contemplative understandings of being human. All are welcome to attend.

Ligmincha welcomes the return of the Contemplative Sciences Center of the University of Virginia as a cosponsor of this year’s event, and our new cosponsor, the Mind Body Spirit Institute of The Jung Center in Houston, Texas. We also are excited to announce a partnership with Wisdom Publications that will allow the Dialogues to extend from an in-person-only event to an event that can be richly experienced online as well. More information about participating in the Dialogues online will be forthcoming.

The retreat will begin Sunday, April 5, at 7:15 p.m. and will end Tuesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. Check-in for accommodations starts at 4 p.m. on April 5.


Serenity Ridge Dialogues Presenters



April 5 (Sunday) - 7 (Tuesday)


Serenity Ridge, Shipman, VA