Scorpion Seal Assembly 5

14 June 2017 - 25 June 2017
Acharya Mathias Pongracz



Prerequisities for this program are completion of Scorpion Seal Assemblies 1 - 4 and the practice requirements specified for each.  Note:  participants are asked to not do more than one Scorpion Seal Assembly per year (or program season).

It is not necessary to apply to the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education in order to attend Scorpion Seal Assembly 5.  The Land Center will verify that you have completed SSA's 1 - 4 when you register.

Registrations made after the 14th of April will be subject to a 100€ late registration fee.

In case of important variation on the exchange rate between dollar and euro, the Sakyong's honorarium included in the global price might be adapted.

If you have financial difficulties but would love to attend a program, please contact to discuss an arrangement (scholarship, installments etc.).

If you are interested in taking a staffing role in this assembly, please contact the coordinator Hans Henning Heide




This program is taught in English. Translation into French or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.


Arrival day (June 14): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 5 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.


End of program (24 June): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.


Departure day (25 June): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.


dsc02183.jpgIn 2005, Mathias Pongracz was appointed Acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 2006 - 2011 he was the Acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling.

He has studied and practiced under Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for more than 25 years. He also studied closely with Kobun Chino Roshi from 1992 until his paranirvana in 2002.

Mathias is also a qualified and experienced teacher for "Mindfulness based stress reduction" (MBSR).


Price of your stay

Standard 1050 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (Dechen Chöling tent) and organic meals.

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
Do not hesitate to contact us: