Our community is diverse, capable, and heartfelt. Our members and friends include dedicated senior teachers who have walked the Shambhala Buddhist path for many years, and enthusiastic newcomers who are just discovering our teachings on realizing basic goodness and building enlightened society.  You’ll find resources detailing issues and/or events affecting our global community, our local community and our Gainesville sangha.

Shambhala Culture, Crisis, Conduct & Care

Here are links to statements, media, letters and concerning issues of sexual misconduct, unaddressed harm, prejudicial attitudes/actions.

A Statement from Shambhala Gainesville regarding the unjust treatment of people of color

A Statement from Shambhala Gainesville about the Queer & Trans community

Shambhala Gainesville on the current  GLOBAL Shambhala Community Crisis

Shambhala Gainesville: Healing Harm Statement

Shambhala Code of Conduct Hub

Council Meetings

Our council meets online monthly typically on the second Monday of the month depending on scheduled classes.   Any member is welcome to attend the council meeting.   For the date of next meeting and the link, please email [email protected].

Council Minutes

Council Minutes: January 8, 2024

Council Minutes: February 11, 2024 2024

Council Minutes: March 13, 2024

Council Minutes: April 17, 2024

Council minutes: May 15, 2024


Council Minutes:  December 2019 through 2020

Council Minutes:  January – December 2021

Council Minutes:  January to December 2022

Council Minutes:  January to December  2023


Council Members

Jan Snyder has been the Director of Shambhala Gainesville since 2013.  A clinical psychologist in private practice for over 40 years, Jan grew up and was educated in the northeast US before she moved to north central Florida in 1990.  Jan has been actively engaged in the Shambhala Community since 2007 and is currently a student of the Sakyong.  She is authorized as a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor and has been certified to teach several Shambhala levels and classes. Jan also currently serves as a Care and Conduct Facilitator for the Shambhala global community.  She lives surrounded by nature in Micanopy, Florida, with her husband, several standard poodles, and lots of fish.  She enjoys biking, swimming and hiking (most any activity in nature) as well as spending time with children and grandchildren and friends.



Nora Wiser is our Practice & Education Coordinator.  A small business owner/operator for 20 years, she retired in 2012 and now spends time as a senior caregiver, hospice volunteer, and occaional yoga teacher. She serves the Shambhala Gainesville  sangha in several capacities, and often facilitates courses for Shambhala Online.  Nora started on the Shambhala Path in 2007 and is currently a student of the Sakyong.   Authorized as a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI), she is also certified to teach several Shambhala classes.  Most recently she is focusing on Buddhist death and dying teachings and practice.  She enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, kayaking and yoga.  Nora and her husband Randy are “snowbirds” dividing their time between Gainesville, Florida, and Traverse City, Michigan.




Alice Kelly became a member of Seattle Shambhala in 1987. She moved back to Florida in 2016 and splits her time between Gainesville, Cocoa, and Seattle.  Alice serves Shambhala Gainesville as the membership chair.

Council members not pictured:  Kelly Aissen, Julius Gylys. Gwen Hazouri

Council Hall of Fame

Much gratitude to past council members:  Kim Heiss, Laura Simmons, Amber Paxton, Eloise Kay, Sean Ochal,  Anna Rahman, Jessical Gurvit, Oliver Klicker.


In Memoriam

Harold McKnight (1944 – 2020)





Sangha gatherings:


Harvest of Peace –  Clay Workshop,  September 17, 2023









Code of Conduct presentation for the Southeast Region, September 26. 2021

Harvest of Peace celebrated at Depot Park and Soma Art Media Hub on September 18, 2021


Earth Day Sit A Thon  –  April 24th, 2021

Congratulations!  We raised nearly $8000!



New Year’s Lhasang and Memorial Garden Dedication, January 3, 2021

Awakened Heart – Level IV Shambhala Training with Jonathan Barbieri and Jan Snyder, July 31 – August 2, 2020

Social distancing on July 10. 2020

Social distancing as we begin to emerge from self-isolation  May 16, 2020

Outrageous & Inscrutable with Shastri Will Ryken, April 4-5, 2020

Book launch for “The Power of Bhakti”by David Wolf, PhD with Satvatove group

Who Am I? the Basic Goodness of Being Human (BG 1) with Shastri Bill Brauer and Ella Reznikova, February 15-16, 2020

2019 Community Meeting & Holiday Gathering

Meek and Perky: with Shastri Brett Ferrigan, November 16-18, 2019

Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL):  Fall, 2019

Drala:  July 27-28, 2019 with Shastri Gayle Van Gils

Dharma Movie Night – June, 2018

Contentment in Everyday Life with Jan Snyder: April – May, 2019

Gainesville LGBTQ Pride Day:  October 20, 2018

Rigden Weekend:  Sept 28 – 30, 2018

Wisdom in Everyday Life:  July 6-8, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I with Shastri Brett Ferrigan:  May 26-27, 2018

Fearlessness in Everyday Life: May 4-6, 2018

Shambhala Training Level I with Shastri Will Ryken:  April 20-22, 2018

Shambhala Training Level V with Nick Kranz: March 2-4, 2018

Shambhala Day – Year of the Earth Dog observed: Febuary 17, 2018

Shambhala Training Level IV with Paula Bickford: January 20-21, 2018

Happier at Work with Shastri Gayle Van Gils: January 13

Contentment in Everyday Life with Jan Snyder and Nora Wiser: Dec 2-4

Shambhala Training Level III with Will Ryken: Nov 4 – 5

Shambhala Training Level II with Shastri Brett Ferrigan:  Sept 30 – Oct 1


Dharma Night: August 11, 2017

Dharma Night: June 9, 2017

Level I with Rachel Faro: June 2-4, 2017

Level V with Shastri Ferrigan: May 5-7, 2017

Shambhala Day Celebration: March 5, 2017


Shambhala Training – Level IV: February 11-12 with Paula Bickford



Open House – February 5, 2017


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Mala Workshop – February 4, 2017 with Toni Miller

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Shambhala Training – Level III: November 11-13, 2016 with Richard White

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An evening with Peace Activist and Author Scott Brown:  October 18: 2016


Shambhala Training – Level II: September 17-18, 2016 with Travis May


Shambhala Training – Level I: June 17-19, 2016 with Shastri Brett Ferrigan


Pottery Outing:  June 5, 2016



Basic Goodness 3:  May, 2016 (Teachers: Will Ryken and Paula Bickford)

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Open House:  April 16th, 2016

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Moving weekend.  Feb 26th – 28th, 2016

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Basic Goodness I – Who Am I?   January, 2016 with Shasti Gayle & G Van Gils


Talk by Paula Bickford from the St. Petersburg Shambhala centre, November 29, 2015, on unconventional protection in the face of fear.

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Dharma Night on November 13, 2015

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Ikebana Class with Brooke Pohl September 19-20, 2015

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Wisdom in Everyday Life October 23-25, 2015


Dharma Night October 9, 2015

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