Pema Chödrön: Expand Your Consciousness & Calm Your Mind


Turn Your World Around includes 11 hours of video teachings, all aimed at working with our challenging emotions, known in Buddhism as the kleshas. In this online retreat, Pema Chodron introduces the intense emotions at the heart of our suffering: craving, aggression, ignorance, pride, and jealousy. She offers students three powerful steps for working with them: refrain, reframe, and relax.

During the intense change and uncertainty we are all facing, her heartfelt advice helps us learn how to work with our chitter chatter minds and stay calm and relaxed as strong emotions come up.   

Credit: Prajna Studios.

In this six-week interactive online retreat, Pema focuses on how to work effectively with your challenging emotions.  All lessons are available and you may go through the course materials at your own pace. The facilitated discussion boards are open through May 30, 2021 and they also offer twice-weekly meditation sessions  as well, which kick off on Monday, January 4, 2021.

There are six lessons in the course and each lesson is designed to last a week but again, you can work at your own pace since purchasing the online retreat gives you access so you can work around your own schedule. 

What’s nice too is that you can download videos and course material as well and your access to the content is unlimited — yup, it doesn’t expire which is also a great feature.  

Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron. Credit: Prajna Studios.

In addition to the content which you can download as PDF’s and the video teachings, there are live calls where you can ask questions directly to Pema — for the Q1 2021 online retreat, those calls will take place on Saturday, January 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST) and Saturday, February 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. (EST). Recordings of the calls will be made available in the course for those who are unable to attend the calls or who would like to listen to them again.

One of the things that I loved about going through the course is tuning into her energy directly in a space she knows and resonates with most — her home monastery. Here, the recordings are done in the main shrine room at Gampo Abbey which adds to the intimacy of the learning.

It’s a unique opportunity to bring the dharma alive in your daily life with weekly practices, journal prompts, contemplations, and opportunities for discussion. In addition to the PDF transcripts mentioned earlier that you can download, you can do the same for video and audio files, which means you can tune in wherever you’d like, a wonderful feature, especially since my preference is to always be in nature as much as possible. Imagine sitting under a fig or apple tree while listening to the teachings of Pema Chödrön.