December 2019

December 2019

Ah yes, Holiday Season has arrived!!! A wonderful time of the year to spread good cheer and high spirits, loving kindness and endless compassion!

It is an especially poignant holiday season for Tibetan House, as it is our last one as a cultural Gift Shop. We would like to express heartfelt love and appreciation to all of you that have come into shop to say goodbye!  From our very first day, so many wonderful, lovely people have graced our little shop.

Just to be clear, we are not closed yet!

There are four, FOUR days left to come in and help us achieve emptiness! Even though much of our wonderful pieces have gone home with fabulous people, there are still treasures to be found and special stocking stuffers. We have fun jewelry as well as stunning Tibetan coral necklaces, mind-bogglingly delicately carved yak bone phurbas, hand painted thangkas, malas and mala bracelets, winter wool shawls and even more.

So come on by!!

Our last Gift Shop day is December 21!


Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Goodbye Gift Shop, Fond Farewell Sale
  • Exploring Stillness: A Day Retreat at Tibetan House
  • Mindfulness for Kids Classes
  • Introduction to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
  • Mythology and the Body with Melanie Weller
  • Lama Lena Returns to Louisiana
  • Space Clearing Basics and Mandala Workshop with Wenndi Freer
  • Meditation Class Schedule at Tibetan House
  • A Message from John Lennon



No Meditation Class Alert

No Tuesday night class

December 24, 2019 – January 14, 2020.

No Friday morning class

January 3, 2020 – January 10, 2020.



“Goodbye Gift Shop”

Fond Farewell Sale

December 13 & 14, December 20 & 21

GIft Shop is open

Fridays & Saturdays

11:00am – 6:00pm

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Exploring Stillness

A Day Retreat at Tibetan House

Saturday, January 4


with a 1-hour lunch break

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $40

Pre-registration required.

To register, contact: or (504) 897-9339.

Encoded into every modality and philosophy of meditation is an experiential exploration of a part ourselves that most of us spend very little time with: the deep quiet place within. The transformative power of meditation begins with the daily practice of simply stepping into the sacred silence of this still space.

This day retreat will explore the terrain of the subtle inner realms we enter in meditation, the distractions that challenge the process, and the path to the center of your experience. We will address what happens when we sit still and close our eyes, and what doesn’t happen.

Come with a curious open mind and heart, and a willingness to enter deeper parts of your being. Designed for beginners as well as those of you wanting to further your practice.

Retreat led by Gael Thompson

Mindfulness for Kids

Courses for Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-12

Kids ages 6-8

Wednesdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

January 8, 15, 22, 29

Led by Katie Taber

Kids ages 9-12

Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

January 2, 9, 16, 23

Led by Whitney Stewart

Fee: $80 per child, for four weeks.

To register for the four-week session, please contact Tibetan House:

Sometimes kids’ lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This class introduces kids (ages 6 – 8yrs and 9 – 12yrs) to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, kids will have an entire toolkit at their disposal. Kids will learn to settle their thoughts and look inward through a series of fun writing prompts, games, and meditation exercises.

About the Teachers

Katie Taber always knew that she wanted to teach kids from the time she was in second grade. She told her mom that she wanted to teach Physical Education so she could wear sweat pants to work every day. Katie received a B.S. in Physical Education in 2012 and has been working with kids in a professional environment since then. She is now a kids yoga and mindfulness teacher and loves creating a space where kids feel safe and heard. There was a quote displayed in her childhood PreK classroom that read, “Childhood is a journey not a race.” She carries this philosophy with her so many years later and uses yoga and mindfulness to help kids slow down and enjoy the ride.

Whitney Stewart is a children’s book author and mindfulness instructor. Her recent publications include Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm, and Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind (2019) For more information about Whitney Stewart, visit hhtp://


Whitney Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author of fiction and nonfiction books for kids, for toddlers to young adult. When she is not writing, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to kids. You can find Stewart’s books on her website link below or wherever you buy books.



Introduction to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Led by Robert Volinsky


Saturday, January 25, 2020


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $60-$70sliding scale.

Pre-registration is required.

To register, contact: or (504) 897-9339.

What are essential oils anyway? Begin to understand and make sense of the world of aromatherapy. Learn how to use essential oils for physical, emotional and mental well-being, and how to apply and use oils safely and for maximum benefit.

This mini workshop is geared to  beginners and bodyworkers/healers who are interested in exploring the benefits and many uses of essential oils but don’t know where to start.

  • What are essential oils?
  • How to use essential oils safely?
  • How to use essential oil to support physical and mental health, and open you energetically?
  • Why is there so much confusion around essential oils?
  • How do I know what oils are good?
  • How can I use oils to enhance health and wellness? Ideas for self treatment and working with others.

About the Instructor

Robert Volinsky  has been a body-mind therapist, Reiki/energetic healer and meditator since 1996. He has been a student of the Clairvision School for over 13 years and is an IST Practitioner practicing in Manhattan. He brings his passion of exploring limits, and his curiosity about the mind and consciousness to his work and teaching. He is excited by the possibility of inspiring others to be more, to transform, and by helping others to know themselves more honestly and deeply.

More info about Robert at


Inner Space Therapy, with Robert Volinsky

Inner Space Therapy (IST) is an interactive technique of self-discovery and past-life regression. It is aimed at promoting emotional freedom through self-awareness, overcoming fears and releasing negative emotional patterns and blockages. IST is a tool to find and free your deepest and truest parts, bringing clarity, self-confidence and joy.

Through a meditative space of relaxation, you will be gently guided beyond the ordinary mind to become aware of deep patterns and limiting behavior. The emotional scars and traumas of your past (or past lives) can keep you from your very best. IST will help to unlock and release these imprints. It is this unlocking that will enable you to see and know yourself as you truly are, and to move toward your highest potential.

Beyond emotional work and regression therapy, IST is also a technique to map consciousness in general. It can strengthen your connection with and awareness of the non-physical presences, energy and spirit that interact with you in many unseen ways. IST can also bring deep states of union with the divine and profound glimpses into existence and of your most evolved self.

IST was created and developed by Samuel Sagan, and the Clairvision School of meditation.

Robert is available for one on one Inner Space Therapy Sessions.

Fee: $150 per session.

If you are interested, please contact us: or leave a message at 504 897 9339.


Mythology and the Body

Led by Melanie Weller

Sphenoid Bone of the Neurocranium

Intro to Mythology and the Body

Thursday, January 30

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $20 suggested donation

Cranial Mythology: It’s All in your Head Workshop

Saturday, Feb 1


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $60

Pre-registration is required.

To register, contact info@tibetanhouse or call (504) 897-9339

Mythology was a mode of scientific writing and tells the story of our anatomy and gives us clues to the spiritual underpinnings of our physical dysfunction. Melanie Weller will be presenting an overview of the topic on Thursday, January 30, 2019 (donation) and will do a deep dive into the mythologies that go with our cranial anatomy with techniques to identify, shift, and balance the distortions of how these stories live in our bodies. February 1, 10am-1pm. $60

Melanie Weller is the world’s leading expert on multidimensional alignment. With an extensive background in treating patients no one else could help, she now focuses on mitigating burnout and optimizing performance in entertainers, athletes, and medical professionals. Melanie uses her extensive physical therapy credentials and logically organized metaphysical system to voice the story of your body. When we give a voice to the physical expression of our internal narrative, and the internal expression of our physical narrative, we find the shortest path to our highest potential. She is a Physical Therapist, board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults.


Lama Lena Returns to Louisiana

February 28 – March 5


Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) is a teacher of Direct Mind Perception Meditation and a lineage holder of several Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her informal style is precise and direct and she is revered by students around the world for her exceptional ability to share profound teachings in a clear, poetic, and humorous way.
Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal. She then spent seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rimpoche. She continued to travel extensively with him as his translator and assistant.

Having also studied Chinese medicine, Lama Lena had a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rimpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two khandros where she provides medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community, the local Indian villagers, and mountain tribespeople.

At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rimpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling, teaching, and translating from the lineages she holds.

Official Lama Lena Archive site:

e-Sangha Facebook Group: Lama Lena Teachings FB Group

Teaching Schedule:


Space Clearing Basics

Led by Wenndi Freer

Saturday, March 7

10:00am-6:00pm, with a 1-hour lunch

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $279 plus $10 for materials

Early Bird Price: $249 plus $10 for materials

Pre-registration required. To register, contact: or (504) 897-9339.

Your home is way more than just a place where you store your stuff. It is the foundation for your life! It’s a place you retreat to for rejuvenation and a safe place to let go after a day in the world. In this workshop you’ll learn to create a vibrant space to anchor your energy and rest your consciousness.

Space Clearing 101 is a full day of connection and fun presented by Wenndi Freer. Wenndi has been a professional space clearer since 2001 and trained with Karen Kingston from 2000 to 2016.

We will walk through the basic steps of space clearing so you can confidently clear and revitalize your own space and the homes of close friends and relatives.

You will learn:

  • When (and when not) to space clear and why
  • How to prepare for a space clearing
  • Techniques for energetically creating a clear and supportive space for work and play.
  • How to create a personal altar

Making a Mandala Workshop

Led by Wenndi Freer

Sunday, March 8


with a short lunch break

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $140 plus $20 for materials

Early Bird Fee: $111 plus $20 for materials

Pre-registration required. To register, contact: or (504) 897-9339.

Mandalas!  This 1/2 day class is designed to enhance your meditation and bring support to your meditation space. You will become immersed in the symmetry and flow of the design as the creation of the mandala becomes a form of meditation.

Prerequisite: Space Clearing 101

Discounts for taking both classes

For both classes, $375 plus $25 for materials

Early Bird Fee both classes: $320 plus $25 for materials


Tibetan House Meditation Class Schedule

Tibetan House offers weekly classes on Sitting in Stillness meditation practice. The first Tuesday and Friday of every month will be more of an introductory class for newcomers. It is not necessary to attend the first class in order to come the following classes of the month, although it is recommended. Meditation practice rests on continuity and consistency.   You are welcome and encouraged to participate continually month to month.

Drop-ins are welcome.

Tuesday Evening Class


$30 a month

$10 drop-in

Friday Morning Class


$30 month

$10 drop-in


A Message from John Lennon

So this is Christmas

And what have you done

Another year over

And a new one just begun

And so this is Christmas

I hope you have fun

The near and the dear one

The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas

And a happy new year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear

And so this is Christmas

For weak and for strong

For rich and the poor ones

The world is so wrong

And so happy Christmas

For black and for white

For yellow and red one

Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas

And a happy new year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear

And so this is Christmas

And what have we done

Another year over

A new one just begun

And so happy Christmas

We hope you have fun

The near and the dear one

The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas

And a happy new year

Let’s hope it’s a good one

Without any fear

War is over, if you want it

War is over now

la, la, ah, ah

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)

Happy Christmas (happy Christmas)

May all beings never be apart from the supreme bliss

which is free of all suffering!

May all beings live in the great equanimity

free from the attachment and aversion

that keep some close and other distant!

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