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Barbara Blouin

Barbara Blouin first heard the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa teach in 1973. Since that time she has followed him around the continent, first to Boulder, then to Nova Scotia in 1981. She is the author of 3 books and several other reports.





Denny Blouin

Denny Blouin helped to found the Kootenay Dharmadhatu in Nelson, BC in the early 1970s, and later studied at Naropa Institute and Maitri Center. He and his family moved to Halifax in 1981, where he has taught writing to business people and professionals, written for the Shambhala Sun, and published poetry. From 1989 to 1992 he co-developed a variety of programs for The Naropa Institute of Canada, celebrating Nova Scotia as the rock-meets-bone ground for the enlightened society the Vidyadhara declared it to be in 1975, sight unseen.


Juliete (Judith) Ferris

Howard Harawitz

Howard Harawitz is an electronic musician living in Halifax. He has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1974 and is a card carrying member of the Shambhala Sangha. His website is:





Bill Karelis

Bill Karelis met the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1974. In recent years, Mr. Karelis has been presenting the Dharma extensively throughout North America and Western and Central Europe.  He founded the Shambhala Prison Community in 1996 to bring education, and especially the insights of meditation, into the criminal justice environment internationally.




Ed Michalik

Edward Michalik is a Christian, a Roman Catholic, and a Shambhalian. Edward, who is a Eucharistic minister at Saint Agnes Church in Halifax, received the Kalapa Shambhala Society (KSS) transmission in 2002 and Werma transmission in 2003. A native of Cape Breton, Edward now resides in Halifax with his wife Tracey Williams. He is currently completing his doctorate in the study of Atlantic Canadian history at the University of New Brunswick. Ed was inspired to come up with the name, Radio Free Shambhala.


Andrew Safer

Andrew Safer

Andrew Safer has been a student of the Vidyadhara and Dorje Dradul, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, since 1973. He is a youth program consultant and writer, living in St. John’s, Newfoundland with his wife, Catherine, three cats and a rabbit.





Mark Szpakowski

Mark is a web architect and developer. He sees software as applied epistemology, sentience as composed of intelligence and care, and those combining to form systems of symbiotic care for our earth and for us. He is encouraged by his teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, for whom he has worked since 1972 in Berkeley, Karmê-Chöling, and Halifax. Mark is site administrator and editor of Radio Free Shambhala.

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