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In 1986, Chögyal Namkai Norbu visited Caracas, Venezuela. Many practitoners from Merida participated in this retreat at the request of Elias Capriles, a professor at the Universidad Los Andes.
This was the genesis of the Merida Community.  In 1989 and 1993, two retreats were organised with Chögyal Namkai Norbu. One was organized on Michel and Carmen’s farm, the other in the Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada, both in Mucuy Alta. Students came from all over the world. 
In 1986, the first Yantra Yoga course with Enrico dell´Angello was organised.  In 1991, the first Venezuelan mandala was made in Merida and from then on the Dance of the Vajra was regularly scheduled. There is now a second mandala which has recently been restored. In 1993, Prima Mai led a Vajra Dance course. During these years, we organised courses and sessions of Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance with Fabio Andrico, Adriana Dal Borgo, Carmen Rivas and Bodhi Krausse.  We have also organised courses with Jim Valby and Elías Capriles.

Comunidad Dzogchen de Mérida
Apartado Postal 483
5101 Merida, Venezuela


Collective practice

Santi Maha Sangha base level course (theory and practice): Sundays from 10 to 12 am (Elias Capriles)

Dance of the Vajra (Carmen Rivas)

Yantra Yoga: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:30 pm.

We also meet for Ganapujas during the days marked on the Tibetan calendar.

Once a year we organise montain retreats. There is a private retreat house for those wishing to do personal retreats.