Harvest of Peace Sit-A-Thon for Montpelier Shambhala

Montpelier Shambhala Meditation Center

Harvest of Peace Sit-a-Thon Fundraiser
Sunday, September 23rd, 9am to 4:30pm.


Help us reach our Combined Goal this Harvest of Peace Sit-A-Thon at the Montpelier Shambhala Meditation Center is $10,000!





Join us for this quiet day of meditation in community and/or make a donation by sponsoring a sitter. Our Sit-A-Thon is a fundraiser to provide financial support for the Montpelier Shambhala Meditation Center. It is based on the walk-a-thon model, and sponsors pledge a flat dollar amount for the number of hours a participant intends to be in sitting meditation practice.


As you may know, Montpelier Shambhala is an all-volunteer led organization, supported 100% by donations and program fees. We provide a community based, welcoming meditation center that is open to all people. Through mindfulness meditation we practice opening our hearts to our community and aspire to create an enlightened society. 


The funds raised during this Harvest of Peace Sit-A-Thon will be used to support our ability to provide a safe and sacred space for community members to practice meditation (such as rent and utilities, upgrades to our practice space, additional meditation cushions, etc.). It will also support our scholarship fund to enable us to support community members with limited means by offering free or low-cost programs at our Center.

Thank you for your support!

All donations are tax deductible. We are a 501(c) 3 organization.


Sign Up to Sit on Sunday, September 23, 2018

Like a marathon, each meditator asks for sponsorship money for their sitting.  Each sitter will have a profile on this website which they can use to reach out to family and friends asking for their support of something that means a lot to you. Our online system will lead you through the process. The profile page shows the level of their sponsorship as well as personal messages.

Each participant of the Sit-A-Thon will create a schedule that they can commit to. We will each pace ourselves, taking breaks when needed. Snacks and beverages will be provided in the community room, as well as space for breaks and walking meditation.  We'll take a break at noon to have a festive potluck lunch together!


If you can’t be here for the whole time, commit to what part of it you can and make sure that those sponsoring you understand that commitment. You will explain this on your profile page.



Sit Remotely 

If you can’t be at the center on the date of our Sit-a-Thon, we want you still to join in. We need everyone in the Montpelier Shambhala community, far and wide, to join in this effort!  Sit on your own or gather with dharma friends and bring the center to your living room or home shrine room. You can:

  • Create a profile page in support of the Sit-A-Thon and sit from home. 
  • Gather with dharma friends and bring the center to your living room. 


Sponsor a Sitter
Sponsor a Sitter, or two, or three!
Search for sitters here.

All donations to the Sit-A-Thon are greatly appreciated!


Our Top 10 Fundraisers

Rank Name Amount
#1 Alex Vlasic $2,690.00
#2 Ellen Kahler $1,287.00
#3 Felicia Messuri $470.00
#4 Camilla Strauss $340.00
#5 Emilia Olson $275.00
#6 Suzanne Trahey $225.00
#7 Lee Reilly $208.00
#8 John Foster $120.00
#9 HEIDI WHITE $105.00
#10 Tracy Greene $100.00

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