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Meditate for a week or the full month of Dathun,
a retreat in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Dathun, Tibetan for “moon session,” is an intensive group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. Composed of four weekly segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend anywhere from one week up to the full Dathun. Through this immersive program, the practice of meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world.

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies in a serene 600-acre valley surrounded by rocky peaks, pine and aspen forests, Shambhala Mountain Center provides an inspiring, safe and supportive container for fully immersing yourself in meditation.

Immerse yourself in a rich retreat environment designed to support, expand and deepen your experience

Every day of Dathun will be full of practices carefully designed to cultivate mindfulness-awareness including: one-on-one meditation instruction, guided meditations, dharma talks from senior teachers, daily mindful eating practices and walks through the beautiful terrain of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Winter Dathun with Shastris Holly Gayley and Ben Hines

December 13, 2014- January 10, 2015

dathunwalkJoin us for a mindful transition into the new year with Winter Dathun.

The 2014 winter dathün focuses on empowering our lives through the practice of meditation. We explore facets of mindfulness and awareness and also introduce Shambhala Meditation. These practices help to increase our appreciation of the sense perceptions and the natural world around us. Relaxing into our physicality, we are invited to feel the simplicity of being human and find strength and confidence in our wakeful healthiness inherent within. Immersing ourselves in group retreat, we discover a natural sense of communal connection that transcends our personal histories and unfolds in the magic of the present moment.


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Noble Aspiration, Noble Effort, Beautiful Fruition

Dathun is not a magic pill or a makeover. Still, the before and after photos can be quite striking. And though the photos themselves speak volumes, the featured practitioners have words worth sharing as well.

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“The principle of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It is about how humanity at the core is complete, good and worthy. If we can feel confident in our goodness, it will illuminate our life and society.”
–Sakyong Mipham, The Shambhala Principle



 Attend a Weekthun 

Dathun can be experienced as a whole month or in weekly Weekthun segments. There are many benefits to each choice.

If you are interested in reading more about the individual Weekthuns, please click here.

Arrival and Departure Information

Registration for this program takes place from 10 am to 4 pm on  the program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. This program will end with breakfast on the last day. 

Would you like to apply to be on staff for Dathun this Summer?

Please click [here] to fill out an application and to tell us about your experience and areas of interest. Some staff positions require more qualifications than others, but please do not be discouraged if you are not a Shambhala Training Director or Assistant Director. Qualified applicants WILL have completed a previous Dathun. 

Special Offer

To make this program as accessible as possible, we are offering a special subsidized rate of $60 per night rate for shared dorm accommodations. This includes both lodging and meals. (This option is available on the program registration page and cannot be combined with other discounts or financial aid.)

Naropa Students

Please use the discount code Naropa20 to receive your Naropa student discount. (Discount applies to housing and meals for the full month Dathun program only.)