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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.

Summer Dathun with Acharya Allyn Lyon 

July 24 – August 21


Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She currently serves as resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center and in  Los Angeles, California. Allyn is known for the clarity and directness of her teaching and for her irreverent sense of humor.

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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.)