Personal Transformation

Personal transformation is at the heart of all our relationships – with self, family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances – anyone whom we encounter. Both blissful and challenging, relationships are an integral part of spiritual practice, providing an unparalleled mirror through which we can see and know ourselves.

Awakening our hearts and minds is not a solo activity; it is a path we each must walk together. Without interaction, we would never receive teachings, good counsel, community support or essential feedback critical to our growth. Whether together as intimate partners, family, friends or community, our path of relationships is as necessary as it is both difficult and enriching.

Shambhala Mountain Center offers a range of Personal Transformation programs that work with our inner and outer selves, to help us open up to others and to compassionately engage with the outer manifestations of family, community and society-at-large. From consciously loving and living to unleashing our calling, awakening to our dreams, engaging in recovery practices or courageously dealing with critical illness, our relationships are a path of awakening.

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THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED Somewhere between the 13th and 14th century, a buddha statue was built in Sukathai, Thailand. It was tall, 9.5 feet in height, and it was heavy, weighing 5.5 tons. This plaster more →

Bowing to the Sacred Within

Monique Illona and Blane Allen

February 6–8, 2015
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Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

February 6–8, 2015
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Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns and stories. When we learn to fully inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we can know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. To do this, we will practice sitting meditation, more →

Precious Knowing: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women

Katharine Kaufman

February 11–15, 2015
Layth Matthews
The way we think about wealth affects our personal experience and our world dramatically. Yet we rarely contemplate the heart of prosperity, which may be why it feels like we are running in place personally, and more →
Janet Solyntjes
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program of practical, scientifically-supported teachings to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat offers tools for engaging more →

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Janet Solyntjes

March 6–8, 2015
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  At the root of all our fears lies the fear of death – our own and our loved ones. How would we live our lives differently if we contemplated and even practiced this ultimate letting more →

Savasana: Exploring Our Death to Liberate Our Lives

Elysabeth Williamson and Margery McSweeney

March 13–15, 2015
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Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

April 3–5, 2015
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Discover the power of essential oils through this unique retreat blending Buddhist meditation with Ayurvedic wisdom. Botanical aromas are found by many to produce a wide range of spiritual insights, enhanced meditative states and increased well-being. more →
Tom-Roberts
Beginning the path of meditation is an ideal opportunity to embrace the wisdom of everyday experience with great patience, openness, and compassion. In this dynamic and practical retreat, we will explore how meditation practice embraces all more →

The Path of Simply Being: A Meditation Retreat

Thomas Roberts

April 10–12, 2015
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Learn how to gently nurture yourself back into balance through Tibetan healing. This system teaches us how to foster a relationship with our inner physical and emotional worlds as well as our external one, helping us more →
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Men—Are you ready to move forward into your life with clarity of purpose, renewed passion, and authentic power? Do you want deeper relationships with the women and men in your life? Are you seeking to align more →

Radical Self-Care for Men: Renewing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul

Jason Geoffrion and Tom Daly

April 10–12, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Work is about relationships. To be an effective professional, you can't take for granted they will always go well. During this workshop, we will engage the Five Wisdoms as a tool for working with others: seeing more →
Ben-Cohen
Intimate relationships are both an opportunity and a challenge to our capacity for love and vulnerability. Once we are past the romantic love stage, we are often surprised by these challenges. Drawing from the works of more →
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Discover the powerful healing arts of Tibet through Sowa Rigpa, an ancient holistic practice spanning thousands of years. During this introductory program, we will explore the three energy principles and how they influence our emotional and more →

The Three Energy Principles of Tibetan Healing

Nashalla Nyinda

April 24–26, 2015
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The Three Energy Principles of Tibetan Healing Discover the powerful healing arts of Tibet through Sowa Rigpa, an ancient holistic practice spanning thousands of years. During this introductory program, we will explore the three energy principles more →
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Continue your education in Tibetan Medicine and deepen your understanding of healing with this retreat. Building on your basic knowledge of the three energy principles, we will now explore the sacred text The Root Tantra. You more →

Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine: Level 1

Nashalla Nyinda

April 27–May 1, 2015
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The Shaman’s Heart is a revolutionary new program for developing one’s full capacity for soul-based and heart-centered living. The program is a unique and practical integration of shamanic practice, transpersonal psychology, ancient wisdom teachings, and various more →

Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence

Byron Metcalf and Karen Malik

May 1–3, 2015
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Join us for this weekend of Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and study as we contemplate The Words of My Perfect Teacher, the famous and sacred text written by the renowned 19th century master Patrul Rinpoche. Under more →

Turning the Mind to Dharma

Naksang Rinpoche

May 8–10, 2015
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Join us for a special Mother’s Day retreat and take a rest from the daily demands of motherhood. Our pristine mountain environment offers rest and relaxation. Enjoy taking scenic walks, visiting the Great Stupa, or following more →
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Discover Yantra Yoga, the Tibetan Yoga of Movement, an authentic and living tradition of working with the three gates of body, speech, and mind. During this retreat, we will explore a unique series of positions and more →

Yantra Yoga

Luke Karamol

May 15–17, 2015
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Calling all women who do too much! This spring retreat, based on Sara's best-selling book, will offer you a safe respite from your busy life. It brings together a tribe of like-minded women who are longing more →

The Way of the Happy Woman: Silent Spring Retreat

Sara Avant Stover

May 21–24, 2015
Christine Stevens
  Explore music and rhythm as a gateway for therapeutic process and honest communication. In its fifth year, this annual program weaves the four elements of music medicine into a powerful experience in cross-cultural rhythms, chants, more →

Healing Sound Retreat

Christine Stevens

May 28–31, 2015
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Like the snow melting to reveal vast meadows ripe with the promise of wildflowers, we too can shed the layers of past seasons and old habits to make way for new possibilities in our lives. By more →

Waking up to the Wild: Nature Walks

Kay Peterson

May 29–31, 2015
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Celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha with a special Retreat and Renewal. This time of year, known as Saga Dawa (or Wesak), offers a powerful opportunity to refresh our intentions to lead noble more →

Saga Dawa Retreat & Renewal

June 1–3, 2015
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Discover the power of compassionate awareness by bringing mindfulness into your daily life. During this nourishing retreat, we will embrace our vulnerabilities and allow them to safely guide us into expansive ease. By practicing the art more →

Lila Yoga Mindfulness Retreat

Erica Kaufman

June 4–7, 2015
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Experience powerful ways of releasing grief and communicating with your departed loved ones. This healing retreat will draw on Sue Frederick’s bestselling book, Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side (chosen more →

Bridges to Heaven: A Grief Healing Workshop

Sue Frederick

June 5–7, 2015
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Connect with your inner lotus and learn to paint with rocks and minerals! This retreat offers unique approaches to visual art, using them as a pathway to personal growth and expression. We will explore techniques for more →

Creating Your Inner Mandala

Kalsang Dawa

July 2–6, 2015
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Meditate for a week or the full month of Dathun. Our program will include individual meditation instruction, guided meditations to deepen our shamatha practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open our hearts to compassion. more →

Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

July 24–August 21, 2015
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 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and enlightenment. During Dathun, we discover what these elements are, we more →

Summer Weekthun: A Week-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

July 24–August 21, 2015
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Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

July 24–26, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Creating healthy and enlivened work environments requires action. During this dynamic workshop, we will learn profound and practical approaches to working with others through skillful communication and effective action. Through experiential learning modalities, you learn to more →

Natural Brilliance in Action

Irini Rockwell

August 3–9, 2015
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Are you ready to experience, and then write forth the truth of who you really are? The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness, which moves us along the path more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 13–17, 2015
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Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

August 28–30, 2015
Brian Mullins
Explore a contemplative approach to music with this experiential acoustic workshop. During this creative weekend, we will discover the foundations and fundamentals of musical commonality found in nature, based in your instrument or voice, replicated in more →

Acoustic Elements: Traditional Music Workshop

Brian Mullins

August 28–30, 2015
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For more information about this program please visit the Courageous Women Website. Please use discount code "CW25" to receive 25% off housing when registering. (Thanks in advance to those that choose to pay full price and more →

9th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe

September 8–13, 2015