Wisdom Traditions

Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. The term is often given to the inner core or mystical aspects of a religion or spiritual tradition, without the trappings, doctrines, sectarianisms and power structures often associated with institutionalized religions. Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the development of the inner self, living a spiritual life and the realization of enlightenment.

Shambhala Mountain Center has been offering programs steeped in contemplative wisdom traditions from around the world for more than 40 years. We regularly host world-renowned teachers and indigenous wisdom keepers who have cultivated the knowledge, through their own personal practices and ancestral teachings, to be able to reach out and lead others skillfully along their own path.

From various Buddhist lineages and Shamanic cultures, to previously held secret practices of Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qigong, to ancient healing traditions using plant spirits, herbs, dreams, yoga, meditation and more, our Wisdom Traditions programs allow for exploring many different paths along the journey towards transformation of self and society.

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“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 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 23–August 20, 2014
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Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level IV

Eva Wong

July 29–31, 2014

Weekthun II and III

Acharya Allyn Lyon

July 30–August 13, 2014

Weekthun II

Acharya Allyn Lyon

July 30–August 6, 2014
Waterfall
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. This intensive program is a rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique qigong lineages—the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level V

Eva Wong

July 31–August 2, 2014
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Come join us for our open house, which we host on the first Sunday of every month. You will have a chance to receive meditation instructions, hear a dharma talk, and take a tour of the more →

Open House

August 3, 2014
Join us this Sunday, June 16 from 2-3:00 pm at the Boulder Shambhala Center to learn more about this creative and contemplative retreat for the whole family.  In celebration of Father’s Day, children can participate in a special craft--making “Pockets of Love” for any special people in their lives.
 Looking to get away to nature with your family this summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the whole more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Rachel Steele and Kelly Lindsey

August 4–10, 2014

Weekthun III

Acharya Allyn Lyon

August 6–13, 2014

Weekthun III and IV

Acharya Allyn Lyon

August 6–20, 2014
Stream_Wong Qigong
This program will be led by Eva Wong and assisted by Dale Asreal. This intermediate qigong program focuses on further strengthening of the musculoskeletal system—tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. We will learn how to more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Tendon-Changing & Marrow-Washing Intensive

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 13–15, 2014
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This program will be led by Eva Wong and assisted by Dale Asreal. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. Taoist more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Animal Forms

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 15–17, 2014
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Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. During this contemplative retreat, we will faithfully copy selected ideographs in the different styles of ancient Chinese masterpieces. While practicing more →

Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork

Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 15–17, 2014
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Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four more →

Summer Women’s Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 20–24, 2014
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It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds? This weekend retreat will give accessible and powerful meditation more →

Learn to Meditate

Patricia Kelly

August 22–24, 2014
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  This popular retreat is based on Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s best-selling book, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind. Geared for runners, walkers, and other athletes, the book offers fresh more →

Running with the Mind of Meditation

Cynthia MacKay, Marty Kibiloski and Tarah Cech

August 29–September 1, 2014
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Learn a new and refreshing approach to meditation that calms the mind by allowing thoughts rather than stopping them. Recollective Awareness Meditation is a unique and easy to learn form of practice that brings you in more →
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Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I

Jonathan Barbieri

September 5–7, 2014
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

September 7, 2014
Stream_Wong Qigong
In this program, you will begin a heightened training in circulating internal energy according to seasonal changes and through specific channels in the body. The following qigong systems will be taught: 1. Outer qigong forms from more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level VI

Eva Wong

October 1–5, 2014
Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

October 5, 2014
Janet Solyntjes
This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly techniques for dealing with stress and for cultivating our deepest potential for living a full and satisfying life. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-recognized approach which has been shown more →
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Teacher: TBD (to be determined) This weekend workshop builds on the meditation practice introduced in Level I and explores how we create a cocoon of our habitual ways of thinking, often obscuring the brilliance of the more →

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II

October 31–November 2, 2014
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

November 2, 2014
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PLEASE NOTE: The dates for this program have changed. (Previously scheduled: August 8-10th, 2014) Cultivate deep awareness of your body and learn to uncoil obstructions to find greater freedom. During this rejuvenating retreat, we will discover more →
Andrew Holecek
Death is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – if we’re prepared.  Learn what to do for yourself and others – before, during, and after death – from a practical and spiritual perspective.  What are the best meditations for more →

Graceful Exit: Preparing for a Good Death • Boulder

Andrew Holecek

November 7–8, 2014
Will Johnson
In the practice of meditation, what you do with your body is every bit as important as what you do with your mind. During this retreat, we will explore the conditions of body that naturally deepen more →
Ron-Davis
We are part of nature. When the energy changes in nature it changes within us as well. If we wish to be naturally healthy, we must stay in harmony with seasonal changes. Qigong for the Seasons is more →

Qigong for the Seasons: Winter Qigong

Ron Davis

November 14–16, 2014
Greg Smith
It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds? This weekend retreat will give accessible and powerful meditation more →

Learn To Meditate

Greg Smith

November 21–23, 2014
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

December 7, 2014
Nashalla-Nyinda
Discover the powerful healing arts of Tibet through Sowa Rigpa, an ancient holistic practice spanning thousands of years. During this weekend retreat, we will learn how to return harmony to our body and mind by refining more →
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Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Teacher To Be Determined

December 13, 2014–January 10, 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 →

Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Shastri Ben Hines and Shastri Holly Gayley

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015

Weekthun I

Teacher To Be Determined

December 13–20, 2014

Weekthun I and II

Teacher To Be Determined

December 13–27, 2014
PeopleMeditating
“Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 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 →

Winter Weekthun: A Week-long Meditation Retreat

Shastri Holly Gayley and Shastri Ben Hines

December 13, 2014–January 10, 2015
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In this weekend retreat, we learn techniques to help us develop the fearlessness needed to experience our life without relying on the cocoon of past habits. Beginning to engage the world directly, we extend this attitude more →

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

Denise Wuensch

December 19–21, 2014

Weekthun II

Teacher To Be Determined

December 20–27, 2014

Weekthun II and III

Teacher To Be Determined

December 20, 2014–January 3, 2015

Weekthun III

Teacher To Be Determined

December 27, 2014–January 3, 2015

Weekthun III and IV

Teacher To Be Determined

December 27, 2014–January 10, 2015
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

January 4, 2015
Irini Rockwell
To lead others, we must know ourselves, where we shine and where we get stuck. Some situations bring out the best of who we are; in others we can’t get out of our own way. During more →

Natural Brilliance: Leading from Within

Irini Rockwell

January 23–25, 2015
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Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I

January 30–February 1, 2015
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In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to open our hearts so we can communicate more fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to regenerate habitual patterns, we can use more →

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training IV

January 30–February 1, 2015
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

February 1, 2015
Ron-Davis
We are part of nature. When the energy changes in nature, it changes within us as well. If we wish to be naturally healthy we must stay in harmony with seasonal changes. Qigong for the Seasons more →

Qigong for the Seasons: Spring Qigong

Ron Davis

February 13–15, 2015
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Medical science, the Tibetan Medical Tantras, and the yogis of old agree that breathing is the key to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Modern Tibetan master Anyen Rinpoche calls the breath "the dynamic link between body, more →

Tibetan Yoga of Breath

Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

February 27–March 1, 2015
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Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

March 1, 2015