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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 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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December 27, 2014–January 3, 2015

Weekthun III and IV

Shastri Holly Gayley and Shastri Ben Hines

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

Melanie Klein

January 4, 2015
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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

Stephen Vosper

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
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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
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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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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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Uniquely blending meditation, contemplative arts, sensory awareness practices and Hatha Yoga, we will practice in a rich environment to shed habitual patterns and rediscover the world with fresh perception. As we investigate the four elements of more →

Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 13–17, 2015
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Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening. This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures that perpetuate emotional confusion, more →

Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 21–25, 2015
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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 →

Women’s Summer Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

July 31–August 2, 2015
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This program integrates qigong and meditation with an emphasis on how these practices support one another in nourishing a healthy body and cultivating a clear mind. The daily practice will interlace several sessions of sitting and more →

Qigong and Meditation

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 12–17, 2015
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Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this extended retreat offers an in-depth look at mindfulness tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for deepening our inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness. Through sitting, more →
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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

September 4–7, 2015