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.

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

April 18–20, 2014
Alexandra Shenpen
Delight in the natural beauty of our world and awaken your gentleness, courage, and artistic instinct. Through the practice of Ikebana, the placement of each stem becomes an expression of our innate wisdom and humanity. As more →

Ikebana: The Contemplative Art of Flowers

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

April 18–20, 2014
Katherine Kaufman
We have all had moments or days that flow well. This delightful motion may begin in what the yogis call “nadis”, or energetic channels, which run throughout our bodies. Our individual rhythms are unique and in more →

FLOW: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

April 25–27, 2014
Acharya Dale Asreal
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of Qigong. This is an opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, the Pre-Celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level III • Denver

Acharya Dale Asrael

April 25–27, 2014
Larry Welsh
The ancient practice of Tai Chi Chuan has often been called the “supreme ultimate exercise.”  When joined with mindfulness sitting meditation, these two forms bring forth a potent way to awaken health and restore well-being in more →
PrayerFlags
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 →

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

May 2–4, 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

Lida Anne Elliot

May 4, 2014
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Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown. The small deaths of broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, loss of work and more, offer us practice moments for the big death at the end more →

Befriending Small Deaths – Big Deaths

Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder

May 9–11, 2014
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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 14–18, 2014
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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 22–26, 2014
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Celebrate late spring in the mountains and awaken to the divine nuances of all the seasons, both in the outer landscape and in our inner soulscape. Rejoice in how the burgeoning green of springtime reflects our more →

Wisdom of the Seasons: An Interspiritual Retreat

Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny

May 23–25, 2014
Bob Wing
In the mountains of Japan, there live beings called Tengu. They may be real or they may just be a way of describing a particular state of mind. It is said that the Tengu protect the more →

Wisdom of the Sword

Bob Wing

May 30–June 1, 2014
Stupa amid clouds
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

June 1, 2014
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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 23–August 20, 2014
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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

Weekthun I

Acharya Jenny Warwick

July 23–30, 2014

Weekthun I and II

Acharya Jenny Warwick

July 23–August 6, 2014
Janet Solyntjes
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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Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

July 23–August 20, 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: Levels I-II

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 25–27, 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: Levels I-V

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 25–August 2, 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: Levels I-III

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 25–29, 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: Levels III

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 27–29, 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: Levels III-V

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 27–August 2, 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: Levels IV

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

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: Levels V

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 31–August 2, 2014
Stupa at night with lights
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 intermediate qigong program focuses on further strengthening of the musculoskeletal system—tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. We will learn how to build musculoskeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the martial arts through more →

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

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 13–15, 2014
Stream_Wong Qigong
The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. Taoist practitioners further developed the techniques of embodying animal energy as a means of more →

Traditional Chinese Qigong: Animal Forms

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 15–17, 2014
KazuakiTanahashi
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
Katherine Kaufman
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
Patricia-Kelly
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 →
PrayerFlags
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive meditation weekend helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Jonathan Barbieri

September 5–7, 2014
sitting to look at the stupa
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

September 7, 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 →