Programs

For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered at Shambhala Mountain Center to partake in over 100 year-round offerings featuring Shambhala teachings, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living and other paths of personal transformation.

Taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, our programs offer something for everyone from the beginner to advanced student. We invite you to browse our many offerings and hope to see you on the land soon!

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DeerinMeadow
PLEASE NOTE: Getaways will not be available from June 5-June 22, 2013. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year. Customize your own stay at 25% off our more →

Getaway

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DeerinMeadow
Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year (2013).   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Please register here for a getaway during the more →

Getaway 2013

Open Dates
Registration Link for Fall Take-Down Volunteers
Please select any dates between arrival date of September 6th and departure date of September 15th. Thanks for volunteering! Your support and care of the Stupa means a lot to us!  

Stupa Work Week

Open Dates
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Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2014

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Achayra Allyn Lyon
Whether you are seeking to establish your Ngöndro practice or are an experienced practitioner, join us for this intensive program. By practicing in a group context, we increase both our personal and group windhorse, while giving more →

Weeklong Ngöndro Intensive

Acharya Allyn Lyon

April 17–25, 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

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
Bruce Tift
How can we use the inherent disturbance and richness of our intimate relationships as an opportunity for wakefulness? Psychotherapy helps us understand the deep historic conditioning we bring to our relationships. Buddhist practice cultivates the confidence that, in each fresh more →
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 →
Retreat-Renewal
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment just a short drive up the Front Range. Our Retreat & Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight more →

Retreat & Renewal

April 25–27, 2014
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Join us for a week or more this spring or summer and help us with the set-up and take-down of our seasonal tent village. Enjoy working in our mountain meadows and wooded hillsides, practicing meditation, participating in some of our more →

Summer Set-Up Volunteer Program

April 27–June 8, 2014
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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 →

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

May 2–4, 2014
To register for the workshop at eventbrite.com, please click HERE. Click "Register Now" above to register for housing at Shambhala Mountain Center.   When was the last time you fed your spirit with a weekend of nurture, more →
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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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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Enjoy an uproariously fun workshop and soothe your spirit while re-energizing yourself with laughter. Learn the basic principles of comedy improvisation, including the central lesson of being completely present and open to whatever happens. With skillful more →

Comedy Improv: Humor for Health and Self-Discovery

Jacqueline Kabat

May 9–11, 2014
UpAspenTrees
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
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: Housing Registration for Naropa Students

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 14–18, 2014
Bruce Tift
Many of us feel deeply disconnected at times—from ourselves, from others, and from life. Actually, it is impossible not to be intimate and fully connected at all times. Using relationships as a powerful vehicle for investigating more →

Relationship as a Path of Awakening

Bruce Tift

May 16–18, 2014
Retreat-Renewal
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment just a short drive up the Front Range. Our Retreat & Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight more →

Retreat & Renewal

May 16–18, 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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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 →
Grasses
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
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Embodied Listening is an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our lives and relationships. When we learn to listen deeply to ourselves, we also become more open and more →

Embodied Listening

David Rome and Hope Martin

May 23–26, 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
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Discover ways to experience your home, workplace, and community as sacred places that can serve as allies on your life journey. During this retreat, we will practice exercises at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya allowing us more →
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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

June 1, 2014
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  Open to participants who have already completed Scorpion Seal V and the practice requirements for Scorpion Seal VI. From  June 12-23, please join us for this potent mandala of practice, study, and celebration of the more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly VI

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

June 12–23, 2014
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Please read these important details before registering: Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due on May more →

Sacred World Assembly

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Christie Cashman

June 25–July 16, 2014
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  PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Having been introduced to one’s own basic goodness, the basic goodness of all beings and society itself, and having been introduced to the great mahayana path, the warrior is now invited into the more →

Sacred World Assembly

June 25–July 16, 2014
SueFrederick
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, and more →

Bridges to Heaven: Grief Healing Workshop

Sue Frederick

July 18–20, 2014
YellowWildflowers
  A Four Seasons Program Join us as we explore the native plant communities of Shambhala Mountain Center and learn about the complex relationships between native plants, soil, weather, and wildlife. During this retreat, we will more →

Exploring Trees and Wildflowers

Connie Gray, Laurie Huckaby and Jim Tolstrup

July 18–20, 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-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-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-III

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 25–29, 2014
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Early Bird Special: Use discount code EarlyBird when registering for your accommodations at Shambhala Mountain Center before December 31st and receive 10% off housing and meals. Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala program that emphasizes the view of more →

Enlightened Society Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Acharya Melissa Moore

July 26–August 10, 2014
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   PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due more →

Enlightened Society Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Acharya Melissa Moore

July 26–August 10, 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
Kay Peterson
Like trees in the forest or fish in the sea, we have an innate ability to live in greater harmony with our environment. While trying to navigate our busy, high-tech world, we can develop habits of mind more →

Mindful Hiking: Waking Up to the Wild

Kay Peterson

July 31–August 3, 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
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Discovering the Sacredness of Sense Perceptions through the Werma Sadhana “In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires.  However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular tradition rather more →

Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

August 11–19, 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
CourageousWomen
Please use discount code "CW25" to receive 25% off housing when registering. (Thanks in advance to those that choose to pay full price and allow us to offer this discount to others.) Cancer is one of more →

8th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe

August 19–24, 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
Retreat-Renewal
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment just a short drive up the Front Range. Our Retreat & Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight more →

Retreat & Renewal

August 22–24, 2014
Christine Stevens
  Join two internationally renowned teachers in a powerful and illuminating exploration of cross-cultural rhythms and the inspired voice. This highly experiential program introduces you to the most ancient and transformative vehicles to support healing and more →

Healing Sound Retreat

Christine Stevens and Silvia Nakkach

August 29–September 1, 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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Participate in an extraordinary Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center Ceremony includes dinner, preparation gathering, community drum processional, encircling the Stupa and honoring the 4 directions, and musical offerings from around the more →

Music For Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa

Christine Stevens and Silvia Nakkach

August 30, 2014
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
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A Four Seasons Program Join naturalist, writer, artist, and teacher Clare Walker Leslie, for an opportunity to sink into the earth, air, sky, and mountains around you, gathering a deeper connection to land that can carry more →

Being with the Land: Turning to Nature and the Seasons

Clare Walker Leslie

September 5–7, 2014
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A Four Seasons Program Throughout history, we have looked to the skies to follow the rhythm of the seasons and to ponder life’s mysteries. This workshop will reignite our passion for the stars by using interactive, more →

Big Sky, Big Mind: Contemplative Astronomy Workshop

Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup

September 5–7, 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

September 7, 2014
Miksang Michael in Puddle
This retreat is an introduction to the practice of Miksang Contemplative Photography as developed by Michael Wood and Julie DuBose. If you would like to be able to express your full and complete experience of seeing more →

Opening the Good Eye: An Introduction to Miksang Photography

Julie DuBose and Michael Wood

September 11–14, 2014
Kay Peterson
When we wander into untamed landscapes it calms our nerves, strengthens our focus, and restores our sense of well-being.  By tuning into our senses and mindfully moving through nature, we can appreciate its chaotic orderliness and more →

Waking Up to the Wild: Nature Walks

Kay Peterson

September 12–14, 2014
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Spend three days learning the centuries old techniques of applying gold leaf through hands-on work, demonstrations and experimentation. In the inspiring environs of the Great Stupa and its art studio we will incorporate a variety of more →

Gold Leaf Gilding and the Dignity of Craftsmanship

John Perkins

September 25–28, 2014
Judith Ansara
  As women, we innately understand and experience the inter-connectedness of all life, and the wisdom, creativity, and power that is part of this “knowing.”  Yet, in the busyness of our multi-focused lives, we often lose more →

Sacred Embodiment, Sacred Service: A Retreat for Women

Judith Ansara and Danya River

September 26–28, 2014
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Open to participants who have already completed Scorpion Seal I and the practice requirements for Scorpion Seal II. From October 10-21, please join us for this potent mandala of practice, study, and celebration of the Scorpion more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly II

Acharya Emily Bower

October 10–21, 2014
DeerinMeadow
Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In more →

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi

October 31–November 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 →