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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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

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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

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Core Staff 2015-16

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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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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 2015

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IMPORTANT: Review these steps before registering! 1. During registration you'll need to set "Choose Payment Option" to "Pay By Check". Note: This is strictly for bookkeeping purposes, your full payment has been processed through Living Social--so more →
Note: Program credit purchased with a Gift Certificate expires after two years of the issue date.

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 Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, with support from the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, warmly invite you to participate in a Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please select any more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

Open Dates
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Welcome to Summer Set-Up 2015! Arrival days are every Sunday: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24. Please arrive by 5:00pm. Dinner is served from 6:30 - 7:30, and there will be a brief orientation every more →

Summer Set-Up 2015

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Join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work hard, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your schedule will more →

Fall Take Down 2015

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Andrea Doukas
Shambhala Kurukullā practitioners are warmly invited to attend this autumn’s Kurukullā practice intensive at Shambhala Mountain Center. The retreat will include all aspects of the sādhanā including an extended feast practice dedicated to the development and prosperity more →

Kurukullā Intensive

Andrea Doukas

September 2–7, 2015
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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
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“Happiness isn’t something we need to find or achieve. It is the very core of our being.” - Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche Traditionally in the Buddha’s teachings, meditation practice is presented in two categories: meditation with an more →
ElysabethWilliamson
This program has been cancelled. Bring your beloved to a fun-filled, spiritually uplifting, restorative and invigorating weekend of Partner Yoga for couples. As we practice connecting in a joyful, open way, we find more ease and more →

Coming Home to Compassion: Partner Yoga for Couples

Elysabeth Williamson

September 4–6, 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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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 6, 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
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Discover the Art of Zen Calligraphy Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. (artwork by Kazuaki Tanahashi) Let Go of Inner Criticism During this contemplative Zen calligraphy more →

Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy

Kazuaki Tanahashi

September 11–13, 2015
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This program has been cancelled. Relaxation & Connection It’s no secret that modern life is often too fast, too structured, and too purpose-driven for optimal human well-being. During this healing retreat, we’ll allow ourselves to slow more →

Gaia: Engaging the Rhythms of Our Living Earth

Martin Ogle

September 11–13, 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. Experience the Power of Mindfulness Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this more →

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Janet Solyntjes

September 18–20, 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 Level I

Valerie Lorig

September 18–20, 2015
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Explore the Taoist Arts This experiential workshop will introduce Taoist practices to cultivate a healthy body and peaceful mind.   We will begin by practicing qigong exercises that are designed to activate and circulate qi (the energy more →

Taoism: The Art of Living

Eva Wong

September 18–20, 2015
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The Wudangshan Five Animals Long Forms are designed to deepen tendon-changing and marrow-washing practices using advanced stances and internal martial arts-based postures. Tiger Leopard Dragon Snake & Crane Totaling forty-eight qigong movements, these animal forms train the practitioner to use more →
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The first of an annual Buddhist women's conference exploring a feminine approach to the Dharma though different themes. This year we will explore Leadership and the Feminine with prominent and emerging female teachers, scholars, and practitioners from more →

Wisdom Rising: An exploration of the divine feminine in Buddhism

Lama Tsultrim Allione, Venerable Dr. Pannavati, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Susan Skjei and Others

September 25–29, 2015
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Redefining Illness Bodily sickness, like all suffering, has real, discoverable causes. The cause is not cancer, colitis, weak adrenals, or a lowered immune system. The cause of our health problems is the innocent misuse of our more →

Radical Self-Healing

Charley Cropley, N.D.

October 2–4, 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

October 4, 2015
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The Secret Power of Counter-poses in Yoga Hidden within every yoga posture is a secret—the counter-pose. The counter-pose protects, nurtures, and allows us to deepen our practice. In a yoga sequence, poses are balanced by counter-poses, more →
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  The Scorpion Seal Assembly involves intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana. It is modeled after the traditional drupchen (great accumulation) that is performed in many Buddhist traditions as a way of accomplishing sadhana practice. The more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

Acharya Suzann Duquette

October 14–25, 2015
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    PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 19th, 8 weeks prior to start date. Registrations made after this date will be subject to a $125 late registration fee.   Housing: If more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

Acharya Suzann Duquette

October 14–25, 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

October 30–November 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

November 1, 2015
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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

November 6–13, 2015
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Cultivate deep awareness of your body and learn to uncoil obstructions to find greater freedom. Refresh Yourself During this rejuvenating yoga retreat, we will discover where we have developed patterns over the years. Even in the more →
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Cultivate Fearlessness 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 more →

Befriending Small Deaths – Big Deaths

Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder

November 6–8, 2015
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  Medicine Buddha is a concise and simple Tibetan Buddhist healing practice. It is said that just by hearing the name, or mantra, of Medicine Buddha that innumerable benefits arise - including enhancing any healing practices more →

Medicine Buddha for Healing

Venerable Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin and Nashalla Nyinda

November 13–15, 2015
Steve Seely
This weekend workshop builds on the meditation practice introduced in The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I and explores how we create a cocoon of our habitual ways of thinking, often obscuring the brilliance of more →

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II

Steve Seely

November 13–15, 2015
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

November 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

November 20–22, 2015
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Let us take care of your Thanksgiving planning! Come to Shambhala Mountain Center to enjoy a wide variety of weekend activities. There will be opportunities to relax in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, as well as fun more →

Thanksgiving Family Retreat and Autumn Celebration

Acharya Daniel Hessey and Melanie Klein

November 25–28, 2015
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Join us for an elegant and festive feast!  Come to Shambhala Mountain Center to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with the community, and let us take care of the cooking. Each participant needs to register and pay separately. more →

Thanksgiving Dinner

Acharya Daniel Hessey and Melanie Klein

November 26, 2015
Acharya Richard John
Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. This group retreat will be structured according to the Ashe Mahamudra, a profound new practice by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The retreat will align more →

9-Day Ashe Mahamudra & Trekcho Retreat

Acharya Richard John

December 2–11, 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

December 6, 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

Mariah Simonton and Rose Sposito

December 11–13, 2015
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Join us for one or more week of deep meditation practice. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there more →

Winter Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 12, 2015–January 10, 2016
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  CLICK HERE for more Dathun information and HERE for links to individual Weektuns.  

Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 12, 2015–January 10, 2016
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Dathun, Tibetan for “moon session,” is an intensive group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. Composed of four weekly segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend anywhere more →

Winter Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 12, 2015–January 10, 2016
“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 →

Weekthun I

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

December 12–20, 2015

Weekthun I and II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

December 12–27, 2015
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What do writers want more than anything in the world? Time to write. Yet even if such precious time could be found, it's not always easy to settle into the writing groove. Meditate, Write, Share (or more →

Fearlessly Creative: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

Susan Piver

December 17–21, 2015
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  Relax, Refresh, & Connect   Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat & Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to more →

Winter Solstice Retreat & Renewal

December 18–20, 2015
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Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there are four successive Weekthuns which can be taken individually or in more →

Weekthun II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

December 19–27, 2015
“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 →

Weekthun II

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

December 19–27, 2015

Weekthun II and III

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 19, 2015–January 3, 2016
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Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there are four successive Weekthuns which can be taken individually or in more →

Weekthun III

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 26, 2015–January 3, 2016
“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 →

Weekthun III

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 26, 2015–January 3, 2016

Weekthun III and IV

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 26, 2015–January 10, 2016
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Clear, Confident & Committed Join us for this special retreat and allow your aspirations for the New Year to become clear, confident and committed through reflection and renewal. We will go beyond the usual goal focused more →

Take a Leap into 2016: Establish Your Intention and Commitment

Jonathan Barbieri

December 30, 2015–January 2, 2016
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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 3, 2016
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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

January 8–10, 2016
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Do you struggle to make healthy eating choices? This weekend will create a gentle, contemplative, and playful environment to help you discover how liberating it can feel to make wise choices when it comes to the more →
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Beginning the path of meditation is an ideal opportunity to embrace the wisdom of everyday experience with great patience, openness, and compassion. Overcome Fear and Embrace Compassion  In this dynamic and practical retreat, we will explore more →

The Path of Simply Being

Thomas Roberts

January 22–24, 2016
Acharya Dan Hessey
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

Acharya Daniel Hessey

January 29–31, 2016
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Explore the Power of Embodiment Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns and stories. When we learn to fully inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this more →

Precious Knowing: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women

Katharine Kaufman

February 3–7, 2016
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Buddhism and addiction recovery paths share a basic premise: attachment causes suffering. This retreat will explore connections between the Twelve Steps, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path. With periods of mindfulness meditation, lecture, discussion, more →
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In Shambhala Training 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 them more →

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training IV

Aaron Snyder

February 5–7, 2016
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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 7, 2016
Retreat-Renewal
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 19–21, 2016
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The Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. In particular, it is designed to nurture the student's natural ability to experience the world more →

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala

Roland Cohen

February 19–25, 2016
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  In this program, we learn how to see the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists – the Great Eastern Sun. This retreat marks the beginning of the Sacred Path, more →

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun

Roland Cohen

February 19–21, 2016
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  In Windhorse one receives the root text that gives the instruction for “raising Windhorse,” a practice which opens the heart and refreshes one’s confidence. One learns through this practice to bring about skillful and heartfelt more →

Sacred Path: Windhorse

Roland Cohen

February 20–23, 2016
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  Through exploring the depths of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. more →

Sacred Path: Drala

Roland Cohen

February 22–25, 2016
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

February 26–28, 2016