Teachers at Shambhala Mountain


Ronald Alexander

Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist, leadership consultant, international trainer, and the author of the widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind. His unique work combines ancient wisdom teachings with positive psychology and creative thinking into more →
Gary Allen

Gary Allen

Gary Allen leads meditation groups for the Veterans Peace of Mind Project and regularly teaches Shambhala Training meditation programs around the U.S.

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Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is a former nun in the Tibetan tradition and one of the first Western Buddhist teachers. Known as a profound and lucid teacher who skillfully combines both psychological and spiritual insights, she has more →

Elias Amidon

Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way and a long-time Buddhist. Author of the book The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and more →

Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson is an artist, a meditator and an educator—her triumvirate of enjoyment, inquiry, and revelation. She was an adjunct professor at Naropa University for many years and now teaches privately, mainly in Boulder, Colorado.
Judith Ansara

Judith Ansara

Judith Ansara, MSW, has been a pioneering teacher of applied human consciousness for 30 years. Synthesizing her immersion in Buddhism and other wisdom traditions with her experience as a psychotherapist and leadership trainer, she teaches internationally more →

Anyen Rinpoche

Anyen Rinpoche, a meditation master of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage, formally trained in Yantra Yoga, a Mantryana practice combining physical asana, breath work and meditation, with renowned Tibetan master Dorlo Rinpoche. Anyen Rinpoche founded Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma more →

Susan Aposhyan

Susan Aposhyan, MA, LPC, maintains a private practice and trains professionals internationally in her work, Body-Mind Psychotherapy.  She developed and directed one of the first graduate degree programs in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University and was more →

Acharya Dale Asrael

Acharya Dale Asrael is an associate professor at Naropa University in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies, and Contemplative Education departments. She is the Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International. Dale studies qigong with, and more →

Upcoming Programs: Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-II, Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence, Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence (Housing Registration for Naropa Students), Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions (Housing Registration for Naropa Students), Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-II, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-III, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-V, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level III, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels III-V, Qigong and Meditation,


Calryn Aston

Calryn Aston has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. She has been active in training Shambhala Guides across the Front Range since 2007. She serves as a senior teacher in Boulder and other more →

Zoe Avstreih

Zoe Avstreih, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University and founder/director of the Center for the Study of Authentic Movement, spent many years studying dreamwork with Dr. Gerald Epstein and more →

Michael Baime

Michael Baime, MD, is director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught mindfulness and meditation since 1981, and practiced meditation since age eight. Trained as a primary care physician, his more →

James Baraz

James Baraz has been teaching since 1978 and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He leads retreats, workshops and classes around the U.S. and abroad. He also has led an online Awakening Joy course since 2003. He is the co-author of Awakening more →
Adana Barbieri

Adana Barbieri

Adana Barbieri became a student of Shambhala in 1974.  She has held various jobs within Shambhala and was honored to be among the group of teachers personally trained by Chögyam Trungpa to teach Shambhala Training. In more →

Upcoming Programs: Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V,


Jonathan Barbieri

Jonathan Barbieri has taught Buddhist and Shambhala trainings extensively throughout North America for over 30 years. Each year he presents a New Year Resolution program at Shambhala Mountain Center that explores how to bring our aspirations more →

Upcoming Programs: The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I,


Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash is a longtime Shambhala artist, working with the practices of calligraphy, writing, drawing and Big Brush performance painting. She studied Dharma Art with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Chinese pictograms with Ed Young. She has more →

Lori Batcheller

Lori Batcheller, MA, MPT, CYT-500, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, author and journal-writing instructor. She began practicing yoga in 1998 and spent four years working and studying with world-renowned teachers at Kripalu Center for Yoga more →

Frank Berliner

Frank Berliner is an associate professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University. He became a student of the Vidyadhara in 1974 and later served as the national director of Shambhala Training, and executive director and resident more →
Amanda Betzen

Amanda Betzen

Amanda Betzen teaches children at the Boulder Shambhala Center and the Bodhi School, and through Shambhala Rites of Passage programs. An occupational therapist working with children with special needs for the Boulder Valley School District, she more →
Tessa Bielecki

Tessa Bielecki

Tessa Bielecki co-founded the Spiritual Life Institute and live there as monk and Mother Abbess for almost 40 years. In 2005, she co-founded The Desert Foundation with Fr. Dave Denny, an informal circle of friends who explore the wisdom of more →

Walker Blaine

Walker Blaine is Master of Liturgies to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Walker has studied and practiced the dharma in Shambhala since 1984. In addition to being a student of the Sakyong, he has studied intensively with Khenpo more →

Jenny Bondurant

A student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, Jenny Bondurant has been practicing meditation since 1980, and has completed the traditional three-year retreat. A senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, she began her more →

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a medical scientist, psychologist, spiritual guide and one of the pioneering voices in the global mind/body/spirit movement. Author of fourteen books and numerous audio programs and guided meditation CD’s, she is also more →
Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily Bower has been practicing in the Shambhala community since 1987, and began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1991. She has served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the more →

Karen Bowles

Karen Bowles, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania and a primary care physician. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has taught in the Penn Program for Mindfulness since 2004.

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Wendy Bramlett

Wendy Bramlett is the founder of Studio Be Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. A yoga teacher since 1981, her style reflects a deep understanding of the body, and emphasizes the dynamic interplay of focused action and receptive more →

Andra Brill

Andra Brill, PhD, has over 20 years of experience as a professional educator in urban public schools. Inspired by many years of meditation, she brings ta passion for creating compassionate, reflective classrooms to her work.
Annie Brooke

Annie Brook

Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC, brings 30+ years of study, practice, and teaching of meditation, movement awareness, ritual, and group process. Annie is an author and international speaker, and was the former Director of the Body Psychotherapy more →

Marlow Brooks

Marlow Brooks has been directing all Shambhala Levels for over twenty-nine years. She has taught at Naropa University for many years and is also a healer in the Chinese Five Element tradition. She is an artist more →

Ginger Brooks

Ginger began meditation practice under the direction of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. She is an active meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, occasionally teaches Shambhala Training weekends, studies Iyengar yoga, and works full time more →

Ty Burhoe

Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990. Known for his accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and fusion settings, he has created collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD, including the academy more →

LLoyd Burton

Lloyd Burton, PhD, is a former Navy Hospital Corpsman who served in Vietnam. A co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, he has practiced and taught Buddhism for over 30 years.
Dominie Cappadonna

Dominie Cappadonna

Dominie Cappadonna, PhD, CT, is a transpersonal psychotherapist, mentor, death awareness educator and contemplative chaplain.  Dominie’s  work, Radiant Living~Luminous Dying: Guiding Midlife~Elder Passages and Beyond, facilitates life and death transitions. As a Buddhist practitioner, she co-guides more →
Jane Carpenter

Jane Carpenter

Jane Carpenter began the study of Tibetan Buddhism and Maitri Space Awareness with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. She has taught the practice as an Associate Professor at Naropa University and internationally for over 25 years. more →

Michael Carroll

Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976 and is an authorized Shambhala teacher. He held executive positions for 28 years with Fortune 500 companies and now maintains an active coaching consultancy. Michael is the author more →
Acharya Christie Cashman

Acharya Christie Cashman

Acharya Christie Cashman entered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1971, dedicating herself to intensive study and practice, and eventually teaching a full range of courses, from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes more →

Ann Cason

Ann Cason, author of Circles of Care: How to Create Quality Home Care for Our Elders, has spent over thirty years as a practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism. The former co-founder and director of Dana Home Care, more →
Tarah Cech

Tarah Cech

Tarah Michelle Cech is a naturopath, Anasura Yoga instructor, Lomi Lomi practioner and wellness educator. She has run 13 marathons and received All-American honors in track events. Her personal practice, Island Girls Naturals, is located on Maui, more →

Upcoming Programs: Running with the Mind of Meditation,


Acharya Susan Chapman

Acharya Susan Chapman, MA, author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication, is a family therapist, contemplative psychologist and meditation teacher. She completed Gampo Abbey’s three year retreat and served as Druppon, retreat leader, for six more →

Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. Widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences, Pema studied under the meditation master more →
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Orgyan Chowang Rinpoche

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He studied for ten years at Lharang Gar in Serta, eastern Tibet, with his teacher, the great Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche, who more →

Upcoming Programs: Finding Happiness Within: Reconnecting with Your Natural State of Mind through Meditation,

Bayard Cobb

Bayard Cobb

Bayard Cobb, MA, joined the Fearless Victory project in 2010.  An adjunct faculty member of Naropa University, she has practiced and taught meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years.

Roland Cohen

Roland Cohen is a senior meditation instructor in Shambhala.   He has served as Resident Senior Teacher for the Shambhala Centers in  New Zealand  and as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Boulder Colorado.   Mr. Cohen more →

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen, PhD, has been in private practice in Boulder and Denver for over 20 years, and has led over 75 GTLYW (Getting the Love You Want) Couples Workshops. He has also had an active meditation more →

Upcoming Programs: Relationship as a Spiritual Path: Getting the Love You Want (A Couples Workshop),

Jim Colosi

Jim Colosi is a Certified Teacher in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and has taught meditation for 30 years in the Shambhala tradition. He was the Director of the Prison Meditation Program, North Central Correctional Institution, Gardner, more →

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


Shannon Connell

Shannon Connell is a certified Power, Hot and Jivamukti yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor who supports her students through a passion for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Eliot Cowan

Eliot Cowan, author of Plant Spirit Medicine, was initiated as a Tsaurirrikame (shaman) in the Huichol Indian tradition by Don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios in 2000.  he began the study and practice of herbalism in the 1960's more →

Charley Cropley, N.D.

Charley Cropley, ND, is a Naturopathic physician who after 35 years of practice, uses no medicines.  He teaches his clients that they are endowed with Self-Healing capacities exactly equal to their condition.  They learn that illness more →

David Crow

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with 30 years of clinical practice, and the author of numerous books including In Search of the Medicine Buddha. A student of the elder Kalu Rinpoche and the Dharma more →

Upcoming Programs: Contemplative Aromatherapy: Vipassana, Ayurveda, and Plant Essences,


Carol Crutchlow

Carol Crutchlow has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism since 1970. She was a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and now studies with Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche.  In addition to directing Shambhala Training, she teaches regularly more →

River Cummings

River Cummings has been a dedicated student and teacher in the yoga tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar and T. Krishnamacharya since 1990. She holds Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute, and offers more →

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk, scholar, and the temporal and religious leader of the Tibetan people. Since 1959, when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet, forcing the Dalai Lama into exile, he more →
Tom Daly, PhD

Tom Daly

Tom Daly, PhD, is co-founder of Men’s Leadership Alliance and Inner King Training, founder of 4 Gateways Coaching, and creator of the Radical Self-Care for Men blog. He is a teacher, mentor, executive coach, and a more →

Upcoming Programs: Radical Self-Care for Men: Renewing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul,


Ronald Davis

Ronald Davis, DC. LAc. Dipl Acu (NCCAOM) has dedicated thirty years to helping people discover their optimal state of well being based on physical integrity, mental clarity and nutritional support. As a chiropractor, he understands the more →

Upcoming Programs: Qigong through the Seasons: Summer Qigong,


Kalsang Dawa

Kalsang Dawa grew up in Lhasa where he has painted traditional Tibetan art since the age of 14. He later moved to Dharamsala where he studied a rigorous thangka painting program under Master Artist, Venerable Sengye more →

Upcoming Programs: Creating Your Inner Mandala,


Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. Albert served as Marin County, California's very first Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide more →

Upcoming Programs: Writing as a Path to Awakening,

Fr. Dave Denny

Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny have worked together for over forty years, first as Carmelite monks in the Spiritual Life Institute where they co-edited Desert Call. At Colorado College, they taught Fire and Light, a more →

Yogi Amrit Desai

Yogi Amrit Desai is an internationally renowned yoga master and one of the earliest pioneers of yoga int he United States. For more than 40 years, he has offered authentic teachings of yoga and Vedic culture more →

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Upcoming Programs: Scorpion Seal Assembly III,


Sofia Diaz

Sofia Diaz offers a unique approach to Hatha Yoga, sacred movement and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her style of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian temple arts. She lectures at Naropa University and teaches more →

Joe Dispenza, DC

Joe Dispenza, DC, is a doctor of chiropractic with a background in biochemistry and postgraduate training in neuroscience, functional brain imaging and neuroplasticity. Featured in the movie What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, he is the bestselling more →
Cynthia Drake

Cynthia Drake

Cynthia Drake has been a meditator and member of the Shambhala community since 1985. For over two decades, she has taught English as a foreign language, college composition and literature. She currently teaches literature at the more →
Margaret Drescher

Margaret Drescher

Margaret Drescher lives and works with her husband Jim, at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Shambhala Principle is expressed there through “The Windhorse Way of caring for the land, hosting the community, and training leaders in meditative/contemplative/conversational more →

H. E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche is the supreme head of the Ripa lineage of Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism and a living Tertön. The Ripa Lineage has its historical roots in the supreme head, Glorious Master Ripa more →

Julie DuBose

Julie began her study of Miksang with Michael Wood in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1998. She has been traveling and teaching with Michael since 2000 and is a teacher of all Miksang levels. She founded the more →

Upcoming Programs: Opening the Good Eye: Miksang Photography,


Gordon Dveirin, EdD

Gordon Dveirin, EdD, is an organization and human development consultant, spiritual educator and co-founder of the Claritas Institute of Interspiritual Inquiry. He is co-author of two books, Saying Yes to Change and Your Soul's Compass: What is Spiritual Guidance?

Ravi Dykema

Ravi Dykema, Yogiraj, was an adjunct professor of Yoga at Naropa University for 16 years and is author of a college textbook, Yoga for Fitness and Wellness. He was given the title Yogiraj by his guru more →

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Sherry Ellms

Sherry Ellms, MA, brings a unique blend of contemplative practice and passion for the outdoors to her work in opening people to the power and insight nature provides. She has led nature-based programs, including wilderness solos more →

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MsEd, is an interculturalist, educator and counselor who is committed to sharing transformational and mindfulness-based practices.  She is co-director of the Center for Council Training (CTCC) and has co-facilitated trainings with John McCluskey since 2002. Vivian has more →

Jaimie Epstein

Jaimie Epstein is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who infuses her love of Sanskrit and the dharma into her teaching of Jivamukti, a devotional practice designed to raise consciousness.

Maria Espinosa

Maria Espinosa is a novelist, poet, translator and teacher. Her publications include four novels and two collections of poems. Her novel Longing won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and her novel Dying more →
Michèle Faris

Michele Faris

Michele Faris, PsyD, licensed psychologist, and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, is a senior staff member at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and has a practice in Fort Collins. Dr. Faris has been in practice for more →

Kate and Joel Feldman

Kate Feldman, MSW, LCSW and Joel Feldman, CPCC, have been co-couple's therapists since 1985. Founding members of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, they have trained in Imago Relationship, Gestalt and Internal Family Systems therapies. Kate more →
Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition who has been leading meditation retreats since 1976. He is a member of Naropa University's core faculty and the author of Natural Wakefulness: Discovering more →

Upcoming Programs: Unconditional Confidence: The Rigden Weekend,


Camilla Figueroa

Camilla Figueroa, MSW, is founder of Dharma Yoga Therapy and is certified in Thai Yoga Massage, Dharma Yoga and Phoenix Rising Therapy.

Tirzah Firestone

Tirzah Firestone is a rabbi, Jungian therapist, and author of The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women's Wisdom, (hailed as the non-fiction companion to The Red Tent); With Roots in Heaven, and The Woman's Kabbalah: Ecstatic Practices for more →

Linda Fitch

Linda Fitch is the executive director of The Four Winds Society and Dean of the Light Body School. A passionate teacher, she works at the level of the soul, looking at the larger mythic patterns that shape more →

Sue Frederick

Sue Frederick is the author of Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side; I See Your Soul Mate and I See Your Dream Job. An intuitive since childhood, Sue has trained more than 200 more →

Upcoming Programs: Bridges to Heaven: A Grief Healing Workshop,

Shastri Holly Gayley

Shastri Holly Gayley

Shastri Holly Gayley teaches courses on Buddhism in the Religious Studies department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been a practitioner of meditation in the Shambhala community since 1992 and regularly presents meditation to more →

Michael Gayner, Rupön

Michael Gayner, Rupön currently serves as the Director of Shambhala Mountain Center.  In the past, he has served as the Head of Protocol for the office of the Kalapa court, working under Acharya Levy as the more →
Jason Geoffrion, MA

Jason Geoffrion

Jason Geoffrion, MA, serves as Executive Director of Men's Leadership Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and supporting soulful living for men of all ages. He is a life-stage transition specialist, educator, mentor, and PhD candidate more →

Upcoming Programs: Radical Self-Care for Men: Renewing Body, Mind, Heart & Soul,

Billy Goldman

Billy Goldman

Bill began studying yoga in 1981 with Richard Freeman and has been teaching since 1994. He continued to study with Richard Freeman, K. Pattabhi Jois, senior Iyengar instructor Gabriella Giubilaro, and others. His classes are a more →

Erick Gonzalez

OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez is an Aj Q'ij (Mayan Spiritual Guide and Day Keeper), teacher and healer from Guatemala.  He was initiated into Native sacred rites over a 35 year period with spiritual elders throughout the Americas.  more →

Jerry Granelli

Jerry Granelli, a renowned jazz percussionist and teacher of meditation, became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. He has taught with the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute since 2001.
Connie Gray

Connie Gray

Connie Gray has degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture and over 30 years of experience working with plants. She has specialized in managing natural areas, using native plants in built environments, and is a long-time educator more →
Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal recovery book, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.  A longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 more →

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Peter Gossenbacher

Peter Grossenbacher

Peter Grossenbacher, PhD, teaches at Naropa University and directs Shambhala Training levels. His research on attention, awareness, synesthesia, meditation, instruction and the brain has been reported in the New York Times. Peter has been an active meditator more →
Kim Hansen

Kim Hansen

Kim Hansen, MFA, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a massage therapist, and a long-time movement teacher. She was on the dance faculty at The University of Colorado, Regis College and Running River Elementary School, and more →

Alice Haspray

Shastri Alice Haspray began practicing meditation in 1967 with the renowned Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Following his death in 1971, she continued her path with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now studies with his son, Sakyong more →

Acharya Arawana Hayashi

Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Chair of the Shambhala Arts Council and faculty member of the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership, she also offers Presence workshops more →

Jeremy Hayward

Acharya Jeremy Hayward, PhD, has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1967. He became of student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 and helped found Naropa University, where he served as vice president and later as more →

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Greg Heffron

Greg Heffron, MFA, teaches Mudra Space Awareness and is co-director of Mudra Institute. In 2007, he assisted Craig Smith, one of the original western teachers of the discipline, in teaching Mudra to senior dancers at The more →

Kathlyn Hendricks

Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD, BC-DMT, has been a pioneer in body-mind integration since 1971. She has taught in numerous university graduate programs and worked with thousands of individuals and couples. Her various books include: Conscious Loving, At the Speed more →

Marcy Henry-Fink

Marcy Henry-Fink has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1977. She served as LA Resident Director of Shambhala Training for several years and has taught in many Shambhala Centers. Trained more →

Upcoming Programs: Sacred Path: Four Dignities, Sacred Path: Meek, Sacred Path: Perky, Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable,


Acharya Daniel Hessey

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1971 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. Since 2004, he has studied the I Ching with Eva Wong, a Taoist Qigong more →
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Shastri Ben Hines

Shastri Ben Hines, first encountered Shambhala in 1981 in a series of four talks called “Awakened Heart.” With a lifelong interest in how society works, Ben’s life has been deeply marked by meditation and the Shambhala more →
Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and death. He is the author of many books, including Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, and the audio learning more →

Upcoming Programs: Awaken in Your Dreams: Lucid Dream Yoga, East and West,


Cheri Huber

Cheri Huber is founder and resident teacher at the Zen Monastery Peace Center and the Mountain View Zen Center in California. In 1997, she founded Living Compassion, a nonprofit dedicated to peace and service. She is more →
Laurie Huckaby

Laurie Huckaby

Laurie Huckaby is an ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and has done considerable research on SMC’s land. She specializes in using dendrochronology (the science of tree rings) to more →

Upcoming Programs: Exploring Trees and Wildflowers,


Arthur Hull

Rhythm ambassador Arthur Hull’s work has touched the lives of thousands world-wide, instigating the growing profession of the Community Drum Circle Facilitator. Bringing Village Music Circles experiences to communities and organizations worldwide, Arthur has inspired a grass-roots movement more →

Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman is editor-in-chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine, and the medical editor of Alternative Medicine, the Art and Science of Healthy Living.  His more →

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Rick Jarow

Rick Jarow, PhD, professor of Religious Studies at Vassar College, is a pioneer of the contemporary consciousness movement and founder of the “Anti-Career” process. He is the author of many books, including Creating the Work You more →

Giovannina Jobson

Giovannina Jobson is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and experienced maitri instructor. She is a Buddhist minister (upadhyaya) and teaches Buddhism, contemplative arts and spirituality at Naropa University.

Acharya Richard John

An early student of  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and has taught Shambhala Buddhist more →

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson is the executive director of the Medicine Horse Program, a Boulder-based non-profit that specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and serves over 500 clients a year. A Fearless Victory Project collaborator, Medicine Horse employs mindfulness practices more →
Will Johnson

Will Johnson

Will Johnson, an early student of Ida Rolf, has written extensively about the role of the body in spiritual practices. He is the author of The Posture of Meditation, The Spiritual Practices of Rumi, and, most more →

Sonya Jones

Sonya Jones, PhD, dubbed a "female Huston Smith" for her work in comparative world religions, teaches comparative religions in the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky. She serves as Retreat Master at Slate Branch Ashram, more →

Jacqueline Kabat

Jacqueline Kabat is a Manhattan-based comedian who performs stand-up at popular comedy clubs, including Gotham and Caroline’s on Broadway. She has studied with Amy Poehler, warmed up audiences at ABC Studios with Mario Cantone, and is more →

Keith Kachtick

Keith Kachtick, founder of Dharma Yoga, has taught meditation and yoga worldwide since 1999. Keith writes for Yoga Journal and is author of You Are Not Here & Other Works of Buddhist Fiction and Hungry Ghost.
Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil is the author of 5 full-length books: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Incubation: a space for monsters, humanimal [a project for future children], Schizophrene and Ban, forthcoming.  She has performed her work and given workshops all over more →

Luke Karamol

Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaches Tibetan Yantra Yoga and Hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach in the Thrul khor system of Yantra Yoga by his teacher Chögyal more →

Upcoming Programs: Yantra Yoga,


Katharine Kaufman

Katharine Kaufman, MFA, is ordained as a priest in the Soto Zen lineage. She studied Yoga in India and practiced and taught for many years at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop and Wendy Bramlett’s Studio Be. Katharine more →

Upcoming Programs: FLOW: Meditation and Yoga, Women’s Summer Meditation & Yoga Retreat,


Erica Kaufman

Yogacharya Erica Kaufman is the founder of Lila Yoga® and the owner of Lila Yoga Studios. She began daily devoted yoga practices at age 9. Influenced by Jiddu Krishnamurti’s philosophy and Krishnamacharya’s teachings, she spends three more →

Upcoming Programs: Lila Yoga Mindfulness Retreat,


Marybeth Keigher

Marybeth Keigher, a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1970, received Vajrayogini abhisheka in 1979. Now a student of both Sakyong Mipham and Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, she has led numerous Vajrayogini Amending the Mantra and Four more →

Patricia Kelly

Patricia was introduced to meditation practice by a Zen/Episcopal priest in 1986.  She holds a masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and has been in private practice in Boulder since 1992.  She is student of more →

Sally Kempton

Sally Durgananda Kempton was a monk and teacher in the Vedic tradition for nearly 30 years. In 2002, with her teacher's blessing, she put aside her monastic robes to begin teaching independently. Sally now travels extensively more →
Paul Kendel

Paul Kendel

Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret), MA, is the author of Walking the Tiger’s Path: A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq, which chronicles his military deployment in Iraq, experiences of doubt and disillusionment, and eventual introduction to more →

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen, who is head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most renowned Tibetan Lamas currently living. Born into the Mindrolling lineage, more →

Kasung Kyi Khyap

Marty Kibiloski

Marty Kibiloski

Marty Kibiloski is an Ironman veteran. Through meditation and yoga, he has discovered a deeper sense of richness that brings fullness to all aspects of his life.

Upcoming Programs: Running with the Mind of Meditation,


Tama Kieves

Tama Kieves is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love and Inspired and Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work. A sought-after speaker, career and success coach, she has helped thousands world-wide more →
Lindy King

Lindy King

Lindy King has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche since 1970.   She has lead fire pujas, study abroad programs, and workshops on death and dying. She helped manage the building of The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya more →
Bob King

Bob King

Bob King became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 and at that same time began a successful career as a building contractor.  As a volunteer he served as project manager for the construction of The more →
Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein has been teaching Shambhala programs and meditation since 2003, and now serves on the Boulder Shambhala Center Council as its Membership Chair. She is a recently ordained chaplain in the Shambhala tradition and teaches more →

Cynthia Kneen

Cynthia Kneen is a long-time practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala under the guidance of Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and others. A meditation instructor and author of the award-winning book Awake Mind, Open Heart and best-selling CDs Shambhala more →

Upcoming Programs: Sacred Path: Golden Key,


Shastri Samten Kobelt

Shastri Samten A. Kobelt is senior teacher in the Shambhala Tradition. Born in Switzerland, he first met the dharma in Switzerland in 1984, reading a book by the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He attended Naropa University more →
Stephen LaBerge

Stephen LaBerge

Stephen LaBerge, a world-renowned authority on lucid dreaming, has a Ph.D in Psychophysiology (1980) from Stanford University where he researched dreaming and waking for 25 years. He has published several popular books on lucid dreaming which more →

Upcoming Programs: Awaken in Your Dreams: Lucid Dream Yoga, East and West,


Martin Lassoff

Martin Lassoff is a certified leader for the Mankind Project and teaches Shadow Work® in different venues nationwide. His extensive knowledge of yoga and meditation facilitates a well-rounded Shadow Work® container embracing the four archetypes. His intuitive natur more →

Anthony Lawlor

Anthony Lawlor is an architect and the author of A Home for the Soul, The Temple in the House, 24 Patterns of Wisdom, and a film, The Living Temple. He has received awards from the American more →

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee was the first Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhist in her practice and teaching.  One of the most influential yoga teachers in the US, Cyndi founded OM Yoga Center in more →

Shar Lee

Shar Lee, CYI, has been teaching yoga and Buddhist meditation internationally since 1966. After studying Zen Buddhism in the United States, she studied Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with several esteemed lamas. In 1987, she began training more →

Clare Walker Leslie

Clare Walker Leslie is an internationally known naturalist, artist, educator and author of twelve books on observing nature, including The Nature Connection, Keeping a Nature Journal, and Drawn to Nature. Clare lives in Cambridge, MA and more →

Noah Levine

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, counselor and author of Dharma Punx: A Memoir and Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries. Trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in more →

Jules Levinson, PhD

Jules Levinson, PhD, earned a doctoral degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he studied under the guidance of Jeffrey Hopkins. He has served as an oral translator for Khenchen Trangu Rinpoché, Khen more →
Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer, a senior meditation instructor, the former Dean of Naropa University and author of Making Friends With Death, among others.

Upcoming Programs: 9th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat,

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief

Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a close student of Chogyam Trungpa and served for many years as the Executive Editor of Vajradhatu Publications. She has edited a number of books by Trungpa Rinpoche as well as being a more →
Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey has been serving children and families in the Shambhala community for twelve years, leading Shambhala Children's programs and events, assisting Family Meditative Art classes, Rites of Passage programs, and Family Camps.

Upcoming Programs: Family Camp and Rites of Passage,

Alison Litchfield

Alison Litchfield, RYT 500 instructor and Certified Rolfer, and has been a devoted Yogini of 23 years.  Alison teaches classes and workshops, leads retreats and works one-on-one with people to help awaken the radiance, power and more →
Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel was drawn to the path of meditation when he was 16 years old, in response to the social and ecological injustices he saw.  He soon encountered the writings and vision of Tibetan meditation master, more →

Upcoming Programs: Enlightened Society Assembly, Enlightened Society Assembly,


Valerie Lorig

Valerie Lorig, M.Ed, NCC, has been a practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala since the 1970s and teaches nationally at Shambhala Centers.  She is influenced by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche's contemporary presentation of Buddhism in the West.   A teacher more →

David Loy

David Loy is a professor, write and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is the author of Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.
Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the more →

Upcoming Programs: Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat, Summer Weekthun: A Week-long Meditation Retreat, Weekthun I and II, Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat, Weekthun I, Weekthun II and III, Weekthun II, Weekthun III and IV, Weekthun III,

Dawn MacDonald

Dawn MacDonald

Dawn MacDonald, instructor for the Institute for Mindful Leadership,  is the Educational Lead for The Compassion Project, an organizational change and development initiative of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba designed to nurture and strengthen cultures of Compassion within more →
Cynthia MacKay

Cynthia MacKay

Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 20 years. Inspired by her teacher’s running, Cynthia has completed eight marathons of her own, from Casablanca to San Francisco. She lives in Los Angeles more →

Upcoming Programs: Running with the Mind of Meditation,


Kerry Lee MacLean

Kerry Lee MacLean has directed the Shambhala Children's Rites of Passage program since 1998. The mother of five meditators, and author of Peaceful Piggy Meditation and The Family Meditation Book, she helps Buddhist communities develop high-quality programs more →
Victoria Maizes, M.D.

Victoria Maizes

Victoria Maizes, MD, is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona. She is an internationally more →

Upcoming Programs: 9th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat,

Karen Malik

Karen Malik holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Senior Fellow with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) more →

Upcoming Programs: Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence,


Jeanie Manchester

Jeanie Manchester, an avid student and teacher of yoga since 1990, has studied closely with Richard Freeman and John Friend. She is a certified Anusara teacher as well as a devoted student of The Rajanaka Tantra more →
Susan Manchester

Susan Manchester

Susan Manchester is a clairsentient healer who spent 25 years as a wilderness guide, working and living around the world. She has an established practice in Qigong healing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and advanced forms of structural more →

Jeanie Manchester

Jeanie Manchester, ERYT 500, Director of Anjaneya Yoga Shala in Boulder, has been studying modern dance and yoga for the past 30 years, and offers yoga immersions, tranings and retreats. Jeanie has extensively studied Ashtanga Vinyasa, more →
Graciela Marin

Graciela Marin

Graciela Marin first encountered the teachings of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in the 1980s, and joined the Shambhala community in 1992. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she directs Shambhala Training levels and has served more →

Upcoming Programs: Open House,

Hope Martin

Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 25 years and trains teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. A certified Focusing trainer, she operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.

Upcoming Programs: Embodied Listening,

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Janice Marturano

Janice L.  Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute more →

Layth Matthews

Layth Matthews is the author of The Four Noble Truths of Wealth: a Buddhist view of economic life. He is a Shambhala Buddhist teacher, economist, and a financial professional. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia with more →

Acharya Fleet Maull

Acharya Fleet Maull, MA, PhD candidate, is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, end-of-life care educator and social activist working for peace, prison reform and social transformation. Founder of the Prison Dharma Network and the Colorado more →

John McCluskey

John McCluskey, MS, has facilitated council since 1991. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Council Training (CTCC) in Colorado. John has worked as a schoolteacher and administrator since 1989.

Dr. Bernard McGrane

Bernard McGrane did his undergraduate work at Fairfield University and Die Freie Universitat Berlin, and received his PhD from New York University. His principle fields of study have been sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and intellectual history. Prior more →
Margery McSweeney

Margery McSweeney

Margery McSweeney, RN, CPM, CCBE is a practicing nurse and midwife with 30 years experience assisting families through birth and death transitions. Margery views death as a birth into the spiritual realm and is committed to more →

Acharya Larry Mermelstein

Acharya Larry Mermelstein became a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971 and he was later empowered as a senior teacher, or “acharya,” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been the executive director of the more →

Byron Metcalf

Byron Metcalf, PhD, is a transpersonal guide and educator, shamanic practitioner, researcher, and award-winning professional musician. For nearly three decades, he has been intensely involved in consciousness research and spiritual development, specializing in the transformative potential more →

Upcoming Programs: Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence,


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director more →

Upcoming Programs: Scorpion Seal Assemblies IV, V, VI Garchen,


Oscar Miro-Quesada

Oscar Miro-Quesada, originator of the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation, as well as an invited United Nations Observer for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He more →
Cynthia Moku

Cynthia Moku

Cynthia Moku is an accomplished artist in Japanese brushwork and Buddhist Scroll painting. A student of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, she continues her meditation training with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Cynthia is the founder of Naropa University’s Visual more →

Upcoming Programs: Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence, Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence (Housing Registration for Naropa Students), Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions (Housing Registration for Naropa Students), Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions,

Jim Moody

Acharya Melissa Moore

Acharya Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, PhD.,  has been a Shambhalian since 1979.  She received her Master’s degree from Naropa and a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She became an Acharya in 2012. Melissa was more →

Upcoming Programs: Warrior Assembly, Warrior Assembly,


Robert Moss

Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and ancient shamanic techniques, which he teaches all over the world. A former ancient history professor, and bestselling novelist, his 21 books include Conscious more →
Joshua Mulder

Joshua Mulder

Joshua Mulder has been a student of Buddhism for 43 years. In 1987 he was asked to care for the great Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s relics.  Inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, he has spent the more →
Brian Mullins

Brian Mullins

Brian Mullins has been a professional musician for over 20 years with a particular focus on the mandolin, flute and the Chinese erhu. He studied at Naropa University with Bill Douglas's Musicianship program and has contributed more →

Upcoming Programs: Acoustic Elements: Traditional Music Workshop,

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Murphy, ERYT500, Senior Prajna Yoga and Insight Yoga Instructor, is deeply influenced by classical Hatha Yoga, the ancient Yoga philosophies and the Buddha Dharma.  She has been practicing for over 25 years and teaching workshops and yoga more →

Jerome T. Murphy

Jerome T. Murphy, EdD, Harold Howe ll Research Professor of Education and former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, currently focuses on the inner lives of leaders to enhance their inner strengths, performance and more →

Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, a pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness, is an award-winning composer, voice-culturist, and a former psychologist. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies more →

Naksang Rinpoche

Naksang Rinpoche was born in the remote Himalayan borderland region of Tsari. At the age of 7 he was sent to be educated in the Tibetan Buddhist Ganden Monastery in South India. Due to his excellence more →

Upcoming Programs: Yig Zuk: Contemplative Tibetan Calligraphy, Turning the Mind to Dharma,

Margot Neuman

Margot Neuman

Margot Neuman is Executive Director of Veteran’s Peace of Mind Project, providing mindfulness training for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Together with the Medicine Horse Program, she developed ‘Fearless Victory’, a program for veterans.

David Nichtern

David Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, is director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM Yoga in New York City and former director of Karmê Chöling. He is also an Emmy/Grammy Award–winning more →

Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Shastri Ethan Nichtern is the founding director of The Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and philosophy, integral activism, mindful arts and meaningful media. He is the author of One City: A Declaration of more →

Dr. Somer Nicole

Heidi Nordlund

Heidi Nordlund

Heidi Nordlund is an advanced Tibetan Cranial Practitioner trained by Master teacher and lineage holder Shar Lee. Heidi is also an Ayurvedic Doctor. Her spiritual practice is grounded in the science of Kriya Yoga meditation. In more →

Nashalla Nyinda

Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda TMD, LMT began the study of Tibetan Medicine in 1999 and started treating with permission in 2004. She was then encouraged by her teacher, VV Thrangu Rinpoche, to complete her medical studies continuing more →

Upcoming Programs: The Energy Principles of Tibetan Medicine • Denver Talk, The Three Energy Principles of Tibetan Healing, Three Energy Principles of Tibetan Healing & Tibetan Medicine 1, Fundamentals of Tibetan Medicine: Level 1,

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle holds degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He was Chief Naturalist for the No. Virginia Regional Park Authority 1985 – 2012, promoting a widespread understanding of the Gaia Paradigm through more →

Marc Olmsted

Marc Olmsted took refuge with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978 and completed a traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1995. He has been anthologized internationally and is the author of four collections more →

Upcoming Programs: Word Flashes: A Poetry and Meditation Workshop,


Joshua Onysko

Joshua Onysko founded Pangea Organics in 2000, sparked by a personal devotion and commitment to social responsibility. He thinks outside the landfill and it shows in the company he runs, the products he makes and the more →

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a senior student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and has been teaching Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and meditation for the last five years. He is committed to integrating the vast view offered by these teachings with practical applications to daily life. A long-time student more →
Greg Pergament

Greg Pergament

Greg Pergament is the author of Chi Kung in Recovery. He leads Desert Dharma, a Buddhism/12 Step group, and is President of Lotus In The Desert, a Vipassana sangha in Las Vegas, Nevada. Greg brings a more →
John Perkins

John Perkins

John Perkins has been gilding since 1992. He worked as museum conservator for the National Historic Parks Service in Canada and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, John worked on gilding in the more →
Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson, MA, MFT Intern, is a psychotherapist, wilderness guide, and Shambhala meditation instructor. She has been facilitating nature-inspired programs focused on individual transformation, creative group processes, and mindfulness since 1996. Kay also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress more →

Upcoming Programs: Waking up to the Wild: Nature Walks, Waking up to the Wild: Mindful Hiking,

Shelley Pierce

Shelley Pierce

Senior teacher Shelley Pierce has led Shambhala programs internationally and in the Northwest region for the past thirty years. She also teaches Kalapa Ikebana and Shamhhala Dharma Art. Once the co-director of Shambhala Training International in more →

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. She is an authorized teacher and meditation instructor in the Shambhala more →
Jon Pratt

Jon Pratt

Jon Pratt ran his first marathon in 1980 and continues to run with his teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been practicing meditation since 1992 and has led the running program at Shambhala Mountain Center since more →

Catherina Pressman

Catherina Pressman began studying with Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche in 1975. She has been teaching Shambhala Training for over 25 years, in addition to teaching meditation throughout the country, working with different contemplative organizations and individuals.
Shastri Iris Ramos

Shastri Iris Ramos

Shastri Ramos, a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1990, has been teaching Shambhala Training since 2000 and was appointed Shastri in 2012. She is also a teacher of Ikebana. For the last 30 years, Shastri more →
Troy Rapp

Troy Rapp

Troy Rapp began practicing meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition in 1996.  He has spent 5 years in residential practice at Zen Centers and monasteries in the US and Korea.  For the past several years he more →

Max Regan

Max Regan, MFA, is a teacher, an internationally published poet and writer, and the founder of Hollowdeck Press LLC. He has taught and lectured at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Naropa University and Rose Medical Center. Published in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies, his work has more →
Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch is the former media chief of Amnesty International, the human rights organization, and a lifelong campaigner for peace and the environment. His work has taken him to conflict zones around the world. As the more →
Danya River

Danya River

Danya River is an accomplished musician and songwriting coach with a special gift for drawing others into their own creative expression. She is also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner.

Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts, a Zen Buddhist and psychotherapist, has led dynamic, refreshing, and practical retreats on mind-body healing and meditation practices for over 30 years. This retreat will draw from his book The Mindfulness Book: A Beginner’s more →

Upcoming Programs: The Path of Simply Being: A Meditation Retreat,


Elizabeth Rabia Roberts

Elizabeth Rabia Roberts is a spiritual teacher, citizen activist, and specialist in non-formal education. She began this work in 1964 in Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King, and since then has taught and served in Afghanistan, more →

Melissa Robinson

Melissa began practicing in New York City in the early 1970’s. She and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1978 and she has been teaching in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions since the 1980s. She more →
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and entered the Buddhist and the Shambhala path. Over the many years of his journey, he taught Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, was co-director of Karme more →
Irini Rockwell

Irini Rockwell

Irini Rockwell is the Director, Founder and Principal Trainer of the Five Wisdoms Institute and Wisdoms@Work. She is a professional development trainer for organizational leaders, health caregivers, educators, artists, and individuals and author of Natural Brilliance: more →

Upcoming Programs: Natural Brilliance: Cultivating Authentic Relationships in the Workplace, Natural Brilliance in Action,

Nina Rolle

Nina Rolle

Nina Rolle is a voiceover artist, cabaret performer, and avid thrower of holiday dinners.  She was first introduced to Shambhala meditation in 1989 at Naropa University, and her practice path and artistic career path have been more →
David Rome

David Rome

David Rome has practiced Buddhism since 1971. He served as private secretary to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and was a senior teacher of Shambhala Training. He now teaches Mindful Focusing, as a certified Focusing trainer.

Upcoming Programs: Embodied Listening,


Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned world music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Among his many honors, he was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama and the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, more →

Acharya Eve Rosenthal

Acharya Eve Rosenthal has been a meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1973. Founder of Shambhala Online, she has worked in technology on Wall Street and as a university professor. She travels widely to teach more →

Upcoming Programs: Enlightened Society Assembly, Enlightened Society Assembly,


Charlie Rosicky

Charley Rosicky, BA, has a degree in Comparative Religions and studied Tibetan in Nepal. Prior to finding his spiritual home in Shambhala, he was a Zen practitioner. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Charlie has been more →

Charlotte Rotterdam

Charlotte Rotterdam is a senior student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and has been teaching Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and meditation for the last five years. She is committed to integrating the vast view offered by these teachings with practical applications to daily life. more →
Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 30 years. He taught in Montessori schools for 22 years before co-founding Eastern Sun Academy, a private school in contemplative education. He now teaches at both Alaya more →

Upcoming Programs: Family Camp and Rites of Passage,


Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971 and has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and more →
Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer, PhD, is an astronomer with the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, Colorado. Having collaborated with NASA on programs such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager missions, she balances her work with her more →

Upcoming Programs: Big Sky, Big Mind: A Contemplative Astronomy Workshop,


Brant Secunda

Brant Secunda is a shaman and healer in the Huichol tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship and was designation by Don José Matsuwa to help carry on ancient Huichol teachings. Since 1979, Brant has more →
Steve Seely

Steve Seely

Steve Seely has been a Shambhala practitioner and teacher for nearly 40 years, having first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. He was the first Shambhala Training Resident Director in Vancouver, British Columbia. Steve completed a more →
larry seidl

Larry Seidl

Larry Seidl has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his father Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Shambhala teachings since 2002. He became a Shambhala Training director in 2009, and is currently involved with the more →

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PHD, is an adjunct professor of religion at Middle Tennessee State University, and the director of Wisdom House, an interfaith center in Nashville.  He is the author of more than 20 books and more →
Alexandra Shenpen

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei, has studied Ikebana/Kado through Kalapa Ikebana and the Sogetsu School for over 25 years. She teaches extensively at Naropa University, meditation centers, public venues, and privately.   She is also a psychotherapist in more →
Shibata Sensei with student

Kanjuro Shibata XX

Kanjuro Shibata XX is a 20th generation master of the meditative discipline of kyudo. Upon the invitation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he came to the West to transmit teachings on etiquette and dignity through the way more →
Paul Shippee

Paul Shippee

Paul Shippee, MA Psychology, studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) intensively with founder Marshall Rosenberg and other NVC trainers. He has facilitated NVC groups continuously for the past 8 years and teaches NVC workshops around the country.

David Shlim, MD

David R. Shlim, MD, is the co-author, with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, of Medicine and Compassion: A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers. Dr. Shlim directed the world’s busiest destination travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu for fifteen years, more →

Jason Siff

Jason Siff was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in the 1980s when he started developing Recollective Awareness Meditation. In 1996, he co-founded the Skillful Meditation Project and has been a full-time meditation teacher since then. more →

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor of religious studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy.  She has been an acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The more →
Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei

Acharya Susan Skjei is an educator, executive coach and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Formerly a Vice President of Learning and Development for a large technology company, she currently directs the Authentic Leadership program more →
Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Greg Smith, a well known sangha artist and thangka painter, has lived and painted at Shambhala Mountain Center for many years. He has been a student of meditation since 1976, first with Chögyam Trungpa and later more →

Upcoming Programs: Learn To Meditate,


Janet Solyntjes

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and Adjunct Professor at Naropa University. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines since 1977, she completed a professional training in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and more →

Upcoming Programs: Living the Full Catastrophe: A Day of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction • Denver, Mindful Living: Teachings and Practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat,

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

Shastri Janet Solyntjes has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1984 and teaches at Shambhala centers in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  As an Adjunct Professor at Naropa University she has taught meditation courses in more →

Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé has made it her life's mission to share the ancient wisdom of her ancestors—the Dagara of Burkina Faso, West Africa—with Westerners. She is the author of several books, including The Spirit of Intimacy, Welcoming more →

Dapön M Dennis Southward

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is a writer, yoga instructor, mentor and practitioner with deep roots in the Vedas, Sanskrit and women’s health. She is editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and author of several books, including The Woman’s Book of more →

Upcoming Programs: 9th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat,


Robert Spellman

Robert Spellman is on the faculty of Naropa University’s visual arts and religious studies programs. He is an ardent proponent of artistic practice as a powerful means of awakening, an aspect of Buddha nature itself.
Acharya Eric Spiegel

Acharya Eric Spiegel

Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid 1970s.  Beginning with the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, Eric has worked extensively with illness and death, helping people realize their natural wisdom more →
Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele is a graduate of Naropa University’s Early Childhood program and has been involved in Shambhala children’s programs for over 10 years. She has directed the Bodhi School program at the Boulder Shambhala Center, co-directed more →

Upcoming Programs: Family Camp and Rites of Passage,

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC is the author of Music Medicine, creator of The Healing Drum Kit and the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles in Encinitas, CA. She is a music therapy and wellness consultant to more →

Upcoming Programs: Healing Sound Retreat, Peace Music Ceremony at the Great Stupa,

Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

A longtime student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jeffrey began studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist path in 1992. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His occasionally humorous teaching style emphasizes a more →

Chris Stockinger

Chris Stockinger encountered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1983 in Vienna, Austria. He studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and later with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has taught Shambhala Buddhism since the ‘90s and now teaches at more →

Upcoming Programs: Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II,


Michael Stone

Shôken Michael Stone leads Centre of Gravity Sangha in Toronto. He is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. Michael is the more →
Shastri David Stone

Shastri David Stone

Shastri David Stone began his practice and study in Shambhala with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, later serving in a number of posts including Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Boulder and Co-director of the Mudra more →

Upcoming Programs: Warrior Assembly, Warrior Assembly,

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Sara Avant Stover

Sara Avant Stover is a yogini, best-selling author of The Way of the Happy Woman, and an inspirational leader of thousands of women throughout the world. Also the founder of Reversing Our "Curse," the Global Red more →

Upcoming Programs: The Way of the Happy Woman: Silent Spring Retreat,


Lynn Sutherland

Lynn Sutherland is a senior student of Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, a member of the International Dzogchen Community and an authorized teacher of Yantra Yoga. She teaches Yantra Yoga in retreats and public courses throughout more →

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles. A fellow of the World Academy of more →

Walter Taylor

Walter Taylor came to Boulder, Colorado in 1967 to teach mathematics at CU. In the late seventies, he met various students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and soon after began to actively participate in the Shambhala Training more →

Bruce Tift

Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, has been in private practice since 1979, taught at Naropa University for 25 years, and given presentations in the U.S., Mexico and Japan. His new CD, Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on more →
Jim Tolstrup

Jim Tolstrup

Jim Tolstrup, a director of Shambhala Training, has been a practitioner of indigenous wisdom traditions since 1977. He is president of Cankatola Ti Ospaye, a non-profit that supports Native American elders. As the executive director of more →

Upcoming Programs: Exploring Trees and Wildflowers, Big Sky, Big Mind: A Contemplative Astronomy Workshop,

Kathy Tolstrup

Kathy Tolstrup

Kathy Williams-Tolstrup is a licensed professional counselor and Certified Daring Way Facilitator who has a private practice in Fort Collins. Kathy's style can best be described as non-judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative. She offers a blend of more →

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Meditation master, scholar, best-selling author and artist, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche founded Shambhala Mountain Center in 1971. One of the most dynamic teachers of Buddhism in the 20th century, he was a pioneer in bringing the Buddhist more →

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was born in east Tibet and fled to India in 1959. He studied with many outstanding masters, including Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche and the Gyalwang Karmapa, and was awarded the titles of Khenpo and more →
Pam Turner

Pam Turner

Pam Turner first visited Shambhala Mountain Center in 1991 for Shambhala Training Level I, and has been a big fan ever since. She remembers folding prayers for the walls of the Great Stupa and watching it more →

Alberto Villoldo

Dr. Alberto Villoldo, has spent the last 30 years investigating the mythology and religious practices of the shamans of the America’s. He is the author of Courageous Dreaming, Shaman Healer Sage, The Four Insights, Journey to more →
Stephen Vosper

Stephen Vosper

Stephen Vosper is a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  He has been practicing and studying the Shambhala and Buddhist paths for four decades, and has been teaching in those traditions more →

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the founding director of Ligmincha Institute. In his more than 20 years of living and teaching in the West, Rinpoche has become renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of more →

Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner is an E-RYT 500 instructor with over 20 years of training in several styles of yoga.  She is the founder of Awakening Heart Yoga and the co-creator of two Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training more →
Acharya Jenny Warwick

Acharya Jenny Warwick

Acharya Jenny Warwick has been a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1975. She teaches Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout the North West region of the U.S. Currently her special interests include intensive Werma practice, more →

Larry Welsh

Larry Welsh, MAc, MA, has trained in the Yang-style short form, listening hands and sword form of Tai Chi Ch’uan since 1977. Larry is Senior Adjunct Professor and Mindfulness-Meditation teacher in the Traditional Eastern Arts program more →
Sue Hammond West

Sue Hammond West

Sue Hammond West is a painter and mixed media artist who explores consciousness, quantum physics and the phenomenology of being. Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and the University of more →

Ron West

An ecologist and planner, Ron West has lived on Colorado’s Front Range for 40 years, and wrote SMC’s Land Stewardship Plan. He has worked in environmental arenas from the national to local levels, from Alaska to Arizona, more →
De West

De West

De West is a leader in the Boulder yoga community and is a co-director of Studio Be Yoga. Her teaching combines principles from Iyengar alignment and therapeutic yoga.  As a teacher, De is insightful, intuitive, and more →

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, EdD, teaches how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships and willingly step forward to serve in this troubled time. She is co-founder and president emerita of The Berkana Institute, an organizational more →

Shastri Chuck Whetsell

Shastri Chuck Whetsell has been a student of the Shambhala lineage since 1975. He received his MA in Buddhist and Western psychology from Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1979, and later obtained his PhD in more →

Elysabeth Williamson

Elysabeth Williamson, ERYT-500, is the foremost authority on Principle-Based Partner Yoga, a style she founded and has developed since 1991. She is known for articulating and transmitting esoteric teachings in ways that are accessible and practical more →

Upcoming Programs: Coming Home to Compassion: Partner Yoga for Couples,

Bob Wing

Bob Wing

Bob Wing, MA, is director of WiseActionsTM, an organization dedicated to cultivating compassionate and transformative arts in the world. He is also the founder of The Mountain Warrior InstituteTM and Warrior of the Heart® seminars.  A more →
Heidi Wirtz

Heidi Wirtz

Heidi Wirtz is both yogin and adventurer at heart. One of the country’s most influential female climbers, she is a The North Face athlete and co-founder of Earth Play Retreats and Girls Education International. She teaches more →

Eva Wong

Eva Wong, author and translator of 13 books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation and qigong, is the 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism and 3rd-generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of the Yiquan martial more →

Upcoming Programs: Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels I-V, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Levels III-V, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level IV, Traditional Chinese Qigong: Level V, Qigong and Meditation,


Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the original developer and teacher of Miksang, and co-author of The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes. Michael resides in Canada and is currently acting as a Management Consultant more →

Upcoming Programs: Opening the Good Eye: Miksang Photography,


Denise Wuensch

Denise Wuensch began practicing Buddhism in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, in 1975. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an adjunct faculty for Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Master’s Degree program. Denise currently teaches more →

Jim Yensan

Jim Yensan has practiced meditation for nearly 40 years. He took his Buddhist vows with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973 and has taught Shambhala Training levels throughout North America. Jim has lived at and directed both more →
Allison Choying Zangmo

Allison Choying Zangmo

Allison Choying Zangmo is Anyen Rinpoche's personal translator. She has studied with Anyen Ripoche and his root Lama, Tsara Dharmakirti Rinpoche, for the past fifteen years.  Allison co-authored Tibetan Yoga of Breath.

Coleman Zeigen

Coleman Zeigen has been practicing in the Shambhala tradition since 1999. He has taught Shambhala Training and the Way of Shambhala Curriculum throughout New England and most recently at the Boulder and Denver Shambhala Centers. Coleman more →

Coleman Zeigen

Coleman Zeigen has been practicing in the Shambhala tradition since 1999. He has taught Shambhala Training and the Way of Shambhala Curriculum throughout New England and most recently at the Boulder and Denver Shambhala Centers. Coleman more →