Shambhala Mountain Center is a 600-acre mountain valley retreat nestled at an elevation of 7,500-feet in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. Tamed by decades of use as a contemplative retreat center, we provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths to deepen awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation. For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered here to experience Shambhala Buddhist teachings and partake in over 100 year-round programs that include meditation, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living, and other paths of personal transformation.
We retain a year-round core staff of approximately 60 people. Between April and late September, we hire an additional 70 volunteers to support our core staff in providing exemplary service to thousands of guests through life-changing programs that cultivate personal development and spirituality.
At Shambhala Mountain Center, you will encounter your mind and it will be challenging – and rewarding. Simply being here requires a sense of humor, cheerfulness and discipline. You will get the most out of your experience if you have: a willingness to feel intense emotions – both positive and negative, a sense of what it means to be genuine, and the aspiration to use whatever arises as an opportunity to cultivate compassion and wisdom. Please see the “what we’re looking for” section below for more information.
1. Recognizing that all beings are fundamentally good and worthy, we work with our minds through the practice of meditation, the anchor of our resilient sanity.
2. We celebrate living in the challenge: balancing personal, professional, and community life as our path.
3. The diversity of people and ideas is integral to the vibrancy of our Shambhala community.
4. We appreciate artistic exploration—a joyful means for connecting with one another and the brilliance of mind.
5. We invite the energies of cheerfulness and relaxation by acting with consideration and decency.
6. We cultivate trust through open and clear communication and the integrity of our words and actions.
7. Remembering that we are incredibly fortunate to live here, we respect, appreciate and protect the land and beings that host us here.
8. We are committed to environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability.
9. Since we and all things are utterly interdependent, cooperation and teamwork are the best method for achieving our goals.
10. We delight in offering extraordinary service, treating ourselves, each other and our guests with kindness and respect.
What we’re looking for in prospective applicants:
- An established meditation practice, or a strong intention of establishing a meditation practice
- A commitment to engage in community meditation practice for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
- Although being a practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism is not required, a respect for the Shambhala teachings and an openness to explore the Shambhala path is strongly encouraged
- A commitment to uphold our Values and Code of Conduct
- A desire to live in rugged terrain and isolated location – we are one hour away from physical and mental health care, and there is no regular shuttle service or public transportation
- Physical, mental and emotional stability and resiliency
- Depending on the position, the desire and ability to make and fulfill a long-term commitment (minimum of one year) after a 90-day trial period
- Financial resources for personal needs (including medical, transportation, and visa costs if coming from another country) for a minimum of three months
- Authorization to work in the US
- A commitment to participation in weekly community service shifts (washing dishes, cleaning shared spaces), events, meetings, and classes
- The strength and flexibility to cope with the inevitable intensity of living and working in a small, dynamic community
- The ability to adapt to prepared meals: we typically provide omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan/gluten-free options. Although we aim to cater to everyone’s dietary needs and preferences, we cannot accommodate severe food sensitivities or allergies.
- A sense of adventure, flexibility and appreciation for our rustic living conditions (at this time, we cannot accommodate pets)
- Above all, a willingness to work with your mind and all that arises with cheerfulness, discipline and a sense of humor!
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