Shambhala Mountain Center staff in The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya on Shambhala Day 2015. Photo by Lauretta Prevost
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, this powerful land has been tamed by decades of use as a contemplative retreat center. 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 provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths to deepen awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation. We retain a year-round core staff of approximately 60 people. Between April and September, approximately 70 volunteers join us 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. Being on staff here can be tough, and it requires the willingness to cultivate sense of humor, wakefulness, cheerfulness and discipline. You will get the most out of your experience if you have: a clear intention, 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.
For information on staffing programs at Shambhala Mountain Center, click here.
What we’re looking for in prospective applicants:
- Physical, mental and emotional stability and resiliency
- 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 rustic living conditions, 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. We cannot accommodate pets at this time.
- The desire and ability to make and fulfill a long-term commitment (minimum of one year for core staff positions) after a 90-day trial period
- Financial resources for personal needs (including medical care, transportation and visa costs if coming from another country) for a minimum of three months
- Authorization to work in the US
- A commitment to participate in community life through weekly 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.
- You must be at least 18 years or older by your prospective date of arrival. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare or accommodate children at this time.
- Above all, we’re looking for a willingness to work with your mind and all that arises with cheerfulness, discipline and a sense of humor!
Program Staffing Opportunities: