Winter Dathun Monthlong Meditation Retreat

Meditate For A Week Or The Full Month of Dathun
A Retreat In The Colorado Rocky Mountains

A Dathun is a month or week-long meditation retreat based on the understanding that meditation is always experienced in a social context and that our path is tremendously supported by an awake and kind environment. This retreat will join the practices of Shambhala meditation and shamatha, or mindfulness, meditation, with an emphasis on using the retreat container as a basis for generating loving kindness. We will use every part of our day, including eating together, serving each other, meditating together, individual meditation instruction and daily teachings, to support each other on our paths. Please join us for this precious opportunity to engage in the practice of meditation.

Retreat Teacher

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. Dan is also a former director of Shambhala Mountain Center and currently the resident Acharya.

What is it Like to Retreat for a Month?

Practice Includes:

  • Sitting Meditation Interspersed With Walking Meditation
  • One-On-One Meditation Instruction
  • Guided Meditations
  • Dharma Talks From The Senior Teachers
  • Oryoki Style Contemplative Meals

Photos by Jamie Woodworth, Paul Bennett and Todd Presson.

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:30am Wake up

7:00am Early Morning Practice Session

8:00am Breakfast (Oryoki in Shrine Room)

9:00am Morning Practice Session

12:30pm Lunch (Oryoki in Shrine Room)

1:30pm Work Period

3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session

4:00pm Tea Break

4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session

6:00pm Dinner (Oryoki in Shrine Room)

7:00pm Evening Practice Session

9:00pm End of Day

All Inclusive Prices Include Tuition, Lodging and Meals

7 Days

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14 Days

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Full 28 Days

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About Shambhala Mountain Center

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies 2 hours north of Denver, Shambhala Mountain Center is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. Tamed by decades of use as a contemplative refuge, we provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths of deepened awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation. For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered here to experience Shambhala teachings and partake in over 100 year-round offerings featuring indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living or other paths of personal transformation.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation more than 14 days prior to arrival, you will receive a full refund less a credit card processing fee of 5% of payment. If you cancel between 2 to 14 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Mountain Center to be used within 2 years. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 48-hours prior to arrival. Click here to learn more about cancellations, rates, and payments.

Children Policy

Shambhala Mountain Center welcomes children of parents/guardians who are participating in our scheduled programs, or who are simply engaging in a personal retreat. However, we do not provide childcare. Parents are encouraged to also bring a caretaker for their children, so that the parents can fully participate in their program. Click here to learn more about bringing your child to SMC.

Arrival Details

Registration for Weekthun I, I/II and the Full Dathun takes place from 10 am – 5 pm on the program start date.  For Weekthun III and III/IV, registration takes place from 2 pm- 5 pm.  All 14-day Weekthuns and Dathun end on the final day with lunch. For 7-day Weekthuns, the final day is a departure day with no morning session for departing participants. Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.