Hemera Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the Hemera Foundation, Shambhala Mountain Center will be receiving three generous grants for 2017 retreats; one supports Educators, the second supports Health Care Professionals, and the third, which is new  in 2017, supports Artists. One fellowship award is permitted per calendar year per person.

Fellowship applications are collected through the Hemera Foundation using their online application by “SlideRoom”. Hemera Foundation requires all applicants pay a $5 administrative fee per application that will go directly to support SlideRoom. See “How To Apply” section at the bottom of this page.

Please note: Scholarship distribution is closed for 2017. However, we will continue to accept applications. In the event of a scholarship cancellation, new applicants will be contacted based on order of application and eligibility.


Contemplative Fellowships for Educators (CFE)

The CFE program supports educators’ growth through contemplative practice in a retreat setting, allowing individuals the opportunity to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, personal well-being, and professional efficacy, and, in turn, embody and apply these qualities to promote positive school cultures. The long-term vision of the CFE program is to build an ever-expanding community, online and in person, of educators whose lives and teaching are informed and supported by contemplative practice.

Educator Fellow Eligibility

The CFE program provides financial support for teachers or staff working full-time in pre-K, grades K-12, or school district settings, or are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a Master’s Degree program in Education. Full-time G.E.D. teachers or teachers working in juvenile detention centers are also eligible. See Funding Criteria


Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals (CFHP)

The CFHP program supports health care professionals through the deep contemplative practices taught, developed and strengthened on retreat. Meditation retreats provide a supportive training environment in which individuals can cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and personal well-being, qualities which can extend into their professional lives and improve workplace culture. Part of the long-term vision of the CFHP program is to build an ever-expanding community, online and in person, of health care professionals whose lives and work are informed and supported by contemplative practice.

Health Care Professional Fellow Eligibility

The CFHP program provides financial support for individuals who meet both of the following requirements:

  • You are employed full-time in the health care field
  • You work primarily with patients/clients or oversee other healthcare professionals

See Funding Criteria

Examples of Eligible Roles (ALL of these must be full-time):

Acupuncturist Chaplains Chiropractors
Dentists Dental Assistants Dental Hygenists
EMTs & Paramedics Dieticians & Nutritionists Direct Care Staff
Medical Assistants Medical School Students Medical Technicians
Nurses Nursing Assistants & Orderlies Physicians/Doctors
Physician Assistants Psychologists Social Workers
Therapists (Physical, Occupational, Massage, Radiation, Speech, Recreational, Music, Art) and their corresponding Assistants



Tending Space Fellowships for Artists (TSF)

The aim of the TSF program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate awareness, and to live and create from this insight. The desire is for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat. The TSF is available to artists with a sincere desire for the experiences of extended meditation practice to inform and influence their creative expression in the world. Examples of your work, including 1 – 4 portfolio items is required for this fellowship.

Artist Fellow Eligibility

The TSF program provides financial support for full-time artists in the following areas – visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists – whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.


Funding Criteria for All Three Fellowships

The amount of support (or funding) for eligible individuals is based upon the following criteria:

  • 100% funding for anyone new to retreat practice (no more than a prior weekend retreat)
  • 50% or need-based funding for anyone with prior retreat experience
Please Note
  • Funds are limited, and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage anyone interested who meets the criteria to apply. Fellowship awards apply to lodging and tuition only, and do not cover travel.
  • If your financial situation is such that you can comfortably pay for a portion of the retreat fees yourself, the Hemera Foundation asks that you consider this possibility as this would allow funding to be spread among more fellows.
  • Lodging Types available for this fellowship include Lodge Double (or Red Feather Double.) Retreatants may pay to upgrade or choose to downgrade if they wish. If the Lodge Double is not available, fellowship funding can be used for the next level of housing down. Please see all housing options here.
  • Only one fellowship award per calendar year per person.
  • In accepting the Hemera Fellowship award, you agree to fill out a survey about your retreat experience and the impact it has on your life and work/art.

How To Apply

Choose the Hemera Fellowship that applies to you:

Award status — patiently wait for your award status; it could take a few business days for a reply. We will let you know if funds are available and collect any fees then, if applicable. Please DO NOT register for your retreat until your Hemera scholarship acceptance has been confirmed.

Eligible Retreats for Hemera Fellowships

Please review the retreat descriptions and check your calendars before applying for a retreat.


Compassion Training: The Practice and Science of Compassion for Self and Others • Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown • October 14–20, 2017


Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat • Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi • November 3–10, 2017

Note: The Mindfulness Meditation Retreat is limited to a scholarship up to 50%, and eligible to applicants with prior retreat experience.

Week-long Fall Meditation Retreat: The Shape of Awake (Weekthun) • Hope Martin • November 11–19, 2017


Learn To Meditate • Patricia Kelly • December 1–3, 2017

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction • Janet Solyntjes • December 8–10, 2017

Winter Dathun: Creating Enlightened Society • Acharya Daniel Hessey • December 16, 2017–January 14, 2018

Holiday Meditation Retreat: Renewing Body, Mind and Spirit • Shastri Cal Aston • December 22–26, 2017