Hemera Foundation Fellowships

Thanks to the Hemera Foundation, Shambhala Mountain Center supports Educators, Health Care Professionals, and Artists to attend our 2018 programs.

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.

Fellowships will be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.

You can read more about Hemera at www.hemera.org.


Eligible Retreats


Awakened Heart: Cultivating Immeasurable Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Impartiality Through Meditation • B. Alan Wallace • March 10-17, 2018

Week-Long Spring Meditation Retreat (Weekthün) • Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver • March 17–25, 2018


The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I • Acharya Gaylon Ferguson • April 13–15, 2018

Mindful Living: Teachings and Practices from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) • Janet Solyntjes • April 26–29, 2018


Insight Meditation Retreat: Grief, Joy and Awakening • David Chernikoff • May 21–27, 2018


Mindfulness Retreat for Educators • Rona Wilensky and Kristin McKeown • June 2–6, 2018

Neurodharma: A 10-Day Vipassana Retreat • Rick Hanson • June 8–17, 2018

Summer Dathün: A Month-Long Meditation Retreat • Shastri Cal Aston • June 8–July 8, 2018


Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat • Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi • June 30–July 7, 2018

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I • Acharya Daniel Hessey • July 6–8, 2018

Deconstructing Yourself: Non-Dualism, Neuroscience, and Meditation • Michael W. Taft • July 11–15, 2018


Rediscovering Essence Love • Tsoknyi Rinpoche • August 10–12, 2018

From Mindfulness to Pristine Mind: Journeying Into Your Natural State of Mind Through Meditation • Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche • August 31–September 2, 2018

Learn To Meditate • Greg Smith • August 31–September 2, 2018


The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I • Acharya Holly Gayley • September 14–16, 2018

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction • Janet Solyntjes • September 21–23, 2018


Contemplative Fellowships for Educators (CFE)


Anyone employed full-time in a pre-K-12 school or school district setting, employees in pre-K, grades K-12, or is currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a M.Ed. New to 2018, Hemera is also offering fellowships to professionals working as early childcare providers (ages 0-3) (i.e. licensed day-care professionals, etc.).

Eligible Roles


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Substitute teachers
  • Guidance counselors
  • Academic advisors
  • Social workers
  • Librarians
  • Nurses
  • Principals
  • Employees of school districts not working directly in a school
  • GED teachers
  • Individuals who work daily educating students outside of schools (museums, juvenile detention centers)

Click here to apply for a Contemplative Fellowship for Educators.


Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals (CFHP)


Must be employed full-time in a health-care field working primarily with patients/clients or overseeing other healthcare professionals, or be enrolled full-time in a medical school or training program.

Examples of Eligible Roles

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

Click here to apply for a Contemplative Fellowship for Healthcare Providers.


Tending Space Fellowships for Artists


Full-time artists in the following areas – visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists – whose professions directly relate to their art-making practice. This can include those who teach their artistic discipline, whether privately or with an organization, or in any type of school, as well as many others.

Click here to apply for a Tending Space Fellowship for Artists.


Levels of Support

  • 100% Funding – for individuals who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than a weekend.
  • 50% Baseline + Needs-Based Funding – for individuals who have previously attended at least one meditation retreat longer than a weekend.

Lodging Types available for these fellowships include Lodge Double unless otherwise noted. 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.

Fellowship funding does not cover travel.

Part of the long-term vision of the Hemera Program is to build a community of fellows, both online and in person. By applying for and accepting a Hemera Fellowship, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with the Hemera Foundation and to fill out a survey about your retreat experience and the impact it has on your life and work/art.