Mindful Schools Landing Page 2020-2021

Presented by Mindful Schools and held at Shambhala Mountain Center

Welcome to Shambhala Mountain Center! We are pleased to be hosting Mindful Schools for the Mindful Teacher Certification Program in summers 2020 and 2021. Attending both the 2020 and 2021 retreats is required for completion of the Mindful Teacher Certification Program. Participants can only register for this retreat if they have been accepted into the Mindful Teacher program through Mindful Schools. Please visit the Mindful Schools website for details.

Below you will find important details about the location and registration process. Please read through and don’t hesitate to be in touch if there is anything we can help you with as you plan for your training.

Please note that all attendees must come to the same retreat center for both the opening and closing retreats and may not switch between Garrison Institute and Shambhala Mountain Center.

Please note there are three important steps to attending this program:
1. Apply with Mindful Schools via their website here
2. Be Accepted by Mindful Schools
3. Once you have completed program registration with Mindful Schools, Mindful Schools will send you a lodging link where you can select and pay for lodging with Shambhala Mountain Center.

 Lodging and Travel Details

At the link below you will find basic information on lodging options and rates. Once you register and pay for tuition with Mindful Schools, you will be sent to a link where you can select, pay for and reserve your lodging with SMC.

Shambhala Mountain Center will be offering travel assistance from Denver International Airport to Shambhala Mountain Center on the day of your arrival, and from SMC to DIA on the day of your departure, for an additional fee. When you register and pay for your lodging, you can request information about arranging travel assistance and SMC’s travel coordinator will be in touch with you to let you know when to book your flight arrival and departure so that you can be sure to catch the shuttles in time.  Travel reservations are non-refundable

Direct Shuttle from D.I.A. to SMC is $89 each way, $178 round trip, plus 2.75% processing fee. Confirmation of your travel arrangement will be sent after payment is received. Travel payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.


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.

Click here to see our location in Google Maps.

Click here to view a map of our campus.

Click here to review our participant guide for Mindful Teacher

About Mindful Schools

In 2007, a small, passionate team assembled their collective experience in education, social justice, and mindfulness and founded Mindful Schools on the belief that mindfulness provides young people with a compass to navigate their lives. The program began in a classroom at Emerson Elementary School in Oakland, CA. Today, Mindful Schools is one of the key players in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 Classrooms. The organization has trained over 25,000 educators, parents and mental health professionals who work with youth. These graduates, spanning 100+ countries, have reached over 1.5 million children worldwide.


Payment Policy

A 50% deposit is required upon registration for room and board. Payment can be made by check, credit card, or money order in US currency. If paying by check or money order, your registration is not confirmed until we receive your payment. If your check is not received within two weeks of registration, the reservation you are holding will be cancelled.

We must receive the final balance due 30 days prior to your arrival. If you have paid your initial deposit via credit card, we will automatically process the remaining balance due 30 days prior to your arrival.  Your space is guaranteed once we have received payment in full.

Note: There is a $20 fee for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy applies only to lodging registration at Shambhala Mountain Center and does not apply to program registration with Mindful Schools.

If you cancel 30 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (minus a 5.5% processing fee)

If you cancel between 30 and 2 calendar days prior to your scheduled arrival date, nonrefundable program credit in the amount paid will be available for you to use for two years from the initial date of issue. Program credit is non-transferable and may not be applied to any amounts previously paid for past or future programs. Program Credit from lodging cancellation is applicable only towards programs at SMC and not towards Mindful Schools programming.

No credit or refund is available (1) if you cancel the day prior to your arrival day or on your scheduled arrival day, (2) if you do not show up, or (3) if you leave a program or event early.

No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

These provisions also apply to the cancellation of (1) additional nights booked before or after a program’s official arrival and departure dates and (2) housing downgrades.

Arrival Details

Registration takes place from 10am– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner followed by an orientation. Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available through Mindful Schools.

The program will end with lunch at 12:30pm on the departure day.