Meditation & Mindfulness

How can we skillfully work with trauma and adversity in meditation practice? When should we stick with discomfort, and when should we back off? And are there tools from trauma therapy that allow us to access more →
Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing more →
Chakrasamvara Drupchen is a powerful practice that includes creating the full Sand Mandala and practicing the complete sadhana including the feast offering every day. It is especially helpful for overcoming obstacles for the coming year. The more →

ONLINE • Chakrasamvara Drupchen

Greg Smith

May 1–11, 2021
This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: more →

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Megan Prager and David Spound

May 2–7, 2021
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This is an invitation to reconnect fully with the wisdom of our bodies. In times of great stress and uncertainty, it is very easy and common to disassociate with our bodies, our breath, and our intuition. more →
This morning program will give instructions on Shamatha, the practice of calm abiding from the Buddhist tradition. The retreat will provide simple easy instruction to help start your day well. It will also provide simple practical more →
Working with your mind is one of the most beneficial skills you can learn, yet most of us don’t even know where to start. Through the practice of meditation, it is possible to balance your thoughts and emotions, more →

ONLINE • Learn to Meditate

Greg Smith

May 21–23, 2021
Please Note: The dates for this program have been changed; it was originally scheduled for April 3-4.  Simply being a human being can be exhausting– especially when we live in a culture that condemns rest. Add to more →
In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is an essential skill. Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty more →
FREE! Friday Night Talk: In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is an essential skill. Embodied Listening offers a way to move through more →
Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance — the wisdom of your body. In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to more →
Take time to cultivate your capacity for attention, emotional balance and compassion in and out of the classroom. Designed to support you in bringing a mindful presence to your personal life and professional work in schools, more →

Mindfulness Retreat for Educators

Rona Wilensky and Sean Guard

June 2–6, 2021
Are you feeling out of tune? Looking for balance? Do you long to practice with others, pause and reflect, connect with your body’s own wisdom? The pairing of meditation with Yoga is lively, intimate and generous. more →

ONLINE • Yoga & Meditation for Balance

Katharine Kaufman

June 4–6, 2021
In this online retreat, meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will draw on teachings from The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions by the great Dzogchen master Longchenpa to provide guidance on six strengths we can develop so more →

ONLINE • Six Strengths for Living in a Challenging World

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

June 4–5, 2021
FREE! Friday night talk: In this online retreat, meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will draw on teachings from The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions by the great Dzogchen master Longchenpa to provide guidance on six strengths more →
Eighteen months of incredible stress and overwhelm (pandemic, racial injustices, political division, climate crises) have taught us that all educators need ways to take better care of themselves if they are going to last in this more →
The spiritual traditions respect the body as the foundation of awareness and connection to self and other. Your body is full of wisdom and is your greatest teacher. Join together with other women in this powerful more →
The spiritual traditions respect the body as the foundation of awareness and connection to self and other. Your body is full of wisdom and is your greatest teacher. Join together with other women in this powerful more →

Befriending Your Body: Meeting Your Body as Your Teacher

Ann Saffi Biasetti

June 11–13, 2021
This first track of Summer Seminar, “Discovering the Path of Liberation” focuses on the Hinayana or foundational teachings, the first phase of the Buddha’s teachings. We will study the life of the Buddha and trace his more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Noel McLellan

June 16–30, 2021
The single focus of the Buddha’s teachings was showing living beings the path of liberation from suffering and reconnecting with our natural state of freedom. The profundity and sophistication with which the Buddha expressed this journey more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Noel McLellan, Holly Gayley and Gelong Loden Nyima

June 16–July 15, 2021
All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In order to enhance that capacity, we introduce the power of mindfulness, the more →

ONLINE • Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 5-Day Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Janet Curry

June 19–23, 2021
One million years of healthy human life are lost every year due to traffic-related noise (World Health Organization). How can one quiet a noisy world? You can push the "reset button." Even brief periods of silence more →
The second Summer Seminar track, entitled “Living Wisdom and Compassion,” focuses on the Mahayana teachings, oriented toward awakening for the benefit of all beings. Select topics are chosen each year, and practitioners are encouraged to return more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Holly Gayley and Gelong Loden Nyima

July 1–15, 2021
The purpose of this retreat is to strengthen the recognition and direct experience of the guru's vajrayana transmission. The practice framework will be based on a pith teaching called "Realization of the Ground," which Yeshe Tsögyal more →
Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing more →
Important note: Tiger Cubs (0-2) will be unavailable this year due to COVID protocols and space limitations but will resume in future family camps.

Family Camp – SAVE THE DATE

Kelly Lindsey, Rachel Steele and Steve Sachs

July 14–21, 2021
Learn the secrets of true agelessness from food and forgiveness mentor Marcella Friel and holistic nutritionist Mary Sheila Gonnella and discover your body’s miraculous capacity for regeneration at any chronological age. In this online weekend retreat, more →

ONLINE • Becoming Ageless as We Age

Marcella Friel and Mary Sheila Gonnella

July 16–18, 2021
Mahasangha Gathering, July 22-25 Join us for a gathering on the land at Shambhala Mountain Center to practice, to dialogue, to vision, and to celebrate SMC's 50th anniversary. The program will be modular with opportunities to more →
Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous observation of natural phenomena. Much as astronomers rely on the telescope, so do contemplatives rely on the power of more →
  Cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. In this retreat, we learn how to navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous, and heartbreaking terrain. Our extraordinary team of experts will share their wisdom in integrative medicine, Tibetan more →

Courageous Women Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer

Jemi Steele, Ann Braden and Chasse Bailey-Dorton

September 7–12, 2021
"Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing workshops." — Cheryl Strayed, International Bestselling author of WILD "This week has been transformational—kind, sweet, and truly satisfying." — B. T. more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

September 15–19, 2021
For employees of Larimer County, this program is eligible for the Lifestyle Education Benefit Program. Please see details below. This four-week online course is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation and mindful movement, and methods for how more →

ONLINE • Mindfulness Meditation and Movement for Wellness

Melissa Lago and Gelong Loden Nyima

October 3–24, 2021
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Getting the Love You Want is a virtual weekend workshop that provides an in-depth Imago experience for couples in all stages of relationship. You and your partner will gain greater insight into your relationship dynamics and more →

ONLINE • Getting the Love You Want

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D

October 22–24, 2021
This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: more →

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Megan Prager and David Spound

May 15–20, 2022
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Become a brush and, step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. Experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of more →

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi

June 2–5, 2022