Mindful Living

Mindful living is about waking up to life and what it means to be fully human. It is an intentional choice to live with integrity in relation to one’s own conscience and the natural world, based on one’s fundamental values and core beliefs. Our programs in Mindful Living teach how to apply the practice of mindfulness within our families, workplaces, neighborhoods and environment.

As part of our commitment towards mindful living, Shambhala Mountain Center has launched the Center for Enlightened Society. This initiative is based on the premise that human beings are inherently gentle, endowed with basic goodness and compassion towards others.

Our Mindful Living programs aim to explore the possibilities for creating enlightened society through being kind to oneself and others, fostering sustainable living and business practices, creating authentic and compassionate leadership, and bringing mindfulness into our economic, educational, environmental, governmental and health care systems.

Intimate relationships are both an opportunity and a challenge to our capacity for love and vulnerability. Once we are past the romantic love stage, we are often surprised by these challenges. Drawing from the works of more →
Join us for this weekend of Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice and study as we contemplate The Words of My Perfect Teacher, the famous and sacred text written by the renowned 19th century master Patrul Rinpoche. Under more →

Turning the Mind to Dharma

Naksang Rinpoche

May 8–10, 2015
Join us for a special Mother’s Day retreat and take a rest from the daily demands of motherhood. Our pristine mountain environment offers rest and relaxation. Enjoy taking scenic walks, visiting the Great Stupa, or following more →
Uniquely blending meditation, contemplative arts, sensory awareness practices and Hatha Yoga, we will practice in a rich environment to shed habitual patterns and rediscover the world with fresh perception. As we investigate the four elements of more →

Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 13–17, 2015
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Embodied Listening is an intensive but gentle body, mind, and heart training for releasing habitual patterns that constrict our lives and relationships. When we learn to listen deeply to ourselves, we also become more open and more →

Embodied Listening

David Rome and Hope Martin

May 15–18, 2015
Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening. This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures that perpetuate emotional confusion, more →

Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 21–25, 2015
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Calling all women who do too much! This spring retreat, based on Sara's best-selling book, will offer you a safe respite from your busy life. It brings together a tribe of like-minded women who are longing more →

The Way of the Happy Woman: Silent Spring Retreat

Sara Avant Stover

May 21–24, 2015
Rediscover the “haiku moments” of our existence wherein we meet the world with a sense of wonder. With appreciation free from grasping, we awaken to the sacredness that is already present in the details and images more →

Word Flashes: A Poetry and Meditation Workshop

Marc Olmsted

May 22–24, 2015
  Explore music and rhythm as a gateway for therapeutic process and honest communication. In its fifth year, this annual program weaves the four elements of music medicine into a powerful experience in cross-cultural rhythms, chants, more →

Healing Sound Retreat

Christine Stevens

May 28–31, 2015
Like the snow melting to reveal vast meadows ripe with the promise of wildflowers, we too can shed the layers of past seasons and old habits to make way for new possibilities in our lives. By more →

Waking up to the Wild: Nature Walks

Kay Peterson

May 29–31, 2015
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Celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha with a special Retreat and Renewal. This time of year, known as Saga Dawa (or Wesak), offers a powerful opportunity to refresh our intentions to lead noble more →

Saga Dawa Retreat & Renewal

June 1–3, 2015
  A Four Seasons Program Join us as we explore the native plant communities of Shambhala Mountain Center and learn about the complex relationships between native plants, soil, weather, and wildlife. During this retreat, we will more →

Exploring Trees and Wildflowers

Jim Tolstrup and Laurie Huckaby

June 5–7, 2015
Experience powerful ways of releasing grief and communicating with your departed loved ones. This healing retreat will draw on Sue Frederick’s bestselling book, Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side (chosen more →

Bridges to Heaven: A Grief Healing Workshop

Sue Frederick

June 5–7, 2015
Like trees in the forest or fish in the sea, we have an innate ability to live in greater harmony with our environment. While trying to navigate our busy, high-tech world, we can develop habits of mind more →

Waking up to the Wild: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

July 24–27, 2015
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

July 24–26, 2015
Join us this Sunday, June 16 from 2-3:00 pm at the Boulder Shambhala Center to learn more about this creative and contemplative retreat for the whole family.  In celebration of Father’s Day, children can participate in a special craft--making “Pockets of Love” for any special people in their lives.
  Looking to get away to nature with your family this summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Rachel Steele and Kelly Lindsey

August 2–8, 2015
A Four Seasons Program Come and feel a personal connection with the universe under the shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower, which is predicted to be especially good this year! Throughout history, human beings have more →

Big Sky, Big Mind: A Contemplative Astronomy Workshop

Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup

August 13–16, 2015
Janet Solyntjes
Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this extended retreat offers an in-depth look at mindfulness tools for engaging the demands of our lives and for deepening our inquiry into fundamental health and wholeness. Through sitting, more →
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

August 28–30, 2015
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“Happiness isn’t something we need to find or achieve. It is the very core of our being.” - Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche Traditionally in the Buddha’s teachings, meditation practice is presented in two categories: meditation with an more →
Bring your beloved to a fun-filled, spiritually uplifting, restorative and invigorating weekend of Partner Yoga for couples. As we practice connecting in a joyful, open way, we find more ease and balance in our relationships. Deepen more →

Coming Home to Compassion: Partner Yoga for Couples

Elysabeth Williamson

September 4–6, 2015
Janet Solyntjes
This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly techniques for dealing with stress and for cultivating our deepest potential for living a full and satisfying life. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-recognized approach which has been shown more →
For more information about this program please visit the Courageous Women Website. Please use discount code "CW25" to receive 25% off housing when registering. (Thanks in advance to those that choose to pay full price and more →

9th Annual Courageous Women Fearless Living Cancer Retreat

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe

September 8–13, 2015
Janet Solyntjes
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program of practical, scientifically-supported teachings to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat offers tools for engaging more →

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Janet Solyntjes

September 18–20, 2015
Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In more →

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi

November 6–13, 2015