Personal Transformation

Personal transformation is at the heart of all our relationships – with self, family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances – anyone whom we encounter. Both blissful and challenging, relationships are an integral part of spiritual practice, providing an unparalleled mirror through which we can see and know ourselves.

Awakening our hearts and minds is not a solo activity; it is a path we each must walk together. Without interaction, we would never receive teachings, good counsel, community support or essential feedback critical to our growth. Whether together as intimate partners, family, friends or community, our path of relationships is as necessary as it is both difficult and enriching.

Shambhala Mountain Center offers a range of Personal Transformation programs that work with our inner and outer selves, to help us open up to others and to compassionately engage with the outer manifestations of family, community and society-at-large. From consciously loving and living to unleashing our calling, awakening to our dreams, engaging in recovery practices or courageously dealing with critical illness, our relationships are a path of awakening.

Buddhism and addiction recovery paths share a basic premise: attachment causes suffering. This retreat will explore connections between the Twelve Steps, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path. With periods of mindfulness meditation, lecture, discussion, more →
Take a break from the daily grind and learn techniques to bring mindfulness into your daily life. Beginning with practicing mindfulness on the meditation cushion, this getaway will introduce you to the breadth of possibility in more →

Mindfulness Getaway

Stephen Vosper

May 5–7, 2017
DATE CHANGE: This program was formally listed to take place May 12 - 15. Calling all women who do too much! This silent, self-care retreat puts us back into alignment with the seasons, starting with the more →

The Way of the Happy Woman Spring Detox & Renewal Retreat

Sara Avant Stover

May 11–14, 2017
Bodily sickness, like all suffering, has real, discoverable causes. The cause is not cancer, colitis, weak adrenals, or a lowered immune system. The cause of our health problems is the innocent misuse of our own body more →

Radical Self-Healing

Charley Cropley, N.D.

May 12–14, 2017
Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown. The "small deaths"  we live through— broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, and loss of justice or beliefs— offer us practice moments for the "big more →

Befriending Small Deaths ~ Big Deaths®

Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder

May 12–14, 2017
Discover the remarkable world of nocturnal meditation, where a wealth of wisdom awaits you every night. Lucid dreaming and dream yoga have boundless potential for rapid psychological and spiritual growth. During this weekend we’ll explore the more →

Lucid Dream Yoga

Andrew Holecek

May 17–21, 2017
Couples Workshop Most of us would agree that the experience of love, joy, and connection in an intimate relationship is one of the most important things in our lives. Yet intimate relationships can be very challenging. Drawing more →
Experience Awakening Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening. Develop Compassion This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures more →

Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions

Jenny Bondurant and Cynthia Moku

May 25–29, 2017
Discover the power of compassionate awareness by bringing mindfulness into your daily life. During this nourishing retreat, we will embrace our vulnerabilities and allow them to safely guide us into expansive ease. By practicing the art more →

Lila Yoga® Mindfulness Retreat

Erica Kaufman

June 1–4, 2017
Transformative Grief-Shifting If you've ever lost someone you love, this transformative grief-shifting workshop will rock your world. You'll learn meditations and sacred practices that give you a direct conversation with your departed and a deep understanding more →

Bridges to Beyond: A Grief Healing Workshop

Sue Frederick

June 2–4, 2017
Join us for one or more week of deep meditation practice. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there more →

Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

Acharya Emily Bower

June 9–July 9, 2017
  Fearlessly Embracing our Toughest Personal and Societal Challenges with Mindfulness, Compassion and Bravery With Special Guest Jimmy Santiago Baca It is a natural expression of our humanity to care for others and our world, yet more →

Engaged Mindfulness Retreat – Not Turning Away

Acharya Fleet Maull, Rhonda Magee and Jimmy Santiago Baca

June 16–20, 2017
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: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

June 23–25, 2017
We are already fully intimate with ourselves, with our partners, and with life. But our experience of intimacy is intense, complex, never resolvable, and always has qualities which we like and dislike. When we refuse to more →

Intimacy: Appreciating the Love We Have

Bruce Tift

July 7–9, 2017
  We all carry with us a store of life’s hurts, betrayals, and traumas. Much of the impact of these experiences resides deeply in our nerves and cells of our bodies, to be re-lived repeatedly throughout more →
Sometimes we welcome change in our lives; other times it comes unexpectedly. It may feel like our life adventure has brought us to the banks of a swollen river and we’re not sure how to proceed more →

Mindful Hiking: Opening to Change

Kay Peterson

July 27–30, 2017
  A passing rainstorm doesn’t have to ruin a hike if we remember to bring a raincoat or don’t mind temporarily getting a little wet! The clouds are certain to pass and we may even be more →

Mindful Hiking: Weathering Life’s Storms

Kay Peterson and Chad Bennett

August 23–27, 2017
Celebrate the Music of Your Soul Explore music and rhythm as a gateway for therapeutic process and honest communication. In its 7th year, this annual program approaches music as medicine, weaving together a powerful experience in cross-cultural rhythms, chants, more →

Healing Sound Retreat: Rhythm and Sacred Gongs for Spiritual Practice

Christine Stevens and Richard Rudis

August 25–27, 2017
  Enjoy a deeper dive in the stunning natural beauty of Shambhala Mountain Retreat Center, with author and internationally acclaimed music therapist Christine Stevens.  We will practice the four elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and silence more →

Music Medicine Facilitation Training

Christine Stevens

August 25–29, 2017
Join best-selling author Blake D. Bauer and discover why anxiety, insecurity, guilt, depression, and illness are cries from your body, soul ,and subconscious asking you to love, accept, forgive, honor, value, and be true to yourself more →