Shambhala

In today’s high-paced, high-stress world, each of us has the natural capacity to find peace, clarity, wellbeing and compassion within ourselves. The best means of tapping into this inner capacity is through the use of meditation – a simple practice of coming back to the present moment via the breath, the body and the senses.

Our contemplative workshops are suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. For those who are new to meditation and other contemplative disciplines, we offer Learn to Meditate and Shambhala Training Weekends. Our Retreat and Renewal programs include an introduction to meditation. There are no program prerequisites.

Shambhala Training is a meditation discipline that helps us to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness. The training path begins with a series of Heart of Warriorship weekends that help to establish a personal meditation practice. Each program includes meditation instruction, Shambhala teachings, group discussions and individual interviews.

Our retreat environment is an ideal setting in which to get started or to deepen your meditation practice. Join us and learn how you can transform the challenges of daily life into opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

Join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work hard, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your schedule will more →

Fall Take Down 2015

Open Dates
Register now to join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work outdoors, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends, and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your more →

Fall Take Down 2016

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2017! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2017

Open Dates
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

October 1, 2017
Join us for an enriching Shambhala Vajrayana community gathering! Through the collective engagement of practice and study, food, conversation, and celebration, our community will deepen, strengthen and gain confidence in being a part of the family more →

Shambhala Vajra Sangha Retreat

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Daniel Hessey, Acharya Christie Cashman, Acharya Suzann Duquette and Andrea Doukas

October 5–13, 2017
The Enlightened Society Assembly is a gathering of Shambhala warriors to contemplate, practice and manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society.  Students will deepen their commitment and intention to more →

Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Emily Bower and Acharya Mitchell Levy

October 19–29, 2017
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please read these important details before registering Participation: Participation in the entire Assembly is required. Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due more →

Enlightened Society Assembly

Acharya Emily Bower

October 19–29, 2017
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

November 5, 2017
"To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state." - 
Suzuki more →
This weekend workshop builds on the meditation practice introduced in The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I and explores how we create a cocoon of our habitual ways of thinking, often obscuring the brilliance of more →

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II

Nina Rolle

November 17–19, 2017
Join us for an elegant and festive feast!  Come to Shambhala Mountain Center to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with the community, and let us take care of the cooking. Each participant needs to register and pay separately. more →

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23, 2017
It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea. So why don’t we think about training our minds? This weekend retreat will give accessible and powerful meditation more →

Learn To Meditate

Patricia Kelly

December 1–3, 2017
Stupa at Sunrise
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

December 3, 2017
For all qualified Vajrayogini practitioners! Both first-timers and repeaters are warmly encouraged to attend this powerful program. The retreat will be held in our spacious Red Feather Lodge which was recently renovated specifically for fire puja more →

Amending Fire Puja

Lindy King and Marybeth Keigher

December 7–17, 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 →

Winter Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 16, 2017–January 14, 2018
Dathun, Tibetan for “moon session,” is an intensive group meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. Composed of four weekly segments called “Weekthuns,” this month-long retreat allows participants to attend anywhere more →

Winter Dathun: Creating Enlightened Society

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 16, 2017–January 14, 2018
Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and more →

Half Dathun 1

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 16–30, 2017
Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and more →

Weekthun 1

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 16–24, 2017
CLICK HERE for more Dathun information and HERE for links to individual Weektuns.

Winter Dathun: Creating Enlightened Society

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 16, 2017–January 14, 2018
Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and more →

Half Dathun 2

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 30, 2017–January 14, 2018
Click HERE to return to the Weekthun Landing page.   “Whether we sit for a month or a week, coming to
 a Dathun is a profound step. We have heard about peace, strength of mind, and more →

Weekthun 3

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 30, 2017–January 7, 2018
In this weekend retreat, we learn techniques to help us develop the fearlessness needed to experience our life without relying on the cocoon of past habits. Beginning to engage the world directly, we extend this attitude more →

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training III

Charlie Rosicky

January 5–7, 2018
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

January 7, 2018
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Elaine Yuen

February 2–4, 2018
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

February 4, 2018
Restricted to Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. Scorpion Seal practitioners will have the opportunity to do those practices in separate sessions. Lodging prices for this retreat have been reduced by more →

9-Day Ashe Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Richard John

February 23–March 4, 2018
It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea. So why don’t we think about training our minds? This weekend retreat will give accessible and powerful meditation more →

Learn To Meditate

Greg Smith

February 23–25, 2018
Stupa amid clouds
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

March 4, 2018
Lodging prices for this retreat have been reduced by between 8% and 15%, depending on lodge room type, to make it easier for long-time practitioners to practice at SMC. This Chakrasamvara Intensive is geared toward the more →

Chakrasamvara Intensive

Teacher To Be Determined

March 9–17, 2018
  Do a deep dive into your meditation practice with this one week intensive. Appropriate for newbies and experienced meditators, this is a chance to deepen your understanding of meditation as well as your own mind more →

Week-long Spring Meditation Retreat (Weekthun)

Lodro Rinzler and Susan Piver

March 17–25, 2018
  Spend your spring break breathing in the mountain air with your whole family. Spring Break Family Retreat offers relaxation and connection through contemplative movement classes, meditation sessions, nature exploration, a children’s program, and family activities. more →

Spring Break Family Retreat

Leslie Gossett and Kate Raddock

March 26–30, 2018