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
  This program has been cancelled.  Through exploring the depths of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists more →

Sacred Path: Drala

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink

February 20–23, 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

February 24–26, 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

March 5, 2017
  Lodging prices for this retreat have been reduced by between 8% and 15%, depending on lodge type, to make it easier for long time practitioners to practice at SMC. Chakrasamvara retreat practice is geared toward more →

Chakrasamvara Intensive

Larry Mermelstein and Greg Smith

March 10–18, 2017
Explore and connect with the profound depth and vast brilliance of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Led by Larry Mermelstein, we will utilize The Rain of Wisdom to introduce more →
  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 18–26, 2017
  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 18–26, 2017
  Spend your spring break breathing in the mountain air with your whole family. Spring Break Family Retreat offers relaxation and connection through yoga classes, meditation sessions, nature exploration, a children’s program, and family activities. Days more →

Spring Break Family Retreat

Leslie Gossett and Kate Raddock

March 27–31, 2017
With our bodies resting on the earth, no different from the earth, and our minds resting in the sky, no different from the sky, we encounter the vastness of heaven joined with the primordial depth of more →

Open Sky: Shambhala Training Level V

Mary Kubicki

March 31–April 2, 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

April 2, 2017
Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors (SPMIs) provide ongoing group and individual guidance to people who are learning to meditate. This is an educator role of significant responsibility. When we offer meditation instruction in more →

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training: Part II

Acharya Dale Asrael

April 13–18, 2017
Choose your Tuition Level:       Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors (SPMIs) provide ongoing group and individual guidance to people who are learning to meditate. This is an educator role of significant more →

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training Registration

Acharya Dale Asrael

April 13–18, 2017
Choose your Tuition Level: Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors (SPMIs) provide ongoing group and individual guidance to people who are learning to meditate. This is an educator role of significant responsibility. When we more →
Choose your Tuition Level:   Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors Shambhala Path Meditation Instructors (SPMIs) provide ongoing group and individual guidance to people who are learning to meditate. This is an educator role of significant responsibility. When more →

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training Registration

Acharya Dale Asrael

April 13–18, 2017
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

Adana Barbieri

April 21–23, 2017
Whether you are seeking to establish your Ngöndro practice or are an experienced practitioner, join us for this intensive retreat. By practicing in a group context, we increase both our personal and group windhorse, while giving more →

Ngöndro Intensive

Acharya Daniel Hessey

April 27–May 5, 2017
The Way of Shambhala I series of classes explores the experiences of contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom in everyday life, and culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature more →

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

April 28–30, 2017
    Join us for a week or more this spring to help us set up our seasonal tent villages. Enjoy working in mountain meadows and wooded hillsides, practicing meditation, attending classes, participating in some of more →

Summer Set-Up Volunteer Program

April 30–June 11, 2017
Shambhala Guide Training is a thorough training for students, with a strong meditation practice, who feel ready to begin to help others on their meditative journeys. The training prepares participants to skillfully host newcomers in our more →

Application Fee: Shambhala Guide Training

Shastri Cal Aston and Shastri Jon Barbieri

May 3–7, 2017
Shambhala Guide Training is a thorough training for students, with a strong meditation practice, who feel ready to begin to help others on their meditative journeys. The training prepares participants to skillfully host newcomers in our more →

Shambhala Guide Training

Shastri Cal Aston and Shastri Jon Barbieri

May 3–7, 2017
Shambhala Guide Training is a thorough training for students, with a strong meditation practice, who feel ready to begin to help others on their meditative journeys. The training prepares participants to skillfully host newcomers in our more →

Shambhala Guide Training

Shastri Cal Aston and Shastri Jon Barbieri

May 3–7, 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

May 7, 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

Greg Smith

May 19–21, 2017
Stupa with blue sky
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

June 4, 2017
Meditate for a week or the full month of Dathun. Our program will include individual meditation instruction, guided meditations to deepen our shamatha practice, and contemplative meditation to develop insight and open our hearts to compassion. more →

Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Emily Bower

June 9–July 9, 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
CLICK HERE for more Dathun information and HERE for links to individual Weektuns.

Summer Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Emily Bower

June 9–July 9, 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 I

Acharya Emily Bower

June 9–17, 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 I and II

Acharya Emily Bower

June 9–24, 2017
We are living in a time where personal experience is not always valued or appreciated. Bringing attention to the breath is the first step in a profound journey to the heart of life. Along the way, more →

Mindfulness: A Window to the Heart

Acharya Daniel Hessey

June 15–18, 2017
It is a natural expression of our humanity to care for others and our world, yet we are living in a tumultuous time when strong currents of fear, enmity, and exclusion divide us socially and politically more →
jon-barbieri-new-years-retreat
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

Shastri Jon Barbieri

June 23–25, 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 →

Weekthuns III and IV

Acharya Emily Bower

June 24–July 9, 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 III

Acharya Emily Bower

June 24–July 2, 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

July 2, 2017
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017 (8 weeks prior to arrival date.) Registrations made after this date will be subject to a $125 late registration fee. Housing: If your preferred lodging more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly II

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Susan Chapman

July 14–25, 2017
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017 (8 weeks prior to arrival date.) Registrations made after this date will be subject to a $125 late registration fee. Housing: If your preferred lodging more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Suzann Duquette

July 14–25, 2017
From July 14 - 25, 2017 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will preside over a gathering of Scorpion Seal Assemblies II, III, IV and V. This will create a potent mandala of practice, study, and celebration of the more →

Scorpion Seal Assemblies II, III, IV, V Garchen

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 14–25, 2017
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017 (8 weeks prior to arrival date.) Registrations made after this date will be subject to a $125 late registration fee. Housing: If your preferred lodging more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly IV

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

July 14–25, 2017
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017 (8 weeks prior to arrival date.) Registrations made after this date will be subject to a $125 late registration fee. Housing: If your preferred lodging more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly V

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Eve Rosenthal

July 14–25, 2017
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 whole more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey and Nicole Wolf

July 30–August 6, 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

August 6, 2017
Warrior Assembly, the jewel of Shambhala Training and the culmination of the Sacred Path program, is a living teaching in creating enlightened society. Participants receive the transmission of advanced Shambhala warriorship practices and study the root more →

Warrior Assembly

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Acharya Arawana Hayashi

August 11–22, 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 more →

Warrior Assembly

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Acharya Arawana Hayashi

August 11–22, 2017
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 Volunteer Program

August 27–September 27, 2017
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 2017

Open Dates
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

September 3, 2017
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

Agness Au

September 22–24, 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