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 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
The Great Nyen Platoon of Shambhala Mountain Center and the Colorado Chrysanthemum Regiment of the Dragon Region are delighted to invite you to the 2018 Dön Season Retreat.  Dön season is regarded as a time of more →

Dorje Kasung Dön Season Retreat

Dapön Will Ryken

February 8–11, 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. Tuition has been set to $0 and lodging prices 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

Greg Smith

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
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

April 1, 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

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

April 13–15, 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

May 6, 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

June 3, 2018
Building on Enlightened Society Assembly and the Sacred Path programs, Warrior Assembly is a living teaching in creating enlightened society. Warrior Assembly focuses on how to develop fearlessness in engaging as a warrior in the world.  Here, warriors more →

Warrior Assembly

June 19–30, 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

July 1, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. After this date, the tuition will increase $125. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly VII

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. After this date, the tuition will increase $125. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly V

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. After this date, the tuition will increase $125. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly IV

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. After this date, the tuition will increase $125. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 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

August 5, 2018
Our world seems to be increasingly influenced by speed, materialism, and aggression. Many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless, wondering how we can make a difference. Compassion in Action is an opportunity to reconnect with our more →

Compassion in Action

Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull and Rhonda Magee

August 15–19, 2018
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

Acharya Dale Asrael

August 24–26, 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

September 2, 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

Acharya Holly Gayley

September 14–16, 2018