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
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2018! 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 2018

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2019! 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 2019

Open Dates
Working with your mind is one of the most beneficial skills you can learn, yet most of us don’t even know where to start. Through the practice of meditation, it is possible to balance your thoughts and emotions, more →

Learn To Meditate

Steve Seely

October 4–6, 2019
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 →
Meditation practice provides us with the tools needed to reflect directly on our own experience and connect to our hearts, body, and sense perceptions as the ways through which we connect to our world. We will more →

Fall Week-Long Meditation Retreat (Weekthün)

Shastri Loden Nyima

November 14–22, 2019
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. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. No more →

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 28, 2019
Please join us in the pristine stillness of winter in the Rocky Mountains for a week or month of meditation. The support of a group retreat, surrounded by natural beauty and far from the clamor of more →

Winter Dathün

Acharya Holly Gayley, Jeff Scott and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

December 13, 2019–January 12, 2020
  Shambhala Mountain Center is delighted to offer this Vajrayogini Four Karmas Fire Puja. Whether you are a veteran of previous Four Karmas Fire Pujas or are a first-time participant, please join us for this powerful more →

Four Karmas Fire Puja

Lynele Jones and Reed Bye

January 8–18, 2020
Working with your mind is one of the most beneficial skills you can learn, yet most of us don’t even know where to start. Through the practice of meditation, it is possible to balance your thoughts and emotions, more →

Learn To Meditate

Greg Smith

January 17–19, 2020
This retreat is restricted to tantrikas who attended Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly, or who have received pointing out instruction from a Rinpoche in the Kagyu or Nyingma Lineages. Tuition has been set to $0 more →

9-Day Mahamudra Retreat

Acharya Richard John

February 14–23, 2020
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 Susan Skjei

February 14–16, 2020
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 6–14, 2020
  What does it mean to live together as a community with the view of basic goodness? During this retreat, we will practice creating a culture that reflects our wholeness, kindness, wisdom, and strength. Through meditation, more →

Spring Break Family Retreat

Leslie Gossett and Kate Raddock

March 22–27, 2020