Wisdom Traditions

Wisdom traditions represent mankind’s deepest source of knowledge about universal principles that govern harmonious, prosperous and sustainable existence. The term is often given to the inner core or mystical aspects of a religion or spiritual tradition, without the trappings, doctrines, sectarianisms and power structures often associated with institutionalized religions. Wisdom traditions provide a conceptual framework for the development of the inner self, living a spiritual life and the realization of enlightenment.

Shambhala Mountain Center has been offering programs steeped in contemplative wisdom traditions from around the world for more than 40 years. We regularly host world-renowned teachers and indigenous wisdom keepers who have cultivated the knowledge, through their own personal practices and ancestral teachings, to be able to reach out and lead others skillfully along their own path.

From various Buddhist lineages and Shamanic cultures, to previously held secret practices of Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qigong, to ancient healing traditions using plant spirits, herbs, dreams, yoga, meditation and more, our Wisdom Traditions programs allow for exploring many different paths along the journey towards transformation of self and society.

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 Discover the Art of Zen Calligraphy Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. Let Go of Inner Criticism During this contemplative Zen calligraphy retreat, we will faithfully more →

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 18–20, 2017
This program has been cancelled. Spots are still available, however, in the  Healing Sound Retreat. Enjoy a deeper dive in the stunning natural beauty of Shambhala Mountain Retreat Center, with author and internationally acclaimed music therapist more →

Music Medicine Facilitation Training

Christine Stevens

August 25–29, 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
- Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche In this retreat, meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will provide instructions and guided meditations on the unique type of meditation called Pristine Mind meditation presented in his book Our Pristine Mind: A more →
  This popular retreat is based on Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s best-selling book Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training the Body and the Mind. Geared for runners, walkers, and other athletes, the book offers more →

Running with the Mind of Meditation

Cynthia MacKay, Michael Sandrock, Marty Kibiloski and Jenny Hannah

September 1–4, 2017
  A continuation of the popular Labor Day “Running with the Mind of Meditation” retreat, this clinic is aimed at helping those who want to gain additional insight into their training and compete in races ranging more →

High Altitude Running Clinic

Marty Kibiloski and Michael Sandrock

September 4–5, 2017
Join Anyen Rinpoche as he gives an introduction to Lojong teachings, which are a set of antidotes to the mental habits that cause us suffering. These teachings help us connect with the world in an unconditionally more →

Making the Most of What We Have: Lojong Mind Training

Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

September 21–24, 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." - 
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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
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
Yoga and meditation provide an ideal practice combo to bring us back to beginner's mind – a sense of relaxation, effortlessness, and unconditional cheerfulness. We will alternate between meditation practices and yoga sequences to work with more →

Fresh Start: Yoga and Meditation for All Beings

De West and Brian Spielmann

March 2–4, 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