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.

Join us this Sunday, June 16 from 2-3:00 pm at the Boulder Shambhala Center to learn more about this creative and contemplative retreat for the whole family.  In celebration of Father’s Day, children can participate in a special craft--making “Pockets of Love” for any special people in their lives.
Registration Deadline was July 2, 2016. Registration is now closed. Please call our Front Desk at 1-888-788-7221 to be placed on a waitlist. Looking to get away to nature with your family this summer? Come nurture bonds while rejuvenating more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey and Nicole Wolf

August 1–8, 2016
Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the 4 more →

Women’s Summer Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 3–7, 2016
Celebrate the Music of Your Soul Explore music and rhythm as a gateway for therapeutic process and honest communication. In its 6th year, this annual program approaches music as medicine, weaving together a powerful experience in cross-cultural rhythms, chants, more →

Healing Sound Retreat: Rhythm and Chanting as Spiritual Practice

Christine Stevens and Silvia Nakkach

August 12–14, 2016
  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, Marty Kibiloski, Tara Michelle and Michael Sandrock

September 2–5, 2016
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- 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 →
Anyen Ripoche
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 16–18, 2016
Cultivate Fearlessness Approaching death with curiosity, courage, and spiritual skills allows for fearlessness in facing the unknown. The "small deaths"  we live through— broken-heartedness, sickness, aging, and loss of justice or beliefs— offer us practice moments for more →

Befriending Small Deaths ~ Big Deaths®

Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder

November 11–13, 2016
Hope Martin
Hope Martin
Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it's a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this week of intensive meditation practice, Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will offer both verbal and hands-on more →

Week-long Fall Meditation Retreat: The Shape of Awake

Hope Martin

November 12–20, 2016
Nina Rolle
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

Nina Rolle

December 9–11, 2016
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 →

Enlightened Society Dathun: A Month-long Meditation Retreat

Acharya Daniel Hessey

December 10, 2016–January 7, 2017
Beginning the path of meditation is an ideal opportunity to embrace the wisdom of everyday experience with great patience, openness, and compassion. Overcome Fear and Embrace Compassion  In this dynamic and practical retreat, we will explore more →

The Path of Simply Being

Thomas Roberts

January 6–8, 2017
In Shambhala Training IV, we learn how to open our hearts so we can communicate more fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to regenerate habitual patterns, we can use them more →

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training IV

Peter Aucott

February 3–5, 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
  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