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.

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
  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
New to yoga? Discover rest and relaxation in a pristine natural environment while invigorating and restoring your body and mind in lively beginner’s yoga classes. Learn foundational yoga poses, sequences, and the principles of good alignment more →

Beginner’s Yoga

De West

March 31–April 2, 2017
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 the "big more →

Befriending Small Deaths ~ Big Deaths®

Dominie Cappadonna and Joshua Mulder

May 12–14, 2017
Discover the remarkable world of nocturnal meditation, where a wealth of wisdom awaits you every night. Lucid dreaming and dream yoga have boundless potential for rapid psychological and spiritual growth. During this weekend we’ll explore the more →

Lucid Dream Yoga

Andrew Holecek

May 17–21, 2017
Discover the power of compassionate awareness by bringing mindfulness into your daily life. During this nourishing retreat, we will embrace our vulnerabilities and allow them to safely guide us into expansive ease. By practicing the art more →

Lila Yoga® Mindfulness Retreat

Erica Kaufman

June 1–4, 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
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 and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 2–6, 2017
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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
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
  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 and Michael Sandrock

September 1–4, 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 →
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