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.

Slow down, breathe in the mountain air, and have fun with the whole family at this one of a kind Mindful Games retreat. Separately and together, parents and kids will learn fun, brief, original, and effective more →

Mindful Games Family Retreat

Susan Kaiser Greenland and Leslie Gossett

July 8–12, 2018
Come transform through the power of the mandala, a universal template of inner and outer wholeness. Drawing on her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who became a best-selling author and world-renowned Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim more →
Nurture family connections while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the whole family can enjoy. Take time for yourself in the mornings to practice meditation or yoga while your children more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey, Nicole Wolf and Rachel Steele

July 28–August 4, 2018
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 1–5, 2018
Explore music and rhythm as gateways to spiritual consciousness. Learn practical tools and creative practices for using sound in healing, spiritual practice, and community building. Discover the 3 secrets to drumming for healing, reaching back thousands more →
Join renowned meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche for this special meditation retreat designed to take us through a progression of the true human experience of happiness and a sense of well-being to the total transformation of more →
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

September 7–9, 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 more →

Fresh Start: Yoga and Meditation for All Beings

De West and Brian Spielmann

October 5–7, 2018