Beyond Hope and Fear

Gelong Loden Nyima and Melissa Lago

November 10–15, 2020

Tuition $250 + 5 nights

Loden Nyima

Melissa Lago

Note: This program is being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

Our minds and bodies are naturally awake, whole, complete, healthy, and sacred. Yet in today’s speedy and chaotic world, many of us come to meditation from feelings of extreme stress, anxiety, heartbreak, despair, loneliness, and exhaustion. Our climate is in crisis, our jobs and relationships are often strained and unstable, and our minds and bodies follow suit. This is something many of us experience as the modern human condition. Yet within us, we have the capacity to heal, nourish, strengthen, rejuvenate, and ultimately to awaken. We have our own indestructible source of resilience. Our path is one of learning how to reconnect with our nature, and how to take the time and space needed to nourish this connection in daily life as we find balance amidst chaos, and the courage to live beyond hope and fear.

If any of the above resonates with you, you are not alone and this retreat is designed to support you. We will have four full days in our mountain valley, with supportive talks, individual meetings with instructors, time in nature, and extensive practice of meditation and yoga for all levels.

Meditation and yoga instruction will be appropriate for all levels

Please note:

Due to our capacity on the land, if you are in the middle of a major mental health crisis we do not advise participating in this program until you are stabilized as we would like for you to receive the most benefit.

Gelong Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center, and spends a portion of each year in retreat.

Melissa Lago

Melissa Lago, MA, MDiv is a mind-body educator, yoga teacher, and former professor. In addition to yoga, she has taught philosophy, religion, interdisciplinary studies, and the Mind Body Wisdom process. Her primary area of research is on how we cultivate resilience. She holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Yale University. To learn more about Melissa, please visit her website at

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2 - 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before
5pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with orientation at 5:30pm in the program space, followed by dinner and an evening session. The Guest Registration house closes at 5pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program officially ends with a final evening session after dinner of May 16th, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to stay for breakfast on May 17th, which is typically served from 7:30-8:30am. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.