Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey, Nicole Wolf and Rachel Steele

July 30–August 6, 2017

7 nights
Adult Tuition $185, Child Tuition (>3 years) $265, 2nd Child Tuition $225
Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs

Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey

Nicole Wolf

Nicole Wolf

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele

This program is full and the waitlist is at capacity. Please join us next year! You may also be interested in the Spring Break Family retreat coming up next March. Details coming soon.
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 family can enjoy. Take time for yourself in the mornings with meditation, yoga, workshops, or just relaxing in nature while your children participate in enriching group activities.  The afternoons and evenings offer fun family activities like guided hiking, yoga, dharma art, storytelling, talent show, singing and dancing.

Children are in a morning program from 9:15-12:15, grouped by age: Tigers (3-5), Lions (6-7), Garudas (8-10), Rights of Passage Children (9-10), Dragons (11-14).  Activities are varied and experiential and include: craft projects, time outdoors, stories, songs, hikes in the woods, and group games. Children are introduced to sitting meditation and meditative arts as ways to work with their hearts and minds. They are also introduced to the notion of basic goodness as a way to instill confidence, bravery, and compassion— all while having fun and developing friendships!

Stay in comfortable, platform tents among the fresh pine and fragrant summer breezes or enjoy indoor lodging with views of unspoiled wilderness.


Rites of Passage (for children age 9-10, ages 8 and 11 considered)

This special program, led by Kelly Lindsey, marks the transition children begin to make from being solely family-centered to becoming important individual members of their community. Through sitting meditation, kyudo (Zen archery), haiku, nature hikes, calligraphy, and other meditative arts, Rites of Passage gives children powerful tools to help them care for their own mind and emotions. These tools also empower them to relate to their internal and external worlds with confidence and gentleness. At the week’s end, this transformative program is sealed with a powerful ceremony in which the children take a vow of mindfulness and kindness towards themselves and others.



Housing rates are discounted. Adult meals and lodging, as well as the first adult’s tuition, are included in housing cost. Tuition for the 2nd Adult and Child(ren) are added to the total as each individual is added to the registration. Children’s meals are included in their tuition cost.  Click “Register Now” for housing options and pricing.


Adults $185

1st Child (>3 years) $265

2nd Child $225

Rites of Passage (additional fee) $105


Attendance Requirements

All children and at least one adult must attend at least 7 days of the 8 day program.  Additional adults may attend less than the required 7 days. Full attendance helps support the community building of family camp, and allows participants to experience the beginning-middle-end journey of the camp— which is part of its magic! If you need to attend only a portion of the retreat, please call the Front Desk to register (970-881-2184.)



Please see this article about Family Camp on our blog:

Family Camp at Shambhala Mountain



Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 30 years. He taught in Montessori schools for 22 years before co-founding Eastern Sun Academy, a private school in contemplative education. Steve currently is the co-director of Alaya Preschool, and teaches at both Alaya and Naropa University. Steve has been a member of the Shambhala-Buddhist community since 1982.

Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey has been serving children and families in the Shambhala community for fifteen years, leading Shambhala Children’s programs and events, and directing the Rites of Passage program and Family Camp.

Nicole Wolf

Nicole Pressly Wolf is currently a freelance editor in Boulder, after selling her NY publishing company in 2014. As a practicing Buddhist since the early 90s, Nicole is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where she put herself through college by working at the Trident bookstore and cafe. After two decades in New York City, where Nicole coordinated and substitute taught Shambhala NYC’s children’s program while her two boys were in the Tigers and Lions groups, the family decided to make a more permanent camp in Boulder. She is currently a member of Shambhala Boulder’s Family Council and involved in the organization of the October 2017 Growing Brave conference. Nicole is thrilled to return to Shambhala Mountain Center’s Family Camp.

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele holds an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and taught at Alaya Preschool for over 15 years. Supporting opportunities for children and families to connect with the Shambhala teachings is a passion for her and she has been involved in family programing in Shambhala since 2002. She lives in Boulder Co with her husband Brian and daughter Wini and is currently fortunate to be a full time mom.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.