Intimacy and Awakening: an Insight Meditation Retreat

David Chernikoff

July 29–August 2, 2020

4 nights

Note: This program has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC’s response to the pandemic here.

“Enlightenment is intimacy with all things,” said Dōgen Zenji, a respected teacher in the Zen Buddhist tradition. In this retreat, we’ll explore the meaning and implications of Dōgen’s words, both in terms of our close relationships and in our lives in general. We’ll spend much of our time together practicing sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will be dharma talks on the retreat theme, meditation instructions, and small group interviews with the teacher. In addition, we’ll do some interactive exercises and guided meditations that are designed to deepen our understanding of the powerful role of intimacy in the process of spiritual awakening.

Please Note:

  • Your payment to Shambhala Mountain Center pays for your lodging and meals only. It does not include compensation for the teacher or the assistant teacher. The teacher and the assistant teacher will be paid in accordance with the traditional Buddhist practice of dāna, a Pali term meaning “generosity freely given”. At the end of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer a financial contribution as an expression of appreciation for the teachings and to support the teachers. In that every participant’s situation is unique, there is no suggested amount and offerings of any size will be gratefully accepted.
  • There is a significant lodging price reduction for this program. As such, additional discounts such as senior or student are not available for this program.
  • This program takes place on our Red Feather Campus. Those interested in staying near the majority of retreat activities may wish to book a tent or Red Feather Cabin.
  • Attending from the beginning of this retreat through the end is expected. Partial attendance is not allowed without prior authorization from the teacher.

To get to know David and his style of teaching, visit his website with free dharma talks here.

David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers with whom he studied during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David taught psychology and meditation for many years at Naropa University. He currently serves as one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and teaches retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. Learn more 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 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. 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.