Inward Journey/Outward Bound®: Colorado Backpacking with Kay Peterson, Chad Bennett & Cynthia Kneen

Kay Peterson and Cynthia Kneen

August 31–September 9, 2007

Tuition $ + 9 nights

Embark on an incomparable adventure both inside and out. Pairing the stillness of meditation practice with the movement of challenging, invigorating outdoor activities, we will stretch ourselves beyond our preconceived limitations and habits. Reach new heights of inner awareness in this journey designed to nourish the body and the spirit.

Outward Bound and Shambhala Mountain have expanded their successful collaboration to offer four unique retreat opportunities in 2007. Beginning each retreat with four days of meditation, yoga and other mindfulness practices, we will access our own inherent strength, confidence, compassion and courage. During this time, we will also learn and practice wilderness travel skills. With greater awareness of the body-mind connection, we will then venture forth on an expedition with Outward Bound further exploring and transcending our edges, individually and collectively.

During this Rocky Mountain adventure we will prepare ourselves at Shambhala Mountain Center and then embark on a backpacking and camping exploration of the pristine Rawah Mountain and Wilderness Area.

Note: For adults ages 23 and above.

Register with Outward Bound online or by phone at (866) 467-7651 (reference course number CBM732). If you have difficulty registering, contact Shambhala Mountain at (888) STUPA-21. Outward Bound cancellation policy supersedes the general Shambhala Mountain Center cancellation policy.

The program cost is $1,495 plus a transportation fee of $100.

Kay Peterson, MA, is a psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience leading transformative outdoor experiences for youth and adults. As a Shambhala meditation and Outward Bound instructor, she designs mindfulness expeditions for individuals and groups in the California Bay Area and throughout the West.

Chad Bennett has worked for Outward Bound as an instructor and course director in Colorado since 2000. He spends his winters in India, managing retreats and practicing in the Insight Meditation tradition.

Cynthia Kneen is a meditation instructor, scholar, and management consultant. She is a cofounder of Naropa University and the author of Awake Mind, Open Heart and the best-selling audiotapes Shambhala Warrior Training. You can visit her web site at

Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a seasoned wilderness guide who has been facilitating nature-inspired programs that integrate meditation, self-reflection, and creative group process since 1996. Kay also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University.

Cynthia Kneen

Cynthia Kneen is a long-time practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala under the guidance of Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and others. A meditation instructor and author of the award-winning book Awake Mind, Open Heart and best-selling CDs Shambhala Warrior Training, she has just completed three years training in Italy in dharmic theater with an emphasis on clown.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.