ONLINE • Family Camp 2020

Nicole Wolf, Rachel Steele and Steve Sachs

August 1–9, 2020

Suggested donation – $108.00

As you know, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our plans to come together in person for our annual Family Camp. We have heard from many of you about how much you have been looking forward to the special family time we have co-created every year in our stunning Rocky Mountain setting.

Instead, please join us for this special 2020 Family Camp—Online.

For nine days we will co-create a network of families supporting each other to find connections and nurture our family practice at home. We will be offering morning family meditation with Acharya Daniel Hessey, Parenting as Path classes with individual meeting opportunities, Dharma art activities to do with the whole family, and possibilities for children and teens to connect with each other in online classes. Many of these programs will also be recorded for you to review at times convenient for your family.

Together we can explore practices and activities that connect us with our hearts and our minds and find the strength in our tenderness.


A Gift to Support You, a Gift to Support SMC

This program is being created by teachers you have come to know and respect in past Family Camps as an offering to support your family in these challenging times. We are choosing a generosity-based payment model during this time of global pandemic, and are asking participants to donate what they can to sustain this beautiful and sacred place for generations to come. Our suggested donation is $108, but no gift is too small (or too large!) to make a difference for SMC.

We are daily being reminded of the uncertainty and impermanence in the world. We all know that we don’t know how or when this crisis will end, but we do know that within our families and our greater community we have the resources we need to meet the challenges.



Nicole Wolf

Nicole Pressly Wolf is 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 discovered the profound affects of nature and the dharma. 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, the family decided to make a more permanent camp in Boulder. She is currently expanding that camp to create a homestead and micro business on their new land. read more… 

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 teaching at Alaya Preschool.

Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 35 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.

Program Details

This online home retreat will be held via Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join will be sent to you via email.