Shamatha Project

February 27–June 3, 2007

Tuition $ + 96 nights


The primary list of participants has been established. If you are interested in serving as a project alternate, then join our waitlist by emailing us at to receive an application. In addition, a second retreat led by Dr. Wallace will be offered from September 4 to December 9. Applications for participation in the second retreat are now being accepted.

Help us explore the human potential for genuine happiness and well-being by joining one of the most extensive studies on the long-term benefits of meditation practice. We invite you to participate in this extensive group meditation retreat hosted by Shambhala Mountain.

Over a three-month retreat, Dr. B. Alan Wallace will guide study participants in various forms of shamatha (“calm abiding”) practice drawn from the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Instruction will also be offered on the cultivation of the Four Immeasurables (lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity), which will be practiced between shamatha sessions.

Participants will devote themselves to meditating for eight to ten hours daily and will collaborate with a team of neuroscientists and psychologists led by neuroscientist Clifford Saron, PhD, shortly before, during and after this training period. Sixty-four individuals with varying degrees of prior meditation retreat experience will be selected to participate in these two retreats. To ensure the integrity of the research, participants will be randomly selected for one of these two retreats.

The base cost for participants is $5,820. This includes all meals and housing at Shambhala Mountain Center. Only those who have applied and accepted by the University of California can register for housing for this program.

Below please find the payment schedule for this retreat. Note that these payments are nonrefundable except for medical emergencies. Because unique nature of this program, the payment and refund policy supersedes our typical procedures.

Initial deposit: $500 due October 14, 2006 (reflected in the registration box below)
Second payment: $1,500 due November 15, 2006
Third payment: $2,000 due January 4, 2007
Final payment: $1,820 due February 3, 2007

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.