Warrior Assembly

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

June 30–July 11, 2020

Tuition $775 + 11 nights
(See registration link below.)

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Shastri Janet Solyntes

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.

Building on Enlightened Society Assembly and the Sacred Path programs, Warrior Assembly is a living teaching in creating enlightened society. Warrior Assembly focuses on how to develop fearlessness in engaging as a warrior in the world.  Here, warriors are introduced to powerful practices and teachings on the Ashe principle, which enable one to transform confusion and hesitation into wisdom and authenticity. Warrior Assembly is a pre-requisite for attending Sacred World Assembly.


Students applying to the Warrior Assembly should have completed the following before the program:


Tuition for this program does not include the required materials fees.  The materials fee for 2018 was $287.90. There is an option to pay this in advance on the registration page.



Please read the following paragraphs as they contain key information.

Attending Warrior Assembly is a two-part process that includes both applying to the program with the Shambhala International Office of Practice and Education, and registering with Shambhala Mountain Center. This year, participants are welcome to apply first and then register, or to register first and then apply.

In order to attend Warrior Assembly, you must submit an online application and be accepted by the Office of Practice and Education, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The application is reviewed by the Office of Practice and Education, in order to ensure that each participant has met the program prerequisites and is adequately prepared to receive the teachings. 


Registering with Shambhala Mountain Center allows you to pay for the program and requested housing (see link below). Importantly, registration with Shambhala Mountain Center alone does not guarantee your attendance at Warrior Assembly.

Please do not make airplane reservations until you have received your full acceptance from the Office of Practice and Education.


To apply for Warrior Assembly via the Office of Practice and Education, please click here.


To register for Warrior Assembly and reserve accommodations with Shambhala Mountain Center, please click here.


If you have already completed Warrior Assembly and are interested in staffing this program, a staff application will be available soon.


Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of the Shambhala and Buddhist path for over 40 years. His main inspiration is to help people open their heart and senses through meditation and bring awareness to everyday life, the natural world, and social change. He also practices and teaches Daoist qigong to loosen up the body for sitting still and moving with ease. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Rhiannon Wells, and travels internationally to teach.

Shastri Janet Solyntjes

Shastri Janet Solyntjes joined the Shambhala community in 1986 and began teaching in 1994. She is a certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and serves as a faculty member for the UMass Center for Mindfulness leading silent retreats for MBSR teachers-in-training.

Janet lives in Longmont, CO with her husband, Jeff Price. They co-founded The Center for Courageous Living which offers a variety of programs, retreats, and trainings throughout the Front Range and internationally.

Program Details

Arrival and registration is between 10am and 5pm on June 19th. Departure will be after breakfast on June 30th.

Registration takes place from 10am – 5pm 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 5:00 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. There will be no program sessions on the departure day, June 30. 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.

Financial aid is available for this program. Please apply through the Shambhala International Application page when you apply for the program.