Stupa at Sunrise

Warrior Assembly

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Shastri Janet Solyntjes

July 26–August 6, 2013

Tuition $789 + 11 nights
Gylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson

Warrior Assembly, which follows Enlightened Society Assembly, provides participants with the weapons of the warrior, the tools to actualize the experience of basic goodness and create enlightened society.  The primary tools are Windhorse, the Ashe, and the terma texts themselves.  Warrior Assembly is a pre-requisite for attending Sacred World Assembly (Vajrayana Seminary).

Tuition for this program includes fees for all materials.

Tutition: $789 plus 11 nights lodging


Janet Solyntjes

Janet Solyntjes

Application Process:

In order to attend Warrior Assembly you must apply and be accepted into the program. NEW THIS YEAR: Application and acceptance through Shambhala International is required before registration with Shambhala Mountain Center. Once you have received your acceptance letter, please register with SMC. Please click here to apply through Shambhala International. 

If you applied and were accepted to the Warrior Assembly in 2012 that was cancelled due to the High Park Fire, you must notify Maggie Colby via email of your desire to transfer your application to the 2013 SMC Warrior Assembly before registering with SMC.

If you have already completed  Warrior Assembly and wish to staff this program, please fill in a staff application by clicking here.


Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is Core Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria. He is the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening  (2016), Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He has led group retreats in mindfulness-awareness meditation for 40 years. He is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala lineage of compassionate bravery as taught by Tibetan Buddhist social visionaries Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. His essay “Buddhism and The Politics of Race” appeared in the collection Mindful Politics. His article “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in the series The Best Buddhist Writing.

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.  In addition, she supports the training of secular mindfulness teachers through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.

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

Date and Time Details: Arrival and registration is between 10am and 5pm on July 26th. Departure will be after breakfast on August 6th.

Financial aid is available for this program.