Warrior Assembly

June 29–July 10, 2020

Tuition $775 + 11 nights
Teachers to be determined.

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.

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

  • Enlightened Society Assembly
  • Sacred Path programs including Golden Key
  • The Basic Goodness Series
  • A weekthun (in addition to the one done before Enlightened Society Assembly)

Participation: 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. Registering with Shambhala Mountain Center allows you to pay for the program and requested housing. 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. The application deadline is May 5, 2020. After this date, the program will be closed to new applicants. Participation in the entire Assembly is required.

Payment: A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration. The full remaining balance is due on May 31, 2020, 30 days prior to your arrival date.

Materials Fee: There will be a materials fee in addition to the tuition that all participants will be required to pay prior to the Assembly. For reference, the materials fee for 2018 was $287.90. This is a required cost.

Cancellation Policy: This cancellation policy is specific to Warrior Assembly and supersedes all other SMC cancellation policies. Upon cancellation of registration for any reason, participants will incur a cancellation fee of 5.5% of what they have paid so far. Cancellations made before June 17, 2020 will be refunded, minus the cancellation fee. Cancellations made on or after June 17, 2020 will not be refunded but will receive program credit. After June 17, 2020, if a registrant finds out from Shambhala International that they were not accepted to the Assembly, they can notify SMC within 7 days to receive a refund, minus the cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the arrival day do not receive a refund or program credit.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for this retreat. You will apply via your Warrior Assembly application via Shambhala International, however Shambhala Mountain Center will make the awards. You can learn more about SMC’s financial assistance here. The default level of award will be 35% of tent double housing (retreatants may pay to upgrade if they wish). Scholarship awards may not be combined with Subsidized Rate or Student/Senior Discount, and scholarship funding does not cover travel.

Shambhala Benefits: Please refer to your acceptance letter to determine which Shambhala Benefits you have been approved for. Please note that the following are current benefits that are subject to change. Shambhala Benefits are typically for full or part-time paid employees of Shambhala (benefits differ). Shambhala Benefits are for Tent Double housing. If you would like to upgrade your housing, you must pay the upgrade fees. If you have further questions about Shambhala Benefits, please send an email to registrar@shambhalamountain.org. If you are eligible for Shambhala Benefits, to register, please click on the “Register Now” button above, for lodging select Tent Double, and use the “Comments” box to type “Shambhala Benefits.” For Payment select “Personal Check” from the dropdown list to bypass payment. This will register you, automatically notify us, and will not charge your card. We’ll edit your finances and contact you for credit card information. Thank you!

Laundry: No laundry service will be provided during this program.

The registration deadline for Warrior Assembly is May 10, 2020. After this date, the price increases by $100.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have registered with Shambhala Mountain Center, but have not submitted an online application to the Office of Practice and Education as of May 5, 2020, we will assume that you have decided not to attend Warrior Assembly, and you will be removed from the Shambhala Mountain Center registration list.

Program Details

Arrival and registration is between 10am and 5pm on June 29th. Departure will be after breakfast on July 10th.

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, July 10th. 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.