Programs

For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered at Shambhala Mountain Center to partake in over 100 year-round offerings featuring Shambhala teachings, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living and other paths of personal transformation.

Taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, our programs offer something for everyone from the beginner to advanced student. We invite you to browse our many offerings and hope to see you on the land soon!

    Welcome Guests of Shambhala Mountain Center staff! SMC Community members:  Please use this page to register your guests, or send them the link to register themselves.  The staff guest night rate is $15/night to more →

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PLEASE NOTE: Getaways will not be available from June 5-June 22, 2013. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year. Customize your own stay at 25% off our more →

Getaway

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Registration Link for Fall Take-Down Volunteers
Please select any dates between arrival date of September 6th and departure date of September 15th. Thanks for volunteering! Your support and care of the Stupa means a lot to us!  

Stupa Work Week

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This page helps keeps us organized internally, yay! We need up-to-date: Dietary preference/allergies Medical allergies Emergency contact info Personal vehicle make/model/year/color and license plate - please put this info in the "comments or special needs" section more →

Core Staff 2015-16

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Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2015

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IMPORTANT: Review these steps before registering! 1. During registration you'll need to set "Choose Payment Option" to "Pay By Check". Note: This is strictly for bookkeeping purposes, your full payment has been processed through Living Social--so more →
Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2016

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Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2017

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Customize your own 2018 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Please note: Due to construction operations for the wastewater pipeline, Getaway registrations will be closed during the weekdays more →

Getaway 2018

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Customize your own 2019 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Anytime Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection and more →

Getaway 2019

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Customize your own 2020 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Anytime Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal more →

Getaway 2020

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Customize your own 2021 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection more →

Getaway 2021

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Note: Program credit purchased with a Gift Certificate expires after two years of the issue date.

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 Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, with support from the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, warmly invite you to participate in a Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please select any more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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Welcome to Summer Set-Up 2015! Arrival days are every Sunday: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24. Please arrive by 5:00pm. Dinner is served from 6:30 - 7:30, and there will be a brief orientation every more →

Summer Set-Up 2015

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2016! Arrival days are every Sunday: April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, and May 22nd. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be more →

Summer Set Up 2016

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Join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work hard, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your schedule will more →

Fall Take Down 2015

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Register now to join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work outdoors, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends, and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your more →

Fall Take Down 2016

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Thank you for contacting us to reserve your travel assistance for the University of San Diego Center for Mindfulness Retreat that will be held at Shambhala Mountain Center(SMC).  If you would like travel assistance, please confirm more →
 Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly invite you to participate in a Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please select any dates between arrival date of September 2nd and more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

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This registration page is for guests of Naropa University. If you would like to bring someone along and have them share your single room with you, please register them through our "Getaway" program.  When you select the more →

Naropa Guest Nights

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  This registration page is for Beanstalk Foundation Leaders. Through this registration page, you can register yourself for a one night stay at Shambhala Mountain Center. If you'd like to bring a guest, you may register more →
Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from May 26- May 28 These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity more →

Stupa Work Weekend

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2017! Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, more →

Summer Set Up 2017

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2018! Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, more →

Summer Set Up 2018

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2019! Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. Departure days are also Sundays generally. This allows you to participate in weekend programs if you wish more →

Summer Set Up 2019

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Welcome to Fall Take Down 2017! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2017

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Welcome to Fall Take Down 2018! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2018

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Welcome to Fall Take Down 2019! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2019

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Welcome to Fall Take Down 2020! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2020

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  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from September 15 to September 24, 2017. These volunteer work gatherings more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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For all qualified Vajrayogini practitioners! Both first-timers and repeaters are warmly encouraged to attend this powerful program. The retreat will be held in our spacious Red Feather Lodge which was recently renovated specifically for fire puja more →

Amending Fire Puja (Repeater, Partial Attendance)

Lindy King and Marybeth Keigher

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  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity to work in more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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Cost is 94.50 for one night stay, or $189 for the duration. Please select your dates from the calendar on the registration page. Night  of May 3rd only: $94.50 Night of May 4th only: $94.50 Nights more →
  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity to work in more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

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    Complimentary Tent Lodging is provided Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th, and/or Sunday, August 11th. Please select your dates from the calendar after clicking “Register Now”  
READ FIRST: There is a two part registration process for this retreat. First register with Breath of Love at the link below. When that registration is complete you can click the registration link above to select more →

Residency Program

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Note: The Gathering at Shambhala Mountain Center has been rescheduled for June 6th-11th 2021. Shambhala Mountain Center is honored to be hosting the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles in the Summer of 2021. Lodging is more →
Welcome to Summer Tent Set-Up 2020! Dates: April 26- June7 Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. Departure days are also Sundays generally. This allows you to participate in weekend more →

Summer Set Up 2021

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Please note:  This program is now offered as an ONLINE program only. In-person attendance is no longer available.    Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous more →
Please note:  This program is now offered as an ONLINE program only. In-person attendance is no longer available.  Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous observation more →
Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four more →

Women’s Summer Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 4–8, 2021
Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four more →

Women’s Summer Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 4–8, 2021
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a weekend that will offer you a safe environment to address your core fears, transform negative thinking, and find clarity around shaping the life and health you want. The retreat more →
A wildfire still shocks us with its sheer power and voracity, whether we’ve watched its approach from afar, or it unexpectedly ignites nearby. The experience can leave us feeling quite vulnerable in nature’s vast web. Such more →

Weathering Life’s Storms: Mindful Hiking

Kay Peterson

August 6–8, 2021
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Join us for an inspiring 90-minute class to reawaken and deepen your creativity and spiritual connection through writing. The writing session will include dynamic meditations, innovative writing exercises, and fun movement experiences, all designed to open more →

ONLINE • Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 7, 2021
Experiencing hardships in our external and internal lives is an experience we all know well. While we often don’t have control over external hardships, we do over internal ones. How we speak to ourselves in the more →
What is the experience of sitting in beauty — within our own being, within the flow of communication, and within the natural world? Mindfulness invites us into the experience of now and is an essential element more →

Sitting in Beauty: A Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Mary Linda McBride

August 10–15, 2021
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The life story of the Buddha stands out in religious literary history as a powerful example of how one human being transformed his relationship to dukkha (discontentment or suffering) and discovered a way to live with more →

Emotional Resilience: Learning from the Buddha’s Life Story

Lama Elizabeth Monson

August 19–22, 2021
The silence and majesty of the Colorado Rockies provides the ideal backdrop for exploring the Buddhist approach to the end of life. This seven-day program is the second in a series of three retreats designed to more →

Graceful Entry: Preparing for a Good Rebirth

Andrew Holecek

August 22–29, 2021
The silence and majesty of the Colorado Rockies provides the ideal backdrop for exploring the Buddhist approach to the end of life. This seven-day program is the second in a series of three retreats designed to more →

ONLINE • Graceful Entry: Preparing for a Good Rebirth

Andrew Holecek

August 22–29, 2021
Welcome to Shambhala Mountain Center! This program is being run by the Oscar Miro Quesada Organization and held at Shambhala Mountain Center as a rental program. Participants must first register for the program with the Oscar more →
Welcome to Shambhala Mountain Center! This program is being run by the Oscar Miro Quesada Organization and held at Shambhala Mountain Center as a rental program. Participants must first register for the program with the Oscar more →
The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) is a highly experiential program that will teach you how to care for yourself with understanding and support when you need it most — when you fail, feel inadequate, more →

ONLINE • The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion

Megan Prager

August 26–September 30, 2021
Participants will explore the question: “What is awakening?” Awakening is the inspiration for many on the spiritual journey, but we may be unclear about what it is, how it happens, and what we can commonly encounter. more →

What is Awakening?

Tina Rasmussen

September 2–7, 2021
Participants will explore the question: “What is awakening?” Awakening is the inspiration for many on the spiritual journey, but we may be unclear about what it is, how it happens, and what we can commonly encounter. more →

What is Awakening?

Tina Rasmussen

September 2–7, 2021
In today's speedy world, we are all in need of kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence more →
Distance running or walking is often the exercise of choice for reducing stress, bringing us greater perspective, and connecting us directly to the wisdom of the body.The practices of meditation and yoga offer similar benefits, helping more →

Running with the Mind of Meditation and Yoga

Marty Kibiloski, Michael Sandrock and Lara Johnson

September 3–6, 2021
  Cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. In this retreat, we learn how to navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous, and heartbreaking terrain. Our extraordinary team of experts will share their wisdom in integrative medicine, Tibetan more →

Courageous Women Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer

Jemi Steele, Ann Braden and Chasse Bailey-Dorton

September 7–12, 2021
The decision to live a life of gratitude takes an initial leap of faith and a commitment to daily practice. Now, you can discover the science of gratitude that supports what people have intuitively understood. Congratulations more →

The Science of Gratitude

Matt O’Grady

September 10–12, 2021
This virtual retreat brings together ancient wisdom practices and modern-day knowledge to create a healing environment that supports and empowers women who have been touched by cancer. Whether you have had a recent diagnosis or you more →

Courageous Women Fearless Living: Healing, Connection and Laughter – 2021 Virtual Retreat

Judy Lief, Linda Sparrowe, Chasse Bailey-Dorton, Jemi Steele, Ann Braden and Natalie Pascale Boisseau

September 10–11, 2021
Stupa at night with lights
In this contemplative astronomy workshop, experience your personal connection with the universe. Throughout history, human beings have looked to the skies to follow the rhythm of the seasons and to ponder life’s mysteries. We can learn more →

ONLINE • Big Sky, Big Mind: A Contemplative Astronomy Workshop

Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup

September 10–12, 2021
"Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing workshops." — Cheryl Strayed, International Bestselling author of WILD "This week has been transformational—kind, sweet, and truly satisfying." — B. T. more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

September 15–19, 2021
Come home to yourself. Say YES to a spacious retreat designed to nurture your body, heart, and mind. Connect with your heartfelt knowing through embodied practices inspired by sacred wisdom traditions. Our practice will be centered more →

Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Grace and Possibility

Brooke Binstock, Marissa Knox and Kelly Lindsey

September 21–26, 2021
Online home retreat self-care
Embrace a slower pace and notice how it offers a deeper connection to mind, body, and spirit. Join Cole Schlam and Heather Lindemann for a contemplative weekend yoga retreat where we will connect with maitri (loving-kindness) and embrace the art of “doing less.” more →

Slowing Down: A Yoga, Self-Care, and Loving-Kindness Retreat

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

September 24–26, 2021
Online home retreat self-care
Embrace a slower pace and notice how it offers a deeper connection to mind, body, and spirit. Join Cole Schlam and Heather Lindemann for a contemplative weekend yoga retreat where we will connect with maitri (loving-kindness) and embrace the art of “doing less.” more →

Slowing Down: A Yoga, Self-Care, and Loving-Kindness Retreat

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

September 24–26, 2021
Green Tara is the ultimate manifestation of sacred female enlightenment and activity. Her enlightened activity teaches us how to embrace and embody compassion in action. In this retreat, you will learn the short Green Tara practice more →

ONLINE • Green Tara: Enlightened Feminine Wisdom in Action

Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

September 24–26, 2021
When eye, heart and world are in the same place, at the same time, your experience is direct and your art expressions are spontaneous and vivid. This program engages the contemplative arts of Nalanda Miksang photography more →
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program of practical, scientifically-supported teachings to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat offers tools for engaging the more →

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Janet Solyntjes

October 1–3, 2021
Working with your mind is one of the most beneficial skills you can learn, yet most of us don’t even know where to start. Through the practice of meditation, it is possible to balance your thoughts more →

Learn to Meditate

Patricia Kelly

October 1–3, 2021
For employees of Larimer County, this program is eligible for the Lifestyle Education Benefit Program. Please see details below. This four-week online course is designed to introduce mindfulness meditation and mindful movement, and methods for how more →

ONLINE • Mindfulness Meditation and Movement for Wellness

Melissa Lago and Loden Nyima

October 3–24, 2021
Co-sponsored with the Leading with Genuine Care Retreat The Leading with Genuine Care Leadership Retreat (formerly the donothing Leadership Retreat) offers business leaders, entrepreneurs, and those seeking a more mindful life with the most rewarding challenge they may ever take — a leadership-focused mindfulness and meditation more →
If it's time for a fresh start, yoga and meditation provide an ideal practice combo to bring us back to beginner's mind – a sense of relaxation, effortlessness, and unconditional cheerfulness. We will alternate between meditation more →

Fresh Start: Yoga and Meditation for Effortless Relaxation

De West and Brian Spielmann

October 8–10, 2021
This weekend invites you to open into the Prajñāpāramitā (perfection of wisdom) teachings that draw from a collection of Mahayana Buddhist texts pointing to non-conceptual ways of actualizing the nature of reality, as well as the more →

The Great Mother of Non-Duality: Perfecting Transcendent Wisdom

Dr. Amelia Hall and Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

October 8–10, 2021
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for five days of deep healing and life changing self-care. Discover why suffering such as anxiety, depression, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, and subconscious more →
Rediscover your sense of natural wakefulness in this restorative meditation retreat. Set in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, you will deepen your connection to your practice and open your heart, while connecting with the serenity more →

Natural Wakefulness: A Fall Meditation Retreat

Gaylon Ferguson

October 17–23, 2021
Harville Hendrix Helen LaKelly Hunt
Getting the Love You Want is a virtual weekend workshop that provides an in-depth Imago experience for couples in all stages of relationship. You and your partner will gain greater insight into your relationship dynamics and more →

ONLINE • Getting the Love You Want

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D

October 22–24, 2021
How do we stay inspired, centered, and rooted in our innate wisdom—especially during times of challenge? In this three-day women’s retreat, you’ll replenish your body, heart, and mind through spaciousness, quiet, yogic and dharmic teachings and more →
.... The right use of power comes from knowing how to conduct ourselves ethically in any situation. Too often we fail to recognize or exercise our power skillfully. Both under using and over using power can more →

Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics

Dr. Cedar Barstow

October 29–31, 2021
The Karuna Training Basic Cycle is a comprehensive training that occurs in ten courses over two years; six online weekends, four extended retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center, and ongoing groups in between programs. 332 hours of more →

Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology — Enrolling now!

Melissa Moore, Sandra Ladley and Terry Jaworski

October 29–November 1, 2021
You’ve experienced joy and health, pain and loss. You’ve tested your physical limits, and have recovered from surgeries. You’ve traveled, shared insights, and cared for others. Now it’s time to attend to your body as it more →

Wisdom of the Body: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

November 4–7, 2021
Aprende a meditar: Programa en español. Aprender a meditar en tu lengua materna es un regalo especial. Ejercitar tu mente de esta forma puede aportarnos grandes beneficios, sin embargo muchos no sabemos por dónde empezar. A more →

Aprende a meditar en español

Bruno Límenes

November 5–7, 2021
Please note: The dates for this program have changed. (Previously posted as May 28- 31) In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is more →
NOV 12-14 In today's speedy world, we are all in need of kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into their practice. This weekend is spent more →
Lodging prices for this retreat have been reduced by between 8% and 15%, depending on lodge room type, to make it easier for long-time practitioners to practice at SMC. This Chakrasamvara Intensive is geared toward the more →

Chakrasamvara Intensive

Greg Smith

November 12–20, 2021
Join us for a fun and festive feast!  Allow us to care and cook for you this Thanksgiving.  Enjoy a beautiful drive up the mountain and settle in for a delightful repast with friends, family and more →

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25, 2021
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a weekend that will offer you a safe environment to address your core fears, transform negative thinking, and find clarity around shaping the life and health you want. The more →
This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: more →

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Megan Prager and David Spound

May 15–20, 2022

Test Program

Acharya Allyn Lyon

June 1–2, 2022
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Become a brush and, step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. Experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of more →

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi

June 2–5, 2022
This workshop presented by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of thinking and acting strategically. Everyone can be a strategist. It only takes inspiration and more →