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! Payment must be received upon registration. If you or your guest cannot pay upon registration, you must email HR to arrange payment. “Best available” typically applies to more →

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Visitor

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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. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Anytime Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection and more →

Getaway 2018

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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

Open Dates
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 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

Open Dates
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

Open Dates
  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

Open Dates
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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Join us for one or more weeks of deep meditation practice. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. As part of the month-long Dathun program, there more →

Summer Weekthuns: Week-long Meditation Retreats

Shastri Calryn Aston

June 8–July 8, 2018
This program has been rescheduled for Oct 26-29. (Click here for details and to register) Practice meditation to recover a sense of balance, cultivate fearlessness, sharpen your mind, and soften your heart. This 4-day retreat is more →
Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In more →

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi

June 30–July 7, 2018
Sometimes we welcome change in our lives; other times it comes unexpectedly. It may feel like our life adventure has brought us to the banks of a swollen river and we’re not sure how to proceed more →

Mindful Hiking: Opening to Change

Kay Peterson

June 30–July 3, 2018
  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

Open Dates
Stupa amid clouds
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

July 1, 2018
  Within the Buddhist tradition, taking the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are important moments that mark one’s whole-hearted commitment to the path of Dharma and service to others.  This vow is an opportunity for those who more →

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

Acharya William McKeever

July 1, 2018
  Within the Buddhist tradition, taking the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are important moments that mark one's whole-hearted commitment to the path of Dharma and service to others.  This vow ceremony is an opportunity for those more →

Bodhisattva Vow

July 1, 2018
  Within the Buddhist tradition, taking the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are important moments that mark one's whole-hearted commitment to the path of Dharma and service to others.  This vow ceremony is an opportunity for those more →

Refuge Vow

July 1, 2018
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

3-Day Retreat & Renewal

July 5–8, 2018
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

July 6–8, 2018
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Daniel Hessey

July 6–8, 2018
Slow down, breathe in the mountain air, and have fun with the whole family at this one of a kind Mindful Games retreat. Separately and together, parents and kids will learn fun, brief, original, and effective more →

Mindful Games Family Retreat

Susan Kaiser Greenland and Leslie Gossett

July 8–12, 2018
When we release belief in the ego, we release our suffering as well—an insight which is the essence of liberation. Explore and experience the wisdom of this truth as Michael W. Taft guides you in meditation more →
Our unique sensibilities are sustained by practices that include our whole being. The encouragement in this 4-day retreat is to find your way through the simple and spacious practices of meditation and yoga. You will design more →

Inside (and) Out: Meditation and Yoga for Everyone

Katharine Kaufman

July 12–15, 2018
From July 15 - 26, 2018 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will preside over a gathering of Scorpion Seal Assemblies III, IV, V, and VII. This will create a potent mandala of practice, study, and celebration of the Scorpion more →

Scorpion Seal Assemblies III, IV, V, VII Garchen

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Susan Chapman, Acharya Michael Greenleaf and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. Tuition has increased by $125 to $1,010. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for an more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly III

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. Tuition has increased by $125 to $1,010. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly IV

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Acharya Susan Chapman

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. Tuition has increased by $125 to $1,010. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly V

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 2018
PLEASE READ THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS BEFORE REGISTERING: Registration Deadline: May 20, 2018, 8 weeks prior to start date. Tuition has increased by $125 to $1,010. Housing: If your preferred lodging type is not available please register for an more →

Scorpion Seal Assembly VII

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 15–26, 2018
Come transform through the power of the mandala, a universal template of inner and outer wholeness. Drawing on her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who became a best-selling author and world-renowned Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim more →
  A passing rainstorm doesn’t have to ruin a hike if we remember to bring a raincoat or don’t mind temporarily getting a little wet! The clouds are certain to pass and we may even be more →

Mindful Hiking: Weathering Life’s Storms

Kay Peterson and Jenny Bondurant

July 27–31, 2018
Nurture family connections while rejuvenating your spirit in the beautiful terrain of Shambhala Mountain Center. Family Camp is a creative and contemplative retreat the whole family can enjoy. Take time for yourself in the mornings to practice meditation or yoga while your children more →

Family Camp and Rites of Passage

Steve Sachs, Kelly Lindsey, Nicole Wolf and Rachel Steele

July 28–August 4, 2018
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 4 more →

Women’s Summer Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

August 1–5, 2018
This program is being run by  Mindful Schools and held at Shambhala Mountain Center. For more information, questions, and to register, please visit their website.
    Radical Dharma is an urgent call to dharma communities to wake from the habitual ways they and their members reproduce and sustain exclusion. Radical Dharma advocates a "new dharma" that deconstructs rather than amplifies more →

Living Radical Dharma

Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Lama Rod Owens

August 10–13, 2018
  We all want and need the capacity to love and be loved unconditionally. We also seek the understanding and insight to work confidently with the challenges in our modern busy lives. Rinpoche teaches on how more →

Rediscovering Essence Love

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

August 10–12, 2018
Sometimes unplugging is just what you need to truly connect. During this weekend retreat you’ll put your smartphone and computer aside and tune in to the beautiful forests, streams, and abundant wildlife at Shambhala Mountain Center. more →

Meditation Unplugged

August 10–12, 2018
Come home to yourself. Say YES to a spacious, 5-day retreat designed to nurture your body, heart, and mind. Connect with your heartfelt knowing through embodied practices inspired by sacred wisdom traditions. A nourishing daily schedule will more →

Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Stillness, Silence, and Spaciousness

Kelly Lindsey, Marissa Knox and Brooke Binstock

August 13–17, 2018
Our world seems to be increasingly influenced by speed, materialism, and aggression. Many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless, wondering how we can make a difference. Compassion in Action is an opportunity to reconnect with our more →

Compassion in Action

Sharon Salzberg, Acharya Fleet Maull and Rhonda Magee

August 15–19, 2018
Like the snow melting to reveal vast meadows ripe with the promise of wildflowers, we too can shed the layers of past seasons and old habits to make way for new possibilities in our lives. By more →

Mindful Hiking: Waking up to the Wild

Kay Peterson

August 17–19, 2018
This weekend workshop builds on the meditation practice introduced in The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I and explores how we create a cocoon of our habitual ways of thinking, often obscuring the brilliance of more →

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training II

Acharya Dale Asrael

August 24–26, 2018
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

August 24–26, 2018
Explore music and rhythm as gateways to spiritual consciousness. Learn practical tools and creative practices for using sound in healing, spiritual practice, and community building. Discover the 3 secrets to drumming for healing, reaching back thousands more →
We will offer a special Musical Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at 7pm on Saturday, following dinner.  This ceremony includes a preparation gathering, community drum processional, encircling the Stupa and honoring the 4 directions, and musical more →

Music for Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa

Christine Stevens

August 25, 2018
Join renowned meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche for this special meditation retreat designed to take us through a progression of the true human experience of happiness and a sense of well-being to the total transformation of more →
It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea. So why don’t we think about training our minds? This weekend retreat will give accessible and powerful meditation more →

Learn To Meditate

Greg Smith

August 31–September 2, 2018
Stupa amid clouds
Join us the first Sunday of each month for our popular Open House series. Enjoy a day in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and pick from a variety of free activities, including touring the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, receiving more →

Open House

September 2, 2018
Discover the remarkable world of nocturnal meditation, where a wealth of wisdom awaits you every night. Lucid dreaming and dream yoga have boundless potential for rapid psychological and spiritual growth. During this weekend we’ll explore the more →

Lucid Dream Yoga

Andrew Holecek

September 7–9, 2018
Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, relationships, and more →

Retreat & Renewal

September 7–9, 2018
This experiential workshop will offer user-friendly techniques for dealing with stress and for cultivating our deepest potential for living a full and satisfying life. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a well-recognized approach which has been shown more →
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. This immersive weekend workshop helps us open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation and begin to see our potential as genuine more →

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

Acharya Holly Gayley

September 14–16, 2018
  “People are complex,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®. “We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along.” Even if we did have general more →

Wired for Love: Relationship Workshop

Stan Tatkin and Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin

September 14–16, 2018
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

September 21–23, 2018
By engaging in just one activity at a time, yoga and Buddhist practices teach us how to be fully present. However, our body tells us that it gets strong, clear, and nimble when we alternate our more →

The Resiliency Practices of Yoga and Buddhism

Cyndi Lee

September 21–23, 2018
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer to discover why suffering, anxiety, depression, addiction, and illness are logical cries from your body, soul, and subconscious mind asking you to finally value, accept, forgive, honor, and be more →
Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach to leadership that encourages us to bring the best of who we are into how we lead. Anchored in self-awareness and the courage to genuinely show up for the moments more →

Foundations of Authentic Leadership

Susan Skjei and Michael Gayner

October 5–7, 2018
This registration is for Scholarship recipients only. For general public registration, please see: https://www.shambhalamountain.org/program/fal1018-foundations-authentic-leadership/   Authentic Leadership is a powerful approach to leadership that encourages us to bring the best of who we are into how more →

Foundations of Authentic Leadership Scholarship Registration

Acharya Susan Skjei and Michael Gayner

October 5–7, 2018
  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 practices and yoga sequences to work more →

Fresh Start: Yoga and Meditation for All Beings

De West and Brian Spielmann

October 5–7, 2018
Practice meditation to recover a sense of balance, cultivate fearlessness, sharpen your mind, and soften your heart. This 4-day retreat is a gathering for the Open Heart Project, a 20,000 member online meditation community, AND anyone more →
Co-sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In more →

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 7-Day, Teacher-Led, Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Jim Colosi

November 30–December 7, 2018
This program is being run by  Mindful Schools and held at Shambhala Mountain Center. For more information, questions, and to register, please visit their website.