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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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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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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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 →
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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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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 2020

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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

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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 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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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

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

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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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How can we skillfully work with trauma and adversity in meditation practice? When should we stick with discomfort, and when should we back off? And are there tools from trauma therapy that allow us to access more →
Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing more →
Chakrasamvara Drupchen is a powerful practice that includes creating the full Sand Mandala and practicing the complete sadhana including the feast offering every day. It is especially helpful for overcoming obstacles for the coming year. The more →

ONLINE • Chakrasamvara Drupchen

Greg Smith

May 1–11, 2021
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This is an invitation to reconnect fully with the wisdom of our bodies. In times of great stress and uncertainty, it is very easy and common to disassociate with our bodies, our breath, and our intuition. more →
This morning program will give instructions on Shamatha, the practice of calm abiding from the Buddhist tradition. The retreat will provide simple easy instruction to help start your day well. It will also provide simple practical more →
This program is being run by the School of Celtic Consciousness and held at Shambhala Mountain Center as a rental program. Join for a time of learning, chant, and spiritual practice rooted in the Celtic vision more →
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 and emotions, more →

ONLINE • Learn to Meditate

Greg Smith

May 21–23, 2021
Please Note: The dates for this program have been changed; it was originally scheduled for April 3-4.  Simply being a human being can be exhausting– especially when we live in a culture that condemns rest. Add to more →
There is beauty in our connectivity— heartfelt truth centered connection. Beyond intellect & emotions, we are wholeness. But sometimes we can feel compartmentalized or isolated. This pandemic has been filled with the unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and the more →
In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is an essential skill. Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty more →
FREE! Friday Night Talk: In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to fully inhabit your body and be present to its inherent knowing is an essential skill. Embodied Listening offers a way to move through more →
Embodied Listening offers a way to move through blockages, challenges and uncertainty by tuning into your most reliable source for guidance — the wisdom of your body. In this time of challenge and upheaval, learning to more →
Take time to cultivate your capacity for attention, emotional balance and compassion in and out of the classroom. Designed to support you in bringing a mindful presence to your personal life and professional work in schools, more →

Mindfulness Retreat for Educators

Rona Wilensky and Sean Guard

June 2–6, 2021
Are you feeling out of tune? Looking for balance? Do you long to practice with others, pause and reflect, connect with your body’s own wisdom? The pairing of meditation with Yoga is lively, intimate and generous. more →

ONLINE • Yoga & Meditation for Balance

Katharine Kaufman

June 4–6, 2021
In this online retreat, meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will draw on teachings from The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions by the great Dzogchen master Longchenpa to provide guidance on six strengths we can develop so more →

ONLINE • Six Strengths for Living in a Challenging World

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

June 4–5, 2021
FREE! Friday night talk: In this online retreat, meditation master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche will draw on teachings from The Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions by the great Dzogchen master Longchenpa to provide guidance on six strengths more →
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 →
Eighteen months of incredible stress and overwhelm (pandemic, racial injustices, political division, climate crises) have taught us that all educators need ways to take better care of themselves if they are going to last in this more →
The spiritual traditions respect the body as the foundation of awareness and connection to self and other. Your body is full of wisdom and is your greatest teacher. Join together with other women in this powerful more →
The spiritual traditions respect the body as the foundation of awareness and connection to self and other. Your body is full of wisdom and is your greatest teacher. Join together with other women in this powerful more →

Befriending Your Body: Meeting Your Body as Your Teacher

Ann Saffi Biasetti

June 11–13, 2021
This first track of Summer Seminar, “Discovering the Path of Liberation” focuses on the Hinayana or foundational teachings, the first phase of the Buddha’s teachings. We will study the life of the Buddha and trace his more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown and Noel McLellan

June 16–30, 2021
The single focus of the Buddha’s teachings was showing living beings the path of liberation from suffering and reconnecting with our natural state of freedom. The profundity and sophistication with which the Buddha expressed this journey more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar I: Discovering the Path of Liberation, and II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Noel McLellan, Holly Gayley and Gelong Loden Nyima

June 16–July 15, 2021
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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 17–20, 2021
All of us have an innate capacity to experience well being, strength, and confidence, even in the face of stress, pain, or illness. In order to enhance that capacity, we introduce the power of mindfulness, the more →

ONLINE • Mindfulness Meditation Retreat: A 5-Day Silent Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Janet Curry

June 19–23, 2021
One million years of healthy human life are lost every year due to traffic-related noise (World Health Organization). How can one quiet a noisy world? You can push the "reset button." Even brief periods of silence more →
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.
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.
The second Summer Seminar track, entitled “Living Wisdom and Compassion,” focuses on the Mahayana teachings, oriented toward awakening for the benefit of all beings. Select topics are chosen each year, and practitioners are encouraged to return more →

ONLINE • Summer Seminar II: Living Wisdom and Compassion

Holly Gayley and Gelong Loden Nyima

July 1–15, 2021
The purpose of this retreat is to strengthen the recognition and direct experience of the guru's vajrayana transmission. The practice framework will be based on a pith teaching called "Realization of the Ground," which Yeshe Tsögyal more →
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 →
Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing more →
Important note: Tiger Cubs (0-2) will be unavailable this year due to COVID protocols and space limitations but will resume in future family camps.

Family Camp – SAVE THE DATE

Kelly Lindsey, Rachel Steele and Steve Sachs

July 14–21, 2021
Learn the secrets of true agelessness from food and forgiveness mentor Marcella Friel and holistic nutritionist Mary Sheila Gonnella and discover your body’s miraculous capacity for regeneration at any chronological age. In this online weekend retreat, more →

ONLINE • Becoming Ageless as We Age

Marcella Friel and Mary Sheila Gonnella

July 16–18, 2021
Mahasangha Gathering, July 22-25 Join us for a gathering on the land at Shambhala Mountain Center to practice, to dialogue, to vision, and to celebrate SMC's 50th anniversary. The program will be modular with opportunities to more →
Like all other branches of science, the science of mind must be primarily based on the rigorous observation of natural phenomena. Much as astronomers rely on the telescope, so do contemplatives rely on the power of more →
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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
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 →
  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
"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
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 Gelong Loden Nyima

October 3–24, 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
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
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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 →