Teachers at Shambhala Mountain

Upcoming Programs: Retreat & Renewal, Winter Half Dathün, Winter Weekthün II, Retreat & Renewal, Retreat & Renewal, Extended Retreat & Renewal, Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology,

Jon Aaron

Jon Aaron is a leading MBSR teacher, teacher trainer and mentor and dharma teacher in New York where he teaches at New York Insight and other centers.  He is a co-founder of the MBSR Teacher Collaborative more →

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala, an international Vajrayana Buddhist community based in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. She is the author of Women of more →

Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson is an artist, a meditator and an educator—her triumvirate of enjoyment, inquiry, and revelation. She was an adjunct professor at Naropa University for many years and now teaches privately, mainly in Boulder, Colorado.

Judith Ansara

Judith Ansara, MSW, has been a pioneering teacher of applied human consciousness for 30 years. Synthesizing her immersion in Buddhism and other wisdom traditions with her experience as a psychotherapist and leadership trainer, she teaches internationally more →

Susan Aposhyan

Susan Aposhyan, MA, LPC, maintains a private practice and trains professionals internationally in her work, Body-Mind Psychotherapy.  She developed and directed one of the first graduate degree programs in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University and was more →

Jane Arthur

Jane’s involvement with Shambhala began in 1997.  She lived at Karmê Chöling from 1997-2000 where she held several positions including Program Sphere Manager. At the request of the Sakyong, she became the Executive Director of the more →

Shastri Calryn Aston

Calryn Aston has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. She has been teaching at Shambhala Centers across the United States since 2003. She has been active in training Shambhala Guides since 2007 and more →

Peter Aucott

Peter Aucott has taught Shambhala Training extensively since 1987, at several Shambhala Centers in North America, and has studied and practiced since 1977. He has worked as an administrator at various Shambhala centers, universities, and an more →

Zoe Avstreih

Zoe Avstreih, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University and founder/director of the Center for the Study of Authentic Movement, spent many years studying dreamwork with Dr. Gerald Epstein and more →

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca is an award-winning American poet and writer of Chicano descent. While serving a five-year sentence in a maximum security prison, he learned to read and began to turn his life around, eventually emerging as more →

Chasse Bailey-Dorton

Chasse Bailey-Dorton, MD, MSPH completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has also completed training at the Benson-Henry Mind-Body Institute and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She is currently Chief of Integrative more →

Michael Baime

Michael Baime, MD, is director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught mindfulness and meditation since 1981, and practiced meditation since age eight. Trained as a primary care physician, his more →

James Baraz

James Baraz has been teaching since 1978 and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He leads retreats, workshops and classes around the U.S. and abroad. He also has led an online Awakening Joy course since 2003. He is the co-author of Awakening more →

Jon Barbieri

Jonathan Barbieri is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Lineage who has taught Buddhist and Shambhala trainings extensively throughout North America for over 30 years. Jon has been engaged in several livelihood pursuits including consulting with more →

Dr. Cedar Barstow

Dr. Cedar Barstow is passionate about saying yes to power and using it wisely and well.  She is the author, founder, and director of Right Use of Power Institute, a consultant and teacher in practical and more →

Lori Batcheller

Lori Batcheller, MA, MPT, CYT-500, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, author and journal-writing instructor. She began practicing yoga in 1998 and spent four years working and studying with world-renowned teachers at Kripalu Center for Yoga more →

Blake D. Bauer

Blake D. Bauer is the author of the international bestselling book You Were Not Born To Suffer. He has helped thousands of people around the world who could not find lasting solutions from conventional medicine, psychiatry, more →

Upcoming Programs: Beyond Suffering Level 2: Unconditional Self Love, Mindfulness, Meditation & Qi Gong Retreat,

Michelle Becker

Michelle Becker, M.A., LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA utilizing mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. She is a teacher trainer for more →

Jade Begay

Jade Begay is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, digital and communications strategist, and Indigenous rights and climate justice activist. Jade has partnered with organizations like Resource Media, 350.org, The Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Climate Action, Women’s Earth more →

Sam Bercholz

Sam Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and has been teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy for over forty years. He holds the lineages of both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche more →

Tessa Bielecki

Tessa Bielecki co-founded the Spiritual Life Institute and live there as monk and Mother Abbess for almost 40 years. In 2005, she co-founded The Desert Foundation with Fr. Dave Denny, an informal circle of friends who explore the wisdom of more →

Brooke Binstock

Brooke Binstock believes in starting where her clients and students are by incorporating gentleness and compassion in everything she does. In 2016, Brooke started Open Circle Healing, an all encompassing wellness initiative where self-care and self-acceptance more →

Walker Blaine

Walker Blaine is Master of Liturgies to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Walker has studied and practiced the dharma in Shambhala since 1984. In addition to being a student of the Sakyong, he has studied intensively with Khenpo more →

Natalie Pascale Boisseau

Natalie Pascale Boisseau is a writer, meditation teacher, and healer practicing acupuncture in the north of Seattle. She is currently writing a memoir on the suicide of her mother and the strangeness of healing. In addition more →

Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin

Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD has served as the director of various philanthropic family foundations over three decades. In addition to her leadership roles, she has been involved at the ground level of humanitarian efforts worldwide. Tracey is more →

Jenny Bondurant

Jenny Bondurant leads workshops and retreats for beginning and experienced meditators.  She has been teaching meditation and working with the energy of emotions for thirty years and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University where she leads more →

Leslie Booker

Booker brings her heart, wisdom, and compassion to the intersection of social justice, yoga, and mindfulness. She offers lectures, workshops, and retreats across the country for front line Changemakers, and those in direct service. She has more →

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a medical scientist, psychologist, spiritual guide and one of the pioneering voices in the global mind/body/spirit movement. Author of fourteen books and numerous audio programs and guided meditation CD’s, she is also more →

Shastri Pamela Bothwell

Shastri Pamela Bothwell first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center, Head of Practice and more →

Karen Bowles

Karen Bowles, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania and a primary care physician. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and has taught in the Penn Program for Mindfulness since 2004.

Kelly Boys

Kelly Boys is a mindfulness trainer and author of The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You. She has created mindfulness programs for UN humanitarian and development workers, veterans with more →

Ann Braden

Ann Braden, CYT, E-RYT500, holds certifications in yoga therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Yoga of the Heart and the yoga4cancer program. Her light-hearted teaching style combines breath, movement and an invitation to root down, rise up and more →

Wendy Bramlett

Wendy Bramlett is the founder of Studio Be Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. A yoga teacher since 1981, her style reflects a deep understanding of the body, and emphasizes the dynamic interplay of focused action and receptive more →

Marlow Brooks

Marlow Brooks is an established artist, meditation teacher, and healer trained in Five Element Acupuncture and Plant Spirit Healing. She teaches calligraphy, meditation and the Psychology of 5 Elements at Naropa University. Marlow has written three more →

Shanon Brown

Shanon Brown - As a counselor, adjunct faculty member at Naropa University, and yoga instructor Shanon Brown brings a unique blend of meditation and body-mind yogic practice as a way of enhancing overall well-being.
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Sara Buck

Sara has been a student and instructor of yoga asana for eleven years. She has taught students from the ages of three to ninety. Her inspiration is to assist in the process of helping as many more →

Ty Burhoe

Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990. Known for his accompaniment and uplifting presence in both classical and fusion settings, he has created collaborations that weave tabla with other world traditions. He has been featured on many soundtracks for film and DVD, including the academy more →

LLoyd Burton

Lloyd Burton, PhD, is a former Navy Hospital Corpsman who served in Vietnam. A co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, he has practiced and taught Buddhism for over 30 years.

Reed Bye

Reed Bye is Professor Emeritus at Naropa University, where he taught writing and poetics for many years. He has been practicing the sadhana of Vajrayogini since the 1980s, and, with Lynele Jones, led a Four Karmas fire offering more →

Myokei Caine-Barrett

Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin is the Bishop of the Nichiren Shu Order of North America and resident priest of Myoken-ji Temple in Houston, TX. She is engaged in racial healing and managing conflict since the early 1990s. more →

Jane Carpenter

Jane Carpenter began the study of Tibetan Buddhism and Maitri Space Awareness with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. She has taught the practice as an Associate Professor at Naropa University and internationally for over 25 years. more →

Michael Carroll

Michael is the author of Awake at Work (2004) and Mindful Leadership Training (2016), has held executive positions with Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company, and has taught widely on workplace mindfulness including Harvard, more →
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Peeking through the window, Your Neighbor's Cat reminds you of what's outside, but also, what is inside. His sharp eyes pierce right through your confusions.

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a meditation master in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He studied for nine years at Larung Gar in Serta, eastern Tibet, with his teacher, Jigmed Phuntsok Rinpoche, who is widely more →

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. Widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences, Pema studied under the meditation master more →

Roland Cohen

Roland Cohen is a senior teacher in Shambhala. He has served as Resident Senior Teacher for the Shambhala Centers in New Zealand and as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Boulder Colorado. Mr. Cohen has been more →

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen, PhD, has been in private practice in Boulder for over 25 years, and has led over 100 “Getting the Love You Want” Couples Workshops. Former Co-Dean of the Faculty of Imago Relationships International, and more →

Cole Schlam

Cole walks side-by-side all of us on this crazy, heart-filled journey and shares the tools she has learned along the way.  An E-RYT 500, Cole studies and teaches many forms of yoga including flow, yin, and slow more →

Jim Colosi

Jim Colosi is a Certified Teacher in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and has taught meditation for over 30 years in the Shambhala tradition. He was the Director of the Prison Meditation Program, North Central Correctional Institution, more →

Shannon Connell

Shannon Connell is a certified Power, Hot and Jivamukti yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor who supports her students through a passion for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Seane Corn

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. She trains leaders of activism through her cofounded organization, Off the Mat, Into the World®.  A strong and more →

Jonathan Crowder

Jonathan M. Crowder, JD, is the founder of Peak Rhythms. A multi-instrumentalist, he facilitates programs and keynotes for spiritual growth and group development. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota and Fidelity Investments, more →

River Cummings

River Cummings has been a dedicated student and teacher in the yoga tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar and T. Krishnamacharya since 1990. She holds Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute, and offers more →
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Janet Curry

Janet Curry, MA, MSt, is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and Certified MBSR Teacher Trainer by  the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the Mindfulness Center more →

Tom Daly

Tom Daly, PhD, is co-founder of Men’s Leadership Alliance and Inner King Training, founder of 4 Gateways Coaching, and creator of the Radical Self-Care for Men blog. He is a teacher, mentor, executive coach, and a more →

Kara Dansky

Kara Dansky is a lawyer and meditation instructor. Before founding One Thousand Arms, she was Special Advisor at the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice in New York, Senior Counsel at the ACLU, and Executive Director of the more →

Ronald Davis

Ronald Davis, DC. LAc. Dipl Acu (NCCAOM) has dedicated thirty years to helping people discover their optimal state of well being based on physical integrity, mental clarity and nutritional support. As a chiropractor, he understands the more →

Kalsang Dawa

Kalsang Dawa grew up in Lhasa where he has painted traditional Tibetan art since the age of 14. He later moved to Dharamsala where he studied a rigorous thangka painting program under Master Artist, Venerable Sengye more →
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Albert Flynn DeSilver

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. His latest book is Writing as a Path to Awakening (based on his popular workshops by the same name) published by Sounds True. Albert served as more →

Yogi Amrit Desai

Yogi Amrit Desai is an internationally renowned yoga master and one of the earliest pioneers of yoga int he United States. For more than 40 years, he has offered authentic teachings of yoga and Vedic culture more →

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Sofia Diaz

Sofia Diaz offers a unique approach to Hatha Yoga, sacred movement and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her style of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian temple arts. She lectures at Naropa University and teaches more →

Joe Dispenza, DC

Joe Dispenza, DC, is a doctor of chiropractic with a background in biochemistry and postgraduate training in neuroscience, functional brain imaging and neuroplasticity. Featured in the movie What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, he is the bestselling more →

Margaret Drescher

Margaret Drescher lives and works with her husband Jim, at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Shambhala Principle is expressed there through “The Windhorse Way of caring for the land, hosting the community, and training leaders in meditative/contemplative/conversational more →

Julie DuBose

Julie began her study of Miksang with Michael Wood in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1998. She has been traveling and teaching with Michael since 2000 and is a teacher of all Miksang levels. She founded the more →

Ravi Dykema

Ravi Dykema, Yogiraj, was an adjunct professor of Yoga at Naropa University for 16 years and is author of a college textbook, Yoga for Fitness and Wellness. He was given the title Yogiraj by his guru more →

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Sherry Ellms

Sherry Ellms is Associate Professor in the Resilient Leadership and Ecopsychology Programs at Naropa University. She has trained with Joanna Macy and is the Faculty Director of the Joanna Macy Center at Naropa and a facilitator more →

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MsEd, is an interculturalist, educator and counselor who is committed to sharing transformational and mindfulness-based practices.  She is co-director of the Center for Council Training (CTCC) and has co-facilitated trainings with John McCluskey since 2002. Vivian has more →

Jaimie Epstein

Jaimie Epstein is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who infuses her love of Sanskrit and the dharma into her teaching of Jivamukti, a devotional practice designed to raise consciousness.

Maria Espinosa

Maria Espinosa is a novelist, poet, translator and teacher. Her publications include four novels and two collections of poems. Her novel Longing won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and her novel Dying more →

Michele Faris

Michele Faris, PsyD, licensed psychologist, and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, is a senior staff member at the Colorado State University Counseling Center and has a practice in Fort Collins. Dr. Faris has been in practice for more →

Kate and Joel Feldman

Kate Feldman, MSW, LCSW and Joel Feldman, CPCC, have been co-couple's therapists since 1985. Founding members of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, they have trained in Imago Relationship, Gestalt and Internal Family Systems therapies. Kate more →

Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD,  has led mindfulness-awareness retreats for 45 years. He was Core Faculty in Religious Studies at Naropa University. The author of Natural Wakefulness (2009) and Natural Bravery (2016), he contributed the foreword to Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism more →

Lyn Fine

Lyn Fine was born in 1944 and raised in New York City in a Jewish family of German, Russian, and Latvian roots. She received Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of more →

Tirzah Firestone

Tirzah Firestone is a rabbi, Jungian therapist, and author of The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women's Wisdom, (hailed as the non-fiction companion to The Red Tent); With Roots in Heaven, and The Woman's Kabbalah: Ecstatic Practices for more →

Linda Fitch

Linda Fitch is the executive director of The Four Winds Society and Dean of the Light Body School. A passionate teacher, she works at the level of the soul, looking at the larger mythic patterns that shape more →

Maya Fliegel

Maya Fliegel has studied Martial Arts for several years. She holds a blue belt in Jiujitsu, trains kickboxing, and teaches self-defense with 4 Rings Tactical. She has over 10 years experience working in the field of more →

Sue Frederick

Sue Frederick is the author of Your Divine Lens, Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side, I See Your Soul Mate, and I See Your Dream Job (St.Martin's Press). An intuitive since childhood, more →

Wendy Friedman

Wendy Friedman was raised in a Shambhala family and has worked with major cultural events such as the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo’s wedding and the Sakyong Wangmo Empowerment.  She was made Director of the new Shambhala more →

Marcella Friel

Marcella Friel is a mindful eating mentor who helps health-conscious women love and forgive themselves, their food, and their figure. She is the founder of the Women, Food & Forgiveness Academy, an online program to help women more →

Timothy Gallati

Timothy Gallati received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School where he studied experiences of silence in nature and contemplative practice. His fieldwork includes extended backpacking trips into One Square Inch of Silence in Olympic more →

Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet with special attention to gender and ethics. She is author of Love Letters more →

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Michael Gayner

Dr. Michael Gayner has lived at Shambhala Mountain Center since 2010, serving as the Executive Director since 2012. In his previous incarnations, Michael owned a benefits management company, taught and studied in Japan for four years, more →

Jason Geoffrion

Jason Geoffrion, MA, serves as Executive Director of Men's Leadership Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and supporting soulful living for men of all ages. He is a life-stage transition specialist, educator, mentor, and PhD candidate more →

Sashi Gerzon-Rose

Sashi Gerzon-Rose is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher in Boulder, Colorado, and serves as adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University. For the past 8 years, she has studied closely with Diane more →

Jozen Tamori Gibson

Jozen Tamori Gibson began formal Zen practice in 2004 in Japan and Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen is a senior student at the Brooklyn Zen Center where he also serves as co-facilitator of the People of more →

Julie Goldstein

Julie Goldstein holds MA degrees from Naropa University and the University of Colorado, as well as a Coaching Certification from the University of Santa Monica School of Spiritual Psychology. She has worked in the roles of more →

Mary Sheila Gonnella

Mary Sheila Gonnella is a board-certified nutrition consultant and an Ayurveda practitioner who helps her clients balance blood sugar as the key to regulating mood swings, stabilizing body weight, healing autoimmune struggles, and preventing or reversing more →

Vidan Gonthier

Vidan Gonthier PhD, LMFT is a Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor and teaches meditation and counseling at the Graduate School for Counseling and Psychology. From his retreat experiences over many years in a variety of traditions,he has more →

Dhi Good

Dhi Good is a senior teacher in Shambhala, who studied Zen intensively for 10 years. In addition to Shambhala path programs, she teaches mindfulness at work for non-meditators. She earned a masters in Future Studies from more →

Upcoming Programs: Leap into 2022: Create Your Intention,

Leslie Gossett

Leslie Gossett is the Chair of the Leadership Council for the Shambhala Office of Families and Children and founder of Be You Yoga and Mindfulness for Families and Children. She has worked with children for over more →

Jerry Granelli

Jerry Granelli, a renowned jazz percussionist and teacher of meditation, became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. He has taught with the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute since 2001.

Vajra Granelli

Vajra Granelli holds several black belts and a BA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He’s been a meditation instructor and has coached professional fighters for decades. Vajra currently teaches martial arts in Boulder and Longmont, more →

Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to more →

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin is the author of the seminal recovery book, One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps, and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery.  A longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 more →

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Peter Grossenbacher

Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D., teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he serves as Professor and Department Chair of Contemplative Psychology. A Mind & Life Fellow, he offers integrative scientific perspectives on meditation and contemplative education. more →

Sean Guard

Sean Guard is a mindfulness instructor who helps teachers find their own version of balance, perspective, and resilience. He has been a meditation practitioner in the Soto Zen and Shambhala traditions since 1991, worked in urban more →

Dr. Amelia Hall

Dr. Amelia Hall is an assistant professor of Buddhism and department chair in the wisdom traditions department at Naropa University. She gained her PhD. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford in 2012. more →

Jenny Hannah

Jenny Hannah is a yoga instructor, art therapist, and artist. She was first introduced to Shambhala in 2007. Having trained formally in the mind-body modalities of art, movement, and psychology, she weaves these arenas into a more →

Kim Hansen

Kim Hansen, MFA, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a massage therapist, and a long-time movement teacher. She was on the dance faculty at The University of Colorado, Regis College and Running River Elementary School, and more →
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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.  is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 29 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, more →

Jeremy Hayward

Acharya Jeremy Hayward, PhD, has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1967. He became of student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970 and helped found Naropa University, where he served as vice president and later as more →

Kathlyn Hendricks

Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD, BC-DMT, has been a pioneer in body-mind integration since 1971. She has taught in numerous university graduate programs and worked with thousands of individuals and couples. Her various books include: Conscious Loving, At the Speed more →
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Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. are co-creators of Imago Relationship Therapy and a social movement called Safe Conversations. Internationally-respected as couple's therapists, educators, speakers, activists and New York Times bestselling authors, their 10 books, including the more →

Upcoming Programs: ONLINE • Getting the Love You Want,

Shastri Marcy Henry-Fink

Marcy Henry-Fink has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1977. She served as LA Resident Director of Shambhala Training for several years and has taught in many Shambhala Centers. Trained more →

Martha Hildreth

Martha Hildreth has been a Shambhala and Pema Chödrön student since 1998. At Ani Pema's instruction she began work in the sangha, addressing addiction to alcohol and drugs and to encourage a hard look at the more →

Shastri Ben Hines

Shastri Ben Hines, first encountered Shambhala in 1981 in a series of four talks called “Awakened Heart.” With a lifelong interest in how society works, Ben’s life has been deeply marked by meditation and the Shambhala more →
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Andrew Holecek

Andrew Holecek offers seminars internationally on lucid dreaming and meditation. He is the author of many books, including The Lucid Dreaming Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Your Dream Life; Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through more →

Laurie Huckaby

Laurie Huckaby is an ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and has done considerable research on SMC’s land. She specializes in using dendrochronology (the science of tree rings) to more →

Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman is editor-in-chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine, and the medical editor of Alternative Medicine, the Art and Science of Healthy Living.  His more →

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Miksang Institute Instructors

Rick Jarow

Rick Jarow, PhD, professor of Religious Studies at Vassar College, is a pioneer of the contemporary consciousness movement and founder of the “Anti-Career” process. He is the author of many books, including Creating the Work You more →

Terry Jaworski

Terry Jaworski, MA, LMHC, graduated from Naropa University in 1983 with a degree in Contemplative Psychology. She worked in Community Mental Health for 25 years as a clinician and supervisor. Terry is now in private practice more →

Upcoming Programs: Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology – Registration, OLD_Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology — Enrolling now!,

Venerable Khenpo Jigme

Venerable Khenpo Jigme was born in Bhutan and joined the Monastery at age twelve. Having completed three-year retreat, Thrangu Rinpoche appointed him to teach in Nepal and India, instilled him the title of “Khenpo” (PhD mastery more →

Acharya Richard John

A longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya John has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey--where he first more →

Upcoming Programs: 9-Day Mahamudra Retreat,

Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson is the executive director of the Medicine Horse Program, a Boulder-based non-profit that specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and serves over 500 clients a year. A Fearless Victory Project collaborator, Medicine Horse employs mindfulness practices more →

Will Johnson

Will Johnson, an early student of Ida Rolf, has written extensively about the role of the body in spiritual practices. He is the author of The Posture of Meditation, The Spiritual Practices of Rumi, and, most more →

Lara Johnson

Lara Johnson is an accomplished runner who competed for Hastings College before going on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Masters in Health & Exercise Science from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston more →

Sonya Jones

Sonya Jones, PhD, dubbed a "female Huston Smith" for her work in comparative world religions, teaches comparative religions in the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky. She serves as Retreat Master at Slate Branch Ashram, more →

Kate Josephson

Kate Josephson is currently a psychotherapist at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). She is a graduate of Naropa University's Masters of Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy program, has completed three years of somatic trauma training and mentoring, more →

Jacqueline Kabat

Jacqueline Kabat is a Manhattan-based comedian who performs stand-up at popular comedy clubs, including Gotham and Caroline’s on Broadway. She has studied with Amy Poehler, warmed up audiences at ABC Studios with Mario Cantone, and is more →

Keith Kachtick

Keith Kachtick, founder of Dharma Yoga, has taught meditation and yoga worldwide since 1999. Keith writes for Yoga Journal and is author of You Are Not Here & Other Works of Buddhist Fiction and Hungry Ghost.

Nataraja Kallio

Nataraja Kallio is a professor of Yoga Studies at Naropa University and has been a student of Yoga since 1989. Seven years of study in India provided the initial foundation for his learning. There, he immersed more →

Luke Karamol

Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaches Tibetan Yantra Yoga and Hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach in the Thrul khor system of Yantra Yoga by his teacher Chögyal more →

Katharine Kaufman

Katharine Kaufman teaches Yoga, meditation, writing workshops, and contemplative dance in Boulder County, at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado and online.   She studied Yoga in Mysore, South India, and taught for many years at The Yoga more →

Upcoming Programs: Precious Knowing: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women, Wisdom of the Body: Yoga and Meditation Retreat,

Erica Kaufman

Yogacharya Erica Kaufman is the founder of Lila Yoga® and the owner of Lila Yoga Studios. She began daily devoted yoga practices at age 9 with her mother in Jerusalem, Israel. Today she still recognizes her more →

Marybeth Keigher

Marybeth Keigher, a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1970, received Vajrayogini abhisheka in 1979. She is currently a student of Sakyong Mipham. Marybeth has led numerous Vajrayogini Amending the Mantra and Four Karmas Fire Pujas more →

Patricia Kelly

Patricia began practicing meditation in 1986. She was introduced to zazen by an Episcopal priest, who was also a zen practitioner. This, along with reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, set her on a path that brought more →

Sally Kempton

Sally Durgananda Kempton was a monk and teacher in the Vedic tradition for nearly 30 years. In 2002, with her teacher's blessing, she put aside her monastic robes to begin teaching independently. Sally now travels extensively more →

Paul Kendel

Paul M. Kendel (SSG Ret), MA, is the author of Walking the Tiger’s Path: A Soldier’s Spiritual Journey in Iraq, which chronicles his military deployment in Iraq, experiences of doubt and disillusionment, and eventual introduction to more →

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche

Venerable Khandro Rinpoche is the daughter of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen, who is head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most renowned Tibetan Lamas currently living. Born into the Mindrolling lineage, more →

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Marty Kibiloski

Marty Kibiloski is a successful business leader, Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon World Championships veteran and accomplished runner, finishing 56th in the Boston Marathon. It was not through his personal accomplishments, but through meditation, non-competitive running attitude and more →

Tama Kieves

Tama Kieves is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love and Inspired and Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work. A sought-after speaker, career and success coach, she has helped thousands world-wide more →

Lindy King

Lindy King has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche since 1970. She has lead fire pujas, study abroad programs, and workshops on death and dying. She helped manage the building of The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya more →

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, currently the Executive Director of the Boulder Shambhala Center, was awarded Naropa University’s divinity degree last year and then ordained a Shambhala chaplain. Prior to these more recent roles, Melanie spent a quarter century more →

Marissa Knox

Marissa C. Knox, PhD focuses her research and teaching on self-compassion to foster multidimensional well-being and emotional resilience. She believes social change begins with the relationship we have with ourselves. It is her passion to support more →

Shastri Samten Kobelt

Shastri Samten A. Kobelt is senior teacher in the Shambhala Tradition. Born in Switzerland, he first met the dharma in Switzerland in 1984, reading a book by the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He attended Naropa University more →

Kristin McKeown

Kristin McKeown is a teacher advocate and personal coach who helps hard-working educators manage their stress, integrate mindfulness and meditation into their lives, and find the balance that allows them to be at their best. As the founder more →

Mary Kubicki

Mary Kubicki has been studying and practicing with the Shambhala Community since 1974. The teachings have guided and benefitted every aspect of her life. Now a senior teacher, but always a beginner, she has led retreats and more →

Stephen LaBerge

Stephen LaBerge, a world-renowned authority on lucid dreaming, has a Ph.D in Psychophysiology (1980) from Stanford University where he researched dreaming and waking for 25 years. He has published several popular books on lucid dreaming which more →

Sandra Ladley

Sandra Ladley, MA, is a core Karuna Training faculty member. She partnered with Melissa Moore to bring Karuna Training to North America. Sandra received her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is a long-time more →

Upcoming Programs: Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology – Registration, OLD_Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology — Enrolling now!,

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Melissa Lago

Melissa Lago, MA, MDiv is a mind-body educator, yoga teacher, and former professor. In addition to yoga, she has taught philosophy, religion, interdisciplinary studies, and the Mind Body Wisdom process. Her primary area of research is on more →

Martin Lassoff

Martin Lassoff is a certified leader for the Mankind Project and teaches Shadow Work® in different venues nationwide. His extensive knowledge of yoga and meditation facilitates a well-rounded Shadow Work® container embracing the four archetypes. His intuitive natur more →

Shar Lee

Shar Lee, CYI, has been teaching yoga and Buddhist meditation internationally since 1966. After studying Zen Buddhism in the United States, she studied Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with several esteemed lamas. In 1987, she began training more →

Robert Lee

Robert Lee, MFA, MDiv works as a personal coach and teaches martial arts, meditation, and wilderness awareness skills on Whidbey Island, WA. He holds a 9th degree black belt in Kali, a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu, more →

Noah Levine

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, counselor and author of Dharma Punx: A Memoir and Against the Stream: A Buddhist Manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries. Trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in more →

Jules Levinson, PhD

Jules Levinson, PhD, earned a doctoral degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he studied under the guidance of Jeffrey Hopkins. He has served as an oral translator for Khenchen Trangu Rinpoché, Khen more →

Khenchen Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis has served on the Trident Core Group as the Executive Officer since 2016. She has served previously within all three arms of the Dorje Kasung as a Shabchi-in-training, and as the center Desung of more →

Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a senior teacher and board member for the Courageous Women retreat. She has supported and helped to develop the retreat since its founding.  Judy is the author of Making Friends with Death: A more →

Heather Lindemann

A student, teacher and seeker of yoga for almost two decades, Heather Lindemann, 500 E-RYT, is a skilled yoga teacher specifically in the modalities of restorative yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa flow (all levels) and Yoga Nidra. more →
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Kelly Lindsey

Kelly Lindsey is a meditation teacher, BodyMind therapist, and mother of three children. She has been serving children and families in the Shambhala Community for over 20 years.
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Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and teaches Buddhist meditation, secular mindfulness, and compassion internationally. Ordained as a nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community, she is now a lay Dharma more →

Tom Linsley

Tom Linsley is a long time student of Buddhism who has studied in Japan, Thailand, India, Europe, and North America. He has been a Shambhala Buddhist since the early 1980's and has lived at 3 of more →

Valerie Lorig

Valerie Lorig, M.Ed, LPC, has practiced and taught Buddhism for over 30 years. A faculty member at Naropa University in the Contemplative Psychology Department, she integrates meditative disciplines with contemplative psychology. Naropa’s founder, Trungpa Rinpoche, empowered more →

Lynele Jones

Lynele Jones received Vajrayogini abhisheka from the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983. After his death, she studied with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and other teachers. Since completion of three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in 2010, she has coordinated and mentored several Vajrayana practices for the Boulder more →

Bruno Límenes

Bruno Límenes was born in Mexico City, and grew up in the city of Cuernavaca where he first encountered the Shambhala Teachings at the age of 16. In 2008, he returned to Mexico City to study more →

Kerry Lee MacLean

Kerry Lee MacLean has directed the Shambhala Children's Rites of Passage for over 20 years internationally. Her greatest joy in life is inspiring children along their own paths to becoming full human beings, and empowering them more →

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda Magee, JD, MA (Sociology), is Professor of Law and former Co-Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Center for more →

Victoria Maizes

Victoria Maizes, MD, is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona. She is an more →

Karen Malik

Karen Malik holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is licensed in the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Senior Fellow with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) more →

Jeanie Manchester

Jeanie Manchester, an avid student and teacher of yoga since 1990, has studied closely with Richard Freeman and John Friend. She is a certified Anusara teacher as well as a devoted student of The Rajanaka Tantra more →

Susan Manchester

Susan Manchester is a clairsentient healer who spent 25 years as a wilderness guide, working and living around the world. She has an established practice in Qigong healing, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and advanced forms of structural more →

Jeanie Manchester

Jeanie Manchester, ERYT 500, Director of Anjaneya Yoga Shala in Boulder, has been studying modern dance and yoga for the past 30 years, and offers yoga immersions, tranings and retreats. Jeanie has extensively studied Ashtanga Vinyasa, more →

Hope Martin

Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years, trained Alexander teachers for two decades at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City.  She is a more →

Janice Marturano

Janice L.  Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute more →

Layth Matthews

Layth Matthews is the author of The Four Noble Truths of Wealth: a Buddhist view of economic life. He is a Shambhala Buddhist teacher, economist, and a financial professional. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia with more →

Mary Linda McBride

Mary Linda McBride is a certified mindfulness teacher through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute - a rigorous training program focused on bringing mindfulness skills to under-resourced populations. Currently, she leads a team of volunteers offering yoga and more →

John McCluskey

John McCluskey, MS, has facilitated council since 1991. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Council Training (CTCC) in Colorado. John has worked as a schoolteacher and administrator since 1989.

Michaela McCormick

Michaela McCormick is a Shambhala teacher, leader of Queer Dharma, and ten year member of the Diversity Working Group. She leads workshops on white awareness, anti-racism, patriarchy, and social liberation. She is a long-time activist focused more →

Noel McLellan

Noel McLellan is a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition. He has been practicing meditation for over 30 years and has trained in Kyudo, Zen archery, and other contemplative practices. Noel is a middle and high-school more →
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John McQuade

John McQuade is the founder of Nalanda Miksang Photography, and has established Nalanda Miksang teachers in North America, Europe and Australia. He is also co-author of two books in his field: Looking and Seeing, and Heart more →

Margery McSweeney

Margery McSweeney, RN, CPM, CCBE is a practicing nurse and midwife with 30 years experience assisting families through birth and death transitions. Margery views death as a birth into the spiritual realm and is committed to more →

Zach Mercurio

Zach is an author, speaker, and consultant who has helped diverse organizations and individuals around the world understand how purpose and meaning unleash human potential to create thriving organizations and lives. He is the founder and more →

Larry Mermelstein

Beginning in 1971, Larry Mermelstein became a close student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar. He has served as a senior teacher in the Vajradhatu/Shambhala community for decades, as well more →

Tara Michelle

Tarah Michelle is a naturopath, Anasura Yoga instructor, Lomi Lomi practioner and wellness educator. She has run 13 marathons and received All-American honors in track events. Her personal practice, Island Girls Naturals, is located on Maui, more →

Oscar Miro-Quesada

Oscar Miro-Quesada, originator of the Pachakuti Mesa tradition of cross-cultural shamanism, is the visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation, as well as an invited United Nations Observer for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He more →

Cynthia Moku

Cynthia Moku is an accomplished artist in Japanese brushwork and Buddhist Scroll painting. A student of Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, she continues her meditation training with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Cynthia is the founder of Naropa University’s Visual more →

Peter C. van der Molen

Dr. Peter C. van der Molen is a senior advisor on nature policies for the 12 Dutch Provincial governments and the Dutch Government, as well as a senior landscape ecologist. He is a long-term student of more →
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Lama Elizabeth Monson

Elizabeth Monson, PhD, is the Spiritual Co-Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. Liz was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and has more →

Upcoming Programs: Emotional Resilience: Learning from Buddha’s Life Story,

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Acharya Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, PhD.,  has been a Shambhalian since 1979.  She received her Master’s degree from Naropa and a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She became an Acharya (most senior teacher in more →

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore Ph.D. Co-founder of Karuna Training and steward of the North American Karuna training. Melissa has her MA in Contemplative psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado and her Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from the California more →

Upcoming Programs: Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology – Registration, OLD_Karuna Training: A Certification in Contemplative Psychology — Enrolling now!,

Robert Moss

Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and ancient shamanic techniques, which he teaches all over the world. A former ancient history professor, and bestselling novelist, his 21 books include Conscious more →

Janet Mueller

Janet Mueller has been a mediator and trainer for the Dayton Mediation Center since 1997. She is a Certified Transformative Mediator and Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, a think tank organization. more →

Diana Mukpo

Lady Diana Mukpo, the wife of Vidyadhara the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, was born Diana Judith Pybus in 1953 in England. She first saw Chogyam Trungpa at a Free Tibet rally in London. Within a year, more →

Joshua Mulder

Joshua Mulder has been a student of Buddhism for 43 years. In 1987 he was asked to care for the great Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s relics.  Inspired by the teachings of Buddhism, he has spent the more →

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Murphy, ERYT500, Senior Prajna Yoga and Insight Yoga Instructor, is deeply influenced by classical Hatha Yoga, the ancient Yoga philosophies and the Buddha Dharma.  She has been practicing for over 25 years and teaching workshops and yoga more →

Jerome T. Murphy

Jerome T. Murphy, EdD, Harold Howe ll Research Professor of Education and former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, currently focuses on the inner lives of leaders to enhance their inner strengths, performance and more →

Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, is a Grammy-nominated musician,a renowned vocal artist, and a leading voice in the field of music in consciousness and shamanic practices. She is the creator of the Sound, Voice, and Music in more →

Naksang Rinpoche

Naksang Rinpoche was born in the remote Himalayan borderland region of Tsari. At the age of 7 he was sent to be educated in the Tibetan Buddhist Ganden Monastery in South India. Due to his excellence more →

Margot Neuman

Margot Neuman is Executive Director of Veteran’s Peace of Mind Project, providing mindfulness training for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Together with the Medicine Horse Program, she developed ‘Fearless Victory’, a program for veterans.

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Shastri Ethan Nichtern

Shastri Ethan Nichtern is the founding director of The Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and philosophy, integral activism, mindful arts and meaningful media. He is the author of One City: A Declaration of more →

Nancy Nunes

Nancy has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition for 33 years.  She is a student of the Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and has taught buddhist and Shambhala Programs and more →

Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 - 2017 where he practiced intensively, completed Shedra studies, and served in various roles including as a Shastri. He now more →

Upcoming Programs: Werma Intensive, The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat, Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness,

Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda, Menpa, TMD began studying Tibetan Medicine in 1999. Encouraged by her root teacher, The Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, she interned at Chagpori Tibetan Medical Institute’s Clinic in Darjeeling, India for two years. Nashalla’s more →

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle holds degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State and Virginia Tech. He was Chief Naturalist for the No. Virginia Regional Park Authority 1985 – 2012.  He received the  2010 Krupsaw Award for Non-Traditional Teaching more →

Marc Olmsted

Marc Olmsted took refuge with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978 and completed a traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in 1995. He has been anthologized internationally and is the author of four collections more →

Joshua Onysko

Joshua Onysko founded Pangea Organics in 2000, sparked by a personal devotion and commitment to social responsibility. He thinks outside the landfill and it shows in the company he runs, the products he makes and the more →

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a senior student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and has been teaching Feeding your Demons, Prajna Paramita and meditation for the last five years. He is committed to integrating the vast view offered by these teachings with practical applications to daily life. A long-time student more →

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Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an activist, poet, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a core teacher with Natural Dharma Fellowship in Cambridge, MA and has a Master of Divinity degree more →

Kate O’Donnell

Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher. She is the author of two Shambhala books, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. An Ayurvedic more →

Matt O’Grady

Matt O’Grady is a coach, author, speaker and the host of “Matt O’Grady Coaching” podcast. He guides people around the world as they seek to attain new levels of connection, serenity, happiness and success through self-awareness, more →

Venerable Dr. Pannavati

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. As a Buddhist monastic, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally. She was a 2008 recipient more →

Matthew Parkinson

Matthew Parkinson, MA, LPC has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2005 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Matthew is the Center Director of the Shambhala Center in Asheville, NC, where he more →

Kriste Peoples

Kriste Peoples is a Denver-based writer, producer, women's trail running coach, and outdoorist. Her work in the field of equity and inclusion in nature combines speaking and facilitating transformational experiences for others. As founder of Black more →

Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi

Ilia Shinko Perez, Roshi, MA received transmission in the Zen tradition from Gerry Shishin Wick, Roshi in 2000. She is the co-spiritual leader of the Great Mountain Zen Center and abbess of Maitreya Abbey in Berthoud, Colorado. Roshi Shinko is more →

John Perkins

John Perkins has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1992. He was Co-Director of the Shambhala Archives and worked as museum conservator for the National Historic Parks Service in Canada and the Getty Conservation more →

Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area who teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is also a seasoned wilderness guide who has been facilitating nature-inspired retreats that more →

Shelley Pierce

Senior teacher Shelley Pierce has led Shambhala programs internationally and in the Northwest region for the past thirty years. She also teaches Kalapa Ikebana and Shamhhala Dharma Art. Once the co-director of Shambhala Training International in more →

Susan Piver

Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation more →

Megan Prager

Megan Prager is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor more →

Upcoming Programs: 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive,

Jon Pratt

Jon Pratt ran his first marathon in 1980 and continues to run with his teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been practicing meditation since 1992 and has led the running program at Shambhala Mountain Center since more →

Kate Raddock

Kate Raddock has been a practicing student of the Shambhala lineage since 2011 and working as a body educator since 2009. Kate is a meditation teacher, massage therapist, energy worker, yoga teacher, nature-lover, and a hoot. more →

Nathan Railla

Nathan Railla was first inspired by Shambhala at a dharma talk on diversity & society in Berkeley, CA, 2008. He is an avid runner, cyclist and meditator. Nathan enjoys these pursuits with all their idiosyncrasies, as more →

Shastri Iris Ramos

Shastri Ramos, a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1990, has been teaching Shambhala Training since 2000 and was appointed Shastri in 2012. She is also a teacher of Ikebana. For the last 30 years, Shastri more →

Tina Rasmussen

Tina Rasmussen, Ph.D., began meditating at age 13, and has practiced in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions for 30+ years. In 2003, she completed a year-long solo retreat, and was later ordained as a Buddhist nun more →

Rich Ray

Rich Ray brings over 20 years of Yoga and meditation practice to his workshops assisting students in their search for the expanding experience of freedom. He is a level 2 authorized Ashtanga teacher and has 4 more →

Max Regan

Max Regan, MFA, is a teacher, an internationally published poet and writer, and the founder of Hollowdeck Press LLC. He has taught and lectured at the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Naropa University and Rose Medical Center. Published in numerous literary journals, magazines and anthologies, his work has more →

Robert Reichner

Robert Reichner has been involved with the Shambhala community since 2001. He has served as Director of Finance, Co-Director (2005-2007), and Board Chair in Seattle where he continues to live. He is currently CEO of RepairShopr more →

Richard Reoch

Richard Reoch is the former media chief of Amnesty International, the human rights organization, and a lifelong campaigner for peace and the environment. His work has taken him to conflict zones around the world. As the more →

Juana Rincon

Juana Rincon has a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and has training in mindfulness meditation, yoga, and trauma therapy. Juana has over 10 years of clinical experience working with a variety of populations more →
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Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts, a Zen Buddhist and psychotherapist, has led dynamic, refreshing, and practical retreats on mind-body healing and meditation practices for over 30 years. This retreat will draw from his book The Mindfulness Book: A Beginner’s more →

Melissa Robinson

Melissa began practicing in New York City in the early 1970’s. She and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1978 and she has been teaching in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions since the 1980s. She more →

John Rockwell

John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular more →

Irini Rockwell

Irini Rockwell is the Director, Founder and Principal Trainer of the Five Wisdoms Institute and Wisdoms@Work. She is a professional development trainer for organizational leaders, health caregivers, educators, artists, and individuals and author of Natural Brilliance: more →

Nina Rolle

Nina Rolle is a voiceover artist, storyteller, and avid thrower of holiday dinner parties. She was first introduced to Shambhala meditation at the Naropa Institute, and her practice path has been intertwined with her artistic career more →

Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron is an Award-winning composer and has collaborated with Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Robert Monroe, and led the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama's the Seeds of Compassion more →

Richard Rudis

Richard Rudis is a pioneer and teacher in the field of sacred sound healing, an author, and a long-time student of Vajrayana Buddhism. A pilgrim of Himalayan sacred sites, he has received teachings in sacred sound more →

Jan Jercinovic Rupon

Jercinovic Rupön is the Desung Arm Commander since April 2014 and member of the Council of the Makkyi Rabjam.  She has previously held posts in both the Gesar and Desung arms in the Lion Region.  Jan more →

Steve Sachs

Steve Sachs has been an educator for the past 30 years. He co-founded Eastern Sun Academy and most recently was a Director at Alaya Preschool. Steve is currently writing a book on Basic Goodness Parenting.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, more →

Michael Sandrock

Michael Sandrock is an award-winning journalist and author of Running with the Legends and Running Tough. He began running as a teenager in the forest preserves outside Chicago and went on to compete for the University more →

Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea Schweitzer, PhD, is an astronomer with the Little Thompson Observatory in Colorado and a professor of physical sciences for Western Governors University. Having collaborated with NASA on programs such as the Hubble Space Telescope and more →

Jeff Scott

Jeff has a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Language from Naropa University. He has practiced in the Shambhala lineage since 1998, and has been teaching meditation since 2005. Beyond the passion he has for more →

Steve Seely

Steve Seely has trained under the direction of both the founder of Shambhala Training, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, for 40 years. He served for five years as Resident Director for Shambhala more →

Larry Seidl

Larry Seidl has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his father Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Shambhala teachings since 2002. He became a Shambhala Training director in 2009, and is currently involved with the more →

Tamara Sell

Tamara Sell has been a meditation practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for the last 32 years. She has held various positions in the community during that time, including co-director of Marpa House and Head of Societal more →

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PHD, is an adjunct professor of religion at Middle Tennessee State University, and the director of Wisdom House, an interfaith center in Nashville.  He is the author of more than 20 books and more →
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Kanjuro Shibata XX

Kanjuro Shibata XX is a 20th generation master of the meditative discipline of kyudo. Upon the invitation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he came to the West to transmit teachings on etiquette and dignity through the way more →

Paul Shippee

Paul Shippee, MA Psychology, studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) intensively with founder Marshall Rosenberg and other NVC trainers. He has facilitated NVC groups continuously for the past 8 years and teaches NVC workshops around the country.

Jason Siff

Jason Siff was a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in the 1980s when he started developing Recollective Awareness Meditation. In 1996, he co-founded the Skillful Meditation Project and has been a full-time meditation teacher since then. more →

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., has just retired as Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became more →

Mariah Simonton

Mariah Simonton has spent the last several years as a traveling attaché for The Sakyong Wangmo, the wife of the lineage holder of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. She is now living in Boulder, CO, and re-establishing more →

Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei, PhD, PCC, has been an international educator, coach, and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change for over 25 years. Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology industry, she is currently more →

Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (they/them) is a teacher and student in Vajrayana/Tantric Buddhism. They currently study under Lama Rod Owens and Lama Justin von Bujdoss, co-founders of Bhumisparsha. Shanté began studying and practicing Buddhism at age 17 more →

Greg Smith

Greg Smith, a well known sangha artist and thangka painter, has lived and painted at Shambhala Mountain Center for many years. He has been a student of meditation since 1976, first with Chögyam Trungpa and later more →

Noel Smith

Noel Smith has been involved with Shambhala for the past 17 years and currently works at the Boulder Shambhala Center as the Director of Community Programs. He is a teacher in the Shambhala community, and also more →

Janet Solyntjes

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been leading silent meditation retreats in the U.S. and internationally for over 25 years. She provides online study groups and individual mentoring to more →

Upcoming Programs: The Heart of Mindfulness: A Silent Meditation Retreat,

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. Janet lives in Longmont, more →

Sobonfu Somé

Sobonfu Somé has made it her life's mission to share the ancient wisdom of her ancestors—the Dagara of Burkina Faso, West Africa—with Westerners. She is the author of several books, including The Spirit of Intimacy, Welcoming more →

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is an author, mentor, and teacher with deep roots in both ancient and contemporary yoga, specializing in practices for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. She is a senior teacher, board member, and co-founder (along more →

Robert Spellman

Robert Spellman is on the faculty of Naropa University’s visual arts and religious studies programs. He is an ardent proponent of artistic practice as a powerful means of awakening, an aspect of Buddha nature itself.

Brian Spielmann

Brian Spielmann has been a Buddhist practitioner for 30 years and has studied with a variety of teachers including Ponlop Rinpoche, Tsokyni Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche, and Tulku Thondup. He previously served as Director of Marketing and more →

Rose Sposito

Rose Sposito is a has been a student and practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism since 1976. ​In addition to teaching in the Shambhala tradition, Rose also teaches and practices 5-Element Medicine​ and ​Acupuncture​,​ and is a trainer more →

David Spound

David Spound, M.Ed., is the Director of Valley Mindfulness in Northampton, MA. He is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He has trained and worked extensively with more →

Upcoming Programs: 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive,

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Lisa Stanley

Lisa Stanley, MA, MFA has been studying and practicing meditation and the contemplative arts for over forty years. She was authorized as a Buddhist teacher in 1985 and has since led numerous workshops and retreats nation-wide. more →

Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele holds an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and taught at Alaya Preschool for over 15 years. Supporting opportunities for children and families to connect with the Shambhala teachings is a passion for more →

Jemi Steele

Jemi Steele began her meditation practice as a teenager in the 70’s; spent years doing solitary retreats and living in Nepal in the 80’s; and completed a traditional 3-year Buddhist retreat in the 90’s. Her overseas experience more →

Suzanne Sterling

Suzanne Sterling, co-founder of Off The Mat, Into The World®, is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist, and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for more than 20 years. An award-winning musician and more →

Michael Stone

Shôken Michael Stone leads Centre of Gravity Sangha in Toronto. He is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. Michael is the more →

Shastri David Stone

Shastri David Stone began his practice and study in Shambhala with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, later serving in a number of posts including Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Boulder and Co-director of the Mudra more →

Sara Avant Stover

Sara Avant Stover is a bestselling author and teacher of feminine spirituality. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Thailand, embarked on a decade-long healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia, and has more →

Lynn Sutherland

Lynn Sutherland is a senior student of Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, a member of the International Dzogchen Community and an authorized teacher of Yantra Yoga. She teaches Yantra Yoga in retreats and public courses throughout more →

Michael W. Taft

Michael W. Taft is a meditation teacher and bestselling author. As a mindfulness coach, he specializes in secular, science-based mindfulness training in groups, corporate settings, and one-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, including more →
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Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles. A fellow of the World Academy of more →

Upcoming Programs: Heart of the Brush,

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT Clinician, author, PACT developer, and co-founder of the PACT Institute, Dr. Tatkin teaches at UCLA, maintains a private practice in Southern California, and leads PACT programs in the US and internationally.

Walter Taylor

Walter Taylor came to Boulder, Colorado in 1967 to teach mathematics at CU. In the late seventies, he met various students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and soon after began to actively participate in the Shambhala Training more →

Venerable Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin

Venerable Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin was born in Bhutan. At the age of 9, Khenpo requested his family allow him to join a monastery. Under the guidance of Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, he was fully ordained in 1985 more →

Jim Tolstrup

Jim Tolstrup, a director of Shambhala Training, has been a practitioner of indigenous wisdom traditions since 1977. He is a co-founder and the past president of Cankatola Ti Ospaye, a non-profit supporting Native American elders. Jim more →

Kevin Townley

Kevin Townley is a writer and performer. Since 2010 he has been studying in the Shambhala tradition as well as with the SokukoJi Zen Center. He completed the Interdependence Project’s teacher training program in 2012. He more →

David Treleaven, Ph.D

David Treleaven, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, trauma professional, and author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing. David focuses on offering mindfulness providers the knowledge and tools they require to more →

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Meditation master, scholar, best-selling author and artist, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche founded Shambhala Mountain Center in 1971. One of the most dynamic teachers of Buddhism in the 20th century, he was a pioneer in bringing the Buddhist more →

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Born in 1966 in Nubri, Nepal, Tsoknyi Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of Tibetan Buddhism trained outside of Tibet. Deeply versed in both the practical and philosophical disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism, he is more →

Suzi Tucker

Having worked closely with luminaries in the field of psychology as an editor and publisher for over 30 years, Suzi Tucker received what she dubs an accidental education under the tutelage of a series of brilliant more →

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was born in east Tibet and fled to India in 1959. He studied with many outstanding masters, including Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoche and the Gyalwang Karmapa, and was awarded the titles of Khenpo and more →

Pam Turner

Pam Turner first visited Shambhala Mountain Center in 1991 for Shambhala Training Level I, and has been a big fan ever since. She remembers folding prayers for the walls of the Great Stupa and watching it more →

Terry Vandiver

Terry Vandiver has led mindful movement and gentle yoga at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California for 35 years. She studied with the Iyengars in India and has taught Iyengar style classes in the San Francisco more →

Stephen Vosper

Steve Vosper is a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been practicing and studying the Shambhala and Buddhist paths for four decades, and has been teaching in those traditions more →

Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner is a longtime member of Shambhala and a student and practitioner of Buddhism, which he integrates with wisdom traditions and twelve-step programs. Mark initiated and has chaired the Heart of Recovery program at the more →

Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace draws upon her 35 year career as an elementary school teacher, trainer, and coach to bring mindfulness to educators and students in the United States and Canada. As a senior faculty member for SMART more →

B. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to more →

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the founding director of Ligmincha International. In his more than 25 years of living and teaching in the West, Rinpoche has become renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of more →

Kirsten Warner

Kirsten Warner is an E-RYT 500 instructor with over 20 years of training in several styles of yoga.  She is the founder of Awakening Heart Yoga and the co-creator of two Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training more →

Larry Welsh

Larry Welsh, MAc, MA, has trained in the Yang-style short form, listening hands and sword form of Tai Chi Ch’uan since 1977. Larry is Senior Adjunct Professor and Mindfulness-Meditation teacher in the Traditional Eastern Arts program more →

Wendy Black Stern

Wendy Black Stern C - IAYT dedicates her life’s work to supporting people to heal and transform through the process of grief. She is the Founder & Executive Director of the Grief Support Network whose mission and programs are more →

Sue Hammond West

Sue Hammond West is a painter and mixed media artist who explores consciousness, quantum physics and the phenomenology of being. Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and the University of more →

Ron West

An ecologist and planner, Ron West has lived on Colorado’s Front Range for 40 years, and wrote SMC’s Land Stewardship Plan. He has worked in environmental arenas from the national to local levels, from Alaska to Arizona, more →

De West

De West, Certified Yoga Therapist and a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community with over 29 years of teaching therapeutic yoga. She has developed a movement practice that allows people more →

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley

Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, EdD, teaches how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships and willingly step forward to serve in this troubled time. She is co-founder and president emerita of The Berkana Institute, an organizational more →

Shastri Chuck Whetsell

Shastri Chuck Whetsell has been a student of the Shambhala lineage since 1975. He received his MA in Buddhist and Western psychology from Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1979, and later obtained his PhD in more →

Rona Wilensky

Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs and a senior faculty member for SMART in Education—a research-based mindfulness program for educators at PassageWorks Institute.  She has served on the Leadership Council of the Initiative on Contemplative more →

Kathy Williams-Tolstrup

Kathy Williams­-Tolstrup, M.Ed, LPC is a psychotherapist and Certified Daring Way Facilitator who has a private practice in Fort Collins. Kathy's style can best be described as non­judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative. She offers a blend of more →

Nicole Wolf

Nicole Pressly Wolf is a freelance editor in Boulder, after selling her NY publishing company in 2014. As a practicing Buddhist since the early 90s, Nicole is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where she discovered the profound more →

Eva Wong

Qigong- Eva Wong, author and translator of 13 books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation, and qigong, is the 19th generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism and 3rd generation student of Wang Xiangzhai, founder of the more →

Upcoming Programs: An Invitation to Thinking and Acting Strategically,

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is the original developer and teacher of Miksang, and co-author of The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes. Michael resides in Canada and is currently acting as a Management Consultant more →

Michael Wood

Michael Wood is a writer, translator, and professor of World Languages and Cultures. His doctoral training is in early modern Japanese literary and visual culture and he has published poetry, interviews, and other shorter works. Living more →

Jim Yensan

Jim Yensan has practiced meditation for nearly 40 years. He took his Buddhist vows with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973 and has taught Shambhala Training levels throughout North America. Jim has lived at and directed both more →

Jeannie Zandi

Jeannie Zandi is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeding a culture of the Heart on the planet, inspiring, teaching and supporting people to live from their essence as Love. She more →

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei is a maverick dharma teacher, author, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She applies wisdom teaching to social issues at the intersections of racial, economic and climate justice. Rev. angel more →