Programs


The Wheel of Life – Exploring Confusion and Realization

With Daniel Berlin

Open Dates
The Wheel of Life is a Buddhist description of the confused cycle of suffering we find ourselves in, also known as samsara.  We'll discuss & investigate the source of samsara, and the means to discover liberation from suffering.  Meditation plays a key role on this journey, as well as a clear understanding of our habitual patterns of ego-clinging, which perpetuates suffering. We'll also discuss karma, cause & effect, what it is and what it's not.  An introduction to meditation is included in this Saturday morning class.

Personal Retreat Weekend

December 7 - 9, 2018
Come to Sky Lake for the perfect getaway weekend. Create your own contemplative retreat. Perfect for meditators of all levels and experience, from all traditions.

Winter Solstice Celebration Performance by David Gonzalez

December 21, 2018
Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, writer David Gonzalez will perform at 7:30. Tickets are $25, $55, $75 Children under 10 are free.

Snow Lion Weekthün

With Shastri Mary Campbell

December 27, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Snow lions delight in crisp mountain air, they frolic in basic splendidness enjoying freshness on the spot. Join us for our annual week long meditation intensive, an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in mindfulness. Open to beginner and experienced meditators.

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

January 11 - 13, 2019
Establish or deepen your sitting practice in this powerful introductory retreat that explores the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habits and experience the power of resting in the present.

Vajrayana Retreat

With Acharya Richard John

January 18 - 21, 2019
Details coming soon!

Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse

With Acharya Eric Speigel

February 15 - 18, 2019
Prerequisite: Rigden Weekend (or permission). Open to graduates of Shambhala Training Weekend V who plan to complete Rigden Weekend in the future. Greast Eastern Sun and Windhorse mark the beginning of the Shambhala Training Sacred Path, which introduces advanced warriorship practices that extend the basic mindfulness-awareness meditation training introduced in Weekends I-V. These practices are based on a societal vision and aspiration to help the world. This level of training cultivates one’s dignity and natural gifts that are able to widen one’s sphere of compassionate and practical influence. This long weekend program (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday & Monday) teaches how…

Monarch Retreat

With Deputy Minister Cynthia MacKay

February 23 - March 3, 2019
The Monarch Retreat is a sealed retreat.  The invitation to attend is extended to all holders of Rigden Abhisheka Transmission.

Awaken Your Inner Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

March 8 - 10, 2019
This 2nd Shambhala Training Weekend presents the view that when we open up to our own genuineness, we can begin to work directly with our fears.

Sacred Path: Drala

April 19 - 21, 2019
Drala is a pivotal level on the warrior's path. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. Here we are introduced to teachings that invite us to sharpen our awareness of the subtle, unseen energies of our world. Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the environment.

Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III

May 3 - 5, 2019
Shambhala Training Weekend III provides a meditation practice to further awaken the mind and heart. With gentle fearlessness, we learn to step beyond our conditioning and open to the freshness of each new moment.

Sacred Path: Meek and Perky

May 24 - 27, 2019
“The four dignities” are introduced as a path and a process, which describe a warrior's maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. The training in the dignities allows one to maintain awareness and delight at each stage.

Creating Benchmarks for Your Qigong Practice

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 14 - 16, 2019
Benchmarks are invaluable tools for tracking progress in your qigong practice. They can also help us measure how qigong has repaired injuries, improved strength and flexibility, and enhanced relaxation in your body. Requirement: Qigong 1 - 5

Qigong Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 16 - 18, 2019
The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular skeletal system - tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. In this program students will learn: 1. The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms. These qigong postures were used traditionally by the warrior Daoist monks of Wudang Shan monastery to build muscular-skeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the martial arts. 2. To apply the 12 devas and Animal Forms specifically to regain tendon strength and elasticity, revitalize bone marrow, and build endurance by enhancing bone and tendon strength. 3. To apply selective forms from the Immortals’ Guide…

Qigong Animal Forms Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 18 - 20, 2019
Many Daoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, collect, transform, circulate, and store internal energy. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. The techniques of embodying animal energy were developed further by Daoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity. In this program students will learn to embody the form and essences of the animals through Hua Tu’s Animal Forms, the Wudang Five Animal Forms, and selected forms from the 12 devas. A new Wudang Shan form, the Combined Five Animals, will…

Shambhala Guide Training

June 27 - 30, 2019
Train to give initial meditation instruction, as well as be a resource, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events.

Big Brush Mind

With Barbara Bash

July 12 - 14, 2019
A three day immersion into the world of brush and ink to explore the ancient Chinese principles of heaven, earth and human. The world of pictograms, responding and mapping a moment, being in improvised dialogue with our life will all be investigated. An interest in visual language and movement is the only prerequisite.

Awakened Heart & Open Sky: Shambhala Training Levels IV & V

July 18 - 21, 2019
Levels IV and V are the concluding levels of the Heart of Warriorship program. These two levels provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity within the complexity of daily life.

Wisdom of the Forest

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 2 - 4, 2019
Seeds fall on the ground. Saplings grow into trees. Trees leaf, flowers bloom, and the forest grows. Through endless cycles of time, old growth is replaced by new, and the journey begins once again. The path through the forest is a pathway of wisdom. As we walk in the forest, we witness birth, growth, death and renewal. In the magic of the forest, we see the seasons change; we mingle with the interplay of shadows and light; we bathe in the gentle sunlight dancing through the branches; and we dream in the primal darkness and wildness of the woods. Enter…

The Mysterious Female

With Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 4 - 8, 2019
"The Valley Spirit that never dies is called the Mysterious Female. The gates of the Mysterious Female are the roots of sky and earth." - Laos's Daodejing What is the Mysterious Female? It is the Tao, the Dark Womb, and the source of all that is born and unborn. This source is the primordial qi, the vapor of life. In birth, we emerge from the Mysterious Female, in life we are nourished by her, and in death we return to her embrace. Central to the practice of Qigong, the Taoist art of health and longevity, is the cultivation of this…

Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

September 13 - 15, 2019
These dignities describe how the warrior's skill develops as setting sun mentality completely falls away. Abandoning personal agendas, the outrageous warrior acts spontaneously and without strategy; as all sense of boundary and petty mind dissolves, the inscrutable warrior creates even greater benefit for others.   Prerequisites: Everyday Life Series, Levels I-V, Rigden Weekend, GES, Windhorse, Drala, Meek and Perky.

Fall Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

With Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

September 19 - 22, 2019
“Kado” means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago. In Japan it is known as "Ikebana" and is considered a refined art form that studies nature as it is. Join us as we learn to arrange flowers to cultivate appreciation for each moment.

Sacred Path: Golden Key

With TBA

October 24 - 27, 2019
Drawing on wisdom from The Letter of the Golden Key, a Shambhala root text that addresses our relationship to the phenomenal world and our sense perceptions, we will learn the practice of Enriching Presence, the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within ourselves, phenomena and the natural world. Prerequisites: Shambhala Training: Outrageous and Inscrutable