Programs


Winter Solstice Celebration Performance by David Gonzalez

December 21, 2018
Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, writer David Gonzalez will perform at 7:30. 6:00 pm  Candlelit walk around the pond. 6:30  Hors d'oeuvres. 7:30 Performance. 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.

January Open House: The Noble Life of Yeshe Tsogyal

January 8, 2019
The Noble Life of Yeshe Tsogyal, Tantric Yogini, told by Joanna Rotte Open House   Tuesday, January 8  at 7:15

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

With Timothy Quigley

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.

The Trekchö Instructions of Yeshe Tsögyal: A Vajrayana Retreat

With Acharya Richard John

January 18 - 21, 2019
Pre-requisite: This retreat is for Shambhala tantrikas, who have attended SWA or Vajrayana Seminary. In the 8th century, Yeshe Tsögyal had a vision in which Vajrayogini gave her pith instructions for practicing trekchö, which is known as “cutting through to primordial purity.” Trekchö is the dzokchen equivalent of mahamudra, and both are the epitome of the path of wisdom. These teachings were lost until they were re-discovered as terma by Chokgyur Lingpa in the 19th centery.This profound but accessible text gives concise instructions for recognizing and resting in the empty and luminous nature of mind. The retreat will be silent…

Shambhala Training Level I: People of Color Weekend

With Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

February 8 - 10, 2019
In this introductory weekend to Shambhala training, we will focus on the experiences of People of Color and Indigenous people in relation to the Shambhala concept of the basic goodness, or inherent healthiness, of all things. The weekend is comprised of meditation instruction, dharma talks, group work, writing, and movement. No previous meditation experience is required. Taught and staffed by Faculty of Color.

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

With Deputy Minister Cynthia MacKay

March 8 - 10, 2019
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until April 20th.
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.

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.

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 26 - July 1, 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 - 15, 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…

Awakening through Mindfulness-Awareness: A Buddhist Meditation Retreat

With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

August 10 - 17, 2019
A summer week of practice at beautiful Sky Lake. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. The program will be full of practices carefully designed to cultivate mindfulness-awareness including: One-on-one meditation instruction Guided meditations Movement exercises Dharma talks from the teacher Walks through the beautiful Sky Lake woods Through the week of practice, meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world. Fulfills Shambhala weekthun requirements.

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.