Our quality facilities and expansive rural setting make for an ideal learning environment. We can host up to 60 students, depending on age, in a variety of housing options.
Drala Mountain Center (formerly Shambhala Mountain Center) provides students with an authentic cultural experience; opportunities for comparative studies; and hands-on exposure to Asian history and philosophy, cultural arts, ecology, land stewardship, and more. We help diverse groups plan custom programs that include field trips, extended fieldwork, environmental education, and immersion studies.
For over 22 years Drala Mountain Center has hosted Chapman University’s program titled “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Madness: Mind, ‘Self,’ and Society in Tibetan Buddhism.”
Here are some ways that university students describe their experience here:
“The learning experience was so profound … too amazing to explain in words.” Student, Jan. ‘95
“I learned more about life, wisdom, and myself in a week than during any semester course at school.” Student, Jan. ‘04
“This class was one of the most meaningful I have ever taken or probably ever will take. The instructors were thoughtful, compassionate human beings who aided me to see that a new direction is possible and that it isn’t too late to make changes to achieve happiness and peace of mind.” Student, Jan. ‘10
Other universities have held their programs at DMC, and we are always looking to work with other instructors and institutions looking to enrich the lives of their students.
Elementary, Middle and High Schools
In 1999, Drala Mountain Center hosted its first multi-day immersion studies program for social studies students and has since collaborated with educators to develop multidisciplinary standards-based programs that combine hands-on experience in a variety of Eastern arts, including Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), calligraphy, and basic mindfulness practice.
Drala Mountain Center is home to two spectacular examples of sacred Buddhist architecture. The Great Stupa, filled with original art and sculpture, preserves the endangered cultural heritage of Tibet. The Kami Shrine is a simple, yet beautiful, structure built in the Shinto tradition.