Personal Transformation

Personal transformation is at the heart of all our relationships – with self, family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances – anyone whom we encounter. Both blissful and challenging, relationships are an integral part of spiritual practice, providing an unparalleled mirror through which we can see and know ourselves.

Awakening our hearts and minds is not a solo activity; it is a path we each must walk together. Without interaction, we would never receive teachings, good counsel, community support or essential feedback critical to our growth. Whether together as intimate partners, family, friends or community, our path of relationships is as necessary as it is both difficult and enriching.

Shambhala Mountain Center offers a range of Personal Transformation programs that work with our inner and outer selves, to help us open up to others and to compassionately engage with the outer manifestations of family, community and society-at-large. From consciously loving and living to unleashing our calling, awakening to our dreams, engaging in recovery practices or courageously dealing with critical illness, our relationships are a path of awakening.

Mindful Birding Self-Guided Winter Retreat: Embrace Nature’s Melodies at Drala Mountain Center

Dr. Barb Patterson and Richard Swaback

February 23–25, 2024

Embark on a serene and immersive self-guided retreat amidst the picturesque landscapes of Drala Mountain Center, centered around the art of mindful birding. Our retreat is designed to provide all the tools necessary to enjoy a contemplative journey through the enchanting world of avian wonders, fostering a deeper connection with nature and mindfulness. Nestled in […]

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness

Loden Nyima

March 22–24, 2024

In today’s speedy world, we all need kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to dive deeply into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence to offer ourselves space to settle on the sacred land of Drala Mountain Center with an experienced instructor. This way, we practice befriending ourselves […]

Freedom from Suffering: A Weekend of Healing through Unconditional Self-Love, Mindfulness Meditation & Qi Gong

Blake D. Bauer

April 5–7, 2024

Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a life-changing weekend that will help you to understand why suffering such as anxiety, depression, chronic self-doubt, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, and subconscious mind asking you to finally value, accept, forgive, care for, and be true to yourself in […]

Wisdom of the Body: A Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

April 18–21, 2024

You’ve traveled, studied, and built a life. You’ve pushed your limits and cared for others, experienced loss, recovered from sickness and surgeries. It’s time to discover what your body needs now. In this extended weekend retreat the rhythm of your days will simplify. • walk, sit, stand, lie down. • sense, think, feel. You’ll practice […]

Sitting in Beauty: A 5-day Silent Meditation Retreat

Janet Solyntjes

April 21–26, 2024

Mindfulness and awareness training allows one to fully receive life’s unpredictable, extraordinary, and sometimes heartbreaking dance as it appears within our personal experience. The inclination of our heart’s longing for contentment and freedom reflects our innate beauty and wisdom. Opening to this present moment illuminates the vividness of reality, the tenderness of the heart, and […]

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness

Loden Nyima

May 3–5, 2024

In today’s speedy world, we all need kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to dive deeply into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence to offer ourselves space to settle on the sacred land of Drala Mountain Center with an experienced instructor. This way, we practice befriending ourselves […]

ONLINE • The Blissful Pure Lands

Andrew Holecek

May 20–26, 2024

The Pure Lands are an integral aspect of Tibetan Buddhism rarely taught in the West.  For most of us, they represent our greatest opportunity after death. This unique program explores exoteric (sutra) and esoteric (tantra) Pure Lands, offering everything you need to know about this noble tradition. You’ll learn about the origin and development of […]

Extended Retreat & Renewal

Denise Wuensch and Linda Zizlavska

May 24–27, 2024

Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Immerse yourself in our Retreat and Renewal programs, where we offer contemplative practices designed to unlock insights and inspiration for navigating the complexities of modern life – whether it’s your career, family, health, relationships, or personal aspirations. Experience the freedom of a spacious retreat that invites […]

Retreat & Renewal

Denise Wuensch and Linda Zizlavska

May 24–26, 2024

Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Immerse yourself in our Retreat and Renewal programs, where we offer contemplative practices designed to unlock insights and inspiration for navigating the complexities of modern life – whether it’s your career, family, health, relationships, or personal aspirations. Experience the freedom of a spacious retreat that invites […]

Entrepreneurial Women: Cultivate Resilience, Rest & Inspiration When the Going Gets Tough

Sara Avant Stover

May 31–June 2, 2024

A Yoga, Meditation & Internal Family Systems Retreat Setbacks, disappointments, and heartbreak are an inevitable part of every woman’s – and entrepreneur’s – life journey, often occurring multiple times. These experiences encompass the loss of a loved one, the conclusion of a relationship, the aftermath of a natural disaster, financial setbacks, or the upheaval caused […]

Learn Meditation as a Spiritual Practice

Susan Piver and Michael Carroll

June 20–23, 2024

Live an Awakened Life In recent years, meditation has become known for its many desirable and scientifically validated outcomes. It can reduce stress and improve sleep. It repairs our immune system and helps us regulate our emotions. When combined with other therapies, it prevents relapse into depression and significantly reduces anxiety. And meditation has been […]

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness

Loden Nyima

September 6–8, 2024

In today’s speedy world, we all need kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to dive deeply into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence to offer ourselves space to settle on the sacred land of Drala Mountain Center with an experienced instructor. This way, we practice befriending ourselves […]

Waking Up in Free-Fall: Meeting Fear with Love During Challenging Times

Susan Chapman and Elesa Commerse

September 27–29, 2024

In this weekend retreat, we will explore how the power of an awakened heart can transform the crises in our lives into a path of warriorship. It is based on Susan’s book, Which Way Is Up? (to be published in June, 2024), which uses the journey through cancer treatment as an example of navigating a bardo, or gap, in everyday […]

Silent Meditation Intensive: The Cradle of Loving-Kindness

Loden Nyima

October 11–13, 2024

In today’s speedy world, we all need kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to dive deeply into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence to offer ourselves space to settle on the sacred land of Drala Mountain Center with an experienced instructor. This way, we practice befriending ourselves […]