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.

writing into summer

Katharine Kaufman

June 6–9, 2024

Lifting a brush, a burin, or a stylus is like releasing a bite or lifting a claw. ~ Gary Snyder This program has been cancelled. Suppose you had a long weekend to devote to your writing practice just before the brink of summertime. How would this focus and play support and change your creative landscape? […]

Deep Healing & Lasting Self-Love: A 5-Day Unconditional Self-Love, Qi Gong & Meditation Retreat

Blake D. Bauer

June 9–14, 2024

Join international bestselling author and wisdom teacher Blake D. Bauer in the Colorado mountains for five days of deep healing and practical life-changing self care. Discover why anxiety, depression, chronic self-doubt, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, and subconscious mind asking you to build a healthier relationship to yourself now; to […]

Soundembodiment: Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Meditation Evening Retreat

Jonathan De Leon

June 15, 2024

Registration is from 3:30-4:15 pm. The main program will begin promptly at 4:30pm and end at 6:00pm. Dinner from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Join us for a transformative Evening Retreat at Drala Mountain Center, where the ancient vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and gongs will guide you on a journey of Soundembodiment. Since 2010, Jonathan De Leon has […]

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 […]

Renew, Recharge, Restore—A Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Rebecca Johnson, Kathleen Lanzoni and Katie Paganucci

July 19–21, 2024

“Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh Join us on a transformative journey to the sacred grounds of Drala Mountain, where the air is crisp, the mountains stand majestically, and time moves at a gentle pace. Our retreat […]

Soundembodiment: Tibetan Bowl & Gong Sound Meditation Evening Retreat

Jonathan De Leon

July 27, 2024

Registration is from 3:30-4:15 pm. The main program will begin promptly at 4:30pm and end at 6:00pm. Dinner from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Join us for a transformative Evening Retreat at Drala Mountain Center, where the ancient vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and gongs will guide you on a journey of Soundembodiment. Since 2010, Jonathan De Leon has […]

Deep Self Love: A Weekend for Being & Healing through Unconditional Presence, Self-Love, Qi Gong & Meditation

Blake D. Bauer

August 23–25, 2024

Join international bestselling author and wisdom teacher Blake D. Bauer in the Colorado mountains for a weekend of deep healing, meditation practice, and life-changing self-care. Discover why anxiety, overwhelm, depression, chronic self-doubt, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, and subconscious mind asking you to build a healthier relationship to yourself […]

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 […]

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

Sara Avant Stover

September 13–15, 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 […]

5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

Michelle Becker, LMFT and Dr. Steven Hickman

September 15–20, 2024

This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism, meet difficult emotions with greater ease, transform […]

Compassion for Couples: Building the Skills of Loving Connection

Michelle Becker, LMFT and Dr. Steven Hickman

September 20–22, 2024

There’s a Buddhist belief that a genuinely loving relationship is the practice for which all other practices are preparation. It’s likely that you already know how much we all need healthy, well-connected relationships to thrive…but also that relationships can be really challenging. Compassion for Couples is a wonderful opportunity for you and your partner to […]

Which Way Is Up? Finding Heart in the Hardest of 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 […]