Shambhala

In today’s high-paced, high-stress world, each of us has the natural capacity to find peace, clarity, wellbeing and compassion within ourselves. The best means of tapping into this inner capacity is through the use of meditation – a simple practice of coming back to the present moment via the breath, the body and the senses.

Our contemplative workshops are suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. For those who are new to meditation and other contemplative disciplines, we offer Learn to Meditate and Shambhala Training Weekends. Our Retreat and Renewal programs include an introduction to meditation. There are no program prerequisites.

Shambhala Training is a meditation discipline that helps us to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness. The training path begins with a series of Heart of Warriorship weekends that help to establish a personal meditation practice. Each program includes meditation instruction, Shambhala teachings, group discussions and individual interviews.

Our retreat environment is an ideal setting in which to get started or to deepen your meditation practice. Join us and learn how you can transform the challenges of daily life into opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

Join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work hard, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your schedule will more →

Fall Take Down 2015

Open Dates
Register now to join us as we dismantle our summer campus and prepare the land for winter. Work outdoors, meditate, participate in workshops and classes, make new friends, and integrate your spiritual practice into everyday life. Your more →

Fall Take Down 2016

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2017! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2017

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2018! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2018

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2019! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2019

Open Dates
Welcome to Fall Take Down 2020! Sundays are arrival days. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be a brief orientation at 7:30 p.m. each Sunday evening after dinner, which more →

Fall Take Down 2020

Open Dates
This is the online registration page. If you would like to participate on the land at Drala Mountain Center, please click here. This Hybrid Chakrasamvara Intensive is geared toward the accumulation of the recitation practice in more →

ONLINE • Chakrasamvara Intensive

Greg Smith

December 2–9, 2022
Dakinis are female visionary deities in Tibetan Buddhism who are emblems of meditation and the nature of mind.  They are said to support meditators of every level to discover the heart of their practice and nurture more →

Dakini’s Warm Breath Multi-Track Weekthun

Judith Simmer-Brown, Greg Smith and Dhi Good

January 1–9, 2023
In this deep meditation retreat, we will practice the classic liturgy by the Ninth Karmapa, Pointing Out the Dharmakaya. Our practice will be augmented by pith mahamudra and trekcho instructions of other great masters, including Khenpo more →

Annual 9-Day Mahamudra Retreat

Richard John

February 3–12, 2023
Come gather around the fire, and join in rousing the potent energy of Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini and the Lineage. Drala Mountain Center and the staff of Amending the Mantra Chakrasamvara Fire Puja invites you to join in making more →

Chakrasamvara: Amending the Mantra Fire Puja

Marybeth Keigher

April 27–May 6, 2023