Programs

For more than 50 years, extraordinary people have gathered at Drala Mountain Center to partake in year-round offerings featuring Shambhala teachings, indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living and other paths of personal transformation.

Taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, our programs offer something for everyone from the beginner to advanced student. We invite you to browse our many offerings and hope to see you on the land soon!

Visitor

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PLEASE NOTE: Getaways will not be available from June 5-June 22, 2013. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year. Customize your own stay at 25% off our more →

Getaway

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Registration Link for Fall Take-Down Volunteers
Please select any dates between arrival date of September 6th and departure date of September 15th. Thanks for volunteering! Your support and care of the Stupa means a lot to us!  

Stupa Work Week

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This page helps keeps us organized internally, yay! We need up-to-date: Dietary preference/allergies Medical allergies Emergency contact info Personal vehicle make/model/year/color and license plate - please put this info in the "comments or special needs" section more →

Core Staff 2015-16

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Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2015

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IMPORTANT: Review these steps before registering! 1. During registration you'll need to set "Choose Payment Option" to "Pay By Check". Note: This is strictly for bookkeeping purposes, your full payment has been processed through Living Social--so more →
Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2016

Open Dates
Create your own getaway anytime throughout the year.   Customize your own stay at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code: GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Enjoy a leisurely hike on our eight miles of wilderness trails, more →

Getaway 2017

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Customize your own 2018 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. Please note: Due to construction operations for the wastewater pipeline, Getaway registrations will be closed during the weekdays more →

Getaway 2018

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Customize your own 2019 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Anytime Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection and more →

Getaway 2019

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Customize your own 2020 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Anytime Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal more →

Getaway 2020

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Customize your own 2021 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection more →

Getaway 2021

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Customize your own 2022 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. 50th (Plus One) Anniversary Special:  Visit in mid-July We turned 50 in 2021. Book today more →

Getaway 2022

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Customize your own 2022 retreat at 25% off our lodging rates. Use coupon code GETAWAY-3 to receive your discount during registration. 50th (Plus One) Anniversary Special:  Visit in mid-July We turned 50 in 2021. Book today more →

Getaway 2023

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Note: Program credit purchased with a Gift Certificate expires after two years of the issue date.

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 Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, with support from the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, warmly invite you to participate in a Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please select any more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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Welcome to Summer Set-Up 2015! Arrival days are every Sunday: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24. Please arrive by 5:00pm. Dinner is served from 6:30 - 7:30, and there will be a brief orientation every more →

Summer Set-Up 2015

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2016! Arrival days are every Sunday: April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, and May 22nd. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. There will be more →

Summer Set Up 2016

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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

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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

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Thank you for contacting us to reserve your travel assistance for the University of San Diego Center for Mindfulness Retreat that will be held at Shambhala Mountain Center(SMC).  If you would like travel assistance, please confirm more →
 Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly invite you to participate in a Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. Please select any dates between arrival date of September 2nd and more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

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This registration page is for guests of Naropa University. If you would like to bring someone along and have them share your single room with you, please register them through our "Getaway" program.  When you select the more →

Naropa Guest Nights

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  This registration page is for Beanstalk Foundation Leaders. Through this registration page, you can register yourself for a one night stay at Shambhala Mountain Center. If you'd like to bring a guest, you may register more →
Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from May 26- May 28 These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity more →

Stupa Work Weekend

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

Open Dates
Welcome to Summer Set Up 2017! Arrival days are every Sunday. 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, more →

Summer Set Up 2017

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2018! Arrival days are every Sunday. 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, more →

Summer Set Up 2018

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Welcome to Summer Set Up 2019! Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. Departure days are also Sundays generally. This allows you to participate in weekend programs if you wish more →

Summer Set Up 2019

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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

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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

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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
  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from September 15 to September 24, 2017. These volunteer work gatherings more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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For all qualified Vajrayogini practitioners! Both first-timers and repeaters are warmly encouraged to attend this powerful program. The retreat will be held in our spacious Red Feather Lodge which was recently renovated specifically for fire puja more →

Amending Fire Puja (Repeater, Partial Attendance)

Lindy King and Marybeth Keigher

Open Dates
  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity to work in more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King, Joshua Mulder and John Perkins

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Cost is 94.50 for one night stay, or $189 for the duration. Please select your dates from the calendar on the registration page. Night  of May 3rd only: $94.50 Night of May 4th only: $94.50 Nights more →
  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity to work in more →

Stupa Work Week

Bob King, Lindy King and Joshua Mulder

Open Dates
  Shambhala Mountain Center and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya warmly appreciate you participating in our Volunteer Work Program at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. These volunteer work gatherings are an incredible opportunity to work in more →

Stupa Work Week

Joshua Mulder, Bob King and Lindy King

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    Complimentary Tent Lodging is provided Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th, and/or Sunday, August 11th. Please select your dates from the calendar after clicking “Register Now”  
READ FIRST: There is a two part registration process for this retreat. First register with Breath of Love at the link below. When that registration is complete you can click the registration link above to select more →

Residency Program

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Note: The Gathering at Drala Mountain Center has been rescheduled for June 25th-30th 2023. Drala Mountain Center is honored to be hosting the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles in the Summer of 2023. Lodging more →
Note: The Gathering at Drala Mountain Center is scheduled for June 22nd-27th 2023. Drala Mountain Center is honored to be hosting the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles in the Summer of 2023. Lodging is more →
Welcome to Summer Tent Set-Up 2020! Dates: April 26- June7 Arrival days are every Sunday. Please arrive by 5:00 p.m. to ensure a smooth check in process. Departure days are also Sundays generally. This allows you to participate in weekend more →

Summer Set Up 2021

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    Welcome Guests of Shambhala Mountain Center staff! SMC Community members:  Please use this page to register your guests, or send them the link to register themselves.  The staff guest night rate is $15/night to more →

Guest

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Welcome to Drala Mountain Center! We are pleased to be hosting the Naropa University Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate Program Rental.  Below please find important information to plan for your retreat, including a link to reserve your lodging. Main more →
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a weekend of deep healing, spiritual practice, and life-changing self-care. Designed to help you slow down completely, let go and drop into the source of healing and peace more →
What is the one tool in meditation that has the power to quickly and easily unlock feelings and sensations of blockages? Your breath. For thousands of years sages and yogis have harvested the power of breath more →

Free Online Talk: Freedom Through Meditative Breathing

Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

January 27, 2023
Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we learn to fully inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we can know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this retreat, we will practice sitting meditation, more →

Precious Knowing: A Meditation and Yoga Retreat for Women

Katharine Kaufman

February 1–5, 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
Learn to meditate with Buddhist monk Loden Nyima! Why Learn to Meditate? Meditation is a simple, natural, healthy activity that absolutely anyone can do. You do not need to be interested in a religious path in order more →
In today's speedy world, we are all in need of kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence more →
Teacher(s) TBD. Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, more →

Retreat & Renewal

February 24–26, 2023

Naropa Maitri 2

February 24–March 11, 2023
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program of practical, scientifically-supported teachings to reduce stress, facilitate relaxation, and promote physical health and emotional well-being. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this retreat offers tools for engaging the more →

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Janet Solyntjes

March 3–5, 2023
   If it's time for a fresh start, yoga and meditation provide an ideal practice combo to bring us back to beginner's mind – a sense of relaxation, effortlessness, and unconditional cheerfulness. We will alternate between more →

Fresh Start: Joining the Movement of Yoga with the Stillness of Meditation

De West and Brian Spielmann

March 10–12, 2023
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

March 12–19, 2023
Your subtle body channels ideally operate with free flow to help revitalize and nourish your body-mind-spirit. Modern life, stress and lack of settled breath all can clog the subtle body system. Tibetan yogic breathing has caught the more →

Revitalize with Meditative Breathing

Dr. Nashalla Nyinda

March 17–19, 2023
In today's speedy world, we are all in need of kindness to ourselves. This two-day practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into their practice. This weekend is spent in silence more →
Tibetan hand drum
In order to heal our hearts we need to enter our personal place of exile and befriend the “demons” we have banished into the darkness; our fears, pain, anger, denial, and trauma. These are the deep forms more →

Dancing Through the Dark Door: A Practice of Compassion

Dr. Lama Alta Brown and David Soucy

March 31–April 2, 2023
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a life-changing weekend that will help you to understand why suffering such as anxiety, depression, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, and more →
Teacher(s) TBD. Discover relaxation and wakefulness in our pristine mountain environment. Our Retreat and Renewal programs offer contemplative approaches for working with the fullness of daily modern life, bringing insight and inspiration to career, family, health, more →

Retreat & Renewal

April 7–9, 2023
Meditation is ultimately a process of accepting and befriending ourselves completely, all the way to our natural basic goodness.  In the process we will encounter not only our innate ability to truly rest and rejuvenate, but more →

The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat

Loden Nyima

April 9–16, 2023
Mindfulness and awareness training allows one to fully receive the unpredictable, extraordinary, and sometimes heartbreaking dance of life, as it appears within our own personal experience. The inclination of our heart’s longing for contentment and freedom more →

Sitting in Beauty: A 5-day Silent Meditation Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Dawn King

April 11–16, 2023
You’ve experienced joy and health, pain and loss. You’ve tested your physical limits, and have recovered from surgeries. You’ve traveled, shared insights, and cared for others. Now it’s time to attend to your body as it more →

Wisdom of the Body: Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

April 20–23, 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
How do we face experiences of suffering and pain, of working with what is and maintaining an open heart, ready to embrace the present moment? Just by hearing the mantra, or name of the Medicine Buddha more →
Discover the radiance and joy inherent in living with a fierce, open heart. This weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat features a journey with bodhicitta, the practice of awakening to compassion, empathy, and love. Cole Schlam and more →

The Awakened Heart: A Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat | Extended

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

May 18–21, 2023
Discover the radiance and joy inherent in living with a fierce, open heart. This weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat features a journey with bodhicitta, the practice of awakening to compassion, empathy, and love. Cole Schlam and more →

The Awakened Heart: A Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

May 19–21, 2023
Calling all women who do too much! Whether it’s through the barrage of notifications your devices ping you with each day, personal challenges you’d (rather not) be facing, or the mounting stress of climate change, we’re more →
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for five days of deep healing and life-changing self care. Discover why suffering such as anxiety, depression, addiction, illness, and relationship problems are logical cries from your body, soul, more →
This workshop presented by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of thinking and acting strategically. Everyone can be a strategist. It only takes inspiration and more →
The Pema Chödrön Foundation in partnership with Drala Mountain Center is happy to offer a Retreat for Young Adults. The cost of lodging for this retreat is sponsored by the Pema Chödrön Foundation. This retreat for more →
Offered in partnership by the Pema Chödrön Foundation and Shambhala Mountain Center. The cost of lodging for this retreat is sponsored by the Pema Chödrön Foundation. Our true nature is sacred, and shared with everyone and more →
Scholarships available! Please apply by March 15. Awards will be sent by April 3. A two-week meditation retreat offered in partnership with The Wisdom Seat, the Open Heart Project, and Drala Mountain Center Our modern life more →

Authentic Presence: Reawakening Spiritual Confidence

Michael Carroll, Susan Piver and Loden Nyima

July 1–14, 2023
Building on Enlightened Society Assembly and the Sacred Path programs, Warrior Assembly is a living teaching in creating enlightened society. Warrior Assembly focuses on how to develop fearlessness in engaging as a warrior in the world. more →

Warrior Assembly

Gaylon Ferguson and Janet Solyntjes

July 1–12, 2023
Embrace a slower pace and notice how it offers a deeper connection to mind, body, and spirit. Join Cole Schlam and Heather Lindemann for a contemplative weekend yoga retreat where we will connect with maitri (loving-kindness) more →

Slowing Down: A Yoga, Self-Care, and Loving-Kindness Retreat | Extended

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

October 5–8, 2023
Embrace a slower pace and notice how it offers a deeper connection to mind, body, and spirit. Join Cole Schlam and Heather Lindemann for a contemplative weekend yoga retreat where we will connect with maitri (loving-kindness) more →

Slowing Down: A Yoga, Self-Care, and Loving-Kindness Retreat

Heather Lindemann and Cole Schlam

October 6–8, 2023
Co-sponsored with the Leading with Genuine Care Retreat The Do Nothing Leadership Retreat (formerly the Leading with Genuine Care Retreat) offers business leaders, entrepreneurs, and those seeking a more mindful life with the most rewarding challenge more →