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. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Create your own Self-Guided Retreat Shambhala Mountain Center’s natural setting is perfect for personal introspection more →

Getaway 2022

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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

Open Dates
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

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
  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

Open Dates
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

Open Dates
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 Shambhala Mountain Center has been rescheduled for June 6th-11th 2021. Shambhala Mountain Center is honored to be hosting the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gathering of Eagles in the Summer of 2021. 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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Chakrasamvara Drupchen is a powerful practice that includes creating the full Sand Mandala and practicing the complete sadhana, including the feast offering, every day. It is especially helpful for overcoming obstacles for the coming year. The more →

ONLINE • Chakrasamvara Drupchen

Greg Smith

May 7–17, 2022
Whether it’s through the barrage of pings from devices each day, personal challenges you’d rather not be facing, or the mounting stress of climate change and COVID, we’re being pulled out of our centers. Constantly. This more →
Welcome to Shambhala Mountain Center! We are pleased to be hosting the Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies’ MDMA Therapy Training Retreat.  Below please find important information to plan for your retreat, including a link to reserve more →

MDMA Therapy Training Retreat

May 22–28, 2022
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 →
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, and more →
We are accepting requests to attend the first two weeks of the retreat, June 1 – 15, 2022. Partial attendance requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Showing humanity the path to ending suffering and more →

Summer Seminar: Empowering the Buddha Within

Holly Gayley and Loden Nyima

June 1–29, 2022
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Become a brush and, step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. Experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of more →

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi

June 2–5, 2022
There has never been a more challenging time for educators than the last two years.  Please join us for an end of school year retreat to help you recover.  We have designed the experience to nurture more →

Mindfulness Retreat for Educators

Kristin McKeown and Andra Brill

June 4–8, 2022
Ease into new habits that support your body, speech and mind with this meditation kickstarter weekend. Who needs a meditation kickstarter? We all do every now and then. llll Take a Joyful Approach... Give your meditation more →

Meditation Kickstarter

Dhi Good

June 17–19, 2022
The Heart of Mindfulness Retreat is a 7-day silent meditation retreat that emphasizes the deep understanding and practice of mindfulness in its most universal expression while respecting and acknowledging its contemplative and spiritual roots. The retreat more →

The Heart of Mindfulness: A Silent Meditation Retreat

Janet Solyntjes and Jon Aaron

June 24–July 1, 2022
. Resuscitate, Replenish, Transcend & Transform Discover the power of compassionate awareness by bringing mindfulness into your daily life. During this nourishing retreat, we will embrace our vulnerabilities and allow them to safely guide us into more →

Lila Yoga® Mindfulness Retreat

Erica Kaufman

June 24–26, 2022
Compassionate action plays a central role in many of the great wisdom traditions. In this retreat, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence to quiet our minds and open our hearts. There will be more →

The Path of Service: An Insight Meditation Retreat

David Chernikoff

July 7–10, 2022
** This program has been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2023. ** This workshop presented by Eva Wong and Ghost Valley Strategy Consultants is designed to introduce you to the art and skill of thinking more →
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lll Dive Deeply into Meditation This practice intensive is designed for meditators looking to take a deep dive into practice, and to generate an open heart toward ourselves and others through gratitude and self-compassion practices. We more →
The Pema Chödrön Foundation in partnership with Drala Mountain Center is happy to offer a Retreat for Young Adults. This retreat for young adults is designed to give participants an experience of contemplative life. Our true more →
Offered in partnership by the Pema Chödrön Foundation and Shambhala Mountain Center Our true nature is sacred, and shared with everyone and everything in our environment.  Connecting with this is how we come home.  In this more →
The program is nearing capacity however we are accepting waitlist registrations and letting families in based on age group availability. Please click Register Now above to sign up for the waitlist. Uncovering Our True Nature: The more →

Family Camp 2022

Kelly Lindsey, Rachel Steele and Steve Sachs

July 23–30, 2022
Our bodies hold emotions, images, patterns, and stories. When we inhabit our bodies through mindfulness practices, we come to know ourselves as complete and wakeful beings. During this rejuvenating program, we will play with the four more →

Women’s Summer Meditation and Yoga Retreat

Katharine Kaufman

July 27–31, 2022
Inspired by the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, this 3-day retreat offers both an introduction and a deepening experience of mindfulness, for being more fully present to our lives. Various tools for engaging the demands of our more →
Join international bestselling author Blake D. Bauer for a weekend that will offer you a safe environment to address your core fears, transform negative thinking, and find clarity around shaping the life and health you want. The more →
Andrew Holecek
From a spiritual perspective, death is the crowning moment of life. The karma that brought us into this life is exhausted, and the bad habits that will propel us into our next one have not yet more →
Andrew Holecek
From a spiritual perspective, death is the crowning moment of life. The karma that brought us into this life is exhausted, and the bad habits that will propel us into our next one have not yet more →
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 →
Join us for a peaceful abiding meditation retreat in the mountains. 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 more →

The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat

Loden Nyima

September 11–18, 2022
Welcome to Shambhala Mountain Center! We are pleased to be hosting the Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies’ MDMA Therapy Training Retreat.  Below please find important information to plan for your retreat, including a link to reserve more →

MDMA Therapy Training Retreat

September 25–October 1, 2022
Co-sponsored with the Leading with Genuine Care Retreat The Leading with Genuine Care Leadership Retreat (formerly the donothing Leadership Retreat) offers business leaders, entrepreneurs, and those seeking a more mindful life with the most rewarding challenge they may ever take — a leadership-focused mindfulness and meditation 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 →
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 →